As shown in this awesome infographic from author Kiersten Fay, paranormal romance has been around for a long time—at least since the 1700s! Since then, horror and romance have been blended to create some truly iconic characters (think Dracula, Frankenstein, and Anne Rice’s Interview with A Vampire), but it wasn’t until the 1990s that paranormal romance really came into its own.
In the mid-2000s, smell presses and e-publishers like Samhain Publishing helped paranormal romances that were a bit outside the norm find a home. Larger publishers took notice of the trend and in 2005, the Silhouette Nocturne imprint was created (now Harlequin Nocturne).
But by the 2010s, authors began to report that paranormal romance had become a tough sell with agents and publishers, the consequence of a glutted market. Romance bloggers across the vast reaches of the Internet began to wonder if paranormal romance was as dead as its protagonists, and fans started to bemoan a perceived lack of fresh plots and characters in the genre.