At The Authors Haunt all stories published in The Library and on Resident Author sites are accompanied by a series of coloured boxes or codes, each one containing text that provides you with information about the story.  This page will explain the purpose of each box and what its content means for the stories published on this site.

 

 

To jump to a particular coding section on this page, please click on one of the boxes below.

 

                               

 

 

 

The purple "Type" box is used in The Library and on Resident Author sites to denote the type, or size, of a story.  We have six classifications for stories at present:

 

For listing purposes at The Authors Haunt, a series can best be equated to episodes of a television drama.  They are usually a series of flash fiction or short stories, sometimes novellas, written as "episodes" and collectively telling an ongoing story usually from the perspective of one or more protagonists who appear in most, if not all, installments.

For listing purposes in The Authors Haunt Library, novels are defined as any story of 75,001 words or more in length.  Novels are always broken into multiple chapters and are frequently listed in The Authors Haunt Library prior to completion.  When a story is classified as "In Progress" (see Status) the type denoted is based on the length the author expects the story to be when completed.

For listing purposes in The Authors Haunt Library, novellas are defined as any story of between 25,001 and 75,000 words in length.  Due to the extended length of these stories, they are normally broken into multiple chapters, though novellas under 40,000 words in length may be published unbroken at The Authors Haunt.  Novellas may be listed in The Authors Haunt Library prior to completion.  When a story is classified as "In Progress" (see Status) the type denoted is based on the length the author expects the story to be when completed.

For listing purposes in The Authors Haunt Library, short stories are defined as any story of between 1,001 and 25,000 words in length.  Short stories may be broken into multiple chapters or published unbroken.  Short stories are only ever listed in The Authors Haunt Library once completed.

For listing purposes in The Authors Haunt Library, flash fiction stories are defined as any story of 1,000 words or fewer in length.  Flash fiction stories are only ever listed in The Authors Haunt Library once completed.

The "Chronicles" listing is used to denote a collection of stories of varying lengths all set in the same "story universe".  They are similar to a series, but may not always involve the same characters, just a central premise, place or theme.

Where the words "Flash", "Short", "Novella", "Novel" or "Series" are followed by an asterisk (*), this means that the story is a sequel.

 

 

 

 

The green "Genre" box is used on Resident Author sites to denote the genre of a story.  While there are many possible genres for stories, at The Authors Haunt we currently use just eight different genres:

 

Action/Thriller

This category is used for all stories in the action or thriller genres.  Such stories normally involve an adventure of some kind, often encompassing danger, violence or combat with a clear goal or resolution.

Crime/Mystery

This category is used for all stories in the crime or mystery genres.  Such stories normally involve some kind of mystery or puzzle that must be solved by the main characters with the goal of the story to uncover some secret.

Dark Drama

This category is used for all stories written to convey the darker side of life, dealing with subjects such as death, suicide, sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological disturbance or other such subjects.  Such stories are often disturbing in nature.

Fantasy

This category is used for all stories in the fantasy fiction genre.  Stories in this genre are normally set in an imaginary world or in a mythical past and frequently involve magic or entities such as dragons, trolls or other mystical creatures.  Also for stories written from a non-human perspective.

Horror/Occult

This category is used for all stories in the horror or occult genres.  Stories in the horror genre may be violent, bloody or scary and may involve creatures such as vampires, werewolves or demons.  Occult stories may not be as violent, but may involve witchcraft or mystical/supernatural beings.

Light Drama

This category is used for stories that might be considered the literary equivalent of "easy listening" - stories that are easy and comfortable to read, normally requiring nothing greater than a "C" rating and containing little to no violent or distressing content.

Romance

This category is used for all stories in the romance genre, including its related sub-genres.  Stories in this genre often focus around the love between two people and the obstacles faced by them as a couple.  Well written erotica may also be included in this category.

Science Fiction

This category is used for all stories in the science fiction genre.  Stories in this genre may be set in space, on another planet, involve advanced technology (e.g. robots), involve time travel or they may be set in the future or an alternate history.

 

 

 

 

The amber "Status" box is used in the Library and on Resident Author sites to tell readers the current publication status of a story.  Many readers don't like to read stories until they're complete, so this box will let you know what stage the story is at.  At The Authors Haunt we use three classifications for story status:

 

Completed - the story has been finished by the author and the full version is available online

In Progress - the story has either not been completed or there are still chapters waiting to be uploaded 

Coming Soon - used exclusively on Resident Author sites to denote a planned story due for publication sometime in the next 12 months 

 

 

 

 

The blue "Rating" box is used to give you guidance to readers to help them decide if the story is appropriate for them.  At The Authors Haunt we use our own rating system based on the content of stories and the impact of scenes therein on the most sensitive of readers:

 

General

Audiences

A "G" Rated story is one that a responsible parent would be happy to allow a child under the age of 13 to read.  That doesn't mean stories with this rating are written for children - they may deal with concepts the average child would not understand.  It just means that the story contains no sex, violence or other content that would be inappropriate for a young audience.

Caution Advised

A "C" Rated story is one that a responsible parent would be happy to allow a teenager (13-18) to read.  That doesn't mean stories with this rating are written for teenagers.  It just means that while the story may contain scenes of sex, violence or triggering content it does not do so in a graphic manner.

Mature Content

An "M" Rated story is one that is suitable only for adults over the age of eighteen.  The story likely contains at least one scene of graphic sex, violence or triggering content and is therefore unsuitable for younger readers.

 

 

 

 

 

At The Authors Haunt we don't believe in sheltering readers, but we do recognise that some people may be unduly distressed by reading scenes that deal with certain subjects.  This is called "triggering" content as it can, for some people, trigger flashbacks or panic attacks related to some personal trauma they have suffered in their past.  As such, we ask authors to include the following warning codes if their work contains scenes or addresses subjects that may distress some readers:

 

The story contains a scene or theme involving bullying.  This includes teasing between siblings or classmates (normally associated with a "G" rating), physical bullying like pushing and shoving (normally associated with a "C" rating) or violent/sexual bullying (normally associated with an "M" rating).

The story contains a scene or theme involving rape, sexual abuse or other non-consensual sexual acts.  Any story that requires this warning code will be at least "C" rated (for stories that deal with the theme without containing scenes of rape/abuse) but will always be "M" rated if it contains scenes of sexual abuse or rape no matter how graphic.

The story contains a scene or theme involving suicide or self-harming.  This includes references to a character who has attempted/committed suicide or has self-harmed (normally associated with a "G" rating), suicidal thoughts or forms of self-harming that don't involve cutting (normally associated with a "C" rating), and the suicide or attempted suicide of a character or scenes of cutting or other graphic self-harm (normally associated with an "M" rating).

 

If you feel that the warnings, ratings or other codes associated with a story published at this site are inaccurate, or you feel a story/chapter requires an additional disclaimer, or you just want more information about the story codes used at The Authors Haunt, please feel free to email the Site Administrator.

           

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