I sit here, baffled, why there isn't a stronger historical/paranormal market out there. Try to google it, the sub-genre category does not really exist in the Romance Novel world. And I cannot being to fathom why.
Urban Fantasy has caught on as a sub-genre, but it MUST be a contemporary setting. Look at the writing guidelines for Harlequin's Nocturne line, again, contemporary only.
I mean, a lot of these vampires, werewolf legends have basis and beginnings back in the Victorian Age or earlier, it only makes logical sense to set a story in the time period. Why not a juicy, Gothic Vampire story set back in 1879?? Try and find one. It is tough sledding. Only a handful, like Susan Krinard's Wolf series for example. Or some from Colleen Gleeson.
I found one, it actually said 'Historical Paranormal' on the spine, it was from Berkeley. But, I found it in a clearance bin, so that should tell you the popularity of these novels.
And when someone does write a Historical Paranormal, publishers seem flummoxed as to how to market them! Case in point, Donna MacMeans 'The Trouble With Moonlight', granted there are no vampires or werewolves in sight, but there are some paranormal elements. Well, you wouldn't know that to look at the rather bland cover here. A more appropriate cover may have been, lets say, Nathan Kamp as the hero James Locke, shadowed in the dark, full moon above, and a see through heroine standing behind him, looking at him admiringly, LOL! ( I have this book on order)
I also mentioned this 'sub-genre that doesn't really exist' at a blog post at Trueromance from Nocturne author Linda Thomas-Sundstrom and she agreed: Yes - it seems to be a tough sale at the moment. I also have a historical Gothic paranormal I’d like to see on the shelves. But maybe the fever will continue to spread, in the future, and more historical folks will begin to crave the next step. I’m hoping for that. The mix is terrific. Fingers are crossed.
I Guess my fingers are crossed as well. For under my bed, cuddled up next to the dust bunnies, is a manuscript for a historical paranormal about a half-vampire. It may never see the light of day. *sigh*