In the English-speaking world, crime stories and horror stories are a tradition ! The public is very interested in reading them or watching them on tv ! There are many very famous crime writers. Names of writers like Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle are known all over the world.
Famous names (writers and characters).
Mary Shelley ("Frankenstein").
Watch the 1931 "Frankenstein" trailer (1.39)
Robert Louis Stephenson ("Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde")
Bram Stoker ("Dracula")
Bram Stoker was born in Ireland. When he was a child, he was fragile and was very often in bed. He created "Dracula", the vampire that wakes up at night to drink human blood... Dracula was a real person ! Count Vlad Dracul lived in Romania in the 15th century. He was very cruel to his enemies.
Arthur Conan Doyle ("Sherlock Holmes")
Arthur Conan Doyle's famous character is Sherlock Holmes. In his famous London address (221, Baker Street) with his secretary Doctor Watson, he solves murders, usually committed by his enemy Doctor Moriarty. The technique used by Holmes is always the same: observing in details the crime scene and thinking hard about it !
Agatha Christie ("Hercules Poirot")
Her books are best-sellers in the world ! Everywhere in the world, people know her name and her books ! French readers are Agatha Christie's number-one fans ! Her character ( Hercules Poirot) is not English, but Belgian ! Poirot observes a lot the crime scene and he listens to people.