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The Fantasy genre is one of contrasts—light and dark, good and bad–with the expectation of ultimate victory of good over the forces of evil. Fantasy is ultimately an optimistic genre. But at the other extreme of the genre are Dark Fantasy novels which, in contrast, feature a bleak outlook. These aren’t Horror stories, but they may contain elements of the horror genre, and are filtered through a dark world-view, where the stakes have become too high for levity, and the price that’s paid for victory will be severe.

What is a ‘Dark Fantasy (or Paranormal)’ Book?

Dark Fantasy fiction is a form of fantasy in which elements of horror, or anti-heroic protagonists, play a large part. The definition isn’t a strict one, and the genre is, in some ways, a drop-box for stories which sit uncomfortably on the edge of horror and fantasy, but don’t quite fit in either.

For example, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings as a classic fantasy story, with very clear lines between the good protagonists and the evil antagonists, and the Exorcist as a classic horror story with sympathetic protagonists beset by misfortunes which slowly unveil a horrific antagonist (the story developing, in many ways, like a mystery story as the true horror is revealed). So, where does Ann Rice’s Interview with the Vampire lie? A novel in which a traditional creature of horror, the vampire, is treated with consideration and empathy — Dark Fantasy would be a good place to put it.

We include the term ‘paranormal’ in this category because, in many cases, these stories are about paranormal entities or situations and include urban fantasy and much of the vampire genre.

Dark fantasy is also occasionally used to define stories which are told from a monster’s point of view, or which offer a sympathetic attitude towards monsters and supernatural beings which are usually associated with horror. Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is a good example of a Dark Fantasy Book (the first in the series is The Gunslinger). As are  Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Saint-Germain, and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman (comic book series) — each of which are examples of this style of dark fantasy. All of which is in contrast to the traditional horror story, which focuses instead on victims and survivors.

More generally, dark fantasy is often used to refer to supernatural horror, by which it attempts to distinguish those horror stories which contain elements of the supernatural, from stories that don’t. For example, stores about vampires or werewolves might be described as dark fantasy fiction, whilst stories about serial killers are simply horror.

Science Fiction Books - Dune by Frank Herbert

Classic Dark Fantasy Book Interview With The Vampire, by Anne Rice

Science Fiction Books - Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

A Modern Classic of the Dark Fantasy and Paranormal Genre: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Crime Fiction Seminar at the British Library

I enjoyed this 5 minute monologue by Neil Gaiman on the 3 books which changed his life. Briefly, it’s The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, Michael Moorcock’s ‘Stormbringer’, and Alan Moore’s comic series ‘Swamp Thing’ — which is not really a book but Gaiman was a comic writer, too. But it’s more than just 3 books, it’s a reflection on a life of reading. Worth a watch if you like Neil Gaiman, or simply if you like books and enjoy ‘bonding’ with other booklovers, by listening to how their lives, like yours, have been affected by the books they read.

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The Hangman’s Owl

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Dead and Breakfast

Dead In Bed! Who You Gonna Call? Good Catholic school girl that she is, Brandy Alexander’s a true and trusted friend, not to mention something of a detective. So when Brandy’s best friend Julia, the ex-stripper-turned hotelier, finds her first guest covered in blood,...

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Purposely Positive

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Jack Be Quick

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Flying with the Billionaire

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Sentinel

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The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

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Unraveling You

Ayden has had a rough life and believes things will always be that way, so when he's suddenly adopted by the Gregorys, he's thrown for a turn. But even with a new, loving family, he still finds himself haunted by memories of his old life. But those memories are easier...

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The Trouble with Truth

The Trouble with Truth begins when a love-starved child, thrilled with a ride in her dad's sports car on a mountain outing, discovers he has taken her on a date with one of his co-ed students while mom cleans house in her Peter Pan blouse and Ferragamo pumps back home...

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Shanakee’s Tale

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If Angels Fall

Little by little, stop after stop, three-year-old Danny Becker wanders further from his inattentive, overworked dad on a San Francisco subway car. In the rush of people stepping onto and off the train Danny is bumped to the platform when the doors close behind him....

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Pilgrimage of Promise

From this bestselling page-turner series comes a Christian contemporary romance novel reminiscent of the writings of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks--a poignant love story about long-buried secrets, redeeming love, and the unfailing promises of God. In this high...

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The Philosophical Breakfast Club

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Riders of the Lone Star

The year is 1852 and a handful of settlers work to carve out an existence on the Texas frontier. It is a harsh life, where families are at the mercy of hostile Comanche and vicious outlaws, and the only ones holding the line between life and death are a few brave men,...

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The Woman in the Car Trunk

Imagine for a minute you’re a songwriter and your ex-husband is a famous record label owner/producer. Now imagine that after your highly televised divorce you end up with one of your husband’s mansions and expensive cars, you think he has moved on. But no, your...

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Marriage Can Be Murder

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The Forgotten Room

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The Black Room – Door Three

Once you enter, anything goes. No fantasy—however dark and dirty and depraved it may be—is forbidden. You have no past, no inhibitions, no morals…and no memory. All you have to cling to is the memory of a scorching touch, a searing kiss, the wet slide of skin on skin,...

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Mr. Mosquito

Learn Mr. Mosquito's Secret! A Delightful Read for both Children and Adults! Beautiful illustrations and prose tell the unknown story of Mr. Mosquito. French subtitles included.

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The Last Necromancer

A waif, her abductor and a twist you won't see coming. For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn't raised a spirit since she...

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Stock Market Investing for Beginners

TO MEN AND WOMEN WHO WANT TO QUIT WORK SOMEDAY (AND RECEIVE The Intelligent Investing – book FOR FREE!)Would you like to be able to quit working at a job you just hate ...just to be able to pay your bills? Would you like to have the freedom to do whatever it is...

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The Magical Garden

One spring evening, little Eva comes across a mysterious hollow Oak tree while playing hide and seek with her pet squirrel Chestnut. The hollow tree leads her to a magical garden where strange creatures live and butterfly fairies flutter among the flowers... Read the...

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In This House of Brede

Following World War II, a British widow joins a Benedictine monastery in this poignant New York Times bestseller from the author of Black Narcissus. For most of her adult life, Philippa Talbot has been a successful British professional. Now in her forties, the World...

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Vegetarian Keto

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A Marriage Well Done

In the marriage game, when is it time to throw in the towel? Margot Simpson was raised to believe that you don’t run for cover the moment it rains. You don’t slide divorce papers across the kitchen island, especially when you have a teenage son. You roll up your...

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Once Upon a Princess

Can true love be their crowning glory?Olivia Charlton is a princess who believes in love—not a high priority in a royal family hung up on tradition and duty.Meanwhile, village sweetheart Rosie Perkins has no time for affairs of the heart—she's just struggling to keep...

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Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss

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Destiny of a Highlander

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3 a.m.

Henry Bins has Henry Bins. A sleeping disorder, named after him. He is awake for one hour a day. He wakes up at 3 a.m. then falls asleep at 4 a.m. Life is simple. Until he hears the woman scream. And sees the man leave the house across the street. But not just any...

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Grey Sister

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The White Tower

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Girl Scouts Handbook: The Original 1913 Edition

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A Hood Chick’s Story

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A Beautiful Mess

She's been safe the past twenty-one years. He'll do anything to keep it that way... Even if it means lying about who he is. Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. For the past decade, she has remained unattached to anyone, men included... Until Alexander...

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Moon Palace

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