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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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If I Die Before I Wake

Sometimes, Karma’s a Bitch!Don’t deny it. Your mind has dwelled for hours on the things you would do if your name was Karma. Malevolence towards those that wronged you festers and there is no relief—until now. Plunge headfirst into these sinister tales where karma...

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The 13

Don't read alone!Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more...This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you'll hover under your covers while...

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Wanted: Single Rose

"Be dangerous, darling, for the whole world rises and falls at your feet." It’s halloween night. Timothy Sun stands in a garden of graves beneath the branches of the Tim Burton tree, his eyes deadlocked with the gorgeous creature in the raven costume. She beckons to...

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Echoes of a Storm

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Bad Blood

First in the Spider Trilogy of vampire thrillers, by bestselling authors J.R. Rain, Scott Nicholson, and H.T. Night!When teenager Parker Cole approaches the dark and mysterious new student at night school, she figures he's just another goth wannabe. Little does she...

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The Untidy Witness

When Nick Drake, ex-Air Force pilot, gets pulled into the murder case of his former Colonel’s daughter, he doesn’t like it. It’s too easy. Only later, after another murder and the suspect behind bars, does the supernatural awareness of Laura Wexler, mountain woman and...

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Twisted Reunion

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White Witch, Black Curse

“The world of the Hollows is fast-moving, funny, harrowing, and scary, and—the greatest compliment to a fantasy—absolutely real.”—New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon Kim Harrison is a New York Times-bestselling phenomenon, in the superstar pantheon along...

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The Dreaming Tree

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Black Mirror in this new release from Matthew Mather, million-copy bestseller translated in over twenty languages worldwide.A new breed of predator hunts on the streets of New York.Chased by a detective whose gift and curse are...

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The Deepest Blue

The natural magic of the classic The Island of the Blue Dolphins meets the danger and courage of The Hunger Games in this dazzling, intricate stand-alone fantasy novel set in award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst’s beloved world of Renthia.Life is precious and...

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Darkness Descends

Skye Faden has had a crappy decade. Seriously. She survived nearly ten years of torture, then escaped and killed the vampires responsible for the deaths of her entire family. She should - by all rights - be free to spend the rest of her days on a warm, sandy beach...

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Hunter & Prey

Penelope Thompson loves her life. She has everything she wants. With her beauty, charm, and intelligence, she is at the top of her game and is one of the most sought after escorts in the city. She chooses her clients carefully and provides them with much more than...

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Kiss of the Slayer

She is the vampire king's number one slayer killing those that harm innocents. When someone suggests there might be a cure, she's not sure what to think. What if there really is one? Can these creatures truly be saved? Forest is the werewolf prince hunting a relative...

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Tales For A Dark and Rainy Night

This collection of twenty eerie tales is a frothy brew of murder, mayhem and madness. Some are tinged with history such as One Bad Good Friday, while others, like Something Out There hint at undiscovered monsters lurking in plain sight. All of the stories are meant to...

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Intoxication

For the fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz...Are you paranoid if you end up dead?..Leslie has a suspicion: someone at work is trying to poison her. Can she prove it? No, and she doesn't care that she can't as she takes the law into her hands. How about those who...

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Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device

"Dead Jack is wicked fun! Undead noir with a devious sense of humor. Highly recommended!" ? Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero and Rot & RuinJACK WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR DUST?MAYBE EVEN SAVE THE WORLD!Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device...

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Death and Deception

If you like gritty action, snarky humor, and unique magic, then GRAB E.A. Copen's exciting urban fantasy series, The Lazarus Codex. This collection contains the first five books of the popular Lazarus Codex series from preternatural storyteller E.A. Copen An ex-con...

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The Ghosts of Kali Oka Road

On the Gulf Coast, Things Don’t Just Go Bump in the NightThey Terrorize You and Sometimes You Disappear!The paranormal investigators at Gulf Coast Paranormal thought they knew what they were doing. Midas, Sierra, Sara, Josh and Peter had over twenty combined years of...

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Necropolis

Necromancer for hire. Cheap rates. Have shovel, will dig.Reanimating corpses, talking to the dead, and casting spells in the most taboo school of magic isn't all fun and games. Freelance necromancer, Rip Eulogy, is about to find that out when one of his old cases...

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The Mailman

Be careful what you wish for.Los Angeles, 1985. Never was the motto sex, drugs, and rock n' roll more apt than the scene on the legendary Sunset Strip with the arrival of the underground Hollywood glam bands.While Mick Freeman, a record executive with a major label,...

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One by One

The Easton family has just moved into their new fixer-upper, a beautiful old house that they bought at a steal, and Alice, the youngest of the family, is excited to explore the strange, new place. Her excitement turns to growing dread as she discovers a picture hidden...

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Twilight’s Dawn

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels novels have enthralled readers and critics alike. Now, in Twilight’s Dawn, she returns to the Blood realm with four captivating novellas...  WINSOL GIFTS   Daemon is settling into his first year of married...

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Magic Burns

Mercenary Kate Daniels tries to save her city from divine intervention in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves...

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Taken

Book four in a six-book series. Approx. 78k words.It’s been months since Ava fooled the British vampires and dealt with Becca for good, but although life has been easier, it’s not without its problems. Her deal with the twins is physically harming her, Peter’s grasp...

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Justicar Jhee and the Cursed Abbey

On Justicar Jhee's way to the Imperial capital, a wild wave damages her household's yacht, and they are forced to halt for repairs at a secluded abbey. With communications disrupted, the abbess invites them to stay but soon their visit takes a frightening turn when...

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Mourning Cloak

A failed hero. A woman turned into a demon. Their second chance.Kato Vorsok lost everything the day he was defeated at the gates of his enemy’s stronghold. Deserted by his god, estranged from his people and living in exile, he wants nothing to do with his old...

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Child of the Ghosts

When her life is torn apart by sorcery and murder, young Caina Amalas joins the mysterious Ghosts, the legendary spies and assassins of the Emperor of Nighmar. She learns the secrets of disguise and stealth, of assassination and infiltration.But even that might not be...

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The Bothell Hell House

True Haunted House story - 2012 Keith Linder after successfully obtaining a management position at a prestigious healthcare company decides the time is right for him and his girlfriend to move in together. That's putting things lightly. Weird things begin to happen...

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I Saw What You Did

“I saw my husband kidnap a woman forty minutes ago.” Shortly after Emma says these words to a 911 operator, her husband, Paul, is arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder. His victim, Alison Bowles, is found raped and strangled hours later. The evidence against...

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Covenant College (The Complete Series)

Zoe Lake is heading off to college – and she’s excited.It’s not a regular college, though. It’s a magical college full of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, sphinxes -- and pretty much everything else you can imagine.Despite the monsters, it’s often human nature...

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Azaroth & Sefalin

To restore one man, they will unearth and unleash the ultimate summoner's manual, a relic from The Twilight. It contains secrets of magic and is a devastating weapon. It also hides a brutal secret...A race against a horde of cannibals, an army from oblivion, an...

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Dion

The NoteAfter a bizarre dream a man wakes up in the middle of a deserted highway, with no clothes, and no memory of who he is. In front of him is a vehicle with keys and a note inside: Drive this forward. Drive, or there will be consequences. The consequences will be...

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Straight Outta Fangton

FROM THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA:Peter Stone is a poor black vampire who is wondering where his nightclub, mansion, and sports car are. Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift as being a vampire isn’t all that impressive...

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Limbo.

This is a story of a man who accidentally becomes Grim the Reaper, the most highly revered killer in Limbo. A place beyond time and space as we know it where psychopaths compete for perverse honour and status as they carry out their deathly duties. As Grim struggles...

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The Cactus Killer

The Story Begins!When a serial killer begins hunting werewolves and vampires, a panic in the supernatural community begins to boil over. Elizabeth Swansea, a very old and powerful vampire in her own right, seeks the help of a most unusual werewolf.You see, Victor...

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Straight Outta Fangton

FROM THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA:Peter Stone is a poor black vampire who is wondering where his nightclub, mansion, and sports car are. Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift as being a vampire isn’t all that impressive...

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