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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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Timeless

At long last, New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore returns with one of fantasy's most beloved and enduring icons, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, in an all-new trilogy full of swordplay, danger, and imaginative thrills,Centuries ago, in the city of...

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Revenants

When the zombies arrived twenty-five years ago, the world didn't end. People adapted and learned to live with them. There are two varieties of zombies. Gerries wander around slowly and aimlessly. Renals are always at an eleven. The only thing that they want is to eat...

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The Cactus Killer

When a serial killer begins targeting the supernatural community, vampires and werewolves are forced to come together to stop him. At the forefront, Victor Inglewood and Elizabeth Swansea are tasked with bringing an end to these brutal crimes - but at what...

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Devourer of Souls

Welcome back to Clifton Heights.Sheriff Chris Baker and Father Ward meet for a Saturday morning breakfast at The Skylark Diner to once again commiserate over the weird and terrifying secrets surrounding their town.Sheriff Baker shares with Father Ward the story of a...

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Kingdoms of the Wall

A pilgrimage leads to a shocking revelation in this “deeply affecting and evocative extraterrestrial novel” from the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author (Locus). The village of Jespodar nestles in the foothills of a world-dominating mountain known to all as "The...

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Mutation

The best person to fight the monsters is someone who's been one.When a violent mob invades cop Alex MacCallum's part of town, it's just a typical night for him and the others living there. They expect to be feared and despised - they're survivors of the virus that...

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Ghostwalker

Silhouette didn't mean to die.Becoming a Ghostwalker, however, was a very deliberate decision.A twist of fate in the lives of children will take them to the High City of Lydia -a place of wonder on the verge of falling apart. Its Queen is threatened by her disgruntled...

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The End

“With beautifully constructed prose and an intensely brisk pace, THE END is a very quick and satisfying 74 page read. It’s a character study, replete with originality in a genre that sorely needs it.” - from The Obsessive Book NerdA zombie horror told from the...

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Saving the Dark Side

If you're looking for fairy tales and happy endings, seek your solace elsewhere...Cole was three when he first went missing. He repeatedly vanished for days on end, only to appear back in his bed where his mother left him. The problem was slow to fade, so he grew up...

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Hunter of Legends

Cursed with the power to impose his will on those around him, forcing everyone he meets to gradually become him, Hunter has become the hunted. The immortal King Tykus will stop at nothing to destroy him...or to brainwash him into becoming the king's ultimate...

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Lost Gods

A young man descends into Purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this gorgeous, illustrated tale of wonder and terror from the mind of master storyteller and acclaimed artist Brom.Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant...

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The Ghosts Omnibus

Here for the first time in one volume are the first four books of the internationally bestselling THE GHOSTS saga - CHILD OF THE GHOSTS, BLADE OF THE GHOSTS, GHOST IN THE FLAMES, and GHOST IN THE BLOOD. When her life is torn apart by sorcery and murder, young Caina...

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The Leira Chronicles (Boxed Set)

She’s the best at getting her mark. An elven-king will even crosses between worlds for help after the prince was killed . Now, this tough detective who prefers fighting over flirting is on the case. Can she solve the murder for the survival of two worlds? She fears...

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The Immortal Circus

Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can't quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as...

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The Game

He didn’t know he was playing.Zack was just living his life.It was really a game.When he started to ask questions, everything changed. Zack wasn’t supposed to figure it out. He could ruin everything.Zack was disoriented when he woke up. They had welcomed him back. He...

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Child of the Ghosts

Here is a new story of a woman's fight against an ancient evil in a world of swords, sorcery, intrigue, and danger.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...

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First Login

After playing online together for years, Jason and his friends are excited about the possibilities of the emerging technology of Full-Immersion Virtual Reality, aka FIVR. Preparing for the release of The World, Jason is determined to help his friends realize their...

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Zombie Road

They weren’t heroes. They were everyday people.Gunny, truck driver and former veteran, is minding his own business over a cup of coffee at the Three Flags Truck Stop when all hell breaks loose.Trapped inside the building with dwindling supplies and surrounded by the...

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Dead Witch on a Bridge

The first in a new paranormal mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Gretchen Galway.Is her magic strong enough to stop a killer?On her first assignment as a demon-hunting witch, Alma was unable to kill. Now broke and unemployed at twenty-six, she lives in...

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Chaos Awakens

From USA Today bestselling author, Megg Jensen...For hundreds of years, the orcs and humans of Doros have shared an uneasy peace. It shatters in an instant with the botched assassination of a human priest in the orc capital. Hell bent on revenge, the humans take up...

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The Dragon’s Tear

Tyyr is a member of Valsair’s secret police. As part of the House of Ravens, she is the first to gather information for her king. She’s a killer, a spy; efficient and self-reliant.Rumors of a dissenting lord passes through the Houses, and Tyyr is sent to investigate....

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Child of the Ghosts

Here is a new story of a woman's fight against an ancient evil in a world of swords, sorcery, intrigue, and danger.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...

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Things They Buried

Under the dirty streets of Ismae's greatest port city, an old nightmare waits for Sylandair and Aliara, one that is stealing Dockhaven's children, one that only they can end.When the pair escaped their owner and abuser years ago, they left him behind in a ball of blue...

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Bedlam in Baltimore

In this series opener, Edgar Allan Poe and his partner, Nathaniel Quincy, investigate a series of dark and horrifying murders where the unknown, inhumane assailant feeds on the brain, heart, and liver of its victims. What would be the menacing force behind this...

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The Book of the Unwinding

The struggle for power continues in the sequel to The King of Bones and Ashes from Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.D. Horn.With their magic diminishing, warring factions of New Orleans witches desperately search for the Book of the Unwinding—a legendary...

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Deception of the Damned

"It was such a surprising read from a debut novelist." R.K. Lander, fantasy author.“Travel in time, escape your tribe’s bullies, and produce gold along with the best alchemists—all that for a pittance: your soul.” The starry-eyed Hrot cannot resist. But as the pact...

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Necropolis PD

How do you solve a mystery in the city of the dead?Jacob Green was just an average college student. But three months ago, he ran through the wrong door and found himself trapped in the city of Meridian – a literal necropolis, concealed from the modern world, made up...

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Angel’s Kiss

Not mortal, not vampire ... what is she? Helena wants to die, but when a vampire tries to take her life she instinctively unleashes a mysterious, deadly power she never knew she had.When Danizriel -- an angel -- arrives on the scene, he's puzzled to find Helena alive...

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Ferts

The war is over. Resources are scarce. The population is dwindling in the Forkstream Territories.Pinnacle Officer Wilcox has created FERTS amidst the chaos, a facility designed to protect the female population from raiding hordes.Beth 259201, a newly-demoted Epsilon...

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Madness

Madness - Where a dark-wicked half of a split personality. A secret inside of a hero's head - falls in love.But so did the good side... and broke her heart. That's where it gets messy. Welcome to the world of The Grid. Reno Sundown's been fighting that war for over...

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Applewood

In a small Massachusetts town, Scott Dugan and his tightly bonded group of friends struggle with the same pains that plague millions of teens like them -- bullies, broken families, money problems, relationships. But the evil that revives to spread through their town...

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Zournal

Steve and crew have fought their way halfway across the country. They've faced Zombies, an army of invaders and other desperate survivors. This book continues the journey and details their mission to wreak havoc on the ones who caused all this and get the vengeance...

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The Calling

From USA Today bestselling author Robert Swartwood, a supernatural thriller “that will become a classic” (Tim Lebbon). When eighteen-year-old Christopher Myers’ parents are murdered, something is written on his bedroom door, a mark in his parents’ blood that convinces...

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