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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.

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

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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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Part-Time Monster Hunter

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The Dead House

Sometimes the past endures—and sometimes it never lets go. This best-selling debut by an award-winning writer is both an eerie contemporary ghost story and a dread-inducing psychological thriller. Maggie is a successful young artist who has had bad luck with men. Her...

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Tatum

Everyone has nightmares but the silent girl from Tatum’s is crossing over to reality and when she does, someone dies. In a quiet little neighbourhood, murders are about to rock the community’s happy existence but only Tatum can make the connection between seeing the...

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Eye Bleach

Psychologist, Dr. Sylvia Marstens, is making a fresh start. The move from NYU to Silicon Valley is just the ticket to break out of her rut. With a huge boost in salary, beautiful California weather, and complete autonomy at work, her new job is a dream come true. The...

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Darkness in the Valley

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The Man From Taured

"Bates skillfully unwinds a complex tale of suspense, mystery and intrigue. A roller-coaster ride full of emotions"—Kirkus ReviewsFrom international bestselling author Jeremy Bates comes the third book in the WORLD'S SCARIEST LEGENDS series.Ever been to Taured before?...

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Damnation Code

Apocalyptic cults. Cursed relics. Paranormal terrorists. Only one man stands against the forces of darkness. After his fiancée is slain by a murderous cult, a professional soldier dedicates himself to a new mission–hunting down twisted occultists around the globe....

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The Forgotten

Across the United States, children are vanishing. Only this time, faeries may not be to blame …Dante, Regent of the fae's Rogue Court, has been receiving disturbing reports. Human children are manifesting magical powers in record numbers. Shunned and forgotten, they...

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Dark Voyage

In 1914, fear and paranoia rule the high seas. Young Iain Cosgrove sets sail for a research trip aboard Lady Balgay, the last of Dundee’s once-grand sealing fleet.Fueled by rum and the crew's eerie tales, they obsess over ancient superstitions, which Iain dismisses as...

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Sharpest Sting

The truth won’t set me free—but it will probably get me killed ...As Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, I’m used to having a target on my back. But ever since I started investigating the secret society known as the Circle, that target seems bigger than...

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Adrift

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The Call

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Ghost in the Ashes

Caina Amalas is a Ghost nightfighter, one of the elite agents of the Emperor of Nighmar, and she has defeated both corrupt lords and mighty sorcerers. As the Padishah of Istarinmul prepares to make peace with the Emperor, the Ghosts must keep the Padishah’s ambassador...

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Nyx

A heartwarming fantasy-horror novel.Nyx, a sarcastic, mouthy fairy, is hurled into Hell, but instead of damned souls and devils, she finds only a group of confused, young human witches. It’s hate at first sight. But Nyx and the witches, whose magical skills are not...

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Skin Game

Chicago’s only professional wizard is about to have a very bad day in the latest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files...As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry Dresden never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do....

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Subterrestrial

An accident during the construction of a tunnel beneath the Bering Strait leads to the discovery of a network of caverns and evidence that hints at the survival of a primitive human species. Led by DARPA technologist Reinhard Thyssen, a team of experts from around the...

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Revenant Winds

From the Aurealis Award-winning author of A Crucible of Souls.As a secret cabal schemes to awaken an evil thought defeated millennia ago, the lives of three unlikely heroes are fated to converge:Aldric, a veteran priest and sorcerer, who seeks acceptance from the...

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Demons by Daylight

“The nearest thing to an heir to M. R. James” – The TimesRamsey Campbell, known for his Lovecraftian mastery of the horror-fiction genre, presents a collection of short stories and supernatural tales set in the disconcerting world of what seems like our reality.But...

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The Codex

Welcome to The Codex - Omnibus edition.This special edition includes the epic origin story, "Failed Crusade," that inspired five volumes of demon hunting across the multiverse (and multiple genres.) This fantasy story has an amazing twist ending.The original Codex...

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Dysfictional 2: Shreds of Sanity

- A henpecked husband makes a stand against his surly wife.- Is a mysterious stain on the ceiling of a prison cell a product of the inmate's imagination or something more sinister?- A woman trapped in a loveless marriage finds magic in a gift from a friend.- Something...

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All That Remains

The old world is dead, and humanity struggles to survive in the shadows of the new one. Kyle, Sara, and Tim are scavengers, hiding in the remains of human civilization from the hungry things that destroyed it. Living on the few items that haven’t rotted in the...

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Hellbounce

A damned fine tale." - David Farland, New York Times Bestselling AuthorPrison psychologist Eva Ross has dealt with her share of sinners. The corrupt, the insane; their minds were hers to unlock. But when those around her start to show the same characteristics, she is...

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At the Edge of the Lighthouse

Liam finds his fate in something supernatural he hasn't seen yet. He lives alone, peacefully in a house he inherited from his Grandpa Paul. Something is happening in his home...something that changes his thoughts, his actions, his very existence.

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Guardians of Stone

In the tradition of Indiana Jones, a feisty heroine with a sixth sense, and two sexy heroes, a dark, reclusive billionaire and a mercenary bodyguard are on a hunt for four powerful relics that could change their lives…and the course of history. But relics aren’t...

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The Dead Man (Anthology)

Three stories of unspeakable evil make up The Dead Man Volume 1, an action adventure collection full of dark humor, surprising twists, and supernatural terror: Matthew Cahill, dead and buried in an avalanche, wakes up in a morgue three months later in Face of Evil....

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The River Is Dark

In a small town along the Mississippi River, separate but nearly identical attacks have left two married couples brutally murdered in their homes. A young boy—the lone survivor of the killings—now lies comatose in the hospital. And the police’s only lead is the boy’s...

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Veritas

The ghosts are angry, thinking I've neglected them. Do not forget us, they call out from the grave. I won't, I promise them. Upon my life, I won't.Being a demigoddess in 1892 Stonehenge, Colorado isn't all one might suppose, especially when the dead are involved. Yet...

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Blackwater

A desperate vigilante. An abducted daughter. And an ancient god waiting to be reborn.Hunter’s daughter was kidnapped three years ago, and now he’ll stop at nothing to find out what happened to her. At his wit’s end, he accepts a job offered to him by a mysterious...

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The Kill Society

Sandman Slim returns in this stunning, high-octane ninth thriller in the series, filled with the intense, kick-ass action and inventive fantasy that are the hallmarks of New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey.Sandman Slim has been to Heaven and Hell and many...

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Cades Cove

"Ghost stories don't get any better than this."--J.R. RainBuried deep in a ravine in the picturesque Smoky Mountains is a very dark secret. David Hobbs, vacationing with his wife Miriam, inadvertently stumbles upon a small cloth ‘keepsake’ bag and a broken tooth. A...

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The Possession

"Fans of supernatural thrillers will be more than satisfied" with this novel that's in the James Rollins tradition of of a team investigating American myths and legends (Publishers Weekly). Still recovering from the shocking revelations they uncovered deep in...

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Adrift

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Wizard’s Nocturne

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The Silver Stag

Life isn’t easy when you bear the mark of the Silver Stag.Caught between the worlds of Light and Dark Fae, Ember Kearney was born with the mark of the Silver Stag. Rejected by both her bloodlines, she’s turned her back on her people to become a freelance investigator,...

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The Best Horror of the Year (Volume 2)

Celebrities take refuge in a white-walled mansion as plague and fever sweep into Cannes; a killer finds that the living dead have no appetite for him; a television presenter stumbles upon the chilling connection between a forgotten animal act and the Whitechapel...

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