The Worst Taboo In Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy often seems more open-minded than other fantasy subgenres. You can have more sex, more swearing, loads of blasphemy, and tons of gonzo violence. So what can't you have in urban fantasy books? Apparently, an older female protagonist, as author Harry Connolly found out. » 3/19/15 2:46pm 3/19/15 2:46pm

An Amazing Opportunity: Get The Very Best Of Charles de Lint For Free!

If you love urban fantasy, then you owe a stupendous debt to Charles de Lint, whether you've read him or not. His playful, majestic, clever stories helped shape the genre and were part of what made me fall in love with magical stories set in cities. And now you can get a collection of his best writing for free. » 1/23/15 7:00pm 1/23/15 7:00pm

The Originals Wields Irony Like A F--ing Straight Razor

To most people, The Originals is a wacky spinoff of the "vampire love triangle" show The Vampire Diaries — in which the ancient vamps from TVD go to New Orleans, have a magic baby, and get caught up in endless power struggles. But to devotees, The Originals is a reliable supplier of hilariously bitter irony. Just… » 1/20/15 7:59pm 1/20/15 7:59pm

An Urban Fantasy Novel That Shows Cities In A Way You've Never Seen

The urban fantasy genre isn't just set in cities — it's one of the main places that genre fiction engages with our urbanized existence, picking up the baton dropped by cyberpunk. But you don't often see cities depicted the way Daniel José Older does in his new novel Half-Resurrection Blues. » 1/16/15 4:02pm 1/16/15 4:02pm

Exclusive Holly Black Excerpt Reveals Why Changelings Are Always Hungry

A new Holly Black book is always cause for raucous celebration. And today sees the publication of her book The Darkest Part of the Forest, about a haunted forest, a boy in a glass coffin, and a monster that sounds like a woman weeping. And we've got an exclusive excerpt for you, right here! » 1/13/15 11:30am 1/13/15 11:30am

Carrie Vaughn Explains The Downside Of Becoming Famous For One Thing

Carrie Vaughn is the author of the mega-successful Kitty Norville novels — but she didn't want to rest on her laurels. Instead, she fought to break out of the "urban fantasy" category, which she hadn't even known existed until she was put into it. Her story is fascinating. » 11/20/14 3:32pm 11/20/14 3:32pm

Get A Signed Edition Of Richard Kadrey's Cyberpunk Classic Metrophage

Before Richard Kadrey was writing the Sandman Slim novels and other thrilling urban fantasy books, he was writing cyberpunk — and now, you can read his classic novel Metrophage, in a new signed edition. » 11/04/14 5:38pm 11/04/14 5:38pm

Every Single Urban Fantasy Cliche In One Glorious Story

And yes, that's a tall order. But over at Fantasy Literature, they've decided to put their heads together and create a single story that contains every urban fantasy cliche ever. Can you help them? » 10/23/14 11:41am 10/23/14 11:41am

Kim Harrison's Hollows Series Has Fully Justified Our Love

I've been reading Kim Harrison's Hollows for nearly a decade now, it's one of the only series I've stuck with through the entire run and a large part of that is the fun, fast nature of the novels. And now, with The Witch With No Name, she's giving long-time fans the satisfying ending we deserve. » 9/05/14 4:00pm 9/05/14 4:00pm

Read The First 2 Chapters Of Paul Cornell's Severed Streets Right Here

Paul Cornell's urban fantasy novel London Falling got rave reviews for its story of London police officers who learn to see the uncanny supernatural weirdness in their midst. (And stay profressional in the face of it all.) Now he's back with a sequel, The Severed Streets, and we've got the first two chapters. » 4/24/14 12:17pm 4/24/14 12:17pm

How do you know you have a magician problem? Summoning circle graffiti

There are a lot of great not-true things at Facts I Just Made Up, but only one forces us to imagine a world where people have just enough knowledge to accidentally summon an archangel to a high school. » 12/22/13 11:00am 12/22/13 11:00am

The Mortal Instruments is like The Avengers of teen fantasy

Remember when The Avengers came out, and it was just so gleefully jam-packed with crazy shit? Like, they shook the bag until every last thing fell out? The Mortal Instruments is like that, except for teen urban fantasy. This movie has everything in it, and it will make you laugh until you pass out. » 8/21/13 9:00am 8/21/13 9:00am

Now THIS is the urban fantasy heroine we want

The hero of Mur Lafferty's Shambling Guide to New York doesn't wear tight pants, tote a crossbow, or have the most special power ever. She doesn't fall in love with any magical creatures, or have everybody smitten with her. She's just a travel book editor trying to finish her supernatural guidebook on time, and we… » 6/13/13 4:07pm 6/13/13 4:07pm

Will the Mortal Instruments movie keep the gay hero from the books?

Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments books have a lot in common with other recent urban fantasies — but one thing they have that's different is a major character who's revealed to be gay. We caught up with the stars of the film at Wondercon, and asked whether that will remain the case on screen. Spoilers ahead... » 4/05/13 3:29pm 4/05/13 3:29pm

In the aftermath of the War of the Gods, one man will stop at nothing…

Chuck Wendig wowed us with Mockingbird and Blackbirds, and now he's creating a brand new fantasy series, with the ultra twisted Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits. And we've got a brand new exclusive excerpt, right here. » 3/18/13 4:30pm 3/18/13 4:30pm

This is clearly the best moment from any Christmas episode of any TV…

The trick of juxtaposing extreme, crazy violence with sugary, happy music is as old as the hills — I would have said The Prisoner perfected it in the series finale — but last night's Vampire Diaries breathed new life into it, with this scene of Klaus ripping apart his rebellious hybrids to the strains of "O Holy… » 12/14/12 5:26pm 12/14/12 5:26pm

Detective tale Mockingbird pits a psychic against a serial killer

Miriam Black has returned, along with her unpleasant precognitive power to see the time and manner of death of any person she touches. She's trying to settle into a normal life, but when she discovers a group of girls will be brutally murdered by a serial killer, she can't stay on the sidelines. » 11/28/12 2:20pm 11/28/12 2:20pm

The Creepy, Sexy Drifter Who Knows When and How You'll Die

In Chuck Wendig's new novel Blackbirds, protagonist Miriam Black is a young woman with a superpower. Only, it's a terrible superpower – when she touches someone, she can see the exact date, time and method of their death, in a vivid and morbid vision. And there's nothing she can do about it. » 5/17/12 4:00pm 5/17/12 4:00pm

Phonogram, our fave comic about magicians channeling Madonna records,…

In artist Jamie McKelvie and author Kieron Gillen's Image Comics series Phonogram, a group of British magicians draw their supernatural powers from pop music LPs ranging from Pulp to Robyn to Dexys Midnight Runners. It's a sleek and clever comic with two volumes — Rue Britannia and The Singles Club — and has also been… » 2/27/12 1:20pm 2/27/12 1:20pm

An exclusive first look at Vertigo's next supernatural comic book

Supernaturally tinged comics like Sandman, Hellblazer, and Lucifer have long been staples of Vertigo's roster. Next month, the publisher will debut their newest ghostly series, Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child by author Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and artists Denys Cowan and John Floyd. » 2/07/12 11:50am 2/07/12 11:50am