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This Urban Fantasy Story Will Make You Realize Just How Creepy Psychic Gifts Can Be

The Apex Book of World SF 4, available now as an ebook for just $4.49, contains 28 stories from all over the world. We’re proud to feature one of them, “The Good Matter” by Swedish author Nene Ormes, as an exclusive excerpt here at io9. Learn just how twisted someone with a psychic ability can become.
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First Clip From Syfy's Magicians Series Has Some Real Goddamn Magic

This clip from Syfy’s TV series of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians just showed at San Diego Comic Con—and it looks pretty darn near perfect. Quentin has just the right amount of repressed dickishness, and the snooty magical school Brakebills has the smugness and aggression. And the magic? Lovely. » 7/12/15 3:51pm 7/12/15 3:51pm

The City Is a Crossroads: Daniel José Older on Protest Art and Urban Lit

This week, Gawker Review of Books is running interviews with three authors from the world of speculative fiction, discussing their work and their place within the evolving genre. Our final interview is with Daniel José Older, author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which debuted in January with the… » 5/16/15 2:30pm 5/16/15 2:30pm

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

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

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

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

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