Urban Fantasy

Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott

A vam­pire, a demon slayer, and a witch walk into a bar…  No, this isn’t a joke, it’s urban fantasy.

Urban fan­tasy is a rel­a­tively new genre of fic­tion that com­bines ele­ments of hor­ror, fan­tasy, and romance all of which are set against a modern-day back­drop.  Ever hear of Twi­light?  That’s urban fan­tasy.  True Blood or Sookie Stack­house?  Also urban fan­tasy.  How about Neil Gaiman’s novel Amer­i­can Gods?  Yup, also urban fantasy.

Urban fan­tasy is a very mal­leable genre.  It can include vam­pires, witches, demons, or fairies who live in Spokane, Baton Rouge, or (in the case of my own series) Detroit.  There are books about demon hunters (such as M.L.N. Hanover’s Unclean Spir­its); books about angels (Daugh­ter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Tay­lor); and books about Native Amer­i­can spir­its (Charles Delint’s Trader.) No mat­ter what your taste in fan­tasy, there’s bound to be some­thing for you to enjoy.

Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott

Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott

Romance also plays a part in this genre.  Star-crossed lovers and unre­quited love are com­mon themes.  But unlike urban fantasy’s more mature rel­a­tive, para­nor­mal romance, the heat rat­ing of urban fan­tasy sto­ries are much milder.  Gen­er­ally, these books carry a PG or PG-13 rat­ing.  The impor­tant thing to remem­ber, how­ever, is that the plot will always trump the romance.

I wrote urban fan­tasy for sev­eral years before becom­ing aware that there was such a genre.  But not know­ing the name ‘urban fan­tasy’ didn’t keep me from lov­ing it.  My Lilith Straight series focuses on suc­cubae and incubuses whereas my Bit Parts series involves vampires.

Per­son­ally, I’ll read any­thing from lit­er­ary fic­tion to west­erns, but I always come back to my favorite genre: urban fantasy.


About the author:

Michelle Scott received her MFA from Wayne State Uni­ver­sity.  Her sto­ries have appeared in such places as “Tales of the Unan­tic­i­pated”, “All Pos­si­ble Worlds” and “Realms”.  Straight to Hell, the first book in her Lilith Straight urban fan­tasy series, is pub­lished by Carina UK, an imprint of Har­le­quin Romance. Michelle lives in south­east Michi­gan with her hus­band and three children.

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