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Who's who in Urban Fantasy fiction


urban fantasy
Urban fantasy (fiction) is a genre in which a typical fantasy storyline occurs in a modern urban setting.

Readers of urban fantasy can expect to see not-quite-human characters such as faeries in addition to a run of vampires, angels, demons, fauns, Gods, and mad monks who have been around since the fifteenth century.

Below are the urban fantasy authors to which I tend to look when I need an urban fantasy fix.

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

Neil Gaiman

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a British-born author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, poems, graphic novels and films.

Neil Gaiman is best known for the seminal The Sandman graphic novels, and his books Stardust, Neverwhere, American Gods, and Anansi Boys. Several books have been adapted for film.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

the sandman The Sandman (series) is amongst the most popular graphic novels ever written. Gaiman weaves a series of engrossing and thought-provoking tales around the title character: Morpheus -- The Sandman.

Morpheus is one of The Endless -- far more than merely Gods, The Endless are elemental beings who have existed since the Beginning. Morpheus (Dream) and his siblings Destiny, Destruction, Death, Desire, Despair, and Delirium have a profound influence on humanity (and all other life forms).

In The Sandman, Neil Gaiman takes readers into a compelling world of imagination, theology, mysticism, folklore, mythology and fantasy structured around the tragic figure of Morpheus.


american gods American Gods by Neil Gaiman tells the intriguing tale of Shadow, an ordinary young man who encounters some very extraordinary characters who involve him in a road trip across America on a strange and very dangerous journey of adventure in which ancient mythology and folklore meets the New Gods of the modern world. anansi boys Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman is a loose sequel to his bestselling novel American Gods which revisits the popular character of Mr Nancy (the anthropomorphic personification of the Afro-Caribbean Spider God Anansi) and written an entertaining story based around two of his offspring.
stardust Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a sparking, magical story of adventure, fantasy and romance that will enchant and enthrall anyone who loves a good well-told tale. the ocean at the end of the lane The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman tells the tale of an unnamed man who returns to his hometown for a family funeral. While there, he is drawn to recall a series of events which began forty years earlier ....
good omens Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman concerns a young boy called Adam who just so happens to be the Antichrist, an unconventional angel, an even more unconventional demon and a small group of "ordinary" people who are trying to thwart The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in their attempts to fulfill their destiny by bringing about Armageddon.

Note: Good Omens is a humorous parody of the classic 1976 horror film "The Omen".
neverwhere Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman primarily occurs in a world called "London Below". Sometimes London Below spills out into London Above ...

Note: Neverwhere was originally created by Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry as a BBC TV series in 1996 and later developed into a novel written by Neil Gaiman.

Note: I do not recommend Coraline and the other children's books. I found them creepy -- in a bad way. They remind me of all things I didn't like about that Nightmare Before Christmas film.

Likewise, I do not recommend most of the short stories. They tend toward outright horror and/or "adult" themes rather than fantasy, and are not to my liking.

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