Notes on fantasy
This is not a definitive list of
fantasy types. In fact, I'm not really interested in what category a book
might fall into. However, some people find these labels helpful.
Also, if I find that we are overstocked with certain types of fantasy, I will
indicate it here. I will also add new categories now and then.
This type can come as a single story, though we are more likely to see a series of
books, all revolving around the quest. The quest need not be for an object. It
may be a quest to free a people, to save an individual, etc. Epic fantasy relies on
the heroic main character more than other types.
This is really part of Epic
Fantasy. Heroic fantasy is the subgenre that usually stresses the battle
of good and evil, often in epic style (and length). These are the stories of
heroes and legendary battles.
This type of fantasy can be the same basic type as any of the others, except for
one change -- animals take the place of humans.
Contemporary (Urban) Fantasy
The world is the same as we know it, only there is magic for those
who know where to look. This includes Urban Fantasy.
In some cases everyone knows about the magic, but in others the magic users are
in hiding. They may be magical beings or humans who can use magic.
The key here is that magic is alive and living in our world.
Real world history but affected by magic. Up until the late
Middle Ages or early Renaissance, such tales would still have been considered
historical since people believed that magic had an affect on the real world
In these stories different types of mythology is used as the core of a story. This includes stories based on
fairy tales and Arthurian Fantasy.
The world of magic played for laughs.
Non Western Tradition
Most fantasy published these days is set in some
version of Western Civilization, either from the Celts to today's world.
However, many Eastern Civilizations have strong myth and fantasy to draw upon.
Think of this one as space ships AND elves.
It's Future Fantasy, as opposed to Contemporary Fantasy and Historical Fantasy.
These are the stories in which the
creatures who would normally be monsters in horror are the heroes -- vampires,
werewolves, etc. They are now fighting on the side of right, even if they do
still have urges to be do something less than heroic. After all, a vampire
still has to feed.
But what about
Because I am not much of a romance
reader I am going to request that novels in which the romance takes precedence
over the fantasy elements be sent to our wonderful new romance imprint,
That does not mean I don't want any
romance in the fantasy books for Dragon Tooth Ebooks. However, what
I want is a fantasy book with romance elements, not a romance books with fantasy
elements. Sometimes it's hard to draw the line. If you are uncertain
where your story might fall, send it to me. I will pass it on to the