What is Urban Fantasy?

Urban Fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that takes place in contemporary times. Which means, gargoyles, and demons, and yes, werewolves, oh my, live in our times. Just think, you could be conversing with a werewolf or a vampire even on the Internet and never realize it. You thought some of the people out there were scary? Well, in an urban fantasies, you don't know the half of it.

How can us poor humans face a world like that? In the past, these fantastical creatures were often evil. Now? Lovers. Werewolf lovers. Vampire lovers. Gargoyle lovers? Even half human/half demon lovers. Yep, it takes all kinds to make the world go around.

And that's what's fun with having an imagination and sharing it with the world. No longer are the princes just plain cursed...the prince who is a bear by day, the prince who is a frog...nope...now the princes are vampires, and princely ghosts, stone princes, and well, yes, even frog princes of a much sexier nature.

What are your favorite kinds of urban fantasies and why?


Carol Ericson said...

Terry, thanks for the explanation. To my knowledge, I've never read an urban fantasy. I thought an urban fantasy was parking in downtown L.A. for free or traveling 65 mph on the 405 freeway - LOL. This reminds me if a gargoyle cartoon my kids used to watch called - Gargoyles. I had to Google it just now, and I didn't realize it was originally on from '94 - '97 - I guess my kids were watching reruns. Anyway, you should Google it. It sounds like an urban fantasy.

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

LOL, Yeah, that would be, Carol! I saw a gargoyle story years ago that would have been an urban fantasy. :)