This exclusive preview chapter from Borderline by Mishell Baker contains the best line I’ve seen in ages: “Suicide is not a way of ending pain; it’s just a way of redistributing it.”
Mishell Baker’s debut urban fantasy Borderline, out now, includes a female character who makes a lot of “unrelatable” choices. Are people finally ready for female characters who are just as edgy as Walter White or Han Solo? Baker has been surprised by people’s reactions.
Are you an urban fantasy protagonist or a horror protagonist? The answer may depend on just how you’d react if an eldritch, uncanny supernatural being burst out and decided to attack you.
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.
Max Gladstone’s novel Two Serpents Rise came out in 2013, but Glinda Chen has put together a wonderful animated book trailer for the first installment of his Craft Sequence novels.
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.
Urban fantasy often seems more open-minded than other fantasy subgenres. You can have more sex, more swearing, loads of blasphemy, and tons of gonzo violence. So what can't you have in urban fantasy books? Apparently, an older female protagonist, as author Harry Connolly found out.
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.
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…
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.
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!
Carrie Vaughn is the author of the mega-successful Kitty Norville novels — but she didn't want to rest on her laurels. Instead, she fought to break out of the "urban fantasy" category, which she hadn't even known existed until she was put into it. Her story is fascinating.
Before Richard Kadrey was writing the Sandman Slim novels and other thrilling urban fantasy books, he was writing cyberpunk — and now, you can read his classic novel Metrophage, in a new signed edition.
And yes, that's a tall order. But over at Fantasy Literature, they've decided to put their heads together and create a single story that contains every urban fantasy cliche ever. Can you help them?
I've been reading Kim Harrison's Hollows for nearly a decade now, it's one of the only series I've stuck with through the entire run and a large part of that is the fun, fast nature of the novels. And now, with The Witch With No Name, she's giving long-time fans the satisfying ending we deserve.
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.
There are a lot of great not-true things at Facts I Just Made Up, but only one forces us to imagine a world where people have just enough knowledge to accidentally summon an archangel to a high school.
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.
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…
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...