A b o u t t h e g e n r e
I have always been fond of the fantasy genre, but not necessarily the ones set in a wholly imaginary landscape. I enjoyed fantasy stories that were more contemporary. The supernatural and the fantastic still existed but now it was set in a real-world or urban setting. It was my world and I became an even bigger part of the story. Sometimes this modern supernatural world is open, where magic or paranormal events are commonly accepted such as in Laurell K Hamilton's Merry Gentry or Anita Blake series, but other times they are closed and the average character has no idea that magical powers or supernatural creatures exist. Authors like Charles de Lint and his Newford series provided an amazing new world that was my own and yet so very different. Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere entranced me in a similar fashion. In the years that followed authors such as Kelley Armstrong, L.A. Banks, Clive Barker, Holly Black, Jim Butcher, Simon Green, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Tanya Huff would become some of my favorite authors.