I’ve always enjoyed the frequent Mind Meld posts over at the S F Signal blog, so it was quite an honour to be asked to participate in one. The subject was The Intersection Between Gothic Horror and Urban Fantasy based on the theme of this year’s World Fantasy Convention: “Northern Gothic and Urban Fantasy”. We were asked to comment on the idea that Urban Fantasy now represents the new Gothic; that castles and haunted locations have been replaced by the Modern City. It seems that my ideas on the subject are in the minority compared to most of the respondents, but I think that’s largely due to differing ideas of just what urban fantasy is. I think the idea of urban fantasy as purely an extension of paranormal romance does an incredible disservice to the scope and variety of what makes up urban fantasy today.
Sure, there’s the stuff that draws on the paranormal romance model, but there’s so much more than that. Certainly, my own work has nothing to do with romance and everything to do with dark fantasy and horror in urban (and other) environments.
Anyway, the various responses still make for interesting reading. The people involved include Anton Strout, Carrie Cuinn, Carrie Vaughn, Damien Walters Grintalis, David Annandale, J.A. Pitts, Mindy Klasky, Nick Mamatas, Stina Leicht, Teresa Frohock and myself. You can find the post here.