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Movie Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

By Richard Paolinelli / April 30, 2018

In a recent post, Legends of Urban Fantasy: The Vampire, I mentioned some of the movies about vampires made over the past century. The 1922 German silent film Nosferatu started the genre off. In 1931 Universal joined in with the classic movie, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, here in America. The Hammer films from England brought […]


Book Review: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

By Stanley Gray / April 29, 2018

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher offers a great model of what urban fantasy should be. The fourth book in Jim’s Dresden Files series was released in 2002 to great acclaim. And it lives up to the hype. Fraught with tension, the novel takes the reader on a joyride practically from the first page. Jim seamlessly […]


Amusing Musings: Thoughts on Genre

By Stanley Gray / April 28, 2018

The lines between genres perplex and vex many writers. Often, the rules and conventions seem blurred. Questions can lead to more queries, without the benefit of concrete answers. Urban fantasy, as a relative newcomer on the genre scene, is no stranger to this controversy. While The Night Stalker television series and movie are often credited […]


Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

By Richard Paolinelli / April 27, 2018

Not too long ago I posted about Legends of Urban Fantasy: The Vampire. In that post, I discussed the origins of the vampire legend as well as how the legend has been adapted in media and entertainment. The most notable adaptation, of course, being the first: Bran Stoker’s novel, Dracula. In my mind, this work is still […]


A Raucous Romp: Redcaps Rising

By Stanley Gray / April 26, 2018

Novels about writers seem to be a proven method for engaging an audience, and P.A. Piatt’s Redcaps Rising was no exception to the rule. In Redcaps, the protagonist, Walter Bailey, is a fantasy writer looking into the suspicious death of his grandmother. A mild-mannered gentleman with a propensity for living in his own mind, Walter […]


Superhero Shows on Netflix Streaming April 2018

By Morgon Newquist / April 25, 2018

Fans of Superhero media have had quite the streak the last several years. Here at Urban-Fantasy.com we like to think of Superheroes as a subgenre of Urban Fantasy. There are plenty of other great sites covering the news for them, so we won’t touch on them too much most of the time. But as I […]


Supernatural Rewatch

By Morgon Newquist / April 24, 2018

My husband and I have recently begun a Supernatural Rewatch. Some of that is because the first season of Supernatural is one of our favorite seasons of TV to date. Some of it is because he writes Urban Fantasy so he wanted to watch it as inspiration fuel.   We’ve also been watching some of […]


Legends Of Urban Fantasy: The Vampire

By Richard Paolinelli / April 23, 2018

We’ve been talking a lot here about Urban Fantasy in books, television and movies. So I thought it might be time for us to take a closer look at the creatures behind the stories. Let’s start with the oldest – if not the scariest – of them all: The Vampire. In modern times, the vampire […]


UF Contributor Stanley Gray: Book An Urban Escape

By Stanley Gray / April 22, 2018

Reading a book offers a wealth of opportunities to explore not just the worlds that exist, but also those realms that formed themselves in the magical mists of the mind. One of the most powerful tools at our disposal in an era of darkness and cynicism is a book. Because a book is a gateway […]


Book Review: Down a Dark Hall

By Hawkings Austin / April 21, 2018

Let’s drift a little bit from the core of Urban Fantasy into a dark, supernatural, boarding school fiction. Down a Dark Hall is getting a lot of buzz lately, because it will be released as a movie in 2018. The novel follows a lovely young woman called Kit who’s mother is re-marrying. She is sent […]