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Book Review: The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

By Jemma Jablowski / May 31, 2018

So I have now re-read all of the books in this series that I have read thus far. I finished The Dragon Heir over the Memorial Day weekend. (Shout out to my Mom who snuggled with my baby while I indulged in reading a book by myself.) This was a fast paced war story. All […]


Vampires Suck

By Daniel Humphreys / May 30, 2018

Yes, I know, I’m stealing the title from a 2010 movie. As bad as that movie might have been (I have no desire to subject myself to that torture), the title is on point. Now, I don’t regard all vampire appearances in entertainment as awful. But who can resist the doubly-fun hyperbole of ‘Vampires Suck’? Lest […]


What’s Magic Got to Do With It?

By Stanley Gray / May 29, 2018

According to one dictionary, magic can be defined as: the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Wikipedia defines magic as: “Representing a category used in the study of religion and the social sciences to define various practices and ideas considered separate from both religion and science.” One of […]


Book Review: The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

By Jemma Jablowski / May 28, 2018

Here is my review of the second book in the Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima. Like the first book, this is actually the third time I’ve read through this book. I think one of the things that makes these books so re-readable is the surprises. There are several fun plot twists and reveals that […]


Book Review: War Demons by Russell Newquist

By Hawkings Austin / May 27, 2018

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): Just to make it clear – Russell runs Urban-Fantasy.com and Silver Empire. He’s a friend and I HATE writing about friend’s books, but he asked for it. (There may have been a martial arts showdown involved.) War Demons is a solid Urban Fantasy. If you expect a hero, some monsters, […]


Genre Debate: What Is U-F?

By Richard Paolinelli / May 26, 2018

We’ve been talking about the Urban Fantasy genre for a couple of months now. We’ve defined it somewhat but I wouldn’t go so far as to say we have completely carved out what is and is not U-F just yet. For example, yesterday I talked about the movie, Winchester, as well as the house and […]


Winchester: The Legend, The Movie and The Truth

By Richard Paolinelli / May 24, 2018

Here’s a challenge for you. Travel to San Jose, California. Once there, Google to see what one can do there to kill some time or have some fun. One of the places of interest will be the Winchester Mystery House. You probably have already heard all about the place. Built by a crazy heiress of […]


At The Movies: Monster Mash

By Richard Paolinelli / May 19, 2018

We’ve talked about some of the specific monster movies and their origins here. The vampire and the lycan. We’ll look at the mummy, zombies and a few others soon. But I wanted to take a look at the movies that mixed up the creatures of urban fantasy lore and see which ones combined our favorite […]


Urban Fantasy Legends: Who Played The Wolfman Best?

By Richard Paolinelli / May 18, 2018

Recently we’ve examined the lycans in literature and cinema. There really is just one last, but most important, question to ask: Who portrayed the Wolfman the best? Lon Chaney Jr. started things off in 1941 original, Oliver Reed’s first role as the lead actor followed two decades later and Benicio Del Toro’s turn in 2010 was […]


Harry Potter Gets Hairy

By Stanley Gray / May 17, 2018

One debate I’ve encountered with increasing frequency lately strikes at the very definition of urban fantasy. I find it healthy to engage in such discussions. As with most things, literature evolves over time. Genres and sub-genres also shed vestigial organs as they adapt to the dynamic world around them. If the nature of reality is […]