Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Special Edition

by KP

Big city life with a side of the supernatural.

Have you ever been curious about urban fantasy? Exactly what is it? In general, urban fantasy novels are set in contemporary times, and contain supernatural elements. One Friday out of each month, I’ll highlight an urban fantasy book for the interested.

Available in ebook and eaudiobook formats.

Season’s greetings and welcome to a special edition of Urban Fantasy Spotlight. With the chaos of Black Friday and holiday shopping in full swing, I couldn’t help but think of all the great short story collections out there for the hurried and harried urban fantasy enthusiast. Short stories offer wonderful opportunities to escape the insanity of our daily tasks and delve into worlds of more insanity–but with supernatural creatures.

For our 16 in ’16: Read a short story challenge, I got my hands on the new anthology Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes. It’s filled with the latest stories by some of urban fantasy’s top authors–including one who has already graced a past U/F/S posts (Dresden Files). I adore the collection’s premise: main characters who straddle (often erase) the line between good and bad, and love catching up with my favorite characters. While I enjoy discovering what new foes lurk on the horizon, new readers be forewarned: Some of these thrilling tales may contain spoiler content.

Available in ebook format


Bursting with stories from established names and newcomers to the genre, the Urban Fantasy Anthology covers nearly every style within the urban fantasy field, from noir to mythology and paranormal romance. This is my go-to anthology because it provides an overview of not only some classics short stories within the urban fantasy genre, but also is a great book to just flip open to any page and be teleported to a new world. It’s perfect for those eager to sample the work of urban fantasy authors without committing themselves to lengthy novels.





Available in ebook format


I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a little festive spirit into the mix. For those looking for a werewolf to sip hot cocoa with before a roaring fire, or perhaps a roguish vampire with whom to ring in the new year, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe is the perfect anthology. I’m a fan of so many of the authors in this short story collection that I couldn’t wait to see what this anthology had in store. I was not disappointed.

Besides, what urban fantasy enthusiast can resist celebrating the holidays with a pack of devilishly handsome werewolves?

Whatever your tastes or obligations (holiday shopping, family get-togethers, work parties) browse these urban fantasy anthologies–no long term time commitments necessary.

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