Jul 6 2010 10:00am

Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on Tor.com

While science fiction often deals with the world of tomorrow and fantasy often illuminates worlds that never were, paranormal romance and urban fantasy are—mostly—set in the world we live in. Sort of. I mean, as far as we know, our world isn’t actually populated by vampires, witches, elves, demons, or the other creatures that inhabit urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. Paranormal romance and urban fantasy have roots in horror fiction and magical realism, in mystery and suspense, and in romance and pulp fiction. Accustomed to crossing boundaries, these paranormal romance and urban fantasy can be found in a number of sections in the bookstore, including romance, sf/f, general fiction, mystery, and on the teen/young reader shelves. Not to mention in film, on television, and in comics and graphic novels.

To showcase this diversity, we’ve rounded up half a dozen original pieces of short fiction, including the charming tale of an infant werewolf by A.M. Dellamonica and the investigation of theft and double-murder by a trio of magic-workers who don’t all trust or like each other, from C.T. Adams.

Among the awesome stuff in the queue for this month:

  • Carrie Vaughan talks about researching werewolves
  • Ron Hogan interviews Leanna Renee Hieber and others
  • Anne Elizabeth and Cathy Clamp take on urban fantasy in comic books and graphic novels
  • Liz Edelstein talks about heroes
  • Alisa Kwitney looks at urban fantasy and paranormal romance themes in pop culture
  • Artists Anne Cain and Franco Accornero share their creative processes

And including blog posts and more from:

  • Marjorie M. Liu
  • Kate Perry
  • J.A. Pitts
  • L.A. Banks
  • Carolyn Jewel
  • . . . and others

Plus an editors’ roundtable featuring Alicia Condon from Kensington, Chris Keesler from Dorchester, Heather Osborn from Tor Books, Monique Patterson from St. Martin’s Press, and Deb Werksman from SourceBooks.

PR/UF month fiction:


07/06: Olga by C.T. Adams

07/12 The Ghost of Leadville by Jeanne C. Stein
07/15 Fare Thee Well by Cathy Clamp
07/19 A Stroke of Dumb Luck by Shiloh Walker
07/21 Bogieman by Carole Nelson Douglas
07/22 Eve of Sin City by S. J. Day
07/26 Fangs for Hire by Jenna Black
07/28 The Cage by A.M. Dellamonica
08/04 What Makes a River by Deborah Coates

Here’s what’s been posted so far:

07/06: Timeline of a Trend by Carrie Vaughn
07/06: Homeless and Magical: Megan Lindholm’s Wizard of the Pigeons by Jo Walton
07/07: Is It Urban Fantasy? For Example: Charles Stross' Laundry Files by Brit Mandelo
07/07 The Warping of Young Minds (Including My Own) by Cathy Clamp


07/08 The Success of Paranormals: Why is the Genre Taking a Big Bite of Publishing Sales? by Caridad Pineiro
07/09 Editorial Roundtable: Paranormal Romance Heroines and Heroes by Melissa Ann Singer
07/09 Paranormal Romance Grab Bag Giveaway! by Megan Messinger
07/09 Revisiting the Tramp Stamp Phenomenon by Irene Gallo
07/12 Resident Ghost by Kate Perry
07/12 Texas Ghost Fantasy: Sean Stewart’s Perfect Circle by Jo Walton
07/13 The Lasting Appeal of Urban Fantasy by Laura Ann Gilman
07/14  How I Started Reading Paranormal Romance by Ron Hogan

07/15  Real World Research or Building a Better Werewolf by Carrie Vaughn

07/15  The fantasy geography of America: Terry Bisson's Talking Man by Jo Walton
07/16 Quandaries by Kate Perry
07/16 Paranormal Romance Grab Bag II: The Grabbening by Megan Messinger
07/19 Text me that hex, please? Kthxbai! by A.M. Dellamonica
07/21 I Speak for the Trolls by Kate Perry
07/22 What Urban Fantasy Means to Me by Susan Sizemore
07/22 Because It's Shiny by Shiloh Walker
07/23 Down This Gravel Road: A Look at Contemporary Rural Fantasy by Deb Coates
07/23  Ménage à Paranormal Romance Grab Bag Giveaway Trois by Megan Messinger
07/23 The Language of Stones: Terry Windling's The Wood Wife by Jo Walton
07/23 Imagine by Heather Webber
07/24 Super Kate by Kate Perry
07/26 Carrie Vaugh's big week- Kitty Goes to War and Discord's Apple By Mark Graham
07/26 Writing the Paranormal by L.A. Banks
07/26 Finding Your Writing Tribe by Kelley Armstrong
07/26 I Blame Buffy by Cynthia Eden
07/27 What about Love? Paranormal Romance, Teens and Happily Ever Afters by Shannon Delaney
07/27 Embodying Mercy Thompson In Person and In Paint by Irene Gallo
07/27 It's All Charlaine's Fault. (And Jim's, Laurell's, oh, and Josh Whedon's) by C.T. Adams
07/28 An Interview with Leanne Renee Hieber by Ron Hogan
07/28 Fashion Dos and Don'ts for the Paranormal Heroine by Kate Perry
07/29 Becoming Human Again: Rebecca Maizel Discusses Her Upcoming Debut Novel Infinite Days By Rebecca Maizel
07/29 Video games aren't just for boys: The new booming market for women by Melissa Heidrich
07/29 From Cavemen to Manga and Beyond: Expressing Ourselves Through Comics by Anne Elizabeth
07/30 City as Character by Suzanne Johnson
07/30 Paranormal Romance Grab Bag You-Know-What-Friday-Means! by Megan Messinger
07/30 The Boys are Back by Marjorie Liu
07/31 That New Kid Smell: The Allure of the New Kid at School by Shannon Delaney
07/31 Best & Worst Job Prospects in the Urban Fantasy Economy for 2011 by Carolyn Crane and Chris Castle
08/01  There Can Be Only— Oh. Oops. Never Mind. by Doranna Durgin
08/02 An Interview With Laura Anne Gilman by Ron Hogan
08/02 TV Vampires: The Broody and the Badass by Juliana Weiss-Roessler
08/02 Young Adult Paranormal Book Giveaway, Courtesy of WordsnStuff.net! by Eileen Rothschild
08/03 What happened to genres? by Alexandra Ivy
08/04 Urban Fantasy Recommendations by Carrie Vaughn
08/06 She Loves Hot Reads Paranormal Book Giveaway by Eileen Rothschild and Brittney Kleinfelter

This isn’t the first time Tor.com has covered paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Check it out:


Melissa Ann Singer is guest editor for Paranormal Fantasy and Urban Romance month on Tor.com. She is also an editor at Tor Books, and some other things too.

Jeff Dougan
1. Jeff Dougan
Granted that he's not a Tor author, but if you don't at least ask Jim Butcher (or his wife Shannon) to write something for the month, I will be very, very upset. :(
Jeff Dougan
2. LouWW
Sorry, but not interested in Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy--see you next month.
Melissa Ann Singer
3. masinger
Jeff--invitations have been issued far and wide, including to the Butchers.

However, many, many people are on deadline, so a number of the writers we've approached haven't been able to commit to appearing here.

Whether or not someone is a Tor author has nothing to do with whether they've been asked or whether they've agreed to play.
Jeff Dougan
5. Roxanne Rhoads
I love Urban fantasy and paranormal. My site Fang-tastic Books is dedicated to those books exclusively.

I'll be dropping by often to read what is posted this month.

And if anyone wants more PNR and UF they can drop by www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com
Rachel Hyland
6. RachelHyland
@ masinger

Awesome! Looking forward to all of it...

By the way, I wonder if you might find this helpful: Dead and Doing It?

Roxanne Rhoads @ 5

Wow, great site! I direct your attention to the above link, as well.
Jeff Dougan
8. Nora Bencsics
Oh dear god, when will paranormal romance and urban fantasy go away??? I'm not sure which is worse - some of my favorite authors quitting book-writing to work on video games, or others writing this unspeakable urban fantasy dreck. If I never see or hear of another vampire, werewolf, elf, witch, gargoyle, or hybrids thereof, disporting themselves in our fair cities, I'll be one heck of a lot happier!!!
Rachel Hyland
9. RachelHyland
Nora @ 8

Woah! I have no words. Except, no, I do, I have lots of words.

Here's a question: if you don't like paranormal romance and urban fantasy, or the discussions thereof, they why on Earth would you read the above post? What did hot vampires and seductive werewolves ever do to you? They deserve love too! And if you don't want to read about it, then, y'know, don't. As far as I'm aware, Congress hasn't suddenly enacted a new Bill that requires all tax-paying citizens to read the collected works of Stephenie Meyer, Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris. So what's with all the hate?

It's like, I don't really understand the lure of Westerns, or True Crime, or those weird Manga comics where everyone looks about 12 and seems really depressed all the time. As a result? Don't read 'em. And don't read or respond to posts from people who do.

I'm just sayin'.
Jeff Dougan
10. Jeff Dougan
Deadlines are understood, and I'm happy to hear that the Butchers both got invited. Wasn't sure whether a Tor connection was a requisite, since I'm not sure I know all the imprint-connections. In any event, look forward to reading.
Melissa Ann Singer
11. masinger
Jeff @10: the key phrase for tor.com is "publisher neutral." We cast a wide net.

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