A World Without Demons
Paranormal Urban Fantasy
I recently had someone tell me they didn’t think they’d be interested in The Succubus Gift because they were tired of books about demons. So am I, along with a number of other things. There aren’t any demons, vampires, shape shifters or other paranormal creatures in my books. Such topics have been worked almost to death.
The large publishing houses classify books into genres so they know which editor to send them to. It’s a mailroom thing. A book that crosses genres, or an entirely new concept, doesn’t have a mail slot.
As a result, we’re flooded with variations on a theme, and almost nothing new hits the bookstores.
I’ve read several discussions recently where people were trying to figure out what was Paranormal and what was Urban Fantasy. Then there’s always the problem of what is Urban Fantasy and other Fantasy. Or the difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy. The general consensus is Paranormal is vampires, shape shifters, zombies, demons, angels, etc. Fantasy is magic, witches, fae, etc.
So what is a book about telepathy? If it takes place in an urban setting, then it’s probably Urban Paranormal Fantasy. If you do a search on that phrase on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you’ll turn up a bunch of books by Indie and small press authors. There will be some from the big houses, but those will include vampires, shape shifters, etc.
What I’m trying to get at is most of the innovative or original ideas aren’t making it through the genre filters at the large traditional publishers. What a shame.