Gremlins and Dark Fantasy

They’re causing havoc in your machine!

Firstly, there are gremlins in the machine today. Lots of WordPress users are reporting strange happenings on their blogs which are completely out of their control.

Last week, I had a lot of problems with my WordPress app, which caused havoc with sending and receiving comments, so if I missed anyone, I sincerely apologise.

Today, I thought all you bloggers were having a long lie-in, my inbox was so quiet! Then I found out that all my email notifications are automatically going into my spam folder, for some reason. I will try and rectify this asap, but again, if I have missed any of your posts, I sincerely apologise. I am not a happy bunny!

Finally, can anyone recommend a good DARK FANTASY novel or series? I have searched on Amazon, and was particularly unimpressed with what came up. To clarify, what I don’t want is distopian, zombie, horror, vampire, werewolf, paranormal romance or erotica.

What I do want is a true dark fantasy, either contemporary or not, and that means gritty psychological fantasy which incorporates elements of the supernatural, be it fantastical beings or those who have passed over, perhaps with touches of horror (as in designed to scare, not blood, guts and gore), and an aura of doom and gloom.

Indies, have you written anything like this?

37 thoughts on “Gremlins and Dark Fantasy

  1. I’m with you on wordpress issues, Ali. Last week I couldn’t get my like or share buttons, or comments to show on a blog I was posting. I spent 2 hours on phone with web manager, and they couldn’t figure out the problem either. They had to backup my site, take it down and put it back up to make it work. Also, all the blogs I follow, when I visited them, said I wasn’t following. I had to refollow many as I went along reading and now I’m getting doubles in my email subscriptions. Sheesh! 🙂

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  2. Well, I wouldn’t call my novel The Friendship of Mortals dark fantasy, but it does have some dark and supernatural elements, is indeed psychological and is based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft. Also, it’s free on Smashwords.
    No email problems here; perhaps they worked themselves out before reaching the Left Coast.

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    1. Glad your technology is gremlin free… Long may it remain that way! I will check out your novel, it sounds great and I love the title. Lovecraft has also been suggested to me…

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      1. Most people are familiar with Lovecraft’s tentacled monstrosities and other evil beings, but if you’re not into that, I would recommend his short story “The Strange High House in the Mist.” Also the short novel The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. They’re among the more lyrical of his writings.

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  3. I love dark fantasy and agree with you on what doesn’t qualify. Here are some great authors of gritty/dark fantasy: Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire Series for starters, but anything he writes is great), Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow Series), Scott Lynch (Gentleman Bastards Series), Joe Abercrombe (First Law Trilogy). Let me know when you’re ready for more! Happy Reading 😀

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    1. Great! Thanks for that, I shall look them all up! I’m going to have such a long reading list… Woohoooooo! That makes me happy! Might not get much writing done, though…

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  4. I’ll send you Pearseus by email. I think you’ll enjoy it 🙂

    I was thinking of you today, as I saw this rather intriguing info:

    “Among the early Anglo-Saxons, before the Church made it compulsory for marriage to be performed by a priest, certain secular marriage vows were repeated and certain rites were performed, out of which developed the traditional rites and ceremonies of the present day. The bride was taken “for fairer or fouler, for better or worse, for richer or poorer.” She promised, among other things, to be “buxom and bonny” to her future husband.

    The ceremony was a simple but solemn, self-administered rite, requiring no clerical intermediary. After the mutual pledge the bridegroom put the ring in turn on each of the fingers of the bride’s left hand. The Church, as well as the State, recognized the validity and legality of this form of marriage.

    —William J. Fielding’s Strange Customs of Courtship and Marriage, 1942”

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      1. Through the (free) Forgotten English newsletter. You can subscribe on ForgottenEnglish.com and have a fascinating factoid like this on your email each day. The bits about norms and customs (eg when to raise your hat) are my favourite 🙂

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  5. You could try my novella Monster Is in the Eye of the Beholder. It’s certainly an intense psychological piece with really bizarre extraterrestrial beings and some horrific events, and although it does have a strong sexual element, it can’t be classified as erotica. You can read the reviews – mostly 5 star, although some people have been turned off by the book. Only $1.99 at Amazon http://amzn.to/s3OT20

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  6. Glad it’s not just me. It’s mail that’s behaving strangely now. I get a message flash up in the corner of the screen to say so and so has sent a mail, I look and there’s nothing there. Have you read the Darwath books by Barbara Hambly? I loved those. They are dark and the premise is original—is to me anyway.

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  7. Hi Ali, I agree with Chris, Poe is fantastic. My fav is the fall of the house of Usher. I read it as a kid. It doesnt get much darker.
    Or if you want to read some seriously messed up and deranged stuff, it does’nt get much better than HP Lovecraft. Anyof his stuff should fit the bill, just stay away from any of the Necromnicon stuff, it can mess with your head…….

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  8. Had the same problem with spam on some notifications… now I’m just struglling with my email account 😦 Plus the ‘new’ notifications button doesn’t always show all comments…

    If you haven’t read The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson… do. Brilliant. Hard to get into at first because they style is harsh and you don’t get a less heroic hero… but so worth reading.

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    1. Actually, I read them a long time ago. At the time I was more info high fantasy, so you are right, I did struggle with it, but thanks for reminding me, a great recommendation!

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