URBAN FANTASY (and choice associated fictions) publishing Jan-Jun 15!

Car - Urban Fantasy The Urban Fantasy sub-genre is a personal favourite of mine, not to mention very apt for this here site and having great general / mainstream appeal and potential. I’d always planned, along with our Steampunk page, to put up a seasons listing here.
And, having just last night had the pleasure and fortune of interviewing the urbanly fantastical JIM BUTCHER (! – article imminent!), it struck me as just the right time to do it…

NB. This is about as comprehensive a round-up on the UK scene as I think you’ll find, though necessarily arbitrary in some inclusions and omissions. At least one title might rightly be described as rural fantasy for example. And (as mentioned elsewhere) I tend to assume that anyone looking for their next paranormal romance and / or vampire-werewolf led read will know exactly where to find it. This isn’t an attempt to define the sub-genre and while I’m more than happy to hear about clear omissions that have not been fed through to us we all have to draw a line somewhere.
I have added some particular extras from broader media (Graphic Novels) and titles of note that you may or may not agree are UF, or feel should be integrated in the body of the article.
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So here it is: all the fantastic urban (and less urban but no less modern) output that has crawled and is due to crawl out from dark alleyways and darker places still (like the minds of authors ;)) from January to June 2015!

 

 

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Pub Author ISBN Format RRP Publisher Series Vol.
CBP - Magicians Land

The Magician’s Land

Jan
Lev Grossman
9781784750954
PB
9.99
Arrow
The Magician’s Trilogy
3
The riveting conclusion to Lev Grossman’s bestselling Magicians trilogy.
‘Dark, dangerous and full of twists’ – George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones
‘Lev Grossman has conjured a rare creature: a trilogy that simply gets better and better as it goes along . . . Literary perfection.’ – Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus
Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of the secret magical land of Fillory and now, friendless and broke, he returns to where his story began: Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But Quentin’s past soon catches up with him…
Read more on our January New Book Recommends page…
CBP - GA Jan 15

The Rain-Soaked Bride

Jan
Guy Adams
9780091953171
PB
8.99
Del Rey
The Clown Service
2
HOW DO YOU STOP AN ASSASSIN THAT CAN’T BE KILLED?
Toby Greene is part of The Clown Service,a mostly forgotten branch of British Intelligencetasked with fighting paranormal threats.
However, the Rain-Soaked Bride is no ordinary assassin. Relentless, inexorable and part of a larger game,merely stopping this impossible killer may notbe enough to save the day…
‘The Clown Service is fun and rips along like thefinest episode of the old Avengers series’ – The Independenton Sunday
Feb - cornell-978033052810801

The Severed Streets

Feb
Paul Cornell
9780330528108
PB
8.99
Tor
Shadow Police
2
The second urban fantasy by bestselling Doctor Who writer, Paul Cornell.
Summer in London: a city in turmoil. The vicious murder of a well-known MP is like a match to tinder but Detective Inspector James Quill and his team know that it’s not a run-of-the-mill homicide. Still coming to terms with their new-found second sight, they soon discover that what is invisible to others – the killer – is visible to them. Even if they have no idea who it is.
Then there are more deaths. The bodies of rich, white men are found in circumstances similar to those that set the streets of London awash with fear during the late 1800s: the Whitechapel murders. Even with their abilities to see the supernatural, accepting that Jack the Ripper is back from the dead is a tough ask for Quill’s team. As they try to get to grips with their abilities and a case that’s spiralling out of control, Quill realizes that they have to understand more about this shadowy London, a world of underground meetings, bizarre and fantastical auctions, and objects that are ‘get out of hell free’ cards. But the team’s unlikely guide, a bestselling author, can’t offer them much insight – and their other option, the Rat King, speaks only in riddles.
Relying on old-fashioned police work and improvising with their new skills only lands them in deeper water, and they soon realize that the investigation is going to hell – literally. And if they’re not careful, they may be going with it . . .
Check out more by PAUL CORNELL on our Author Profile Page!
CBP Titan RH

Finn Fancy Necromancy

Feb
Randy Henderson
9781783297238
PB
7.99
Titan
Found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit in 1986, 15-year-old Finn Gramaraye was exiled to the Other Realm for 25 years. But now he’s back in the mortal world and is disappointed to discover that he’s middle-aged, DeLoreans can’t fly, and he’s been framed for murdering someone with dark necromancy—again.
He has three days to clear his name and win back his high-school crush, but his nuclear family is something of a disaster: his father has gone mad, his mother’s a ghost, his sister is allergic is magic, one brother thinks he’s a werewolf, and the other is busy running the family necrotorium business, and seems most disappointed that Finn is back on the scene… Who can he trust to help him?
Forced to team up with the ex-partner of the enforcer he’s accused of killing, Finn encounters a host of supernatural creatures as he struggles to regain his memories and figure out who wants him gone, before it’s too late.
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A Darker Shade of Magic

Feb
V. E. Schwab
9781783295401
PB
7.99
Titan
From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.
Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.
There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London…but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.
CBP - SKU Mar 15

The Devil’s Detective

Mar
Simon Kurt Unsworth
9780091956516
HB
12.99
Del Rey
TBC
1
Welcome to hell…
…. where skinless demons patrol the lakes and the waves of Limbo wash against the outer walls, while the souls of the Damned float on their surface, waiting to be collected.
When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool, one of Hell’s detectives, known as ‘Information Men’. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace and everyone is guilty of something?
A stunningly original blend of crime, horror and suspense, The Devil’s Detective is a bold new thriller that will shock and amaze.
CBP - DJ Mar 15

Dark Touch

Mar
Debbie Johnson
9780091953614
PB
7.99
Del Rey
TBC
2
It’s not easy finding out you’re a Goddess.
For Lily McCain, the move from local music journalist to being the incarnation of Mabe, Mother of Mortals was a surprise to say the least.
Thrust into a game of gods and monsters, the rules of which she barely knows, one thing is clear: if you have power, someone will try and take it from you.
“A Liverpudlian Charlaine Harris” – The Guardian
CBP - Mar - isbn9780356500904-detail

Skin Game

Mar
Jim Butcher
9780356500966
PB
£8.99
Orbit
Dresden Files
The latest instalment in the Dresden Files comes to paperback – Skin Game is a number oneSunday Times and number one New York Timesbestseller
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.
This time, it’s worse than that. Mab’s involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world – which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess – assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance . . .
CBP - Bryant & May The Burning Man

The Burning Man

Mar
Christopher Fowler
9780857522047
HB
16.99
Doubleday
Bryant & May
12
Contemporary crime fiction’s answer to Holmes and Watson or Mulder and Scully – Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit embark on their most pyrotechnic case yet, and the denouement is devastating…
London is under siege. A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young homeless man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police.
But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to find a way of stopping him. Using their network of eccentric contacts, elderly detectives Arthur Bryant and John May hunt down a murderer who adopts incendiary methods of execution. But they soon find their investigation taking an apocalyptic turn as the case comes to involve the history of mob rule, corruption, rebellion, punishment and the legend of Guy Fawkes.
Read more on our March New Book Recommends page
CBP - Bryant & May The Bleeding Heart

The Bleeding Heart

Mar
Christopher Fowler
9780857502346
PB
8.99
Bantam
Bryant & May
11
It’s a fresh start for the Met’s oddest investigation team, the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
Their first case involves two teenagers who see a dead man rising from his grave in a London park. And if that’s not alarming enough, one of them is killed in a hit and run accident. Stranger still, in the moments between when he was last seen alive and found dead on the pavement, someone has changed his shirt…
Much to his frustration, Arthur Bryant is not allowed to investigate. Instead, he has been tasked with finding out how someone could have stolen the ravens from the Tower of London. All seven birds have vanished from one of the most secure fortresses in the city. And, as the legend has it, when the ravens leave, the nation falls…
Read more on our March New Book Recommends page
CBP AR - Flex

Flex

Mar
Ferrett Steinmetz
9780857664594
PB
£8.99
Angry Robot
A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.
FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.
FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.
PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.
But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.
CBP Titan JW

Anti-Hero

Mar
Jonathan Wood
9781781168110
PB
7.99
Titan
Arthur Wallace
3
Another day. Another zombie T- Rex to put down. All part of the routine for Arthur Wallace and MI37 the government department devoted to battling threats magical, supernatural, extraterrestrial, and generally odd. Before he can say, “But didn’t I save the world yesterday?” a new co-director at MI37 is threatening his job, middle-aged Russian cyborg wizards are threatening his life, and his co-workers are threatening his sanity.
CBP Titan - SJ

Dark Detectives

Mar
Stephen Jones, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Kim Newman
9781783291281
PB
8.99
Titan
Eighteen stories of supernatural detective fiction, featuring sleuths who investigate fantastic and horrific cases, protecting the world from the forces of darkness. Each writer offers a tale of a great fictional detective, including Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Talbot, Clive Barker, Harry DAmour, and the eight-part Seven Stars adventure by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula).
CBP - GA Apr 15

A Few Words For The Dead

Apr
Guy Adams
9780091953188
HB
12.99
Del Rey
The Clown Service
2
The Clown Service is back.
While Section 37 Agent Toby Greene’s honeymoon takes an unexpected, and potentially deadly turn, back in London Section Chief August Shining has troubles of his own.
Dragged in by his fellow agents from M-16, Shining is forced to relive an old mission from the 80’s, and pick up where he left off all those years ago to face an old and deadly foe.
As Toby and his new wife Tamar dodge an unstoppable killer across Asia and Europe, August must fight, not just for the future of The Clown Service, but for his very existence.
A thrilling blend of espionage thriller, fantasy and sci-fi in the tradition of The Avengers, The X-Files and Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently series.
9781473211988

Expiration Date

Apr
Tim Powers
9781473211988
MMP
£9.99
Gollancz
Fault Lines
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The second book in the Fault Lines sequence from the WORLD FANTASY AWARD-winning author of THE ANUBIS GATES.
Twelve-year-old Koot Hoomie Parganas’s parents prepared him for a career as a metaphysical holy man – but after they’re brutally murdered one night he finds himself a fugitive in the darkest corners of Los Angeles, pursued by denizens of a dark underworld who want what Kootie’s parents have been hiding for 40 years – the ghost of Thomas Edison contained in a bust of Dante.
But Kootie has broken the bust and inhaled the ghost, and now has in his head the lively personality of Edison himself – and together Kootie and Edison must learn the harsh rules of the occult world existing behind the glitter of modern Los Angeles, and find a way to save Kootie’s life and free Edison’s ghost from its earthly Purgatory.
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Sleeping Late on Judgement Day

Apr
Williams, Tad
9781444738674
PB
8.99
Hodder
Bobby Dollar 3
3
The conclusion of Tad Williams’ brilliant Bobby Dollar series.
Bobby Dollar thinks he’s seen it all – after all, he’s been to Hell and back again. Literally.
But he has another think coming. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day will find Bobby back in his adopted hometown of San Judas, California, trying to stay out of trouble… and failing. His love life is still a mess, there are one too many people who have it out for him, and drowning his sorrows in a nice glass of whisky won’t keep the demons at bay forever.
Bobby’s going to have to pull himself together and make a few tough decisions before time runs out. The problem is, time could run out at any moment. In the final Bobby Dollar novel in Tad Williams’ groundbreaking epic fantasy trilogy, fallen angel Bobby Dollar will finally be force to confront the one problem he can’t talk his way out of: his own.
CBP - Apr - isbn9780356502533-detail

The Rhesus Chart

Apr
Charles Stross
9780356502526
PB
£8.99
Orbit
Laundry Files
?
The fifth Laundry Files novel by Charles Stross, and a jumping-on point for readers new to the series, The Rhesus Chart sees hacker and supernatural spy Bob Howard take on the (literal) bloodsuckers running London’s financial district. Now out in paperback!
LONDON CAN DRAIN THE LIFE OUT OF YOU . . .
Bob Howard is an intelligence agent working his way through the ranks of the top secret government agency known as ‘the Laundry’. When occult powers threaten the realm, they’ll be there to clean up the mess – and deal with the witnesses.
There’s one kind of threat that the Laundry has never come across in its many decades, and that’s vampires. Mention them to a seasoned agent and you’ll be laughed out of the room.
But when a small team of investment bankers at one of Canary Wharf’s most distinguished financial institutions discovers an arcane algorithm that leaves them fearing daylight and craving O positive, someone doesn’t want the Laundry to know. And Bob gets caught right in the middle.
CBP - Kill Baxter

Kill Baxter

Apr
Charlie Human
9780099580782
PB
8.99
Arrow
Baxter(?)
2
The brilliant follow-up to the critically acclaimed Apocalypse Now Now.
AND HE THOUGHT THE HARD PART WAS OVER…
The world has been massively unappreciative of sixteen-year-old Baxter Zevcenko. His bloodline may be a combination of ancient Boer mystic and giant shape-shifting crow, and he may have won an inter-dimensional battle and saved the world, but does anyone care? No.
Instead he’s packed off to Hexpoort, a magical training school that’s part reformatory, part military school, and just like Hogwarts (except with sex, drugs, and better internet access). The problem is that Baxter sucks at magic. He’s also desperately attempting to control his new ability to dreamwalk, all the while being singled out by the school’s resident bully, who just so happens to be the Chosen One.
But when the school comes under attack, Baxter needs to forget all that and step into action. The only way is joining forces with his favourite recovering alcoholic of a supernatural bounty hunter, Ronin, to try and save the world from the apocalypse. Again.
Charlie Human is a denizen of South Africa’s speculative fiction scene. He has an MA in Creative Writing and lives in Cape Town. His debut novel, Apocalypse Now Now received rave reviews. Kill Baxter is the follow up.
CBP - Apr - Disturbed Earth

Ritual Crime Unit: Disturbed Earth

Apr
E.E. Richardson
9781781083147
PB
£7.99
Abaddon Books
Ritual Crimes Unit
1
This is a gritty, new police procedural urban fantasy series with a strong female detective inspector. Set in the North of England, amongst its industrial cities and famous wild landscape this is a breath of fresh air in amongst the London-obsessed pages of contemporary British urban fantasy. A Northern Prime Suspect with a distrusted, half-discredited world of magic to be policed.
The series was preceeded by an e-only novella, Under the Skin, which is available as an ebook and pdf for advance reading.
A tough, hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Injured in the line of duty, DCI Claire Pierce returns to work to find a new detective challenging her authority. He has brought in a self-proclaimed necromancer to question the victim of a murder, there’s a coven of druids outside protesting the sale of their sacred site, and something in the evidence room has just sent out a signal.
Read more on our April New Book Recommends page
CBP - Apr - AR - The Dragons Of Heaven

The Dragons of Heaven

Apr
Alyc Helms
9780857664327
PB
£8.99
Angry Robot
Dragons of Heaven
1
“A tough, witty young woman who inherited her superhero grandfather’s powers barrels through a rollicking Big Trouble in Little China-esque tale filled with magic, monsters and wisecracks. I loved it.” – Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver
Would you deal with the devil to save the world?
Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather – she also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr. Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather.
Lung Huang isn’t quite as ancient as Missy expected, and she finds herself embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di, Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy, raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. But is it too great a task for a lone adventure hero?
CBP AR - Dream Stalkers

Dream Stalkers

Apr
Tim Waggoner
9780857663719
PB
£8.99
Angry Robot
Shadow Watch
2
A new drug – Shut-Eye – has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem.
Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them.
Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.”
CBP Titan - AM

Hallow Point

May
Ari Marmell
9781781168257
PB
7.99
Titan
A Mick Oberon Job
2
The Spear of Lugh, one of the four Kingly Hallows of Ireland, is in Chicago. And everyone, everyone wants it, for it is said that he who carries the spear into battle cannot be defeated. Among those who seek it are an agent of the infamous Wild Hunt; a mobster who knows far more about these things than he should; and of course the Unseelie Courts the last people PI Mick Oberon would want getting hold of it…
CBP - Jun - Lavondyss

Lavondyss

Jun
Robert Holdstock
9781473211995
MMP
£9.99
Gollancz
Mythago Wood
2
[#RuralFantasy? ;)]
The haunting sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood.
At the heart of the wildwood lies a place of mystery and legend, from which few return and none emerged unchanged: Lavondyss . . . the ultimate realm, the source of all myth.
When Harry Keeton disappeared into Ryhope Wood, his sister Tallis was just an infant. Now, thirteen years old, she hears him whispering to her from the Otherworld. He is in danger. He needs her held. Using masks, magic and clues left by her grandfather, she finds a way to enter the primitive forest and begin her search. Eventually she comes to Lavondyss itself, a realm both beautiful and deadly, a place in which she is changed forever . . .
Robert Holdstock’s Mythago Wood won the World Fantasy Award and is among the most praised post-war novels of the fantastical. In this haunting sequel, Lavondyss, we are returned to the Wildwood and the mythos that Holdstock has made his own.
Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1988
CBP - JF - Our Lady of the Streets

Our Lady of the Streets

Jun
Tom Pollock
9781780870175
PB
8.99
Jo Fletcher
The Skyscraper Throne
3
Ever since Beth Bradley found her way into a hidden London, the presence of its ruthless goddess, Mater Viae, has lurked in the background. Now Mater Viae has returned with deadly consequences.
Streets are wracked by convulsions as muscles of wire and pipe go into spasm, bunching the city into a crippled new geography; pavements flare to thousand-degree fevers, incinerating pedestrians; and towers fall, their foundations decayed.
As the city sickens, so does Beth – her essence now part of this secret London. But when it is revealed that Mater Viae’s plans for dominion stretch far beyond the borders of the city, Beth must make a choice: flee, or sacrifice her city in order to save it.
Tom Pollock is a graduate of the Sussex University Creative Writing Programme, and a member of the London-based writers’ group The T-Party. He has lived everywhere from Scotland to Sumatra, but the peculiar magic of London has always drawn him back.
‘Urban fantasy in the truest sense of the word, intent on imbuing every corner of the city with life, wonder and magic’ – Guardian.
‘A fascinating, magical, magnificent jig of a story … it is a perfect adrenalin rush’ – LizLovesBooks.

 

While we err a little away from the liminal territory where Urban Fantasy meets paranormal romance we felt – this time at least, especially as she’s got a brand new series – that we couldn’t not include the great Charlaine Harris!

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CBP - Apr - Midnight Crossroad

Midnight Crossroad

Apr
Charlaine Harris
9780575092860
PB
8.99
Gollancz
Midnight Texas
1
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse, the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it?
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…
CBP - May - Day Shift

Day Shift

May
Charlaine Harris
9780575092884
HB
18.99
Gollancz
Midnight Texas
2
It’s a quiet little town, perched at the junction between Davy Road and Witch Light Road, and it’s easy to miss. With its boarded-up windows, single traffic light and sleepy air, there’s nothing special about Midnight . . . which is exactly how the residents like it.
So when the news comes that a new owner plans to renovate the run-down, abandoned old hotel in town, it’s not met with pleasure. Who would want to come to Midnight, with its handful of shops, the Home Cookin diner, and quiet residents – and why?
But there are bigger problems in the air. When Manfred Bernado, the newest resident in town, is swept up in a deadly investigation suddenly the hotel and its residents are the least of the towns concern. The police, lawyers and journalists are all headed to Midnight, and it’s the worst possible moment . . .

 

Rather in the realms of Paranormal Romance but the author, at time of writing, is due to be appear at an event at Waterstones Piccadilly with V.E. Schwab hosted by Sarah Pinborough on Imagined London – and that very much is our kind of thing!

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CBP - Apr - Headline - The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Apr
Deborah Harkness
9780755384792
PB
£7.99
Headline
The All Souls Trilogy
3
THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES HARDBACK BESTSELLER
Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in the stunning climax to their epic tale, following A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and SHADOW OF NIGHT.
A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.
After travelling through time in SHADOW OF NIGHT, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchant­ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home in France they reunite with their families – with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

 

Very much urban fantasy, but almost a sub-sub-genre itself – anyway, thought its sort of deserved it’s own section: more or less Buffy meets Evil Dead!

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CBP Titan - Dave 1

Dave vs. the Monsters: Emergence

Apr
John Birmingham
9781781166215
PB
7.99
Titan Books
David Hooper
1
Dave Hooper has a hangover from hell, a horrible ex-wife, and the fangs of the IRS deep in his ass. The last thing he needs is an explosion at work. A real explosion. On his off-shore oil rig.
But this is no accident, and despite the news reports, Dave knows that terrorists aren’t to blame. He knows because he killed one of the things responsible.
When he wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realizes this is more than just a bad acid trip. Yeah, Dave’s had a few. This trip is way weirder.
Killing a seven-foot-tall, tattooed demon has transformed the overweight, balding safety manager into something else entirely. An honest-to-goddamned monster slayer.
CBP - May - Titan - Dave vs the Monsters Resistance

Dave vs. the Monsters: Resistance

May
John Birmingham
9781781166239
PB
7.99
Titan Books
David Hooper
2
Holed up in Las Vegas after the tumultuous Battle of New Orleans, Dave is enjoying the VIP perks afforded a champion monster-slayer. He may be a superhero of swag and the toast of the town, but if some fire-breathing dragons have their way, odds are everyone will soon be toast. The hordes from the UnderRealms are regrouping for their next attack, but first Dave must face off against a ravishing Russian spy with a few superpowers of her own.
CBP - Jun - Titan - Dave vs the Monsters Ascendance

Dave vs. the Monsters: Ascendance

Jun
John Birmingham
9781781166253
PB
7.99
Titan Books
David Hooper
3
As a hardworking monster-slayer, Dave Hooper tries not to bring his work home with him. But nowadays it’s hard to keep them separate. Email, cellphones, empath daemons, they never let a guy rest. The Horde has been raising hell and leveling cities from New York to Los Angeles, keeping Dave and his fellow monster-killer, Russian spy Karin Varatschevsky, very busy.

 

On the Graphic Novel front DC’s original horror / dark fantasy imprint Vertigo has a collection of who would seem the original UF modern-day street magician. Created by Alan Moore, serialised by Jamie Delano, succeeded by Garth Ennis and then taken on by Paul Jenkins and more later, and now having featured in his own TV show – JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER!

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CBP V - Hellblazer V10
Feb
Hellblazer: In The Line Of Fire
Paul Jenkins, Sean Phillips
9781401251376
PB
£14.99
Hellblazer
10
Apparently never before collected in the Hellblazer Trades – new for anyone who wasn’t buying at the time in the 90′s! Constantine is currently a series in the U.S. with episodes based on canonical stories… 
In this new Hellblazer collection, John Constantine comes to the aid of his downstairs neighbor, a dimwitted, epileptic giant whose home is haunted by a persistent ghost. Plus, John’s affinity with the supernatural spoils a soccer game when a demon that thrives on hooliganism shows up. And in the story “Difficult Beginnings,” Constantine must reconnect with the darker side of his own nature — a journey that leads him to the “most evil man in the world.”
 
Collects Hellblazer #97-107.

Straddling the genre boundaries these arguably UF titles feature in Vertigo’s January-June 2015 output – you can see more on our Vertigo New Titles page here…

CBP V - iZombie CBP V - American Vampire CBP V - Coffin Hill CBP V - Dead Boy Detectives V2 CBP V - Fables 21

 

Then the excellent Dark Horse publish a plethora of Mike Mignola’s HELLBOY titles / tie-ins both by the creator himself and his carefully chosen writer-artist teams. You can read more on all of these on our Dark Horse Jan-Jun 15 New Titles page here…

CBP DH - BPRD Plague of Frogs 2 CBP DH - BPRD Plague of Frogs 3 CBP DH - BPRD Plague of Frogs 4 CBP DH - BPRD Hell on Earth V10 CBP DH - BPRD 1946-1948 CBP DH - Abe Sapien CBP DH - Baltimore V5 CBP DH - Witchfinder V3

 

 

See also our Urban Fantasy articles from LonCon3

http://carabas.co.uk/loncon3-friday-the-urban-fantasy-london-panel/

http://carabas.co.uk/on-london-and-urban-fantasy-by-foz-meadows-from-loncon3/

And – if I might be so bold – my own London-based urban fantasy shorts featuring Marwood, journeyman magician in the big city

http://bigcitymagic.com/2014/08/05/a-goblin-market-in-soho/

http://bigcitymagic.com/2014/08/06/bad-faith-uncivil-society/

http://bigcitymagic.com/2014/08/27/people-watching/

 

 

 

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