Dark Fantasy Writing

I'm a writer- all I want to do is work on my next book. Yeah...the industry doesn't work that way anymore. Pity. We need to be intimate with our genre and the industry, especially if we're self-publishing.

Studying trends in Dark Fantasy is a bit tricking. There aren't many resources continually focusing on it. I've looked. Instead, I subscribe to sites talking about horror, fantasy & speculative fiction.

I found many resources by opening a book similar to mine and reading the copyright page. Find the imprint the books' published under then visit the website and see if you can subscribe to their content.

I've gathered here some publishing industry news sites, the many SciFi, Fantasy, and Horror sites I read, blogs about writing and of course, books on writing. Whenever I come across a new resource, I'll add to it. I hope they help you too. Enjoy.

Publishing and Book News

Digital Book World
HuffPost Books
NPR Books 
Publisher's Weekly 
Publishing Perspective
The Association of American Publishers
Book Riot

Fantasy and Horror News and Writing Tips

Orbit Books
Strange Horizons
BookBaby Blog
Karan Woodward
Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Sci Fi, Fantasy, Speculative Book Blogs

A Fantasy Reader
Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews
Elitist Book Reviews
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Book Review
Fantasy Literature
Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Speculative Book Review
Fantasy Faction
Fantasy Literature
Fantasy Cafe

Writing Life and Craft

102 Resources for Writers: Name Generators, Plots, Fight Scenes, Character Development, & More
Author Media Blog

Jane Friedman
The Creative Penn
The Book Designer 
The Other Side of the Story
Writer's Digest
Writers Helping Writers
Writer Unboxed

Books: Writing Resources  

Ackerman- The Emotion Thesaurus A Writer's Guide to Character Expressions 
Ballon- Breathing Life Into Your Characters
Bell- The Artful Edit
Bradbury: Zen in the Art of Writing
Brooks- Sometimes the Magic Works
Edelstein- Writer's Guide to Character Traits
HWA- On Writing Horror
Katz- Get Known Before the Book Deal
King- On Writing
Kress- Characters, Emotions & Viewpoints
Miller- Violence: A Writer's Guide
Oates- The Faith of a Writer
Westley- Bibliophile's Dictionary
Woll- Publishing for Profit

If you have any questions, email me at audendjohnson@gmail.com!


Anonymous said…
Looks like a wealth of information, but I got caught up in the artwork/photos on the page. You are quite artistic.
Dessy_Vampire said…
This page is awesome....
Fantastic post. There are a lot of good resources here, and I like the idea about setting up a Google alert. I have bookmarked this page and I will be back. Thanks!
Auden Johnson said…
Thank you Sam! That's awesome. Glad you find it useful.
Leo Ri├ín said…
This is a great resource! As a writer of dark fantasy myself, I have found it extremely daunting to define dark fantasy as a genre. Lately, I've come to understand that this may be a good thing. But best I can tell, dark fantasy is more a feeling than a setting or list of tropes. It can be expressed across the breadth of speculative fiction.