Genres Wk.11: Urban Fantasy and Historical Thriller

Hello Travellers,

Here is the 11th part of my genre series, with 2 briefs this week ^-^

What are Historical Thrillers?


Historical thrillers are a fusion of thriller and historical fiction. Stories are made to thrill the reader, by way of surprise, anxiety or fear, set in a researched backdrop that contains historical people, settings and / or events (though an historical setting is most often used). The time period for the historical tag is generally a story that takes place before 1960.

To dig further, check out:

List of Historical Thriller Books – Goodreads

Historical Thrillers that Bring History to Life and Teach Us Something – David Healey

Thriller Sub Genres – Marcy Kennedy

Defining Genre Part 2 – Beth Hill

What is Urban Fantasy?


Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of contemporary fantasy, where creatures/characters of the supernatural or magic live in contemporary times, frequently with suspense and action.

The setting is in a city or other urban area, sometimes the city is a character itself. Characters are usually just outside of the norm – the day to day lives of the ‘real world’ is seen on the surface, but through cracks and alleyways are the supernatural/magic found.

Stories are generally written in first person from one of the fantasy characters, able to take the reader from the daily norm to those alleys and back streets.

To dig further, check out:

List of Urban Fantasy Novels- Goodreads

What is Urban Fantasy Anyway? – The Creative Pen

Five Elements of Urban Fantasy – Writer’s Digest


Travel On ~

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