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Rosemary's Baby
by Ira Levin (1967)


Stephen King has described Ira Levin as "...the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels. He makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores." A horror story of modern day Satanism and the occult, set in Manhattan's Upper West Side - there is enough of the paranormal here to qualify for a fantasy list. The book beats the movie hands down.





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'Anita Blake Series'
by Laurell K Hamilton (1993)


St. Louis is crawling with vampires, and if one gets out of line the city calls on fully-certified Executioner Anita Blake. An expert in the supernatural and a qualified necromancer, she also keeps exhaustively busy raising Zombies. The series kicks off with Blake doing some hazardous work for the Master vamp and investigating a string of vampire deaths. Fun stuff… wanted dead or alive.





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Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman (1997)


The master of fantasy comic-book novels shows he is also a more than capable writer of full-length narratives. Richard Mayhew's very existence is turned upside-down and he ends up in the shadowy world of London Below. Full of dark humour and a host of fantasy in-jokes, Gaiman is definitely worth keeping an eye on. Made into a BBC television miniseries.





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Blood and Chocolate
by Annette Curtis Klause (1997)


When teenager Vivian Gandillon falls for a really nice guy at school her hormones go into top gear… which isn't always a good thing for a werewolf. The problem at hand is reconciling running with the pack with her strong attraction to a "meat-boy". Not exactly an original premise, but teenage girls exploring their sensuality will no doubt lap this one up without paws.





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'Women of the Otherworld'
by Kelley Armstrong (2001)


Yet another popular urban supernatural fantasy series, this time about a young woman who tries to reconcile her lycanthropic tendencies and lead a normal life while having a nice straightforward romantic relationship. The werewolf in her proves hard to tame when she rejoins the pack to track down some rogue 'mutts'. Well written and some nice romantic touches if you like that sort of stuff.





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'Weather Warden'
by Rachel Caine (2003)


Only the Wardens stand between the wrath of Mother Earth and the clueless masses of humanity around the world… and Joanne Baldwin is one of the best. Unfortunately, she's on the run for her life. The series that first brought Rachel Caine (real name Roxanne Longstreet Conrad) to the attention of the masses is a topnotch urban fantasy that is the perfect read on a day of stormy weather.





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'The Hollows'
by Kim Harrison (2004)


The title of each book in Harrison's Hollows series is based on a Clint Eastwood movie. With half of humanity wiped out by genetically modified tomatoes all the vamps, werewolves, and so on have come out of the closet. Rachel Morgan is a crook-catching witch with the Inderland Runner Services. With a contract on her head she teams up with a vampire to try and clear her name.





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'Mercy Thompson'
by Patricia Briggs (2006)


Briggs' Mercy Thompson series kicked off with this story about a young woman from a Native American fae lineage that allows her to shape-shift into a coyote. The spunky Mercy runs her own garage. The action takes off when a teenager she senses is a werewolf shows up looking for work. Another in the wave of urban supernatural fantasies featuring vampires, werewolves and other fae.


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