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Paranormal fiction


  • Fiction that features human characters that are often involved in the occult, witchcraft, spiritualism, psychic phenomena, vodou, etc., interacting with supernatural beings.

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    • Paranormal fiction
  • Variants

    • Occult fiction
    • Supernatural fiction
    • Supernaturalist fiction
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    • found: Fang-tastic fiction : twenty-first-century paranormal reads, 2011:p. 1 (dictionary definition of paranormal is "beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation," but this bibliography uses a much more limited definition; included here are works of paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery, and suspense, mostly set in a relatively realistic modern world inhabited by both human and paranormal beings; most take place in real time in the late twentieth or early twenty-first century; all include human characters; this bibliography does not include works set totally in fantasy worlds nor extraterrestrial, futuristic, apocalyptic, dystopic, intergalactic or technology-based science fiction nor horror fiction, i.e., fiction with the primary intent to scare the audience) p. 5 (here are a few of the enhanced humans in these series: psychics, necromancers, witches, sorcerers, warlocks, wizards, ghost busters, demon hunters, voodoo priests; other character groups are the walking dead (vampires, chupacabras, zombies) and shapeshifters, such as werewolves)
    • found: Skeptical inquirer, 34.6 (Nov.-Dec. 2010), via Gale biography in context, Nov. 11, 2012:p. 51 (the evolution of the widely read romance genre to include supernatural themes and characters has spawned a relatively new--and increasingly popular and profitable--subgenre of fiction: the paranormal romance; while vampires are currently running rampant among the pages of these tales, other supernatural superstars are also emerging; werewolves, time travelers, shape shifters, ghosts, and even angels are making their way into the imaginations of fans of the genre)
    • found: Wikipedia, Dec. 21, 2012(Supernatural fiction (properly, "supernaturalist fiction") is a literary genre exploiting or requiring as plot devices or themes some contradictions of the commonplace natural world and materialist assumptions about it. In its broadest definition, supernatural fiction includes examples of weird fiction, horror fiction, fantasy fiction, and such sub-genres as vampire literature and the ghost story; amongst academics, readers and collectors, however, supernatural fiction is often classed as a discrete genre defined by the elimination of "horror", "fantasy" and elements important to other genres.The one genre supernatural fiction appears to embrace in its entirety is the traditional ghost story; Paranormal fiction)
    • found: GSAFD, 2000(occult fiction: use for works dealing with witchcraft, spiritualism, psychic phenomena, voodooism, etc., and for works dealing with the mysterious or secret knowledge and power supposedly attainable only through these and other magical or supernatural means)
    • found: LCSH, Oct. 20, 2014(Paranormal fiction. UF Occult fiction; Occult stories; Paranormal stories)
  • General Notes

    • Fiction that features human characters that are often involved in the occult, witchcraft, spiritualism, psychic phenomena, vodou, etc., interacting with supernatural beings.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-15: revised
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