Your Favorite Dark Fantasy Books

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Dark BloodAlibris recently asked our community to tell us what their favorite dark fantasy books are, and we added some of them to our August Gift Guide.  We were happy at the great response we got from our readers and hope you will check out our community pages and communicate with us as well in the future.


Dark Blood

by Christine Feehan

The first book our readers pointed us to was Dark Blood by Christine Feehan.  This is the third book in a new trilogy coming after Dark Crime and Dark Ghost.  We have spells, danger, romance, and a Lycan hunter by the name of Zev.  The reviews online are either really great, or really poor, depending on who is writing the review.  You will have to decide for yourself.  At least one Alibris reader loved it so thanks for the recommendation.
The Devil Himself


The Devil Himself

by Eric Dezenhall

The Devil Himself by Eric Dezenhall takes us away from dragons and the usual fantasy backdrops.  In 1942, German U-boats prowled the Atlantic, sinking hundreds of US ships along the East Coast, including the largest cruise ship in the world, Normandie, destroyed at a Manhattan pier after Pearl Harbor. Desperate to secure the coast, the Navy asked for help from Jewish mob boss Meyer Lansky. A  different kind of “dark fantasy” perhaps, but an interesting storyline.


Bauchelain and Korbal Broach

Bauchelain and Korbal Broach

by Steven Erikson

Bauchelain and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson is really three stories in one.  With this book you get The first three tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, the famed necromancers from the Malazan Book of the Fallen, collected in one volume.  Online it gets high reviews and necromancers are a staple for dark fiction.  This one interests me and I have put it on my own reading list.



by Kevin Hearne

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne is a book about the last of the Druids. He possesses a sword coveted by an angry Celtic God.  Fortunately, Atticus O’Sullivan has the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish.  Hopefully all that will see him through his troubles.



Hotel Transylvania

by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is a the classic tale that introduced the legendary Le Comte de  Saint-Germain.

Hotel TransylvaniaSaint-Germain is a perfect gentleman—and a vampire. When the fiery young Madeline falls in love with him, a group of evil sorcerers targets her for their black mass—and only Saint-Germain can save her soul.  First published in 1978, this epic spans 14 novels.  Chelsea Quinn Yarboro is a grand master of horror, and came way before Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer, so check out this book.

Thanks to all our readers and community members who recommended books for this dark fantasy list.  Don’t see your favorite in the list? Furiously disagree? Let us know in the comments. I hope you’ll follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus so you can always be part of the conversation.

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