A quick housekeeping task first: Congratulations to Beth, who won the Amazon GC this week! I'll be giving a $20 GC from Amazon away in two weeks so comment early and often--every comment is a chance to win, and double entries for followers. Every tweet earns an extra point--just e-mail and let me know.
Life after Vampires. So, my friend Dianne and I were talking yesterday about urban fantasy and the annoying (to me, anyway, though I may be in a minority) trend of mashup classics that seemed to start with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I blogged about that a while back with a list of the mashups I knew about.
She's concerned that I'm writing a book with vampires ("I'm so over them," she says), so I started to think about the critters I've used in my books so far:
Wizards (Royal Street, River Road)
Vampires (very brief appearance in Royal Street, lots in Stockholm)
Werewolves, specifically Loup Garou (Royal Street, River Road)
The ever-popular vampiric witch (Stockholm)
Shapeshifters (Royal Street and River Road)
Elves (River Road)
The Historical Undead (Royal Street and River Road)
Nymphs (River Road)
Satyrs (brief appearance in River Road)
Voudou gods (Royal Street)
Mermen (River Road)
Nixes (River Road)
Goblins (brief appearance in Royal Street)
So far, I haven't tackled the Fae, but I do have plans. Zombies creep me out so I haven't gone there yet. And of course there be Demons and Angels. Got plans for them too.
What are your favorite critters? And are there critter mashups (like my vampiric witch) you like?