So, here's the list of urban fantasies being released in December. As always, you can read full descriptions at my Fiction Affliction columns at Tor.com. I'm a huge urban fantasy fan, and there are some really good ones coming up. Looking forward to new ones from Diana Pharaoh Francis and Nancy Holzner, and a couple of new-to-me authors whose books look really interesting.
As usual, not many guys represented on the list. And why is that? I was going to blog about why there aren't more men writing urban fantasy, but I honestly don't have the answer. You tell me! Every time I come up with a theory (massive success of kickass-heroines, for example), I come up with an exception (Jim Butcher). I mean, Neil Gaiman's sort of out there on his own planet (in a good way), and Charles de Lint could arguably called the godfather of UF. But, let's face it, this is a woman-dominated genre.
So I threw it out on Twitter and my Tweeps had a couple of ideas:
--Guys might be more interested in writing the epic heroes of more traditional fantasy;
--Romance has seeped into the urban fantasy genre as a whole, and publishers are expecting romantic elements now--which guys don't want to write; feeding into this is more women read it, so women are writing for women, and so it goes.
Huge exceptions! So let's hear it for some of the boys--and this is by no means an inclusive list, so share some more with me: Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green (new Darkside out next month!), Mark Henry, Marcus Pelegrimas, Scott Westerfeld, Alex Bledsoe, MLK Hanover, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Golden...who else?
Oh, and here's the list of December new releases (in order of release)!
Dragons Deal, by Robert Asprin & Jody Lynn Nye The late Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye up the ante in the tale of dragons in the Big Easy, which Nye completed after Asprin’s 2008 death.
If Walls Could Talk, by Juliet Blackwell First in a new cozy paranormal mystery series about a woman who owns a construction company specializing in historic home renovation—and ghosts.
Goddess of Legend, by P.C. Cast A world-weary photojournalist caught in Camelot, chases Lancelot, seduced by Arthur. Oops.
Right Hand Magic: A Novel of Golgotham, by Nancy A. Collins Like most Manhattanites, aspiring artist Tate can’t resist a good rental deal—even if it’s in the New York's paranormal underworld.
Demon Underground, by S.L. Wright Second in a new series about a half-human, half-demon bartender in New York City. First was Confessions of a Demon.
Yarn, by Jon Armstrong Fashionpunk! Tane Cedar is the master tailor who journeys through the shadowy underworld to untangle the deadly mysteries and machinations of deceit.
Killing Rocks, by D.D. Barant In this second Bloodhound Files outing, FBI profiler Jace Valchek is after series killer Aristotle Stoker with a sorcerer known as Asher.
Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty online 419 scam habit—and a talent for finding lost things. Set in a speculative Johannesburg.
Crimson Wind, by Diana Pharaoh Francis Max and Alexander set out to save her family in a wild quest full of unexpected revelations in this new Horngate Witches outing.
Hellforged, by Nancy Holzner A demon is stalking Vicky’s dreams-just as several of Deadtown’s zombies are viciously attacked and become really dead. Second in a new series, following Deadtown. UF
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls, by Victoria Laurie M.J. Holliday and the crew of her cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, venture to the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle in Ireland.
Arcane Circle, by Linda Robertson The fourth book of the Persephone Almedi series finds Persephone dealing with the aftermath of facing down the forces of Fairy.
Soul Hunt, by Margaret Ronald The Red Sox fanatic and supernatural tracker known as “Hound” for her power of scent, Genevieve finds her magic fading as she discovers she owes a very large debt to someone or some thing.