In honor of Halloween, it’s seems only right to write on the subject of speculative lit. Why do readers consistently want to read fantasy, science fiction and horror and their various paranormal subdivisions? Why does speculative fiction remain as popular as it is with all ages of readers?
Let’s begin by talking about fantasy. There has always been a fascination with magical worlds. Many of the readers and writers of fantasy are escaping the negativity of the real world through fantasy worlds which are often more satisfying. Reality is readjusted. Lev Grossman in his excellent Time Magazine essay observed: “Fantasy holds out the possibility that there’s another way to live.” Certainly there are many fans of C.S. Lewis, T.H. White, J.RR. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin—just to name a few of the popular fantasy writers.
One of my own sword and sorcery short stories appears in the recent anthology
TALES OF THE BLACK ARTS:
Much fantasy world has a sense of times past. Several of my own novels with a paranormal edge are set in the past. TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS, a paranormal Regency romance endorsed by bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, was initially published in hardcover by Five Star/Gale/Cengage and then as a hardcover large print by Thorndike Press. Now it has an e-book edition: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JFHMXWW
THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER, a fantasy romance published by Astraea Press, is a clean read that’s not just for teens. It’s set in 1985, theoretically a less complicated time. http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Danna-Webster-Jacqueline-Seewald-ebook/dp/B00JZYXW7K/
THE BAD WIFE, 4th and final mystery novel in the Kim Reynolds series, also has a paranormal edge. Kim, an academic librarian, is a reluctant clairvoyant who has visions which cause her to both solve and prevent crime.
Fantasy as part of our poetry literature is not at all new. Remember ”Kubla Khan” a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge? How about his “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner “?
Recently, Eldrich Press published three of my speculative poems which include fantasy, horror and science fiction. They are a free read online: http://www.eldritchpress.com/jacqueline-seewald.html
Science fiction continues to have a strong appeal. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines this type of literature as: “dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component.”
Fantasy deals with imagination, unreal worlds, and magical realms. Some of these bear similarities to past societies such as medieval times. Science fiction, on the other hand, looks to developments in science or imaginative notions of future worlds. However, all embrace aspects of the speculative or paranormal.
For one of my science fiction poems that can be read for free on the internet, you can go to
’s “Ad Astra” site: http://adastra.ku.edu/genome-jacqueline-seewald/ Kansas University
Are there any authors of fantasy or science fiction that you particularly admire or enjoy reading? Ray Bradbury remains one of my favorites. Are you a fan of the Harry Potter series? Have you read Ursula K. Le Guin or Octavia E. Butler? What about fantasy/paranormal romances such as those written by Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle? Are there new writers of fantasy or sci-fi that excite your interest? Please share with us.