This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
Paranormal is a term used to describe phenomena that science cannot currently explain or measure. Examples of paranormal subjects include ghosts, the existence of the soul, spiritual entities, extra sensory perception, clairvoyance, communicating with the dead, UFO’s, cryptozoology, vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, angels.
What is Paranormal Romance?
A genre that blends paranormal elements within the frame of a romantic tale. Paranormal romance stories may be set in historical or modern times. It often blurs into urban fantasy.
- Dirk and Steele series by Marjorie M. Liu
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
What is Paranormal Romance? Paranormal genre writer’s define the genre.
So, let’s say I were to write a story about ghosts, but decide not to include any romance or magic. How would that be categorized?
- Horror? But what if it’s not scary?
- Paranormal fantasy or fiction? I haven’t seen this term used.
- Urban fantasy? But what if there’s no magic and the whole thing takes place on a farm?
- Magic realism?
Is there a hole in the genres here or is there’s just no market for what I have proposed (and hence, no category)? When I hear the term paranormal I think of the X-Files, The Twilight Zone, or Fringe – but these shows get lumped into general science fiction. What do you think?