This is a continuation of the Speculative Fiction Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Mythic Fiction?
Mythic fiction is rooted in real world mythology and folklore. The mythologies, and folk tales, used in mythic fiction, are not meant to be disguised. These stories also use a real world setting for some portion of the story.
This subgenre can overlap with magical realism, but mythic fiction does not always treat magic as mundane or expected. Mythic fiction can also overlap with urban fantasy, but the stories are not necessarily tied to an urban setting.
- The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
- The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars by Steven Burst
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I think most writers of fantasy draw from existing mythologies to some degree, but change details and the names of the gods in their pantheons. Do you incorporate myth and folklore into your writing?