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Dark fantasy

Index Dark fantasy

Dark fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy literary, artistic, and cinematic works that incorporate darker and frightening themes of fantasy. [1]

82 relations: Albinism, Andrzej Sapkowski, Anime, Anne Rice, Attack on Titan, Berserk (manga), Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Bloodborne, Brian Stableford, Charles de Lint, Charles L. Grant, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Clark Ashton Smith, Clive Barker, Contemporary fantasy, Count Saint-Germain (vampire), Cthulhu Mythos, Dark Souls, Darkest Dungeon, DarkMaus, Demon's Souls, Diablo (series), Dragon Age, Drakengard, Edgar Allan Poe, Elric of Melniboné, Faerie Tale, Fantasy, Fictional universe, Gary Westfahl, Genre, Gertrude Barrows Bennett, Gothic fiction, Grimdark, Guillermo del Toro, H. P. Lovecraft, Hell, High fantasy, Horror fiction, Indie game, Kane (fantasy), Karl Edward Wagner, Kentaro Miura, Legend (1985 film), List of genres, Lovecraftian horror, Lucy A. Snyder, Manga, Massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Michael Moorcock, ..., Monster, Neil Gaiman, Occult detective fiction, Paganism, Pan's Labyrinth, Peter Straub, Raymond E. Feist, Ridley Scott, Science fantasy, Shadowland (Straub novel), Square Enix, Steam (software), Stephen King, Supernatural, Supernatural fiction, Sword and sorcery, The Dark Tower (series), The Masque of the Red Death, The Sandman (Vertigo), The Secret World, The Vampire Chronicles, The Witcher, Thief (series), Urban fantasy, Vampire, Vathek, Video game, Weaveworld, Weird fiction, Werewolf, William Thomas Beckford, YouTube. Expand index (32 more) »


Albinism in humans is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.

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Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski (born 21 June 1948) is a Polish fantasy writer.

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Anime is a style of hand-drawn and computer animation originating in, and commonly associated with, Japan.

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Anne Rice

Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien; October 4, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica.

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Attack on Titan

is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama.

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Berserk (manga)

is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura.

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Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is an action-adventure game developed by Silicon Knights and published by Crystal Dynamics, with distribution involvement from Activision and BMG Interactive.

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Bloodborne is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4.

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Brian Stableford

Brian Michael Stableford (born 25 July 1948) is a British science fiction writer who has published more than 70 novels.

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Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint (born December 22, 1951) is a Canadian writer of Dutch origins.

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Charles L. Grant

Charles Lewis Grant (September 12, 1942 – September 15, 2006) was an American novelist and short story writer specializing in what he called "dark fantasy" and "quiet horror." He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Geoffrey Marsh, Lionel Fenn, Simon Lake, Felicia Andrews, and Deborah Lewis.

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (born September 15, 1942) is an American writer.

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Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961) was a self-educated American poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories.

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Clive Barker

Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English writer, film director, and visual artist.

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Contemporary fantasy

Contemporary fantasy, also known as modern fantasy or indigenous fantasy, is a subgenre of fantasy, set in the present day or, more accurately, the time period of the maker.

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Count Saint-Germain (vampire)

The Count Saint-Germain is a fictional character from a series of novels written by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

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Cthulhu Mythos

The Cthulhu Mythos is a shared fictional universe, based on the work of American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft.

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Dark Souls

Dark Souls is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games.

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Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon is a role-playing video game developed and published by indie game developer Red Hook Studios.

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DarkMaus is an action role-playing video game developed by Daniel Wright.

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Demon's Souls

Demon's Souls is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware for the PlayStation 3.

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Diablo (series)

Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash dungeon crawler video game series developed by Blizzard Entertainment (and Blizzard North).

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Dragon Age

Dragon Age is a Canadian dark fantasy role-playing video game series created by BioWare.

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Drakengard, known as Drag-On Dragoon in Japan, is a series of action role-playing video games.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic.

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Elric of Melniboné

Elric of Melniboné is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock and the protagonist of a series of sword and sorcery stories taking place on an alternate Earth.

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Faerie Tale

Faerie Tale is a supernatural thriller, falling within the subgenre of contemporary fantasy, by American writer Raymond E. Feist, first published in 1988.

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Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world.

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Fictional universe

A fictional universe is a self-consistent setting with events, and often other elements, that differ from the real world.

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Gary Westfahl

Gary Wesley Westfahl (born May 7, 1951) is a scholarly author and reviewer of science fiction.

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Genre is any form or type of communication in any mode (written, spoken, digital, artistic, etc.) with socially-agreed upon conventions developed over time.

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Gertrude Barrows Bennett

Gertrude Barrows Bennett (September 18, 1884 – February 2, 1948), known by the pseudonym Francis Stevens, was a pioneering author of fantasy and science fiction.

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Gothic fiction

Gothic fiction, which is largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance.

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Grimdark is a subgenre or a way to describe the tone, style or setting of speculative fiction that is particularly dystopian, amoral or violent.

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Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro Gómez (born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, author and former special effects makeup artist.

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H. P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American writer who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction.

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Hell, in many religious and folkloric traditions, is a place of torment and punishment in the afterlife.

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High fantasy

High fantasy or epic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy, defined either by the epic nature of its setting or by the epic stature of its characters, themes, or plot.

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Horror fiction

Horror is a genre of speculative fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror.

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Indie game

An independent video game, or an indie game, is a video game that is often created without the financial support of a publisher, although some games funded by a publisher are still considered "indie".

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Kane (fantasy)

Kane is a literary character created by Karl Edward Wagner in a series of sword and sorcery novels and short stories first published between 1970 and 1985.

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Karl Edward Wagner

Karl Edward Wagner (12 December 1945 – 14 October 1994) was an American writer, poet, editor and publisher of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist.

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Kentaro Miura

is a Japanese manga artist best known for his popular dark fantasy manga Berserk.

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Legend (1985 film)

Legend is a 1985 American dark fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert, and Annabelle Lanyon.

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List of genres

This is a list of genres of literature and entertainment, excluding genres in the visual arts.

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Lovecraftian horror

Lovecraftian horror is a subgenre of horror fiction that emphasizes the cosmic horror of the unknown (and in some cases, unknowable) more than gore or other elements of shock, though these may still be present.

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Lucy A. Snyder

Lucy A. Snyder (born 1971) is an American science fiction, fantasy, humor, horror, and nonfiction writer.

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are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.

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Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a combination of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world.

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Michael Moorcock

Michael John Moorcock (born 18 December 1939) is an English writer and musician, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels.

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A monster is a creature which produces fear or physical harm by its appearance or its actions.

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Neil Gaiman

Neil Richard MacKinnon GaimanBorn as Neil Richard Gaiman, with "MacKinnon" added on the occasion of his marriage to Amanda Palmer.

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Occult detective fiction

Occult detective fiction combines the tropes of detective fiction with those of supernatural horror fiction.

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Paganism is a term first used in the fourth century by early Christians for populations of the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism, either because they were increasingly rural and provincial relative to the Christian population or because they were not milites Christi (soldiers of Christ).

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Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth (lit) is a 2006 dark fantasy drama film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Peter Straub

Peter Francis Straub (born March 2, 1943) is an American novelist and poet.

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Raymond E. Feist

Raymond E. Feist (born Raymond Elias Gonzales III; 1945) is an American fantasy fiction author who wrote The Riftwar Cycle, a series of novels and short stories.

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Ridley Scott

Sir Ridley Scott (born 30 November 1937) is an English film director and producer.

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Science fantasy

Science fantasy is a mixed genre within the umbrella of speculative fiction which simultaneously draws upon and/or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy.

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Shadowland (Straub novel)

Shadowland is a novel by Peter Straub, first published in 1980 by Coward, McCann and Geohegen.

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Square Enix

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company that is best known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others.

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Steam (software)

Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation, which offers digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming, video streaming and social networking services.

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Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.

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The supernatural (Medieval Latin: supernātūrālis: supra "above" + naturalis "natural", first used: 1520–1530 AD) is that which exists (or is claimed to exist), yet cannot be explained by laws of nature.

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Supernatural fiction

Supernatural fiction or supernaturalist fiction is a genre of speculative fiction exploiting or requiring as plot devices or themes some contradictions of the commonplace natural world and materialist assumptions about it.

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Sword and sorcery

Sword and sorcery (S&S) is a subgenre of fantasy characterized by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent adventures.

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The Dark Tower (series)

The Dark Tower is a series of eight books written by American author Stephen King that incorporates themes from multiple genres, including dark fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and Western.

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The Masque of the Red Death

"The Masque of the Red Death", originally published as "The Mask of the Red Death: A Fantasy" (1842), is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

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The Sandman (Vertigo)

The Sandman is a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics.

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The Secret World

The Secret World is a massively multiplayer online role-playing video game set in a modern-day real world under attack from occult forces.

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The Vampire Chronicles

The Vampire Chronicles is a series of novels by American writer Anne Rice that revolves around the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman turned into a vampire in the 18th century.

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The Witcher

The Witcher (Wiedźmin), by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, is a fantasy series of short stories and novels about the witcher Geralt of Rivia.

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Thief (series)

Thief is a series of stealth video games in which the player takes the role of Garrett, a master thief in a fantasy steampunk world resembling a cross between the Late Middle Ages and the Victorian era, with more advanced technologies interspersed.

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Urban fantasy

Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy in which the narrative has an urban setting.

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A vampire is a being from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital force (generally in the form of blood) of the living.

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Vathek (alternatively titled Vathek, an Arabian Tale or The History of the Caliph Vathek) is a Gothic novel written by William Beckford.

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Video game

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.

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Weaveworld is a 1987 dark fantasy novel by Clive Barker.

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Weird fiction

Weird fiction is a subgenre of speculative fiction originating in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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In folklore, a werewolf (werwulf, "man-wolf") or occasionally lycanthrope (λυκάνθρωπος lukánthrōpos, "wolf-person") is a human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf (or, especially in modern film, a therianthropic hybrid wolflike creature), either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (often a bite or scratch from another werewolf).

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William Thomas Beckford

William Thomas Beckford (1 October 1760 – 2 May 1844) was an English novelist, a profligate and consummately knowledgeable art collector and patron of works of decorative art, a critic, travel writer and sometime politician, reputed at one stage in his life to be the richest commoner in England.

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YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California.

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