A Guide to Fantasy Literature:
Thoughts on Stories of Wonder & Enchantment
by Philip Martin
Crickhollow Books • 2009
Trade Softcover • 148 pages
$4.99 eBook edition
“Interesting, learned and accessible thoughts on all aspects of fantasy fiction . . . A Guide to Fantasy Literature is a very good book. Anyone with a strong interest in fantasy literature will come away from Martin’s guide knowing more than what they arrived with.” – January Magazine
A Guide to Fantasy Literature is a wide-ranging look at the nature of fantasy storytelling and why it delights readers of all ages. The book looks closely at the best examples of fantasy from a broad sweep across the literary field, from tales of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia to other diverse stories of classic high fantasy, dark fantasy, fairy-tale, magic realism, and adventure-fantasy tales.
It examines the major building blocks of fantasy fiction, and discusses its purpose and popularity today, drawing on interviews and key passages from the writings of the best fantasists, drawing an inclusive picture of a vibrant literary community across the ages.
Note: This is a substantially revised edition based on an earlier work, A Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature (The Writer Books, 2002, now out of print). This new edition is oriented more broadly to a general audience of readers and writers of fantasy. Praise for the original 2002 edition:
“Rich with insights, thorough and knowledgeable, it’s the best and most reliable guide to a multi-faceted subject. At heart, it’s a work of deep love and understanding of a powerful literary genre.”
— Lloyd Alexander, Newbery Award winner
Philip Martin is a folklorist, award-winning author, and book editor who has worked with award-winning children’s and adult fiction. He directs Great Lakes Literary, helping authors get their best work published. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.