Episode #23: What’s Fairytale Fantasy? NYNB2016 Blog Tour Intro


In this episode, I attempt to explain what fairytale fantasy as a genre is.  My take on it, anyway.

At some point, I’ll have to delve more into this, but based on what other people have told me after they read The Thirteenth Hour and its spin-offs is that there are a few titles in the same genre (fairytale fantasy) that I should check out, as they’re similar in style.  All are very established, classic titles, so comparisons to such giants make me uncomfortable, but based on what I know, I think the tone and overall feel is similar (I use the term ‘title’ since in many cases there’s a movie and a book, and it becomes hard to separate the two):

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (read the book, watched the movie) – I’ve spoken about this one a lot and can say it directly influenced the writing of The Thirteenth Hour – though probably moreso the movie than the book.

The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle (recently listened to the audiobook read by the author; still need to watch the cartoon)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (saw the movie in college for the first time; in the process of going through the book, which starts quite differently from the movie and seems a bit more cynical than the movie so far)

The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (on the list to read)

Stardust by Neil Gaiman (about halfway through the book; never read anything by him before aside from maybe a few Sandman comics as a kid which I don’t remember well and probably didn’t understand)

With the possible exception of the Discworld books, which I haven’t read and can’t really speak to, all fit into the genre of fairy tales aimed primarily at adults.


On an entirely different note, thank you to everyone who helped support The Thirteenth Hour in it’s recent 3rd edition re-launch, and thanks to everyone who helped to support the Thunderclap, which was success – so many thanks for helping me spam the hell out of social media!! 🙂

Don’t forget about the Goodreads Giveaway for the chance to win a copy of The Thirteenth Hour!

Lastly, over the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing three fantasy authors from the New Year, New Books blog tour (see this post for more info).


Don’t forget to sign up at the Rafflecopter link below for a chance to win some free stuff supplied by the blog tour authors themselves.


I have a Thirteenth Hour magnet and a dropcard containing the book in various ebook formats with some bonus media in the raffle.

Stay up-to-date with the latest blog info at the main page here.  Stay tuned!


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