Questions tagged [dark-fantasy]

This tag should be used for questions about dark fantasy, such as how to incorporate elements from the typical horror genre in your fantasy setting or how to set the scene in a particularly dark situation.

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Trivial non-dark twist in dark fantasy

I am writing a rather dark, grey fantasy story. It is supposed to feature a twist that turns the antagonist's goal to not to be evil at all (just misjudged) and really trivial (despite requiring large ...
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What do I do if my story is too similar to another? [duplicate]

Hello my story is about a kingdom that got conquered by an empire with an anti-wizardry anti-paganism regime, where wizards get burnt at the stake and pagans get forcibly converted to a religion ...
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How should you use sexually deviant monsters in fantasy?

terror is a real and powerful thing. A monster is ever-so-slightly scarier if it violates you in some way. there have been many of these types of creatures seen in myths and fairy tales. This goes ...
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Portraying the Brutality of War

I'm writing what might be described as a gas-lamp fantasy novel set in a realm similar to the Durrani Empire. Part of the main character's backstory is his experience growing up the son of a ...
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What are most common tropes of a paranormal book and dark fantasy book?

I'm trying to decide what genre my novel should be. I wanna be more generic so the answers can help other people, so my question is: How to know if a story is a dark fantasy or a paranormal story? ...