The Ghosts of Urban Fantasy by Gail Z. Martin

Amazing author Gail Z. Martin is back with a WeGeekGirls stop on her Days of the Dead tour.

We appreciate you including us on your tour Gail!!


According to urban fantasy, cities and small towns are filled to bursting with ghosts, vampires, shapeshifters, demons, fallen angels, Fey, ghouls, zombies and things that go bump in the night.

Of course, if you read Stephen King, you already knew that.

What makes urban fantasy’s take on monsters and ghosts different from King’s—which are generally considered to be horror? I think the reason ghosts work differently in urban fantasy than they do in horror comes from the heart of the divide between the two sub-genres. It really comes down to fear and purpose.

Horror as a genre pits an individual or a small group against overwhelming odds and an enemy that often has supernaturally enhanced abilities. Options close one by one, building the sense of helplessness for the protagonists, who have no special tools or talents to fight this threat. A few people might survive because they’re fast runners, good at hiding, or very lucky, and maybe resourceful enough to figure out how to drive a truck over the monster or destroy the amulet that is keeping the ghost bound to the house, but it’s a lucky break. It’s all about the fear.

Urban fantasy, on the other hand, has horrific and fear-inducing elements, but fear is a byproduct, not the goal. Any normal person would be fearful facing the ghosts and supernatural creatures that run amok in the average urban fantasy novel. But while the fear is acknowledged—and readers may get a good scare along the way—neither fear nor helplessness is the main emotion.

Urban fantasy runs on drive and channeled rage. The protagonists in urban fantasy may occasionally run away or hide if it’s prudent. But the goal isn’t to say hidden. The goal is to get back up again and get back into the fight and take down the supernatural bad guy or stop the haunting. The hero in urban fantasy isn’t helpless, or doesn’t stay that way for long. He or she channels fear into rage and the drive to keep fighting.

Which brings me to the second difference—purpose. In horror, the main character is just trying to survive and get away. Just getting out of the haunted house is peachy keen. It’s all about personal survival. Also, the main character in horror usually has not gone looking for the haunting, or if he/she did, it was a very lighthearted whim or perhaps a dare based on the initial certainty that there are no ghosts.

In urban fantasy, the hero goes looking for trouble already knowing that ghosts are real and can be malicious. Not only that, but the hero is reasonably prepared for the encounter—or thinks he is—with training, magic or weapons designed to counter the bad ghosts. Those preparations may be inadequate, and usually do fail the first couple of times. But the main character in urban fantasy is usually a professional monster hunter, someone who gets called in to dispel a haunting or get rid of a supernatural predator.

The urban fantasy hero or heroine might be considered by some to be a monster in his/her own right. He or she has supernatural abilities—magic, psychic capabilities, shapeshifting, vampirism, etc.—that enable the hero to go up against malicious ghosts with a reasonable expectation of winning. The hero/heroine goes where others fear to tread to protect, to get revenge, to destroy evil—but the purpose is always bigger than just surviving the encounter. Most of the time, the hero/heroine is also privy to secret knowledge about ghost in general or that particular ghost, about magic and the supernatural. He or she may be part of a secret organization that provides support, knowledge and resources.

So how do you like your ghosts—and your heroes? Personally, like mine with a fighting chance!

My Days of the Dead blog tour runs through October 31 with never-before-seen cover art, brand new excerpts from upcoming books and recent short stories, interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and more! Plus, I’ll be including extra excerpt links for my stories and for books by author friends of mine.

You’ve got to visit the participating sites to get the goodies, just like Trick or Treat! Details here:

Book swag is the new Trick-or-Treat! Grab your envelope of book swag awesomeness from me & 10 authors before 11/1!

Trick or Treat! Excerpt from my new urban fantasy novel Vendetta set in my Deadly Curiosities world here Launches Dec. 29


More Treats! Enter to win a copy of Deadly Curiosities!


Treats! Enter to win a copy of Iron & Blood!


Halloween Loot from John Hartness—an excerpt from his Quincy Harker series, Raising Hell Chp1


Treats Not Tricks! Read an excerpt from Shadow Garden, my Deadly Curiosities story


Gail Martin, Dreamspinner Communications

Gail Martin, Dreamspinner Communications

About the Author

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the upcoming novel Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Dec. 2015, Solaris Books) as well as the epic fantasy novel Shadow and Flame (March, 2016 Orbit Books) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga. Shadowed Path, an anthology of Jonmarc Vahanian short stories set in the world of The Summoner, debuts from Solaris books in June, 2016.
Other books include The Jake Desmet Adventures a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin as well as Ice Forged, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, Dark Lady’s Chosen) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn, The Dread) from Orbit Books and the urban fantasy novel Deadly Curiosities from Solaris Books.
Gail writes four series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, The Deadly Curiosities Adventures, The King’s Convicts series, and together with Larry N. Martin, The Storm and Fury Adventures. Her work has appeared in over 20 US/UK anthologies. Newest anthologies include: The Big Bad 2, Athena’s Daughters, Realms of Imagination, Heroes, With Great Power, and (co-authored with Larry N. Martin) Space, Contact Light, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens.


If you pay any attention to me at all, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Gail’s work. Days of the Dead is the perfect time to introduce yourself to her work. What is up for grabs is not only incredible story telling but also very appropriate for the season we are currently in. Don’t miss out! Follow Gail on her Days of the Dead tour TODAY!!

Happy Treating Yourself!!


DRAGON CON 2015: Where has the countdown gone?


Where have countdown days 15 —> today gone, well, I had a major technological malfunction and the layouts I had for said posts were wiped out…

The GOOD NEWS is that the DragonCon app has been updated and just about everything you need to know is now in the palm of your hand (well, as long as you download the app that is) ;)

Rather than trying to play catch up with these posts, I’m going to point you our Facebook page

where I’ll be sharing any new updates as they become available.


From now until Dragon, GiGi and I are getting prepared to bring the best coverage two fan girls can possibly manage. For those of you going, please give us a shout OR even come say hello if you see us there! For those not able to attend but still wanting to experience it, PLEASE make sure you are following us on all social media platforms as we plan to do daily Con videos and posts (in addition to the post Con blogs).

If you have something you would like to see, please let us know. We haven’t gotten the opportunity to interview celebrities (yet) so anything to do with them, outside of panels, can’t happen BUT anything else Con related, is probably cover-able.

Thanks, as always, for your support!!

See you at DragonCon!!


DRAGON CON 2015: Countdown Day 16


Today we are bringing you the hot off the press (Thank you Mr. Curtis) programming for one of our very favorite fan tracks…

Fri – 11:30 am – Tolkien Track: Setting the Stage
Fri – 1 p.m. – Celebrity Dwarven Trio: Genisys – Centennial II – III
Fri – 2:30 p.m. – Tolkien Fandom & Your Creativity
Fri – 4 p.m. – Working w/ Leather For Costumes & Armor
Fri – 5:30 p.m. – Elven Choir Workship
Fri. – 8:30 p.m. – Evening at Bree –  Grand Ballroom East

Sat. 8:30 a.m. – *sing* I love a parade! – At the parade
Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 4 Amazing Middle-earth Celebs – Atrium Ballroom
Sat. 1 p.m. – Evolution of Middle-earth & Its Characters
Sat. 2:30 p.m. – There & Back Again: Looking Back on an Extraordinary Journey – Grand Ballroom East
Sat. 4 p.m. – Westeros vs. Middle-earth – International South
Sat. 5:30 p.m. – How To Fight Like A Dwarf
Sat. 7 p.m. – Advanced Middle-earth Costuming – Q&A
Sat. 8:30 p.m. – Smaug & The Great Dragons of Cinema
WOW busy day
Sat. 10 p.m. – Middle-earth ’90s Night, Dance Party! – A601-602

Sun. 10 a.m. – Wake Up Your Muse (coffee meet)
Sun. 11:30 a.m. – Star Wars vs. Middle-earth – Session 1 *
Sun. 1 p.m. – Three Dwarves & A Baby (BYOB) – Centennial II – III
Sun. 2:30 p.m. – Star Wars vs. Middle-earth – Session 2 *
Sun. 4 p.m. – Mount Doom: The Burning Altar of the Quest
Sun. 5:30 p.m. – Weird Questions Tolkien Fans Ask
Sun. 7 p.m. – FILM – Tolkien’s Road
Sun. 8:30 p.m. – The Road Goes Ever On: What’s Coming for Tolkien Fans? – A601-602
Sun. 10 p.m. – Hobbit Drinking Songs – Augusta Ballroom

Mon. 10 a.m. – Celebrity Hobbit Trio: The Final Chapter
Mon. 11:30 a.m. – Tolkien: Still Writing Books
Mon. 1 p.m. – ARTC Reads Tolkien
Mon. 2:30 p.m. – Into The West


This track has a great director and the volunteer staff is amazing. We admittedly spent a large portion of our first Dragon Con just in this track and have made many friends in the last two years (looking at you Larry, Jim, Emily, Amanda and Valdis).

Here is a sample of some of the Tolkien themed goodness that we’ve been able to capture in our past two year as WGGs:

To keep up with the latest news, announcements and/or any important changes, bookmark the track website   AND follow the Facebook page


We couldn’t let this post run without paying our respects to the incredibly kind and talented Jef Murray, who we lost earlier this month. He was one of the first people GiGI and I met at our first Dragon (2013). While we were blown away by his passion and artistic ability in portraying Tolkien’s Middle Earth, what we remember most is the time he took to share a conversation with two awestruck newbies. From that day on, I followed him on Facebook and looked forward to him sharing his art every week. You, Sir, will be misssed.

Words from


Hoping we meet in Bree,


DRAGON CON 2015: Countdown Day 17 (for real)

So, I think I was counting down from Thursday with the last post as that is when GiGi and I will be at DragonCon and our official coverage begins!!! So, with 17 days left, here’s whats up today!


One of the most anticipated events of Dragon Con is the parade. This years sees a newer/longer route to help accommodate parade spectators and Nichelle Nichols will be Grand Marshal!!  Take a look at the new route:

Please note, North Avenue at Peachtree will be closed to pedestrian and motor traffic. North Avenue MARTA riders are encouraged to follow West Peachtree to Linden. Civic Center MARTA riders can head either North to Pine or South to Ivan Allen Jr.

The Dragon Con Parade is a GREAT way to see multiple cosplay groups and guests all in one place! Here is a sample of what WGGs saw at last year’s parade!

Believe me there is plenty more where that came from! Make sure you start out a little early on Saturday to get yourself a good perch for the show!!


Throw us a wave if you are participating in the Parade!!! We’ll be with the PRESS ;)


DRAGON CON 2015: Countdown day 18 (or 17, it’s really late)

My apologies to those of you following our countdown as a WEEK has gone by without posting BUT, as you probably know, things are ever changing with conventions and I found the consistent themed countdowns weren’t going to unfold the way I wanted them to. Thus, I am going to have to change it up!! I’m not at all sure what that is going to look like but I can promise the words Dragon Con will be seen everyday from now until WeGeekGirls sets out for ATL!!


One of the things that I have noticed changes the most often is the Featured Guest list. While Dragon Con strives very hard to give us a large and meaty guest list, work obligations arise and that is more than understandable. After all, fans should want their favorite, actors/producers/authors/artists happily employed. The best way to keep up with changes in this category is to like/follow Dragon Con on Facebook and/or bookmark the page on the Dragon Con website ( for a quick reference.


There are 50+ individual celebrity photo options (check out for a complete list) but take a look at some of the group shots that are available to you…

If you are a fan of any of the above shows, the group photo ops are one of the best ways to get up close to your favorite character representations! Pre-sale is available until Saturday, August 29th and orders can be placed at the above mentioned link and updates can me monitored via There may be additional photo ops available on-site and those must be paid in cash.

Browse the options, choose a single/group and be sure to come back post Con and share your photos on our Facebook page


Smile and say CHEESE!!