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Urban fantasy is a genre with room for vampires, werewolves and honest politicians. Usually set in contemporary times, it often encorporates elements from medieval-type fantasy, sci-fi or superhero fiction (without the capes and masks). At least, that is how it will be classified here until a better description is decided on.

 

 

 
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Mignola (HellBoy) and Golden (The Myth Hunters) create a haunting allegory on the nature of war, fusing the poignancy of Hans Christian Anderson's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, the supernatural chills of Dracula and the horrors of WWI and the subsequent influenza epidemic. Years after Capt. (and Lord) Henry Baltimore is infected by a demonic vampire bat while wounded near the Ardennes forest, he summons three friends to a mysterious meeting. Demetrius Aischros is the merchant sea captain who had taken Baltimore home to Trevelyan Isle, where they found Baltimore's family dead and his wife resurrected as a vampire. Thomas Childress Jr. is a nobleman and deserter who learns about the vampire infestation from Baltimore, his childhood friend. Dr. Lemuel Rose is the surgeon who treated Baltimore's war injuries. Together they help Baltimore face a final showdown with the terrible Red King. Stark monochrome illustrations from Mignola enhance this dramatic tale of war and fear.  PI John Justin Mallory’s back from Stalking the Unicorn (1987); it’s All Hallows’ Eve in the Manhattan “otherworld” of goblins, vampires, zombies, and such; and his trusted partner, Winnifred Carruthers, is pooped from the excitement and preparation for this Manhattan’s major annual holiday. Turns out her fatigue and paleness result from visiting nephew Rupert’s bite marks on her neck. Before you can say “Type A-positive, straight up,” Rupert’s found dead, and the hunt is on for his evil Maker, ancient vamp Aristotle Draconis. Aided by cat-woman Felina and vampire Bats McGuire, Mallory and Carruthers visit under-the-radar clubs and events like the annual zombies’ ball and encounter some otherworldly lairs and residents. Resnick’s off-kilter humor describes nightly appearances of troll toughs and gremlin girls who break into song à la West Side Story and conjures such excruciating torture as being tied to a slab to hear every word of Silas Marner without a potty break. A curiously satisfying update of Depression-era screwball comedies’ breezy, rapid-fire repartee that meshes well with both detective and vampire genres.  Blade is half vampire, half human. He has devoted his life to killing vampires. His nemesis is Frost, a vampire who aims to take over the world, enslaving humanity. With the help of Whistler, a human vampire hunter, and of haemotologist Karen Jenson, Blade battles Frost and the evil Blood God. In Blade II, Blade must align himself with a high-powered team of vampires to take on a greater evil than either has ever faced--a new kind of super-vampire that is itself on a vicious hunt to eradicate both races. Blade: Trinity-- Deep in a remote desert, vampire leaders are resurrecting Dracula, the horrific creature who spawned their race. After Blade and his mentor, Whistler, have an explosive showdown with FBI agent Cumberland and his men, it's evident that the Daywalker will need some assistance. Blade reluctantly teams up with the Nightstalkers, a group of human vampire hunters led by Whistler's beautiful daughter, Abigail, and the wisecracking Hannibal King. The Nightstalkers launch a relentless series of battles against Dracula's gang of the undead, led by the powerful vampire Danica Talos and her fanged acolytes Asher and Grimwood.

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