Maybe this recent trend is a result of Cassandra Clare's popular Infernal Devices series or perhaps we're all looking for a Downton ala Buffy fix? As someone who ADORES historical fiction and paranormal/supernatural/fantasy this is the perfect Mash Up!
So what do I think qualifies as Para Historical Fiction?
1. It occurs in a recognisable time period like regency, ancient egypt/rome, victorian etc.
2. There is some element of supernatural/paranormal/fantasy. This can vary from something of a subplot to the main story.
3. Once you have these two factors - have FUN! So a perfect example of this form (IMO), is Gail Carriger's Soulless series - A Victorian novel with supernatural beings crossed with alternative history and steampunk.
Regardless of definition, 2016 seems to be fast shaping up to be the year for this sub-genre. (and I LOVE IT).
Here's a taster of some of these (ranging from alternative history to steampunk, all with a dash of the Sup or Para)
First - Queen of the Form has just released a new book/series
Gail Carriger's Poison or Protect Novella - June 21st
Alison Goodman's Dark Days Club Series (just bought this off the book shelf. Cannot wait to read.)
Jessica Cluess' A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1)
I'm currently compiling a lovely list of books for this Genre - so please any further suggestions would be great!
NOW come one let's do the MONSTER MASH!!