About the Fantastic

The Fantastic is a subgenre of fantasy concerned with the sometimes blurry line between observed and imagined reality. Unlike high fantasy, in which the supernatural is assumed, the fantastic requires uncertainty. "The fantastic must be so close to the real that you almost have to believe it." — Fyodor Dostoevsky

About Becca Jones

I am an avid reader and writer with a background in academic publishing and teaching English. I like writers who use the devices of fantasy and folklore to explore subjective experience and universal themes in new ways — Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Bram Stoker, Carl Jung, to name a few. I am currently seeking representation for my first YA novel entitled The Island at the Back of Beyond. Set on a mist- shrouded island off the coast of Maine, it's a story about the sometimes misty line between memory, reality, and the stories we tell ourselves to overcome grief. The story blends the theme of coming of age with my interest in sea lore and my love for the offshore islands of Maine. I created Mapping the Fantastic as a place to share my interest of the fantastic in literature, illustration, history, and just about everything else.