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 Floating World. Set on an island off the coast of Maine, it's a portal story about a girl who discovers an otherworld inhabited by Vikings who came to Vinland a thousand years ago. The story blends the theme of coming of age with my interest in lost cities and sea lore, specifically, the legend of Norumbega. I created Mapping the Fantastic as a place to share my love of the fantastic in literature, illustration, history, and just about everything else.