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, Susanna Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Susan Cooper, Maggie Stiefvater, and Jeff Vandermeer to name a few. I also like seafaring lore, antique maps and navigational instruments, the cartography of imaginary places, phantom islands and phantom atlases. My interest in fantastic literature and seafaring lore converge in my debut YA Fantasy novel, for which I am currently seeking representation, The Island at the Back of Beyond, a story about a sixteen-year girl who discovers a phantom island and must save her father and best friend before it disappears forever into the sea.