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Here is a selection of fantasy works recommended by the authors of the site, classified by theme.



Classical Works and Major Authors


Burroughs Edgar Rice

Mars Series (11 volumes, 1st volume Under the Moons of Mars, 1912).


Carroll Lewis

Alice in Wonderland (1865).

Through the Looking Glass (1871) with illustrations by Mervyn Peake.


Dunsany Edward Plunkett (Lord)

The Gods of Pegāna (1905).

The King of Elfland’s Daughter (1924).

The Sword of Welleran (1908).


Ende Michael

Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) (1979).

The NeverEnding Story (Die unendliche Geschichte), film by Wolfgang Petersen, Germany / US, 1984.


Gaiman Neil

American Gods (2001).

Neverwhere (1996).

Odd and the Frost Giants (2008).

The Sandman, covers by Dave McKean, various illustrators, New York, Vertigo (DC Comics), (1988-1996).

Smoke and Mirrors (1998).

Stardust (1999).

Gaiman Neil, Pratchett Terry, Good Omens (1990).

Bifrost n° 82, April 2016, Special feature on "Neil Gaiman, entre miroirs et fumées".


Hobb Robin

The Farseer Trilogy (1995-97).

The Tawny Man Trilogy (2001-2003).

The Liveship Traders (volume 1, Ship of Magic, 1998).

The Soldier’s Son (Shaman’s Crossing, Forest Mage, Renegade’s Magic, 2005-2007).

Under the name Lindholm Megan:

Cloven Hooves (1991).

Wizard of the Pigeons (1985).


Howard Robert Ervin

Conan the Barbarian: the complete collection (1932-1936) 3 volumes, The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (13 stories, including "The Frost Giant's Daughter"), The Bloody Crown of Conan and The Conquering Sword of Conan, Del Rey, 2003-2005.

Lord of Samarcand (the Lame Man) (1932).

The Hyborian Age (1938).

Louinet, Patrice, Le Guide Howard (a guide to the works of Robert E. Howard), Chambéry, ActuSF, "Les Trois Souhaits" (2015).


Jordan Robert

The Wheel of Time (14 volumes, 1990-2013), three last posthumous volumes by Brandon Sanderson.


Lamb Harold

Wolf of the Steppes (2006, posthumous).


Le Guin Ursula Kroeber

Always Coming Home (1985).

Annals of the Western Shores (2004-2007).

Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women and Places (1989).

The Books of Earthsea (6 volumes, 1968-2001): A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea and The Other Wind.

The Language of the Night (1979).

The Left Hand of Darkness (1969).

Le Guin Ursula K., Barton Todd, Music and Poetry of the Kesh, Valley Productions (1985).

Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), film by Goro Miyazaki, Japan, 2006.

Legend of Earthsea, miniseries, Sci Fi Channel, United States, 2004.


Lewis Clive Staples

Boxen: Childhood Chronicles Before Narnia, London, Harper Collins (2008).

The Chronicles of Narnia (7 volumes, 1950-1956): The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, The Last Battle.

The Cosmic Trilogy (1938-1945): Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength,

Till We Have Faces (1956).

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, film by Andrew Adamson, United States, 2005.


MacDonald George

Phantastes: A Faerie Romance (1858), Benediction Classics, 2013.

The Princess and the Goblin (1872).

"The Fantastic Imagination", introduction to The Light Princess and Other Fairy Tales (1893), republished in The Complete Fairy Tales, Penguin Classics (1999).

Lilith: A Romance (1895).

At the Back of the North Wind (1868, 1871), digital version available at the Gutenberg Project


Martin Georges Raymond Richard

A Song of Ice and Fire (1st volume, A Game of Thrones, 1996). 

Martin G.R.R., García Elio M., Antonsson Linda, The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (2014).

Game of Thrones, series by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, HBO, United States, 2011-2019.


Merritt Abraham

Dwellers in the Mirage (1932).


Moorcock Michael

The Dancers at the End of Time (complete works, 1981).

Elric of Melniboné (Elric Series, 1972-2010).

Hawkmoon Series / The History of the Runestaff (1967-1975).

Erekosë Series (3 novels and a graphic novel, 1970-1987).

Corum (two trilogies, 1971-1974).


Morris William

News from Nowhere (1889).

The Story of the Glittering Plain, or The Land of Living Men (1890).

The Water of the Wondrous Isles (1897).

The Well at World’s End (1896).


Peake Mervin

Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1959), Titus Alone (1959).

 "Boy in Darkness", Sometime, Never (with two other stories by William Golding and John Wyndham).


Pratchett Terry

Discworld (41 volumes, from 1983).

Nation (2008).

Pratchett Terry, Gaiman Neil, Good Omens (1990).


Pullman Philip

Sally Lockhart (4 volumes, 1985-1994).

Grimm Tales for Young and Old (2012).

His Dark Materials (3 volumes, 1995-2000).

Pullman Philip, Fordham Fred (ill.), The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship, Graphix (2017).

The Golden Compass, film by Chris Weitz, United States, 2007.


Rowling Joanne Kathleen

Harry Potter (7 volumes, 1997-2007), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Under the pseudonym Newt Scamander:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001).

Under the pseudonym Kennilworthy Whisp:

Quidditch Through the Ages (2001).

Under the pseudonym Albus Dumbledore:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2007).

Thorne Jack, Tiffany John, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, two-part play (2016).

Harry Potter, films by Chris Columbus (1 and 2), Alfonso Cuaron (3), Mike Newell (4) and David Yates (5-7), 2001-2011.


Smith Clark Ashton

Lost Worlds: Zothique, Averoigne and Others.


Swann Thomas Burnett 

The Minotaur Trilogy (3 volumes: Day of the Minotaur, 1966; The Forest of Forever, 1971; Cry Silver Bells, 1977).

The Latium Trilogy (3 volumes: Green Phoenix; Lady of the Bees; Queens Walk in the Dusk, 1972-1977).

The Not-World (1975) and The Gods Abide (1976).


Tolkien John Ronald Reuel

"A Secret Vice" (1931).

The History of Middle-Earth (1983-1995).

The Hobbit (1937).

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (2009).

The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), (3 volumes), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King.

The Silmarillion (1977).

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth (1980)-

The Lord of the Rings, films by Peter Jackson, United States, 2001-2003.

Le Hobbit (The Hobbit), films by Peter Jackson, United States / New Zealand, 2014-2016.


White Terence Hanbury

The Once and Future King (1938-1958).



History and Legends


A Few Founding Texts of Epic and Mythological Writing

The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. adapted by Andrew George, Penguin, "Penguin Classics" (2016).

Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey (8th c. B.C.E.).

Ovid, Metamorphoses (2-8 C.E.).

Virgil, The Aeneid (29-19 B.C.E.).

Beowulf (7th-10th c.).

Poetic Edda, (from the Codex Regius, 8th-13th c.).

La Légende Arthurienne, le Graal et la Table ronde, under Danielle Régnier-Bohler, Paris, Robert Laffont, "Bouquins" (1989). Contains the partial or complete French translation of 15 Arthurian novels from the 12th to 14th c.

The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales (original manuscripts from 14th c.), ed. and trans. Patrick K. Ford, University of California Press (2019).

Sagas Islandaises (Icelandic sagas in French), trans. Régis Boyer, Paris, Gallimard, "Bibliothèque de la Pléiade" (1987).

Saxo Grammaticus, Gesta danorum, (circa 1200).

Sturluson Snorri, The (Prose) Edda, (circa 1220).

Wu Cheng’En, Xiyou ji (Journey to the West) (16th c.), ed. and trans. (Chinese into French) André Lévy, La Pérégrination vers l'Ouest, 2 volumes, Gallimard "Bibliothèque de la Pléiade" (1991).


Antiquity (Epics, Mythologies and Peplums)

Bradley Marion Zimmer, The Firebrand (1987).

Clavel, Fabien, La Dernière Odyssée, Paris, Mango "Royaumes Perdus" (2007), reprint, Flammarion (2012).

Faye, Estelle, La Voie des Oracles, 3 volumes, Paris, Scrinéo (2014-2016); reprint, Paris, Gallimard, "Folio SF" (2016-2018).

Gemmell David, Lion of Macedon (1990).

Gemmell David, Troy (3 volumes, 2005-2007).

Le Guin Ursula K., Lavinia (2008).

Pratchett Terry, The Last Hero (2001).

Riordan Rick, Percy Jackson, 5 volumes.

Silverberg Robert, Gilgamesh the King (1984).

Bost-Fiévet Mélanie, Provini Sandra (ed.), L’Antiquité dans l’imaginaire contemporain. Fantasy, science-fiction, fantastique (Antiquity in the Contemporary Imagination), Paris, Classiques Garnier (2014).

Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy, ed. Brett M. Rogers, Benjamin E. Stevens, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2017).

Jason and the Argonauts, film by Don Chaffey, United States / United-Kingdom, 1963.

Clash of the Titans, film by Desmond Davis, United States / United-Kingdom, 1981.

Maciste all’inferno (Maciste in Hell), film by Riccardo Freda, Italy, 1962.


The Middle Ages and Arthurian Legends

Barr W. Mike, Bolland Brian, Camelot 3000 (1982-1985).

Bradley Marion Zimmer, The Mists of Avalon (1982).

Clavel Fabien, L’Apprentie de Merlin (4 volumes), Paris, Mango (2010-2013).

Fetjaine Jean-Louis, Le Pas de Merlin, Paris, Belfond (2002).

Fetjaine Jean-Louis, Les Chroniques des elfes (7 volumes, 1998-2014), Belfond (from 1998 to 2000) then Paris, Fleuve Noir (from 2008 to 2014); reprinted in two complete volumes, La Trilogie des elfes, Paris, Pocket, "Fantasy" (2008) and Les Chroniques des elfes, Paris, Pocket, "Fantasy" (2012).

Gentle Mary, Ash: A Secret History (1999).

Lawhead Stephen, Taliesin (1987).

Niogret Justine, Chien du Heaume, Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos (2009), Paris, J’ai Lu (2011).

Paxson Diana L., Sword of Avalon (posthumous novel), New York, Ace (2009).

Le Goff Jacques, "Pour un long Moyen Âge", Europe n°654, October 1983.

Rochebouet Anne, Salamon Anne, "Les Réminiscences médiévales dans la fantasy, un mirage des sources ?", Cahiers de recherches médiévales, published online 15 December 2011:

Thompson Raymond H., The Return from Avalon: A Study of the Arthurian Legend in Modern Fiction, Westport, CT, Praeger Publishers, "Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy" (1985).

Excalibur, film by John Boorman, United-Kingdom, 1981.



Hearn Lian, Tales of the Otori (5 volumes, 2002-2007).

Hughart Barry, Bridge of Birds (1984).

Pagel Michel, Les Immortels (2 volumes, 2006), Paris, Le Pré aux clercs; reprint, Paris, Pocket, "SF" (2010).

Weis Margaret, Hickman Tracy, The Rose of the Prophet (3 volumes, 1989).

Yamada Fûtarô, Yagu Ninpocho (1964).

Mizuki Shigeru, Nihon Yokai Taisen (1997), trans. Satoko Fujimoto, Patrick Honnoré, Dictionnaire des Yôkai – L’intégrale (Dictionary of Yokai in French), Pika Edition (2015).

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, film by S. S. Rajamouli, India, 2017.

My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro), film by Miyazaki Hayao, Japan, 1988.

Princess Mononoké (Mononoke Hime), film by Miyazaki Hayao, Japan, 1997.


Vikings and Nordic Fantasy

Anderson Poul, The Broken Sword (1954, rev. 1971).

Kay Guy Gavriel, The Last Light of the Sun (2004).

Lachlan M.D., Wolfsangel (2010).

Miura Kentaro, Beruseruku (Berserk) (40 volumes, 1989-present).

Riordan Rick, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (3 volumes, 2015-2017).

Rosinski Grzegorz, Van Hamme Jean, Thorgal, volumes 1 to 29 (1980-2006); Rosinski Grzegorz, Sente Yves, volumes 30 to 34 (2007-2013); Rosinski Grzegorz, Dorsion Xavier, volume 35 (since 2016). Original in French, published in English by Cinebooks, Canterbury, United-Kingdom (2007-2019).


Modern Era

Ayrolles Alain, Masbou Jean-Luc, De cape et de crocs, Delcourt, 12 volumes (1995-2016).

Bousquet Charlotte, L’Archipel des Numinées, 3 volumes, Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos (2009-2011); reprint, 2013-2014.

Pevel Pierre, Wielstadt (3 volumes), Paris, Fleuve noir, "Fantasy" (2001); complete collection Paris, Pocket (2011).

Pevel Pierre, Les Lames du cardinal (The Cardinal's Blades, Gollancz 2009), (3 volumes), Paris, Bragelonne (2007-2010).

Aron Raymond, Les Désillusions du Progrès: essai sur la dialectique de la modernité (The Disillusion of Progress: An Essay on the Dialectics of Modernity), Paris, Calmann-Lévy (1969).

Wizards, film by Ralph Bakshi, United States, 1976.





A Few Founding Texts of the Supernatural and Fantastic Genre

Grimm Jacob, Grimm Wilhelm, Children's and Household Tales (1st ed. 1812 and 1815).

Gautier Théophile, Contes et récits fantastiques (anthology of texts written from the 1830s), Paris, Le Livre de Poche (1991).

Goethe Johann Wolfgang, Faust (1808 and1832).

Hoffmann Ernst Theodor Amadeus, (Tales by, from 1808).

Perrault Charles, Histoires ou contes du temps passé, avec des moralités – Les contes de ma mère l’Oye (Stories or Tales of Past Times with Morals – Mother Goose Tales) (1697).

Poe Edgar Allan, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840).

Potocki Jan, Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse (The Saragossa Manuscript) (1804 and 1810).

Shakespeare William, A Midsummer’s Night Dream (1595-1596).

Stoker Bram, Dracula (1897).


Fairy Tale Fantasy

Marillier Juliet, Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, vol. 1, 2002).

Willingham Bill, Medina Lan, Fables (2002-2015).

Windling Terri and Datlow Ellen (ed.), Snow White, Blood Red (1993).

Bettelheim Bruno, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairytales (1976).

Propp Vladimir, Морфология сказки (Morphology of a Fairytale) (1928).

Once upon a time, television series by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, ABC, 2011-2018.

Princess Bride, film by Rob Reiner, United States, 1987.


The Fantastic, Gothic and Urban Fantasy

Billingsley Franny, The Folk Keeper (1999).

Cornish D. M., Monster Blood Tattoo (3 volumes, 2006-2010).

De La Cruz Melissa, Blue Blood (2006-2013).

Fazi, Mélanie, Serpentine (short stories), L’Oxymore (2004), reprint, Folio SF, 2010, Notre-Dame aux Ecailles (short stories), Paris, Bragelonne (2008), reprint, Folio SF, 2011, Le Jardin des silences (short stories), Paris, Bragelonne (2014), reprint, Folio SF.

Powers Tim, The Stress of her Regard (1989).

Hide Me Among the Graves (2012).

Robert Michel, L’Agent des ombres, vol. 1 "L’Ange du Chaos", Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos, "Icare" (2004).

Lucifer, television series by Tom Kapinos, Fox, 2015.

Sleepy Hollow, television series by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman, Fox, 2013.

Penny Dreadful, television series by John Logan, Showtime, 2014.

Dark Souls, video game, Namco Bandai Games, From Software, 2011.



Lang John/Pen of Chaos, Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk, Podcast, 44 episodes, 2001-2015; graphic novel, ill. Marion Poinsot, Clair de Lune (6 seasons since 2005); novels (5 volumes), Marquette-en-Ostrevant, éditions Octobre (2008-2014), reprint, J’ai lu. Also games, songs, etc.

Galavant, television series by Dan Fogelman, ABC, 2015-2016.

HarmonQuest, television series by Dan Harmon and Spencer Crittenden, Seeso, 2016, VRV, 2017.

Kaamelott, television series by Alexandre Astier, Alain Kappauf and Jean-Yves Robin, M6, 2005-2009.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, film by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, United-Kingdom, 1975.


Crime Fiction

Albert Raphaël, Les extraordinaires et fantastiques enquêtes de Sylvo Sylvain: rue Farfadet, Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos "Dédales" (2010).

Garrett Randall, Lord Darcy (1983).

Kloetzer Laurent, La Voie du cygne, Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos, "Icares" (1999); reprint, Paris, Gallimard, "Folio SF", 2001.

Pratchett Terry, Guards! Guards! (1989); Night Watch (2002).

Angel, television series by Joss Whedon, The WB, 1999-2004.



Bradley Marion Zimmer, Darkover series (1st volume Darkover Landfall, Gregg Press, Boston 1972).

Davoust Lionel, Evanégyre: La Volonté du Dragon (2010), La Route de la conquête (2014), Port d’âmes (2015), Les Dieux sauvages (pentalogy in progress since 2017), Rennes, Critic.

Druillet Philippe, Les Six Voyages de Lone Sloane, Dargaud (1972); Grenoble, Drugstore (2012).

McCaffrey Anne, Dragons of Pern (1st volume, Dragonflight, 1968).

Raymond Alex, Flash Gordon, the complete library (1934-1945).

Silverberg Robert, Majipoor (1980-1983).

Vance Jack, The Dying Earth (4 volumes, 1st volume: The Dying Earth, 1950).



Carriger Gail, The Parasol Protectorate (5 volumes, 1st volume: Soulless, 2009).

Colin Fabrice, Arcadia, 1. Vestiges d’Arcadia, 2. La Musique du sommeil, Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos "Surnaturel" (1998); in one volume, Paris, Bragelonne (2014).

Gechter Olivier, Le Baron noir (3 volumes, 1st volume: L’Ombre du maître espion, 2013), Le Baron noir, année 1864, Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos (2017).

Pevel Pierre, Le Paris des Merveilles (1st volume: Les Enchantements d’Ambremer (2003); L’Elixir d’oubli (2004); Le Royaume immobile (2015), Paris, Gallimard "Folio SF" (2017).

Sedia Ekaterina, The Alchemy of Stone (2008).

Barillier Etienne, Morgan Arthur, Le Guide Steampunk, Chambéry, ActuSF "Les 3 souhaits" (2013).





Love and Sexuality

Atwood Margaret, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985).

Berthelot Francis, Khanaor, 2 volumes: Solstice de Fer, Equinoxe de Cendre, Temps futur, "Heroïc fantasy", 1983; in one volume, Paris, Gallimard, "Folio SF" (2010).

Carey Jacqueline, Kushiel’s Legacy (2001-2003).

Cole Kresley, The Arcana Chronicles (2012).

Fantaskey Beth, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (2009).

Faye Estelle, Les Seigneurs de Bohen, Critic Éditions (2017).

Hauf Michele, Seraphim (The Changelings) (2006).

Meyer Stephenie, Twilight series (4 volumes) Twilight (2005), New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007), Breaking Dawn (2008).

Casta Isabelle-Rachel "Trois rêves, trois femmes, trois œuvres: Gaslight romance ou Nouveau Monde", in Tessere trame, narrare storie, Le donne e la scrittura per l’infanzia (Weaving plots and telling stories – women and children's literature), ed. Antonella Cagnolati, Rome, Aracne, "Donne nella storia" (2013).

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, film by Harald Zwart, Germany, Canada, United States, 2013.


Color, Shadow and Light

Fforde Jasper, Shades of Grey, The Road to High Saffron (2009).

Gaborit Mathieu, Chroniques des Crépusculaires (Chronicles of the Feals), trilogy: Souffre-Jour (Heart of the Phoenix) (1995), Les Danseurs de Lorgol (The Venom) (1996), Agone (The King of Ashes) (1996), Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos, "Légendaire"; in one volume, Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos, "Icares" (1999); reprint, J’ai Lu, 2002.

Weeks Brent, Lightbringer (5 volumes, since 2010).

Wurts Janny, Wars of Light and Shadow (9 volumes, since 1993).

The Wizard of Oz, film by, Victor Fleming, United States, 1939.


The Elements

Arakawa Hiromu, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2001-2010), trans. Fabien Vautrin, Full Metal Alchemist, 13 volumes, Kurokawa (2012-2015).

Arleston Christophe, Floch Adrien, Les Naufragés d’Ythaq, Toulon, Soleil (since 2005).

Sanderson Brandon, Mistborn (2006).

Nephilim, role-playing game, Fabrice Lamidey and Frédéric Weil (dir.), Multisim (1992).


Borders and Crossings Between Worlds

Isayama Hajime, Shingeki no Kyojin (20 volumes, since 2009).

Kay Guy Gavriel, Fionavar Tapestry (3 volumes, 1984-1986).

McCay Winsor, Little Nemo in Slumberland (1905 and 1914 in the New York Herald then New York Journal-American).

Mirrlees Hope, Lud-in-the-Mist (1926).

Nagatsuki, Tappei, Re: Zero kara hajimeru isekai seikatsu (Re: Starting Life in a Different World from Zero) (since 2012).

Silhol Léa, Le Dit de Frontier, Montpellier, Editions de l’Oxymore (2004).

Williams Tad, Shadowmarch (4 volumes, 2004-2010).


Combat and War

Brennan James Herbert, Fire Wolf.

Feist Raymond E., Wurts Janny, The Empire Trilogy (3 volumes, 1987-1992).

Gemmel David, Legend (1984).

Goodkind Terry, The Sword of Truth (14 volumes, 1994-2014).

Goupil Jacky (story), Crisse Didier (illustrations), L’Epée de cristal, 5 volumes (1989-1994), complete collection, Grenoble, Vents d’Ouest (2009).

Jaworski Jean-Philippe, Gagner la guerre. Récit du vieux roman Lyon, Les Moutons électriques, "La Bibliothèque voltaïque" (2009); reprint, Paris, Gallimard "Folio SF", 2015 (To the Victors Go the Spoils, first chapters available online in English translation:

Kay Guy G., The Lions of al-Rassan (1995).

Leiber Fritz, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser: Swords of Lankhmar (1982).

Saberhagen Fred, The Book of Swords, (8 volumes), New York, Tom Doherty Associates (1983-1994).

Saunders Charles, Imaro (1981).

Wagner Karl Edward, Kane, (complete works).

Weis Margaret, Hickman Tracy, The Darksword Trilogy (1987-1988).

The Magic Sword, film by Bert I. Gordon, United States, 1962.

Star Wars, film by George Lucas, United States, 1977.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, video game, Nintendo, 1990.

Soulcalibur, video game, Namco, 1998.

Warhammer Fantasy Battle, tabletop game by Bryan Ansell, Richard Halliwell, Rick Priestley, Games Workshop, 1983.


Geography and Landscapes

Arleston Christophe, Glaudel Paul, Les Maîtres Cartographes, Toulon, Éditions Soleil (1992-2002).

Gaborit Mathieu, Abyme, 2 volumes: Aux Ombres d’Abyme (1996), La Romance du démiurge (1997), Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos, "Légendaire"; in one volume Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos, "Icares" (2000); reprint, J’ai Lu, 2003.

Holdstock Robert, Mythago Wood (1984).

Platteau Stefan, Les Sentiers des Astres, 1st volume Manesh, Lyon, Les Moutons électriques (2014).

Silhol Silhol Léa, Traverses: l’anthologie de Fantasy urbaine (vol. 1), Fantasy urbaine forever (vol. 2), Montpellier, Oxymore, "Moirages" (2002).

Bergue Viviane (ed.) Fantasy Art and Studies, n°2: "Cities and Wonders / Villes et merveilles" (2017).


Order and Chaos

Anderson Poul, Three Hearts and Three Lions (1961).

Britain Kristen, Green Rider (1998).

Ferrand Cédric, Wastburg, Lyon, Les Moutons électriques (2011); reprint, Paris, Gallimard, "Folio SF", 2013.

Modesitt L.E., The Saga of Recluce (19 volumes, since 1991).

Péju Pierre, La petite fille dans la forêt des contes, Paris, Robert Laffont (1981).

Zelazny Roger, The Chronicles of Amber (10 volumes, 1970-1991).

Final Fantasy VI (RPG), video game, Square Co, 1994.



Anderson Poul, Operation Chaos (1971).

Bishop Anne, The Black Jewels (4 volumes, 1998-2000).

Charlton Blake, Spellwright (2010).

Grossman Lev, The Magicians (2009).

Gunn James E., The Magicians (1976).

Norton Andre, Witch World (5 volumes, since 1963).

Pratchett Terry, The Colour of Magic (1983).


Politics and Diplomacy

Ange, Les Trois Lunes de Tanjor (2001-2003), complete works under the title Ayesha, Paris, Bragelonne (2005).

Ayerdhal, Parleur ou les Chroniques d’un rêve enclavé, Paris, J’ai lu (1997).

Durham David Antony, Acacia (2007-2011).

Kay Guy G., The Sarantine Mosaïc (2 volumes, 1998-2000).

Kushner, Ellen, Swordspoint (1986).

McMaster Bujold Lois, The Sharing Knife (2006-2009).

Okorafor Nnedi, Who Fears Death? (2011).

Spinrad Norman, The Iron Dream (1972).

Di Carpegna Falconieri Tommaso, Medioevo militante: la politica di oggi alle prese con barbari e crociati (Medieval and militant: contemporary politics confronts the barbarians and crusaders) (2011).

Iglesias Turrión, Pablo (dir.), Ganar o morir: lecciones políticas en Juego de Tronos (Winning or dying: political lessons in Game of Thrones) (2014).


Prophecies and Quests

Ange, La Geste des Chevaliers Dragons (Tales of the Dragon Guard), 24 volumes, 1-3 available in English.

Damasio Alain, La Horde du Contrevent, Paris, Gallimard (2007).

Eddings David, Pawn of Prophecy (1982).

Gentle Mary, 1610, a Sundial in a Grave (2003).

Holdstock Robert, In the Valley of the Statues and Other Stories (1988).

Le Tendre Serge, Loisel Régis, The Quest for the Time Bird, (1983-2013).

Rosinski Grzegorz, Van Hamme Jean, Le Grand Pouvoir du Chninkel, Paris, Casterman (1988).

Bergue Viviane, La Fantasy, mythopoétique de la quête, CreateSpace (2015).



(Extra)Ordinary Men and Women



Barbarian Queen, film by Héctor Olivera, United States / Argentina, 1985.

Conan the Barbarian, film by John Milius, United States, 1982.

Hundra, film by Matt Cimber, United States / Italy / Spain, 1983

Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior, video game, Palace Software, Steve Brown, 1987.



Chauvel David, Lereculey Jérôme, Simon Jean-Luc, Arthur une épopée celtique, comic book, 9 volumes, Paris, Delcourt (1999-2006).

Holdstock Robert, Codex Merlin (3 volumes, 2001-2005).

Jaworski Jean-Philippe, Rois du monde (1st volume, Même pas mort), 3 volumes, Lyon, Les Moutons électriques (since 2013).

Kerr Katharine, Deverry Cycle (1st volume, Daggerspell, 1986).

Rouge, Cothias, Tarral, Les Héros Cavaliers, comic book, 6 volumes, Grenoble, Glénat (1986-1997).


Knights and Warriors

Dickson Gordon R., The Dragon and the George (1976).

Goddyn Régis, Le Sang des sept rois, 7 volumes, Nantes, L’Atalante (2013-2017).

Pratchett Terry, Monstrous Regiment (2003).

Robillard Anne, The Knights of Emerald (Fr. 2007-2010).

Sapkowski Andrezj, Wieza Jaskotki (The Tower of the Swallow) (1997).

Segrelles Vicente, El Mercenario, 1. El pueblo del fuego sagrado (The Mercenary, 1. The Formula from Hell) (1980).

Wolfe Gene, The Wizard-Knight (2004-2005).

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, television series by Joss Whedon, The WB and UPN, 1997-2003.

Xena: Warrior Princess, television series by John Schulian and Robert Tapert, United States / New Zealand, 1995-2001.


The Chosen

Arleston Christophe, Tarquin Didier, Lanfeust de Troy, comic book, 8 volumes, Paris, Éditions Soleil (1994-2014).

Card Orson Scott, Tales of Alvin Maker (6 volumes, since 1987).

Eddings David, The Belgariad (5 volumes, 1982-1984).

Jemisin Nora K., The Inheritance Trilogy (1st volume The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, 2010).

Loevenbruck Henri, La Moïra: La Louve et l’enfant, La Guerre des Loups, La Nuit de la louve, Paris, Bragelonne (2001).

Rothfuss Patrick, The Kingkiller Chronicle (since 2007).

Walton Jo, Among Others (2011).

Campbell Joseph, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949).

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (6 episodes), television series by Bill Moyers, PBS, 1988.

Star Wars IV. A New Hope, film by George Lucas, United States, 1977.


Lords of the Darkness

Carey Jacqueline, The Sundering (2 volumes), New York, Tor Books (2004).

Kirby Jack, The Demon, New York, DC Comics, 1971; Burbank, DC Comics (2017).

Ferlito Chiara, Enrico Massimiliano, Bonifacio Fabrizio, Crosa Riccardo, Oui, Seigneur des Ténèbres, tabletop game, Ubik, 2007; Edge Entertainment, 2008.



Argyle Amber, Witch Song Series, 3 volumes (2011-2015).

Harkness Deborah, All Souls Trilogy (2011-2014)

Spotswood Jessica, The Cahill Witch Chronicles, 3 volumes (2012-2014).

Bewitched, television series by Sol Saks, ABC, 1964-1972.

The Elder Skrolls V: Skyrim, video game, 2011; remastered in 2016, Bethesda.



Fantasy Dwellers


Animals and Fantastic Creatures

Adams Richard, Watership Down (1972).

Beagle Peter Soyer, The Last Unicorn (1962).

Brian Jacques, Redwall (22 volumes, 1986-2011).

Horwood William, Duncton Wood (1980).

McKinley Robin, Pegasus, New York, Puffin Books (2010).

Paolini Christopher, The Inheritance (4 volumes, 2003-2011).

Plessix Michel, comic books Le Vent dans les saules (4 vols.), Le Vent dans les sables (5 vols.), Paris, Delcourt (1996-2013).

Steifvater Maggie, The Scorpio Race (2011).

Urushibara Yuki, Mushishi (1999-2008).

Wellenstein Aurélie, Le Roi des Fauves, Paris, Scrinéo (2015); reprint, Paris, Pocket, 2017.

The Secret of NIMH film by Don Bluth, United States, 1982.

Into the West, film by Mike Newel, Ireland / United-Kingdom, 1992.

Lodoss tō senki (Record of Lodos War), animated series by Akinori Nagaoka 1990.

The Last Unicorn, film by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr, United States / Japan, 1982.

How to Train your Dragon, film by Dean DeBlois, United States, 2010.

Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko), film by Isao Takahata, Japan, 1994.

Dungeons and Dragons, role-playing game, TSR, Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson, 1974.


Elves, Fairies and Other Imps

De Lint Charles, "Ghosts of Wind and Shadows" (1990).

Kushner Ellen, Thomas the Rhymer (1990).

Silhol Léa (ed.), Il était une fée (anthology), L’Oxymore "Emblemythiques" (2000).

Dubois Pierre, Sabatier Claudine, La Grande Encyclopédie des lutins, Paris, Hoëbeke (1992).



Heitz Markus, Die Zwerge (Dwarves) (2003).

Jaworski Jean-Philippe, "Désolation", Le Sentiment du fer, Lyon, Les Moutons Électriques (2015).

Flieller Éric, "Permanence et évolution de la figure des nains dans la légendaire (Permanence and change in dwarf representations in legends)", Michaël Devaux, Vincent Ferré, Charles Ridoux (dir.), Tolkien aujourd’hui. Actes du Colloque de Rambures (Tolkein today, Rambures conference proceedings, 13-15 June 2008) Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes (2011).

The Dwarves, video game, King Art Games, 2016.


Orcs and Other Monsters

Chevalier Bruno, Ségur Thierry, Kroc le Bô, comic book, Delcourt-Casus Belli (1990).

Hubert, Gatignol Bertrand, Petit, comic book, éditions Soleil, "Métamorphose" (2014).

Nicholls Stan, Orcs: First Blood (2002).

Shrek, film by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, United States, 2001.

The Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren), film by André Øvredal, Norway, 2010.

Trollpak, supplement for role-playing game, Chaosium, Greg Stafford, Stephen Perrin, Sandy Petersen, 1982.



Critical Works on Fantasy


Critical Analysis and Reference

Albani Paolo, Buonarroti Berlinghiero (dir.), Dictionnaire des langues imaginaires (1994).

Baudou Jacques, La Fantasy, PUF "Que sais-je ?" n° 3744 (2005).

Bergier Jacques, Admirations, Paris, Christian Bourgois (1970).

Berthou Benoit, "La bande dessinée de fantasy: un genre français ?", in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, n°15 (2011).

Besson Anne, D’Asimov à Tolkien, cycles et séries en littérature de genre, CNRS Editions (2001).

Besson Anne, La Fantasy, Klincksieck, "50 questions" (2007).

Besson Anne (ed.), Dictionnaire de la fantasy, Paris, Vendémiaire (2018).

Besson Anne (ed.), Fantasy et Histoire(s), Chambéry: Éditions ActuSF (2019).

Blanc William, Le Roi Arthur, un mythe contemporain. D'Hollywood à Kaamelott en passant par les Monty Python, Paris, Libertalia (2016).

Blanc William, Winter is Coming, une brève histoire politique de la fantasy, Paris, Libertalia (2019).

Clute John, Grant John, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, New York, St Martin’s Press (1997).

Goimard Jacques, Critique du merveilleux et de la fantasy, Paris, Pocket, "Agora" (2003).

Haber Karen (ed.), Meditations on Middle Earth (2003).

Lobdell Jared C. (ed.), A Tolkien Compass (1975), Chicago, Open Court (2003).

Mandala Susan, Language in Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Question of Style, London, Continuum (2010).

Mendlesohn Farah, Rhetorics of Fantasy, Wesleyan University Press (2008).

Ruaud André-François (ed.), Panorama illustré de la fantasy et du merveilleux, Lyon, Les Moutons Électriques, new expanded edition (2015). 

Silhol Léa, Valls de Gomis Estelle, ed. Fantastique, fantasy, science-fiction, mondes imaginaires, étranges réalités, Autrement (2005).

Williamson Jamie, The Evolution of Modern Fantasy: From Antiquarianism to the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series, Basingstoke, Palgrave McMillan (2015).

Wright Bradford, Comic Book Nation: the Transformation of Youth Culture in America, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press (2001).


About Illustration

Fenner Arnie et Fenner Cathy (ed.), Icon: a Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art (1998).

Froud Brian, Lee Alan, Faeries (1978).

Hammond Wayne G., Scull Christina, J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist & Illustrator (1995).

Korshak Stephen D., Spurlock J. David, The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage, Queen of Pulp Pin-up Art, Coral Gables, Vanguard Publishing (2013).

Weis Margaret, The Art of the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Game, Lake Geneva, TSR (1985).

Desperate Romantics, television series about the Pre-Raphaelite artists, Peter Bowker and Franny Moyle, BBC Two, 2009.


About Films, Role-playing and LARP

Algayres Muriel, Bardas Raphaël, Besson Nathalie, Abyme – Le Guide de la cité des ombres, Saint Laurent d’Oingt, Mnémos "Ourobores" (2009).

Appelcline Shannon, Designers & Dragons, Mongoose Publishing, 2011.

Knaak Richard A., Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, 2001.

Norton Andre, Quag Keep (2010), New York, Tor Books, 1978.

Salvatore R.A., Crystal Shard (1988).

Caïra Olivier, Les forges de la fiction, role-playing game, CNRS Éditions, 2007.

Peyron David, Culture Geek, Limoges, Éditions Fyp, 2013.



Audiovisual Adaptations and Other Media



Alice in Wonderland, film by Tim Burton, United States, 2010.

A Monster Calls, film by J.A. Bayona, United States, Spain, Canada, United Kingdom, 2017.

Avatar, film by James Cameron, United States, 2009.

Beowulf, animated film by Robert Zemeckis, United States, 2007.

Clash of the Titans, film by Desmond Davis, United Kingdom / United States, 1981.

Conan the Barbarian, film by John Milius, United States, 1982.

Die Nibelungen (The Nibelungs), film by Fritz Lang, Germany, 1924.

Dragonheart, film by Rob Cohen, United States / United Kingdom, 1996.

Dragonslayer, film by Matthew Robbins, United States, 1981.

El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth), film by Guillermo del Toro, Spain / Mexico, 2006.

Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness, film by Sam Raimi, United States, 1992.

Excalibur, film by John Boorman, United States / United Kingdom, 1981.

Fire and Ice, animated film by Ralph Bakshi, United States, 1983.

Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea), animated film by Goro Miyazaki, Japan, 2006.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, film by Chris Columbus, United Kingdom / United States, 2001.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, film by Chris Columbus, United Kingdom / United States, 2002.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, film by Alfonso Cuarón, United Kingdom / United States, 2004.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, film by Mike Newell, United Kingdom / United States, 2005.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, film by David Yates, United Kingdom / United States, 2007.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, film by David Yates, United Kingdom / United States, 2009.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, film by David Yates, United Kingdom / United States, 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, film by David Yates, United Kingdom / United States, 2011.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army, film by Guillermo del Toro, Germany / United States, 2008.

Hook, film by Steven Spielberg, United States, 1991.

How to Train Your Dragon, animated film by Chris Sanders and Dean Deblois, United States, 2010.

Jason and the Argonauts, film by Don Chaffey, United Kingdom / United States, 1963.

Knightriders, film by Georges Romero, United States, 1981.

Labyrinth, film by Jim Henson United Kingdom / United States, 1986.

Ladyhawke, film by Richard Donner, United States, 1985.

Legend, film by Ridley Scott, United States / United Kingdom, 1985.

Mudbloods, film by Farzad Nikbakht, United States, 2014.

Splash, film by Ron Howard, United States, 1984.

The Beastmaster, film by Don Coscarelli, United States, 1982.

The Black Cauldron, animated film by Ted Berman and Richard Rich, United States, 1985.

The Brothers Grimm, film by Terry Gilliam, United States / United Kingdom / Czech Republic, 2005.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, film by Andrew Adamson, United States, 2005.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, film by Andrew Adamson, United States, 2008.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, film by Michael Apted, United States, 2010.

The Dark Crystal, film by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, United States, 1982.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, film by Peter Jackson, United States, 2012.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, film by Peter Jackson, United States, 2013.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, film by Peter Jackson, United States, 2014.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, film by Peter Jackson, United States, 2001.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film by Peter Jackson, United States, 2002.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, film by Peter Jackson, United States, 2003.

The Lord of the Rings, animated film by Ralph Bakshi, United States, 1978.

The Neverending Story, film by Wolfgang Petersen, Germany / United States, 1984.

The Nightmare before Christmas, animated film by Henry Selick, United States, 1993.

The Princess Bride, film by Rob Reiner, United States, 1987.

The Sword in the Stone, animated film by Wolfgang Reitherman, United States, 1963.

The Thief of Bagdad an Arabian Fantasy in Technicolor, film by Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell and Tim Whelan, United Kingdom, 1940.

Warcraft, film by Duncan Jones, United States, 2016.

Willow, film by Ron Howard, United States, 1988.


Video Games

Baldur’s Gate, Interplay Entertainment, 1998.

Child of Light, Ubisoft, 2014.

Colossal Cave Adventure, or ADVENT, William Crowther, 1975.

Darkest Dungeon, Red Hook Studios, 2016.

Dark Souls Remastered, Bandaï Namco Entertainement, 2018.

Dark Souls, Bandaï Namco Entertainment, 2011.

Dead Cells, Motion Twin, 2018.

Diablo III, Blizzard Entertainment, 2012.

Diablo II, Blizzard Entertainment, 2000.

Diablo, Blizzard Entertainment, 1996.

Dragon Quest, Square Enix, 1986.

EverQuest, Daybreak Game Company, 1999.

Fable, Xbox Game Studios, 2004.

Final fantasy XV (Versus XIII), Square Enix, 2016.

Final Fantasy, Square Enix, 1987.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, 2014.

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Electronic Arts, 2002.

Magicka, Paradox Interactive, 2011.

Might & Magic: The Secret of The Inner Sanctum, Ubisoft, 1896.

Of Orcs and Men, Focus Home Interactive, 2012.

Ord., Mujo Games / Stuffed Wombat (UK), 2019

Rogue, Atari, 1980.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, Bethesda Softworks, 2019.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda Softworks, 2011.

The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo Research & Development 4, 1986.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Nintendo, 1998.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED, 2015.

Ultima IV, Electronic Arts, 1985.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, THQ (US), 2004.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment, 2018

World of Warcraft: Legion, Blizzard Entertainment, 2016.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Blizzard Entertainment, 2010.

World of Warcraft: Classic, Blizzard Entertainment, 2004.


TV Series

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, series created by Joss Whedon, United States, from 1997 to 2001.

Charmed, series created by Constance M. Burger, United States, from 1998 to 2006.

Merlin, series created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, United Kingdom, from 2008 to 2012.

Game of Thrones, series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, United States, from 2011 to 2019.

Good Omens, series created by Douglas Mackinnon, United Kingdom, 2019.

Kaamelott, series created by Alexandre Astier, Alain Kappauf and Jean-Yves Robin, France, from 2005 to 2009.

Xena: Warrior Princess, series created by Robert Tapert and John Schulian, United States / New Zealand, from 1995 to 2001.



Dungeons & Dragons, role-playing game, Wizard of the Coast, 2014.

Pathfinder, role-playing game, Paizo Jason Bulmahn, 2009.

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