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'''[=InCryptid=]''' is an UrbanFantasy series by Creator/SeananMcGuire, author of the ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' series. She also wrote ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'' and ''Literature/{{Parasitology}}'' series as Mira Grant.

The creatures known as cryptids are real, and have shared the earth with mankind since time immemorial. For centuries, a religious order known as The Covenant of St. George has been defending and protecting unknowing humanity by slaying cryptids wherever they encounter them. But a schism occurred in the ranks, and one Covenant agent and his wife left the order, never to return. They and their descendants, now hunted by the Covenant, dedicated their lives to studying cryptids, learning their ecological purpose, and only harming them when no other method of dealing with their presence would work.

The Healy and Price families operate with the knowledge that the Covenant considers them traitors and wants them dead. The cryptid community knows that the families are no longer Covenant -- but they are not uniformly convinced that it isn't a trick. So the family must train to survive both the cryptids who don't trust them, and the Covenant who still think of them as filthy traitors.

The youngest generation of the Price family consists of Alex, zookeeper; Antimony, still studying; and Verity, who wants to forgo the family business and be a ballroom dancer, but has to prove to the family she can survive on her own first.

The series so far (in chronological order for the storyline) consists of:

* '''Jonathan Healy and Frances Brown, 1928:''' (currently readable on [[http://seananmcguire.com/icshorts.php the author's webpage]]) all short stories so far:
** "The Flower of Arizona"
** "One Hell of A Ride"
** "No Place Like Home"
** "Stingers and Strangers"
** "Married in Green"
** "Sweet Poison Wine"
** "The First Fall"
** "Loch and Key"
** "We Both Go Down Together"
** "Oh Pretty Bird"
** "Bury Me in Satin"
** "Snakes and Ladders"
** "Broken Paper Hearts"

* '''The Price Family, 2012 to present:'''
** Novel: ''Discount Armageddon''
** Novel: ''Midnight Blue-Light Special''
** Short Story: "Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea" (appearing in the anthology book ''Carniepunk'')
** Short Story: "Blocked" starring Antimony, on the author's webpage for InCryptid short stories.
** Short Story: "Bad Dream Girl" starring Antimony (appearing in the anthology book ''Glitter and Mayhem'')
** Novel: ''Half-Off Ragnarok''
** Short Story: "Jammed" starring Antimony (appearing in the anthology book ''Games Creatures Play'')
** Short Story: "The Ghosts of Bourbon Street", on the author's webpage for InCryptid short stories.
** Novel: ''Pocket Apocalypse'', TBA
** Novel: ''Professional Gore-eography'', TBA

* '''The Cryptids, Present Day:''' Short stories, so far:
** "Red as Snow" starring Istas and Ryan (appears in anthology Fiction River: Hex and the City)
** "Black as Blood" starring Istas and Ryan on the author's webpage for InCryptid short stories.
** "White as a Raven's Wing" starring Istas and Ryan on the author's webpage for InCryptid short stories.
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!!Provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: TruthInTelevision. In modern day New York City; a lot of the sewers ''are'' really big, and some of the big tunnels are outdated subway tunnels.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: One of the cultist guys ruffles Verity's hair affectionately while monologuing about how helpless she is.
* AllThereInTheManual: There's a guide to cryptids known to the families on [[http://www.seananmcguire.com the author's webpage]].
* AnotherDimension: Several.
** There's the Hell dimension through which Jonathan and Fran's train passes briefly.
** There's the Netherworld, The Christian Hell, the dimension where a friendly Naga operates as a professor, and some as-yet-unnamed alternate dimension in which Verity's grandfather is lost.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Cryptids secrete and bleed it.
** Dragon blood
** Johrlac blood
** Tooth fairy dust
* BackToBackBadasses: Dominic and Verity in the tunnels beneath New York.
* BadassFamily: The Healys and Prices, all of whom are familiar with guns, bombs, poisons, explosives, etc, and who each specialize in one particular form of mayhem.
* {{Beat}}: It takes a minute for people to realize that [[spoiler: the dragon is not only awake but just smushed a person like a bug]].
* BigApplesauce: Verity is in New York studying humanoid cryptids. But other than Central Park the locations are all sort of vague.
* BigDamnHeroes: Some allies turn up JustInTime to save Verity.
* BizarreTasteInFood: The Price family, human or not, could give [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Shaggy and Scooby]] a run for their money.
** Sarah: who likes Ketchup and tonic water, among other odd combinations. This is also true for her mother.
** Antimony: who likes Captain Crunch on cold pizza.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: [[spoiler: Dragons and wadjets have a really extreme case of this.]]
* BlankWhiteEyes: Sarah gets them when using her abilities.
* BridalCarry: No romance involved, just one therianthrope looking out for another.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Sarah and Artie regarding their mutual affection.
* CanonWelding: The second book references the routewitches from [=McGuire's=] SparrowHillRoad stories, and Rose Marshall herself shows up in the short story "The Ghosts of Bourbon Street".
* ChameleonCamouflage: The Sleestaks, as well as several other cryptids.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: The very reputation of Verity and her family name comes with great responsibility to live up to protecting and serving non-hostile cryptids.
* CrappyCarnival: Subverted. The Carnival Fran came from that Juniper still calls home is actually a fairly nice one most of the time.
* CreatorInJoke:
** "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it", a reference to Super Chicken from ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', also appears in ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}''.
** "Hit until the candy comes out" also appears in ''Literature/VelveteenVs''.
* {{Cult}}: Humans who think they'll get power by messing with/sacrificing cryptids.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Starting with the Gorgons, and going on to the female Bogeyman...
* DanceBattler[=/=]KickChick: Verity Price.
* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Dominic does not close his eyes fast enough when Verity tells him to.
* DatingCatwoman: Verity and Dominic; Verity's grandparents Alice and Thomas.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Verity, Dominic, and Sarah all have a rather pleasant conversation with [[spoiler: the ancient dragon beneath Manhattan]].
* DiesWideOpen: The way [[spoiler: Frances Healy]] was when found by Jonathan and Enid.
* DisappearedDad: See Missing Mom, below. There's also the fact that Verity's grandfather is missing, making him disappeared dad to her mother.
* DoorstopBaby: Little Fran was left outside the flap of the main tent of the circus she grows up to perform with.
* DramaticDrop: Fran drops her knives the first time she encounters an Aeslin mouse.
* DualWielding: Fran can do this with guns. It's likely other members of the family are also able to do the same with their weapons of choice.
* DumbBlonde: Verity objects to having her hair taken as indicating her intelligence.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Istas, the {{Badass}} therianthrope waitress.
* EmptyFridgeEmptyLife: Verity's fridge is shared with the Aeslin mice, and the mice's shelves are better stocked.
* EnemyMine: Verity is freelance, hated by the Covenant. Dominic ''is'' Covenant. But the working together [[spoiler: out of mutually agreeable goals and mutual attraction until they fall in love and Dominic defects]].
* EscapeArtist: Part of the Healy and Price family training.
* EvilGloating: The cultists, to Verity.
* {{Facebook}}: One of the ways Verity uses to determine how sentient a cryptid is.
* TheFairFolk
* FamousLastWords: Considered a bad idea by the family in general, too much like TemptingFate.
* FlippingTheBird: It's New York. There's a strip bar. It's gonna happen.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Fran's death]] in "Broken Paper Hearts" was heavily foreshadowed.
* GenreSavvy: Little Alice Healy has read enough fairy tales to be irritated when her mice won't help her like Cinderella's did ... and to judiciously apply a lesson from another fairy tale instead.
* GeometricMagic: Circles of protection help to defend homes and campsites against certain cryptids. The circles also require specific ingredients in some cases.
* GorgeousGorgon: At least two different varieties.
* HalfHumanHybrid: some merfolk, and any cryptid that can breed true with a human partner.
* HalloweenEpisode: inasmuch as literature has them: "Snakes and Ladders" tells the story of Alice Healy's first Halloween.
* HeroicBSOD:
** [[spoiler: Cousin Sarah]] after stopping the bad guys in ''Midnight Blue Light Special'' in a way that would keep those endangered safe.
** Fran and Jonathan in "The First Fall".
** Jonathan and Alice in "Broken Paper Hearts"
* [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Family]]:
** Verity's Uncle Mike isn't related to her, but his family and the Prices have been friends for several generations.
** Rose Marshall and Mary Dunleavy, although ghosts, are both considered "aunts" to the family.
* IncrediblyLamePun: from "Red as Snow":
--> '''Istas:''' Ryan? Are you ready to rock? ''(Ryan is a Tanuki, who can turn himself to stone)''
* InfantImmortality: Subverted in "The First Fall".
* InnerMonologue:
** Verity's narration.
** Cousin Sarah also narrates this way.
** As does Alex.
** And Istas.
* InsultOfEndearment: Dominic to Verity most often.
* InterspeciesAdoption: Verity's human mother was raised by the world's first nonsociopathic cuckoo.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Uncle Mike is a human married to an ocean cryptid. The Bakers are also this, a revenant and a cuckoo. Ditto the Harringtons-- human and incubus.
** There's an entire New England town of oceangoing cryptids; some of them have human partners.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** A lot of the patrons at Dave's: drunken businessmen at a strip club acting like jerks? Who'd'a thunk?
** The entire town the Healy farm borders on. Fran disdains them for that, but their tendency to ignore and rationalize helps keep the Healy family from gaining too much unwanted attention.
* KnifeNut:
** Frances Brown.
** Verity Price.
* KnifeThrowingAct:
** The Fabulous Fran, before meeting Jonathan Healy.
** Studying with The Incredible Christopher is how Verity got so good at throwing knives.
* KnowledgeBroker: Several:
** Dave the Bogeyman for "dirt on the street" type stuff. This is apparently a specialty of the bogeyman community.
** Verity's father for historical data and her Aunt Jane for cybergossip.
* LampshadeHanging: Sarah very carefully and clearly reminds Verity that tracking down a car by sight alone is not as easily done as it is on ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* LandDownUnder: The Covenant took one look at Australia's [[UsefulNotes/AustralianWildlife native animals]] and collectively flipped their lids.
* LeParkour: More described as free running by Verity, distinct from Parkour.
* LetsDance: When Verity says this, she means it more literally than usual.
* LossOfIdentity: One variety of merfolk is born looking and behaving human. But shortly after puberty, any exposure to water will bring forth their oceangoing nature. Saltwater makes it happen faster; and the land memory erodes as fast as the sea traits return, eventually leaving a typical merperson out of myth who may only barely remember anything about those they knew and loved on dry land.
* {{Magitek}}: Technology made just for cryptids, such as darks - the literal opposite of electric lights - for cryptids that don't deal well with light.
* MamaBear:
** You do ''not'' want to get in between Frances Healy and her baby.
** Ryan's mother, justified because their species of cryptid is endangered.
* MaleGaze: Verity's hunting clothes for clubbing. Verity's work uniform at Dave's Fish and Strips. Verity's costumes for her dance competitions. All designed for maximum sex appeal.
* {{Masquerade}}: Dominic is horrified by Verity's cavalier attitude towards it; Verity promptly jumps up on a table and [[SarcasticConfession describes the substance of their conversation to everyone in the room]]. Not surprisingly, she's met with laughter and rolled eyes.
* MexicanStandoff:
** Fran and Jonathan in 1928.
** Verity and Dominic in 2012.
* MindControl: All Cuckoos are capable of it at a nearly unconscious level.
* MindOverManners: Sarah and her mother developed their telepath ethics from watching ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* MissingMom:
** Fran ended up with the circus because someone left her outside the tent. She used to hope for her MissingMom to find her, before giving up.
** Missing mothers (and occasionally fathers) are a commonplace happening in a town full of [[spoiler: human-appearing merfolk. Once they reach the age of reproducing, exposure to water brings out their seabound nature, and slowly erodes their memory of life on land]] that Fran and Jonathan must visit.
** As of "Broken Paper Hearts" [[spoiler: Alice Healy loses her mother to an as-yet-undertermined cryptid attack on Valentine's eve]].
* MixAndMatchCritters
** Questing Beast (Snake/Cougar)
** Fricken (Frog/Chicken).
* MouseWorld: The attic of the Healy house, and the closet of Verity's semilegal sublet. Dollhouses and birdhouses make lovely mouse residences.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The name "Price" in universe. Cryptids know of the family's reputation and don't entirely trust it.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Sarah doesn't worry about paying for her coffee, but she does make sure to tip the waitress...usually.
* NonMaliciousMonster: frequently seen with creatures like the cockatrice.
* NonMammalMammaries: A lot of the female cryptids have such anatomical anomalies.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Several of the cryptids in the series. But one example in particular from "Snakes and Ladders":
-->'''Alice:''' You're not gonna eat me?
-->'''Snake Man:''' [whose name is revealed upon proper introductions] I try not to eat anything that converses with me. It seems rude.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Bogeymen can do this as a natural talent.
* OhCrap: Paraphrased as the header to one of the chapters by one of Verity's ancestors, and spoken verbatim by Uncle Mike in ''Midnight Blue Light Special''.
* OpenSaysMe: When Frances Healy wants in, and you don't let her in, her shotgun is how she knocks (the door off its hinges).
* OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious: Justified, in that many of the cryptids in the series are of human intelligence, and know that keeping their existence secret also keeps them safe and alive.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Dragon Princesses are not the way the fairy tales would have you believe. It would give away too much to explain how.
* OurGargoylesRock: Pun intended.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Depending on the type of ghost.
** Rose Marshall is a road ghost, as is Mary Dunleavy. They can both become human-solid for a little while if a live person loans them clothing to wear.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: What's the best way to get out of a bloody cult chamber when you have neither clothes nor shoes? Get your buff LoveInterest to toss you over his shoulder.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The family has code phrases for when they meet up in case of enemy traps, shapeshifting, or magic.
* PerpetualPoverty: The family as a whole is financially solvent.
** Verity, though, is barely making it on her salary, because she has to pay for rent in New York, plus ammo, plus clothes damaged in her cryptid-related activities, as well as the accoutrements of her ballroom dancing.
** Alex is doing only a little better because he's living with his grandparents to help in Sarah's recuperation.
* PhotographicMemory[=/=]GeneticMemory: The Aeslin mice, who treat the family's exploits as religious events and record them as holy writ.
* PsychicLink: Sarah has one with certain members of the family, Verity in particular.
* PunnyName: Dave's Fish and Strips, a gentleman's club staffed almost exclusively by cryptids.
* RealityTV: In-verse, "Dance or Die", the reality show Valerie competed on.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Not quite, but both of Verity's grandmothers look much younger than they are, in one case due to spending time in alternate dimensions with time dilations, and in the other by virtue of being a very long-lived nonhuman.
** The dragon princesses.
* ReligionOfEvil: Snake cult.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Multiple examples.
** Played straight: The Sleestaks and the Lindworm in Verity's time period.
** Subverted: [[spoiler: William the Dragon]] in Verity's time period, and Professor Naga in Fran & Jonathan's.
** Justified: The Aeslinn mice.
* {{Revenge}}: An ongoing concern of the family regarding both cryptids and the Covenant. [[spoiler: Betty Smith]] in particular wants it, and is prepared to turn Verity into a fall guy to get it.
* SarcasticConfession: See {{Masquerade}} above.
* SecretIdentity: Valerie Pryor, competitive ballroom dancer, is Verity's public identity, making her real identity as Verity the secret one. The same is true for her brother Alex, who goes by Alex Preston.
* ShoutOut:
** Verity is thankful that her grandmother took shots at The Boob Fairy[[note]]a song by Deirdre Flint[[/note]] resulting in the girls of the family being modestly endowed.
** ''Series/LandOfTheLost'': Verity refers to an unknown creature as a Sleestak until she finds out what it really is.
** The Bat Boy from National Enquirer fame is an actual cryptid in this 'verse.
** Verity mentions ''CarmenSandiego'' by way of witty banter.
** Verity quotes the sages: "[[Music/TheRollingStones you can't always get what you want]]."
** Metallica
** ''Film/SuperMarioBros'': you'll know the scene when you get to it.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Verity specifically calls out the villain for monologuing.
** The two cuckoos in the family are Angela Baker and Sarah Zellaby, referencing Angela Zellaby from ''Literature/TheMidwichCuckoos''. This, like their psi-etiquette, chosen from Series/BabylonFive, is an in-universe character choice.
** An obscure reference to another filker: "Emerald Green" is a Pegasus-winning song. The writer of "Emerald Green" also has a song about a Siren making a living as a singer.
** Dire Straits: Verity invokes "Money for Nothing" when having to talk to Candy about something.
** Because Antimony reads a lot of comics, she refers to one of Verity's moves as "pulling a [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Gwen Stacy]]".
** [[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle Super Chicken]]: "you knew the job was dangerous when you took it" is paraphrased here as it was in ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'', making it double as CreatorInJoke.
* ShutUpKiss: Verity's way of winning an argument with Dominic. Dominic does the same to Verity later in the story, but just to genuinely get her to stop talking.
* SpyCatsuit: Verity has one for slinking stealthily around the rooftops at night.
* {{Squick}}: [[InvokedTrope Dominic's reaction]] to seeing Sarah do first aid on him.
** Verity's hinted-at description of Tooth Fairy feeding habits.
** Verity's description of Gorgon hygiene involving head-snake waste elimination.
* SwitchingPOV: Sarah takes over narration duties in ''Midnight Blue-Light Special'' for a few chapters after [[spoiler: Verity is knocked unconscious and taken prisoner by the Covenant]].
* TakenForGranite: Basilisks.
* {{Tanuki}}: Ryan, the bouncer at Dave's, is one.
* TarotTroubles: Inverted. Fran asks Juniper to read her fortunes and [[spoiler: to tell her that her dead child's soul is resting easy]].
* {{Telepathy}}: Natural talent for the cuckoos.
* TheyFightCrime: She's a ballroom dancer slash strip club waitress! He's a church-trained uptight guy with no clue about the way of the world. They hunt dangerous cryptids!
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Strongly implied to be the Covenant's method of "study" when dealing with and capturing a cryptid they have little knowledge on.
* ThickerThanWater: Some cryptids don't care; the rest ''really'' care.
* TimeSkip:
** Fran and Jon's timeline to Verity's.
** From the prologue of ''Discount Armageddon'' to the first chapter.
** This may end up being a series-wide trope as ''Midnight Blue Light Special'' opens the same way. Ditto ''Half-Off Ragnarok.'' The epilogue also does a six week time skip.
* TitleIn: Each chapter begins with a location and status check for Verity and Alex.
** Fran's stories each begin with a date and location check.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Be prepared for a raucous cheer if you offer the Aeslin mice CHEESE AND CAKE!!!
* {{Unicorn}}: Amongst the cryptids encountered by the families, and the reason for their schism with the Covenant.
* ValentinesDayEpisodes: "Broken Paper Hearts" tells the story of Alice's first school-age Valentine's day.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: The Covenant's modus operandi, and the source of their conflict with the Prices.
* VirginPower: Why so many female cryptids are vanishing.
* VirginSacrifice: Snake cults tend to think this important.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Covenant
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