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Creator / Charles de Lint

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A Canadian fantasy writer, Charles de Lint has published 60 books, both novels and short story collections, and is widely regarded as a master writer. His work tends to straddle the line between urban fantasy and mythic literature. He is also a Celtic folk musician, writing original music.

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Beginning with the book The Dreaming Place in 1990, De Lint has continually written what is known as the Newford series, a set of loosely connected novels and short stories, all written about characters in the fictional city of Newford.

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  • After-Action Healing Drama: In Seven Wild Sisters, when Sarah Jane first meets one of The Fair Folk, she's needed for this
  • Badass Normal: Imogene from The Blue Girl. She takes down a Jerk Jock with a switchblade.
  • Big Good: Lucius Portsmouth and White Buffalo Woman share this role in the Newford stories. His earlier fantasy works often feature such a figure as well.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Riddle of the Wren has Markj'n, an eccentric treasure hunter who won't stop talking. He also happens to be extremely deadly in combat.
    • Newford has The Crow Girls, a pair of godlike beings who like to pass the time disguised as a pair of silly, giggling teenaged goth girls.
  • City of Adventure: Newford.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Yarac in Harp Of The Grey Rose turns out to be just one member of a pantheon of evil godlike beings who can keep entering the world as long as a member of the pantheon that opposes them is present.
    • In Widdershins Grey's bogan gang who instigate all the conflicts in the novel. Their violent actions give a Blood Knight the pretense he has been looking for to mobilize a massive army of Native American spirits for war.
  • Follow the White Rabbit: In The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, Lillian follows a deer.
  • Girl in the Tower: In Seven Wild Sisters, the bee queen tried this for her last daughter.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Jilly Coppercorn.
  • Karma Houdini: The original version of Del. By the time we finally meet him in The Onion Girl he is a drunken shadow of his former self and both of his victims come to feel a sort of pity for him but his crimes have still technically gone unpunished.
    • The hit-and-run driver who cripples Jilly is never caught.
  • Magical Native American: the Cousins, although as they're not human (instead being the animal people spirits who were present in North America before the ancestors of Native people got there) they're technically not Native Americans.
  • Native American Mythology: Not only borrows heavily from Alaskan and Northwest tales, but in Newford, it's actually Canon.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The Mystery of Grace features the ghosts of people who have died within a few blocks of an apartment building called the Alverson Arms. Instead of going to whatever comes after you die like normal, you instead wake up after a variable amount of time (theorized to be related to how badly your physical body was damaged when you died) and you're stuck in a pocket world made up of the area around the Alverson Arms, with whatever building you died in coming over to the Alverson Arms world in the state it was in when you died (a character who spends all of his time in the public library has been known to semi-facetiously hope that someone will die in the library so they can get an updated collection). While in the Alverson Arms world, you essentially live as a normal person, but you don't need to eat or sleep (although you can slip into a sort of nonexistence if you think you should be asleep, which is noted to be unpleasant), and your emotions and passions are somewhat dulled. Some people eventually lose all their will to exist and go into bedrooms to lie down and never get up again. On Halloween and May Eve (April 30th) you can go back to the living world from moonrise to dawn, where you function essentially as a regular living person, but no one from your previous life can recognize you (unless they happen to be spiritually sensitive). This is eventually revealed to be a side effect of a witch who cast a spell in the 1960s when her son died in the Vietnam War to bring his spirit to her, and everyone stuck in the Alverson Arms world is being sapped of their life force to sustain her. The main character encounters another ghost outside the Alverson Arms world who reveals that the "being able to come back on Halloween" and "not being recognizable to people who knew you before you died" things at least are traits shared with normal ghosts (who seem to mostly be people who for whatever reason don't want to move on to whatever comes next).
  • Rape as Backstory: Lots of characters. De Lint is too subtle for an Author Tract, but abuse and its impact are definitely major themes, especially in The Onion Girl
  • Screw Destiny: In Pixel Pixies, Dick Bobbins the hob decides not to take permanent leave after being identified.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: In The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, Lillian is assured that the Father of Cats can kill you in a dream.
  • Urban Warfare: Between Native American manitou and Old World fae, no less!
  • Urban Fantasy: De Lint was one of the first to start writing it.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Vampires in the short story "Sisters" are repelled by whatever thing they most valued in life (which the protagonist speculates might be where the inaccurate belief that vampires are harmed by crosses or sunlight may have come from). Because of the sort of people vampires usually prey on (who sometimes subsequently get turned into vampires themselves), this means you could do very well fending vampires off with alcohol or drugs, and there are an embarrassingly large amount of vampires who can be repelled with chocolate. The main character is repelled by anything associated with the holiday of Easter and her sister is now repelled by fuzzy bunny slippers
  • A Wizard Did It: The antagonists or both Trader and The Mystery of Grace are ordinary humans who set substantial supernatural events in motion with no clear explanation given of just how they did it, the resulting situation itself being seen as far more important than its cause.