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We define Speculative Fiction as an overarching genre encompassing the genres Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction. However, with the rise of e-books and electronic book shopping via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more, the lines between these genres grow more blurred by the day. For example, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher has wizards and fairies, so does that make it Fantasy? But it also has vampires, werewolves, demons, and graphic violence. Does that make it Horror instead? How does the sub-genre Urban Fantasy interact with those two larger categories? In an effort to shed some light on the situation, we have identified and defined over fifty sub-genres of Speculative Fiction. Every review we do will be tagged with those sub-genres in an effort to let you, our reader, better identify which titles will suit your fancy.

We also rate every book we review on a five point criteria: Setting (could also be called Worldbuilding for some sub-genres), Characters, Plot, Writing Mechanics, and Genre. Our reviewers determine how effective the author was in all of these areas of writing, giving a separate score for each criteria. These scores are then added together to generate a sixth composite score, which is the overall rating seen in the review preview. Our reviewers aim to address each of these criteria within their reviews, giving you a clear idea of what the books is about, its strengths and weaknesses, and whether or not that book is for you.

The Speculative Post was launched in September 2013. Since then, we've reviewed over a hundred books, nearly fifty movie reviews, as well as published articles, interviews, and lists of recommended books.