Full record for dark fantasy n.

Definition horror
OED requirements antedating 1987
Earliest cite J.N. Williamson, 'How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction'
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1987 cite from J.N. Williamson's "How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction". Dave Langford submitted a 1987 cite from Langford's reviews column in "White Dwarf".

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1973 Dark Fantasy Fall 1 (title) Dark Fantasy.
1986 B. Sterling Mirrorshades 34 Her work has shown wide variety, ranging through dark fantasy and horror to quirky and original science fiction.
1987 J. N. Williamson How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Sci. Fiction 5 Supernatural or occult fiction , weird tales , dark fantasy , and tales of terror are but a few of the euphemisms behind which the dreaded word horror is sometimes concealed—and lurking.
1987 D. Langford in White Dwarf Dec. 13/1 ‘Dark fantasy’ is today's posh word for ‘horror’; Barker's considerable talents in this area lead to a few gobs of gratuitous nastiness, and also some terrific creations.
1991 Sci. Fiction Chron. May 27/2 This ‘alternative’ gathering for lovers of Dark Fantasy barely managed to cover its costs.
1991 F. Miller in Locus June 51/1 If you want angst—massive, high-G guilt and anguish—Stephen R. Donaldson has an unfailing supply. Applied to fantasy, in several previous series, this proclivity gave his work a gritty, offbeat, though frequently repellent power. His new ‘Gap’ series translates dark fantasy into dark sf without missing a beat.
1992 Sci. Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Bulletin Winter 12/2, I find myself writing‥a story that is a mix of horror and sf, or dark fantasy.
1993 SFRA Rev. Jan. 10, I will be accepting reviews of science fiction, fantasy and horror, well as supernatural, utopian, dark fantasy, apocalyptic, post-holocaust, and any other kind of word you can put on SF/F/H, both nonfiction and fiction.
1993 SFRA Rev. Jan. 118 Post Romania is the setting for both the beginning and the chilling climax of this dark fantasy.
1993 Locus June 52/2 Dark fantasy/mainstream novel based on Card's award-winning short story.
1997 Marcon Zone 49/1 Tom Smith is a filker of epic proportions, which he blames on all that Pepsi and pizza. He made his reputation as The World's Fastest Filker here at MarCon—just ask Moonwolf—and he can crank out silly parodies, hilarious shtick, dark fantasies, poignant romances, and mind-shattering puns with equal ease.
1998 J. R. Christopher Niekas interviews Darrell Schweitzer in Niekas July 7/2 Could you comment on your novels in terms of the dark-fantasy emphasis of this issue?
1998 J. R. Christopher Niekas interviews Darrell Schweitzer in Niekas July 8/1 I think we define Dark Fantasy a bit differently. For me, the Gothic fiction of the eighteenth and nineteeth centuries and the Dark Fantasy of the twentieth form a continuum. Horror fiction can be either realistic or supernatural. But the word fantasy in Dark Fantasy limits the term to that involving the supernatural. I'm oversimplifying, I know: not all Gothic fiction involved the supernatural, but most of it did—ghosts and demons, often. And I use Dark Fantasy to mean the same sort of material today, even though it has more vampires than demons! But I admit there are bothersome borderlines—a number of today's vampire's are rationalized: they are a separate, parasitical race, sometimes. And because of tradition I'd include those in Dark Fantasy also.
2001 Locus June 27/1 Back in the 1980s, one of the best things that happened to dark fantasy and horror was the Night Visions original anthology series.
2002 Sci. Fiction Chron. May 4/2 The IHG awards recognize achievements in horror and dark fantasy. Winners will be announced at the World Horror Convention.
2003 E. Datlow Short Horror Fiction 2002 in Locus Apr. 74/1 Weird Tales , although publishing dark fantasy for many years, does not publish what I consider horror. The difference? A matter of degree.