The Fantastical Elements

Speculative Fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, paranormal)

You could be thinking “In a galaxy far, far away” or “Space, the final frontier” or maybe even “I ‘van’t to suck your blood”. Speculative fiction is so much more than that because it is a worldly-size umbrella, a blend of genres that can stand on their own or overlap and include any narrative storytelling with supernatural or futuristic elements. And it doesn’t stop there, it is the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, the supernatural, paranormal, science fantasy, and tales of superheros.

These stories can typically stray from the reality we live in and therefore they can feature fictional types of beings like mythical creatures and supernatural entities. Technologies that do not exist in real life. like time machines and interstellar spaceships, (but possibly could) or magical or otherwise scientifically inexplicable elements, are as real in these worlds as trains, planes and automobiles are to us.

Basically, these stories can make our minds pop and go “Wow!!!!”

At this year’s Bookshelf event, this category is honoured with the presence of:

  • MJ Moores, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Jason Shannon, Science Fiction
  • Jen Frankel, Speculative Fiction
  • Dylan Madeley, YA/Fantasy
  • Val Tobin, Speculative Fiction
  • Justin Wright, Fantasy
  • Elyse Kishimoto, YA/Speculative Fiction
  • A.A. Jankiewicz, YA/Fantasy
  • Cathy Hird, YA/Historical

We would also like to thank one of our generous sponsors:

Magic and Mayhem with Jen Frankel @ THE BOOKSHELF

Meet Speculative Fiction Author Jen Frankel

Hello York Region! So excited to attend The Bookshelf and meet you all. I write speculative fiction of all sorts. From my flagship supernatural thriller series Blood & Magic to a YA sci-fi fantasy Leia of Earth–stop by and I’ll match you up with a good book!

Originally from London ON, I’ve lived all over this great country and love meeting new readers. I’ve worked in film, television, and theatre including backstage at the Stratford Festival, running my own screenwriting series, and performing at Fringes. I’ve also done a million odd jobs before turning to writing full time, from delivery driver to artists’ model to assistant parrot breeder. I’m also doing a new podcast called “Jen Frankel Reads Random S#it!” and co-host the Liquid Lunch talk show on

Come by the table and tell me your crazy story. You can take home a novel, or stock up on eBooks delivered right to your inbox for under $3 each. And don’t forget to ask me about the original Vegan Zombie, aka the Undead Redhead.

Follow me on Twitter @jenfrankel and Instagram @jenfrankelauthor or find out more online at