Fabulism: The New Wave in Fiction

What is this new “fabulist fiction” everybody is talking about? There is a wave of fabulist fiction going on.  As a reader you might think it’s a blend of magical realism/fantasy/supernatural stories. Fabulist fiction seems to blur these boundaries with fantastic events in realistic settings, flavored with exotic themes and blends of folklore or mythology.

In the milieu of fabulism, anything can happen–the unreal, the surreal, the unexplained. Some readers call it slipstream or the new weird, or what is most popular “the modern fable.”


[Image by Arthur Rackham, public domain]

Examples? Traditionally, we could think  Alice in Wonderland— yeah, that would fit fabulism. Kafka’s Metamorphosis where the narrator is transformed into a beetle.  Author Italo Calvino was known as the contemporary “fabulist” for his dazzling allegorical stories. Calvino’s Invisible Cities is a mix of history, fable, and fantasy.

I’ve dabbled in this genre with my newly released  short story Magic of the Loons. This story is set in modern day with real people pursuing their passions, taking risks, when powerful elements beyond the ordinary take command. The story was originally published in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine last year. You can find it on Amazon.com for 99 cents. A quick 30-minute read, perfect for a solitary lunchtime read or with that leisurely cup of morning coffee.

Please note that I am looking for reviews. If you read Magic of the Loons and like it, I hope you’ll post a short review on Amazon and/or on Goodreads.

Here’s what the Bram Stoker award-winning author Lucy Taylor has to say about Magic of the Loons.

“Magic of the Loons” by Paula Cappa is a lyrical gem of a story, a love triangle set against the haunting atmosphere of a lake that is home to a raft of loons.  With lush prose and an evocative setting, Cappa interweaves temptress Kai’s seductive and sensuous nature and the fate of the two men who have fallen under her mysterious spell.”

Readers here know Lucy Taylor from one of her short stories (link) posted at Tales of Terror Blog Feb 18 2014 Women In Horror Month. The short story is  Walled, published at Nightmare Magazine.

Do you have any thoughts on this genre of fabulism? Have you been reading any fabulism? Any titles you’d like to add here for the readers? Please feel free to comment!

What mysteries lie in loon magic?



99 cents on Amazon.com

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2 responses to “Fabulism: The New Wave in Fiction

  1. Jay

    Magic of the Loons is my five of hearts in Deal Me In 2015 and is still patiently waiting to be drawn. I will certainly give it a review when it comes up in the challenge. (And doesn’t the Alice in Wonderland picture above look like someone’s Deal Me In Challenge has run amok? 🙂 )

    I haven’t heard too much about the ‘new fabulism,’ and I always thought fables meant that animals – who think and talk like humans – were used as the main characters. Maybe this is just the classical definition(?)

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    • Jay, I think typically fables are animals as characters. That’s the first association we have, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf comes to mind quickly. Don’t you just love the Rackham image? I couldn’t resist. So happy you have Magic of the Loons on your radar.


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