Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Low Fantasy

The introduction to The Fantastic Imagination (anth 1977) ed Robert H Boyer and Kenneth J Zahorski defines High Fantasy and implies LF as an antonymic description of fantasies not set in Secondary Worlds, nor elevated in their literary style. For example, the Samella sequence by John Brosnan (1947-    ) contains determinedly low comedy about Sex, flatulence and lavatories throughout, but its first book, Damned and Fancy (1995), is not LF since the action occurs in a Fantasyland, while the sequel, «Have Demon, Will Travel» (1996), is LF set in London. [DRL]

see also: Adventurer Fantasy; Heroic Fantasy; Sword and Sorcery.

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.