The list author says: "I have been a reader since just about day one. Ever since I read Stephen King and Dean Koontz many years ago, I have loved any books to do with the paranormal. For the last few years, urban fantasy/paranormal romance has enjoyed a tremendous upswing in popularity and I love it! As I am always looking for new authors, as well as new books by current authors, I decided to make my own list to help others who are doing the same thing. I know, there are quite a few authors I have missed; it isn't because I don't like them, it's just because I haven't caught up with the current books yet. I have two little ones at home, so I don't have much reading time. I have tried not to list ones already in print and I do recommend reading authors' books in order. I have compiled the list from RT BookReviews (GREAT magazine; I recommend getting a subscription!), from my work at a bookstore, from the recommendations here at Amazon and just ones I've stumbled across on other lists. I will edit as time permits and as the muse strikes me. My "Books I Want" wishlist is more comprehensive if you want to take a gander. You may also want to take a look at my "So You'd Like to..." lists; those list the first books in series and books by authors I like. Anyway, as I was limited (I can't believe I said limited!) to 40, I tried to leave out such popular authors as Jim Butcher, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and Kelley Armstrong. Anyway, please take time to look over the list and I hope it helps those on a quest for new and "old" authors of the paranormal/urban fantasy variety."