Freaktown has a gritty and dark atmosphere to it, highlighted through the use of character-focused fantasy world building.
Monster Hunter Mitchell is my surprise favorite read. I thought I'd enjoy it, but not as much as I did. The levity, supernatural horror, and world building all shine under Sorrell's fantastic prose!
Fantasies are fairly prevalent on Vella right now, but Barry K. Gregory's "A Thing Immortal" is one of the first 'Dark Fantasies' that I've come across, and it makes for an original and engaging read.