In this topic we can discuss some of the books where Wizards are hired to deal with paranormal occurrences (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher), Vampire killers wear Nikes (Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels), vampires live in the south (Charlane Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries) or witches are a part of our world (Kim Harrison's novels).
Of these books, I've only read a few of the Anita Blake novels and liked them fine, until they became somewhat repetitive. I'm looking forward to giving Butcher's wizard books a try, as well.
This sub-genre seems to be almost exploding on the shelves. In addition, some of these writers' work is being translated to the screen - The Dresden Files will soon be a SciFi channel movie/mini-series (I think), with the possibility of becoming a weekly series. Charlane Harris's books are rumored to be in development for an HBO series by Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under).
So the point is, I guess this thread could be a repository for discussion of this subset of our beloved genre. Why is it becoming popular? Bring up the authors I haven't or discuss in greater detail the writers I have mentioned. Who would you recommend? What authors should be avoided (hint, hint --> Sunshine by Robin McKinley)?