I can't figure out how to explain this certain kind of fantasy. There's gotta be a name for it somewhere; it seems highly unlikely to me that I've come up with a new branch when there's all those fantasy authors out there churning out trilogy after trilogy.
(edited to add sources where I took examples from fiction)
It's the kind of fantasy where Barabbas is centuries old, kept alive purely by guilt;
where the Black Circle is Corwin of Amber's sin against something he loved, and that's the whole explanation (not some big complicated thing about a Black Road through all shadows and whatnot) [The Guns of Avalon from Zelazny's Amber series];
where Victor Frankenstein resurrects his slain wife at his monster's bidding, and she, enraged and grieved over what has befallen her, sets fire to the house and runs screaming down the hall, the rooms exploding as she passes, because of her rage and grief [Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (film)];
where Walter O'Dim plants a demon in a preacher woman's womb, and Roland of Gilead exorcises it with his gun in a manner that doesn't bear explicit description [The Gunslinger by Stephen King];
where Roland of Gilead's guns deal more injury and damage than other guns of the same load and caliber, because of the tradition and heredity they represent -- not because the barrels are made out of steel from Excalibur [most of Stephen King's Dark Tower series].
I can try to think of more examples. But, in the mean time, does anyone know what we're looking at here? It's not high fantasy, sword & sorcery, or super heroes, and those are the only fantasy genres I'm knowledgeable about. So what can I call this to explain it to other people?