Here are all the things you have to pay to read! Some are available in print, some in PDF, some with Kindle or Kobo or whatever else. They tend to be quite inexpensive, so if you can pack your lunch instead of getting take-out for one day, then wouldn’t that be a nice change! Except for the restaurant. You monster.
Aofie’s Kiss! WOLVES: A short, sharp retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, with more werewolves than you can throw a stick at. In Issue 39. horror
Allegory x2! PUPPET PRINCESS: An original fairy tale, with princesses and monsters and bravery and belonging and not at all something to read as a bedtime story, oh my goodness no. In Volume 17/44. horror
AIN’T HUMAN: Cowboys and mermaids. Let me say that again: cowboys and mermaids. In Volume 24/51. horror
Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine! LONG HOT WAIT: Cowboys and zombies. Oh I’m sorry do you need more enticement? Cowboys and zombies and a talking snake. In Issue 59. fantasy
Postscripts to Darkness 4! CRACKS: A swanmay lives undetected in a city by blending in with the trumpeter swans there… which might not be such a good thing after all. (Bonus horror: this story is based on true facts!) horror
Grace and Victory x2! KAUPOAI AND THE GILHAG: Did you get excited by the other cowboy stories? How about an alt!history Wild West story where our hero is a Maori cowboy who journeys to dreaded Europe to seek fame and fortune and instead finds mermaids and fairies? fantasy
BECOMING BEAST: A genderbent retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ after the godmothers are dead. Direct link to the Payhip buy page here. fantasy
The Quilliad x2! TAKING: How do you tell your child they have to die, after they’ve just cheated death? In Issue 8, Halloween 2016. horror
OF, AND WITH: A Victorian Yuletide ghost story, just like the Victorians liked to share at Yuletide. Victorians were odd. A man is smitten with a severe young lady at a dinner party, but it seems there’s more than one reason for her to reject his advances. In Issue 11, Halloween 2019. ghost story
SO SHARP, SO SHARP: Another story in the godmothers-are-dead universe (see BECOMING BEAST). After an unusually beautiful queen passes away, her husband decides he can only remarry if his new wife is as beautiful as his last. However, the only person who fits the bill is his own daughter, who is not about to accept her fate. In Issue 11, Halloween 2019. fantasy/horror
Stupefying Stories! LONG COLD WISH: Another weird Western featuring the talking snake as he aids a ghost in getting revenge with the help of a cowboy who’s also not entirely human. Available on Kindle through Amazon here. fantasy/weird Western
E&GJ Press! SHIFT WORK: A werewolf-hunter uses a very unorthodox method of taking down his prey. Weird Western
Blood Bath Literary Zine! ENCLOSED IN CLOTHES: A poem nominally about werewolves and scapegoats, but let’s face it it’s really about the insidious perverse/pervasive nature of racism. poetry/horror
Bards and Sages Quarterly! WHEREFORE WOLF?: A mismatched warrior and mage pair are on their way to the capital to start their new jobs, BUT OH SHIT IT’S WEREWOLF TIME! fantasy
A Murder of Storytellers! MOVEMENT: yes, this is the same ‘Movement’ as previous, but joining a new cast of stories. Maybe like a sentence or two got edited? Maybe it’s the sentence or two that bugged you previously. Fixed now. Probably. Available here.
Augur! ROOTS AND SHOOTS: A robowitch creates a memory-enhancing box for a teenage girl about to learn the truth about her past, but magic always comes with a price. Magic and machinery combine in this experimental narrative. Click here to buy the full issue and read a sample of Roots and Shoots for free!