Nov 4 2010 11:42am

Do you Ezine? A List of Genre Zines

Dark Fiction Magazine

Recently a press release popped into my inbox for a new online magazine called Dark Fiction, which specializes in audio short stories for portable enjoyment of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

I thought it would be a handy resource to pull together all those online magazines (whether free readin’ or not) so that we can A) support them and B) go and find lots of lovely fiction and articles to read!

Here is my list—it is far from exhaustive... In the comments it would be awesome if you lovely lot could feedback as to the quality of the magazines listed, and provide links to any that I might have missed.

(All magazine descriptions come from their respective websites.)

Salon Futura
An online non-fiction magazine devoted to the discussion of science fiction, fantasy, and related literature.

A monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine, with at least two pieces of original fiction from new and established authors.

Hub Magazine
A weekly (ish) genre short fiction ezine, with reviews, and occasional features and interviews.

Bull Spec
A quarterly magazine for speculative fiction.

Strange Horizons
A weekly web-based magazine of and about speculative fiction: publishes short fiction, poetry, reviews and articles of interest each week on a Monday.

Apex Magazine
This one is a subscription magazine, with short fiction and articles. The last issue was Arab/Muslim themed.

Innsmouth Free Press
Innsmouth Free Press is a Canadian micro-publisher dedicated to horror and dark fiction. The website provides daily non-fiction and free tri-annual short fiction.

Escape Pod
The premier science fiction podcast magazine.

Stone Telling
A new literary speculative poetry quarterly.

The premier horror fiction podcast.

Which can you recommend?

Amanda Rutter contributes reviews and a regular World Wide Wednesday post to, as well as reviews for her own site (covering more genres than just speculative), Vector Reviews and Hub magazine.

Irene Gallo
1. Irene
Lightspeed : “Lightspeed is an online magazine focusing exclusively on science fiction. Here you can expect to see all types of science fiction, from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between.”
Bart Leib
2. Bart Leib
Crossed Genres -
M-Brane SF -
Fnatasy Magazine -

There's so many more out there!
Chris Lough
3. TorChris
Take a look through the bios at the end of posts and you'll find more online magazines. John Joseph Adams runs Lightspeed Magazine, John Klima runs Electric Velocipede, and Rene Walling is involved with fps magazine. (The latter is involved with animation, but is still neat.) I am almost certainly forgetting others, so hopefully they will chime in.
Bart Leib
4. JamesB
Could be useful to say whether those are US or UK based zines?
Samuel Montgomery-Blinn
6. montsamu
Thanks very much for mentioning Bull Spec! And to answer JamesB on that one, it's US based.
Bart Leib
7. heffrey78
this is great, thanks!

a paid site, but a favorite author (Orson Scott Card) & contributors
Bart Leib
8. Matches Malone
Is it possible to get a writing assignment from any of the above? I'd be more interested in a report on that.
Alex Brown
9. AlexBrown
I really like Salon Futura. They had a fantastic podcast about LGBT in SFF with Cheryl Morgan interviewing Nicola Griffith, Hal Duncan and Catherynne M. Valente. And their interview with China Mieville from their first issue was excellent as well.
Bart Leib
10. David Steffen
Good list so far!
Flash Fiction Online:
Brain Harvest:
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (I don't have the URL handy--you can google it)
Bart Leib
11. Rebecca Ledford
Phase 5 publishes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and related fiction, art, audio & video. Short/serialized fiction and art are available in the Phase 5 Monthly Review or for individual download - excerpts and freebies available. Primary formats are electronic; novels and podcasts are forthcoming.
Laurel Lyon
12. laurellyon
Bart Leib
13. Jamie (Mithril Wisdom)
There's a fairly new one at, which I write fantasy reviews for :)
René Walling
14. cybernetic_nomad
And The Portal was just launched this past weekend at the World Fantasy Convention. It focuses on reviews of short fiction and foreign language works.

(Yes, I'm kind of involved with it too)
Paolo Chikiamco
15. Pipe
Over here in the Philippines, we have a new podcast called "Pakinggan Pilipinas" (Listen, Philippines) "a monthly podcast site which features short fiction by Filipino authors." It's not limited to spec fic or English stories, but for the moment the vast majority of content is spec fic and in English.

I also run the irregular Usok webzine - we just launched our second issue a few days ago. We publish spec fic in English by Filipino authors, and each of the stories has a digital painting by a talented Filipino artist.

A few others that haven't been mentioned:

Expanded Horizons: "The mission of this webzine is to increase diversity in the field of speculative fiction, both in the authors who contribute and in the perspectives presented. We feature speculative fiction stories and artwork, as well as essays about speculative fiction and fandom from diverse points of view."

Ray Gun Revival: Relaunching in Febuary 2011, but the past issues are still online. "Ray Gun Revival (RGR) is an online magazine dedicated to fun stories, grand escapism, and good old sensawunda. Ray Gun Revival provides just that, a throwback publication that revisits space opera and golden age sci-fi. Our stories focus more on character development than hard science and sail all the wide-open waters between science fantasy and harder SF."

A few for the Steampunk crowd: Steampunk Tales and SteamPunk Magazine.

The World SF News Blog also has a fiction section.
Bart Leib
16. Paul Graham Raven
Well, we're ceasing fiction publication for a little while due to being short of funds, but Futurismic has been a paying venue for near-future sf for many years, plus we blog about the fuzzy line that spearates us from the unevenly distributed future, plus we have regulars columns and our own weekly webcomic Personal Information, courtesy the tireless and excellent Ms Sarah Ennals. So come visit; free-to-read, always has been, always will be. :)
Bart Leib
17. John C. Bunnell
Daily Science Fiction
From their Web site: "Science Fiction means—to us—everything found in the science fiction section of a bookstore, or at a science fiction convention, or amongst the winners of the Hugo awards given by the World Science Fiction Society. This includes the genres of science fiction (or sci-fi), fantasy, slipstream, alternative history, and even stories with lighter speculative elements. We hope you enjoy the broad range that SF has to offer."

Pays pro rates, too....
Goetz Kruppa
19. goetznl
A Webzine of Astonishing Tales
is edited by Rudy Rucker and the last issue has a great line up with Bruce Sterling, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Carter Scholz, John Shirley, Ian Watson, Marc Laidlaw and more.
Also, what about
or is that already too professional and not 'zine enough?
Bart Leib
20. Desmond Warzel
Abyss & Apex:
OG's Speculative Fiction:
Golden Visions Magazine:
On the Premises: (general fiction magazine that publishes all genres)
Cathy Mullican
21. nolly
TTA Press podcasts stories from their printzines once or twice a month (I forget which).

And I suppose someone ought to mention StarShip Sofa.
Bart Leib
22. StephenAryan
Absolutely, definitely worth the Hugo Award winning Starship Sofa by Tony C. Smith. It's a fantastic podcast ezine dedicated to Science Fiction. Available all over iTunes and the Internet
Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Garcia
23. JohnnyEponymous
Let me throw in the Fanzine thing, 'cause that's my thing. has an amazing array of zines of all sorts. I'd say that eI is one of the best things out there in any area. Not a lot of fiction, but htere's a lot of good writing and wonderful art.

I'll put in a plug for three of my zines -
Journey Planet (
is a zine I do with Claire Brialey and James Bacon and sometimes Pete Young. It's got a great list of contributors (like Mike Perschon, Alastair Reynolds, Joh nHertz, Cheryl Morgan, John Scalzi, Paul McAuley, Claire, James, me and a bunch of others. it's a really fun zine.

The Drink Tank with James Bacon. I'd say it was eclectic, but more likely it's just unfocused. Some of the issues, like the Clarke Awards and Hugo issues have been really fun.

There's the Steampunk zine Exhibition Hall (with James Bacon and Ariane Wolfe) . Lots of good stuff. Unlike Steampunk Magazine and Gatehouse Gazette (as well as the Dominon Dispatch, another great zine, though I think it's print-only).

Also, Jean Martin, Espana Sheriff, Rina Weisman and Tom Becker kick ass with Science Fiction San Francisco.
Cathy Mullican
24. nolly
Meh; I'd like Starship Sofa better if I could excise the obnoxious Mr. Smith altogether. The stories are good; some of the articles are decent, but his campaign for the Hugo was rude beyond belief, and he has some of the worst verbal tics I've ever heard.
Bart Leib
26. Scott Roche
Flying Island Press has three imprints available that provide a mix of free and premium content. Flagship ( is the first 'zine we produced, delievered every other month in both e-pub and audio formats. There you'll find classic science fiction and fantasy with a modern twist. Pirates Cove ( is a high adventure and fantasy imprint that offers both free web based and audio fiction as well as an on-going serial available to monthly subscribers. Abattoir ( is our home for psychological horror. We also do special projects like our upcoming Autism Speaks benefit issue (

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