Help needed identifying online venues for weird fiction

Last year, while reading for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, I read a lot of online fiction. (I read a lot of books, too, obviously). 12 of 20 stories selected for volume 2 of YBWF came from online venues. There are a lot of places online to read speculative, weird, genre, experimental fiction. Below is my list of online venues that I currently read with an eye toward YBWF. But I know there must be more. Tell me what I should add to the list.

Nightmare Magazine

Lightspeed Magazine

Weird Fiction Review

Subterranean Online (DEFUNCT)

Unlikely Story

Shimmer Magazine

Farrago’s Wainscot

Uncanny Magazine

Bourbon Penn



The Dark

See the Elephant

See the Elephant Magazine

Apex Magazine

Crossed Genres Magazine

Axolotl Magazine


Strange Horizons


Abyss & Apex


Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Lovecraft eZine

Lakeside Circus

Lackington’s Magazine

Daily Science Fiction


Cafe Irreal


Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction

The Book Smugglers

Luna Station Quarterly


  23 comments for “Help needed identifying online venues for weird fiction

  1. Jodi Lester
    February 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Shroud Quarterly (though they do an annual print omnibus)

    • Michael
      February 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm


      It doesn’t look like you can read it online. Or am I missing something?

      • Jodi Lester
        February 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm

        Oops. My mistake. It’s an electronic quarterly. :p

        • Michael
          February 8, 2015 at 1:44 pm

          No worries!

  2. February 8, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Here’s two speculative/slipstream magazines for you to check out:

    Slink Chunk Press
    A Cappella Zoo

    • Michael
      February 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks, Carrie! Will do!

  3. Rhonda
    February 9, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Postscripts to Darkness !

    • Michael
      February 9, 2015 at 6:11 am

      Thans, Rhonda. I do read Postscripts to Darkness, but I’m specifically asking about online only venues.

  4. Candy Caradoc
    February 9, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Don’t know how helpful these will be, but I’ll leave it for you to judge…

    Flash fic:

    Apocrypha and Abstractions

    Smashed Cat Magazine

    Spec fic:

    Roar and Thunder


    3:AM Magazine


    • Michael
      February 9, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you, Candy! Appreciate it, as always.

  5. February 9, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Fireside Fiction has some great genre stories, though they are not strictly a genre magazine.

    • Michael
      February 9, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you, Johann!

  6. February 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi:

    • Michael
      February 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks, Giselle!

  7. February 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Three Lobed Burning Eye Magazine

    • Michael
      February 12, 2015 at 6:12 am

      Thank, William!

  8. Donna
    February 14, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Sirens Call ezine.

    • Michael
      February 16, 2015 at 8:58 am


  9. February 15, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Okey-Panky is brand new, and they’ve published only two stories so far I think, but I think they might publish stuff that will fall in the ‘weird stuff’ category… (judging by their editor-in-chief, writer J.Robert Lennon)

    • Michael
      February 16, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Thank you!

  10. February 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Cease, Cows is super weird, super awesome.

    • Michael
      February 22, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Oh, thanks!

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