Four Fab Dark Fiction E-Zines

Psst, hey writers, they are PAYING magazines!

These are some of my favorite magazines. All of them are literary, and all of them have a dark (or at least speculative) vibe. I also listed a story from each that sticks in my mind:

34 Orchard I’ve enjoyed every poem, image, and story 34 Orchard has published. The editor is Kristi Petersen Schoonover. Props to her curating skills! She doesn’t shy away from disturbing pieces, but many of the entries are simply unsettling. All of them are good. The magazine is free to download and read, but they gladly accept donations. “One Flesh” by Jon Shank in Issue 3 creeped me out because I both felt sorry for and was disgusted by a certain character.

Apex Magazine At the magazine’s website, you can get a taste of their fiction through some free stories. A full issue is worth the $4.99USD purchase. I really enjoyed a frightening speculative piece called “How to Be Good” by R. Gatwood in the July 2021 issue because the near-future society’s crime-fighting logic makes sense, but it is horrific.

The Dark Magazine The June 2021 issue has a story by Sara Saab called “Welcome, Karate.” It’s a freakishly weird story with an ordinary setting and an everywoman kind of character. The contrast is stark, and I couldn’t stop reading it. You can read each month’s stories free on their website, but a whole issue is only $1.99USD and totally worth it.

Fusion Fragment This magazine a cool method of selling issues. You download an issue then pay whatever you feel like paying. They also sell a high quality paper version for $26.99CAD (would make a nice Christmas gift for your fave speculative fiction reader). “Wesley Evonshire” by Matt Cahill is a science fiction horror story about an alien virus that I won’t soon forget because of the poor kid in the story!

Happy reading, happy writing!

Feature image by Charisse Kenion on unsplash.

80 thoughts on “Four Fab Dark Fiction E-Zines

    1. Thanks.:-) I really learned a lot from Successful Aging. I have implemented some of the aging-well suggestions, too. For example, bed time is now sacrosanct, I look for volunteer or social opportunities where I can interact with nice people, and I’ve shifted my brain-heavy work to early morning (the goofy or goof-around stuff is in the evening).


  1. Hmm. I’m not familiar with any of these. I do enjoy speculative fiction (not too dark) so I will check into a few. I just buttoned up all my shorts in a collection I’m going to release in October. Ack! I’ll have to see if I can come up with something new to submit.

    Thanks for the heads’ up, Priscilla!

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  2. I’m like some of the others, I’ve not come across these before, but I’ve been looking for some edgy, dark, thoughtful to get into. I’ll probably start with ‘Welcome Karate’, because well, those who know me will know why 🙂

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      1. I swear I could smell the chlorine. It was wonderfully written. I would have loved that to be a longer novella, I was so engrossed in the main character.

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  3. Hi, Priscilla,
    interesting your choice of magazines. But we are not magazine readers – although we write for magazines and publish our photos in magazines as well.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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