If you like to read, you probably already spend a fortune buying books. I know I can blow $50 at Amazon or Borders without blinking an eye. And as much as I like to support my favorite authors, it does get pricy to buy books all the time. Fortunately, you can find lots of great stuff to read online for free.
You may think I’m talking about those zillions of bottom-of-the-barrel, self-edited fan-fictions and the like (of course, some of those can be pretty good), but there are numerous online ezines with hard-working editors that select different original fantasy stories to feature each month. They pay their authors, just as the print magazines do, so they attract good quality writers.
Since I’m a fantasy fan myself, I’ll point out some fun ezines and websites where you can get your fantasy fix (without paying a dime). For readers of other genres, don’t despair, as there are plenty of great sites out there for you too. Just trying Googling your genre (i.e. mystery stories) + ezine or online magazine.
But, anyway, let’s get on with the fantasy!
This online magazine publishes fantasy short stories, nonfiction articles related to the genre, and book reviews. When it comes to fiction, you can expect everything from high fantasy to contemporary and urban stories. Magical realism, science fantasy, and folk tales are also found on the site’s digital pages. With new stories published every week, there are plenty of reasons to visit often.
Goblin Brothers Fantasy Stories
While most of the free story sites I’m mentioning are ezines with submissions by multiple authors, the Goblin Brothers are the work of one author, so not updated as often, but if you’re looking for cheeky heroes who use only their wits to get out of trouble (and to get into trouble too), then you might enjoy these stories.
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly
A relative newcomer to the game, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is an ezine that publishes short works of heroic fantasy. If sword-swinging barbarians and epic adventures are your cup of tea, you’ll want to check these guys out and give them your support.
There are lots of other great fantasy short story sites out there, too, so don’t feel obligated to spend wads of money on books every month. If you can afford it, great, but if money is tight (as it is for all of us right now!), then enjoy the awesome free fantasy fiction you can find on the web.