4 Must-Read Black Fiction Magazines For Your New TBR
Literary magazines also need love. That’s why we love to celebrate them here on Book Riot! We had a Literary Magazines 101 to get you started, discussed general fiction shorts, sci-fi / fantasy magazines, and we even published an article on reading (and writing for) magazines from science fiction in particular. But today I want to give a little love to my current obsession: black fiction. While you can find dark fiction stories in many different literary magazines, including most of the above SFF magazines, this article is a tribute to those literary magazines specializing in the macabre, be it horror, dark fantasy or positively sinister science fiction. .
Darkness was my first subscription to a literary magazine. It was definitely love on the first page turned. This monthly collection of dark and delicious stories is always a cause for excitement when it hits my Kindle. If you are looking for diverse voices in your black fiction, this is where you want to start. Co-editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia recently tweeted that Darkness achieved a publication rate of around 70% of authors of color, and notables like Stephen Graham Jones and Nnedi Okorafor, among others, have graced its pages. Darkness has quite a bit of fiction available to read on their website, if you want a taste of the kind of stories you’ll find inside, and you can subscribe to the magazine through the Kindle Newstand, by purchasing a subscription from 12 months through Weightless Books, or by becoming a supporter of their Patreon.
I like Nightmare. Not only do they publish black fantasy fiction, but they also have the best covers. The one on the left is their April 2019 issue and it’s amazing. What does the shark bait say? Corn Nightmare doesn’t just produce stunning covers and news for its readers! They also feature non-fiction articles, book and media reviews, interviews, and author Q&A in each monthly issue. Another Nightmare What I like more is that they have reproduced three of their special issues in paperback form: Women Destroy Horror! (Issue 25, October 2014), Queers Destroy Horror! (Number 37, October 2015) and People of Colo (u) r Destroy Horror! (Number 49, October 2016). With titles of course ironic, these three issues celebrate the marginalized voices of female writers, queer writers, and writers of color in the horror genre.
You can read a lot of Nightmareprevious content from on their website, or you can subscribe to the magazine through the Nightmare website, Kindle Newsstand, or by purchasing a 12-month subscription through Weightless Books.
I hesitate to include Mountain peak on this list. Not because the magazine is anything but great, but rather because it is on hiatus indefinitely. They are not shutting down the magazine, but instead diverting their energies to the company’s publishing arm, Apex Book Company. The May 2019 issue, their 120th, is their last for the foreseeable future. But the vast collection of fiction from their long run includes works by some of the best in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror (Seanan McGuire, Jeff VanderMeer, Nalo Hopkinson and Mary Robinette Kowal, among others), and will be left online, with the magazine’s website maintained to ensure readers still have access. And you can also purchase back issues of the magazine through the Apex Book Company store, Weightless Books, or the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo marketplaces.
annoying is the only quarterly magazine on this list, which publishes a spring, summer, fall and winter issue each year. They are also the youngest publication on this list, in my opinion, having released their first issue in 2016. Mainly horror fiction, annoying also accepts and publishes submissions from other areas of dark fiction, whether sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, suspense, or literary fiction. Apart from the news published, they also include reviews and interviews in each issue. If you like stories annoying porte, be sure to check out their collection of novels, short stories, chapbooks and anthologies also published under their label. Digital subscriptions for annoying can be purchased through their website, $ 10 for all four annual issues, and hard copies of each issue can be purchased through Amazon.
Honorable mention in this post go to Strange magazine, which identifies itself as an SFF fiction magazine (and you’ll find them in this list of SFF magazines linked above) but often hosts stories that fall on the darker end of the scale.