Rec: Minu ga Hana

Title: Minu ga Hana
Author: Rana Dorada (me!)
Format: Web Serial
Published/Free: Free
Length: 600 to 1000 words per post
Status: Ongoing
Rating: T
Warnings: Swearing, mentions of drug use, eating disorders, sexual assault, and/or bigotry.
Link: https://minu-ga-hana-story.tumblr.com/
Summary:A web serial following the paranormal investigator Manami Hayase as she struggles to get her career off the ground. The scores of new people she meets along the way make it clear the world around her isn’t quite what she expected. In fact, it may be even better.

Review: It just started, so there’s not much to talk about yet without spoilers. I would know- I’m the author! Also, the plot is primarily about paranormal investigation, and my aim is to normalize the LGBT+ characters therein. Expect lighthearted fluff with plenty of twists and turns through horror and suspense.

Rec: The Landlord

Title: The Landlord
Author: Asuka Kureru (Askerian)
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 119k words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None that I can think of
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/248416
Summary: Fresh-faced university student Sevan picks up rugged, funny Mikhail. Okay, is picked up. Same result – a nice evening for all. No consequences, right?

Only Sevan is a mage, and Mikhail is… well.

Review: Admittedly I haven’t read this one for a while, and feel like I can’t give it a deserving review. However, I remember it being very good and I’ve read it twice. I came across it today in my bookmarks and thought it deserved a little extra attention.

MON★STAR Studios

Title: MON★STAR Studios
Author: vampmilk
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Ongoing
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Mentions of/implied sexual content
Link: https://tapastic.com/series/monstarstudios
Summary: In a modern city where humans and monsters live together peacefully, college dropout Ramone Garcia makes some strange and exciting friends when he becomes the first human employee at MON★STAR Studios, a monster-centric gay adult film studio.

Review: This comic will focus on themes of sexual positivity, open mindedness and the freedom to shamelessly enjoy one’s interests. The entire cast is made up of LGBTQ+ characters. It is made to be fun and lighthearted.

Rec: Beyond the Pale

Title: Beyond the Pale
Author: Kagamino Kage
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Status: Complete
Rating: Ultra-mature
Warnings: Hm, non-con? Maybe.
Link: http://s2b2.livejournal.com/67673.html
Summary: There was a seed deep within the earth, scorched and blackened. It pulsed with life, a deep throbbing he felt through the soles of his feet.

He found his tongue was made of clay and paper, and it was growing soft and dissolving in his mouth. Reaching into his mouth to rid himself of the foul substance, he found a string, sticky with saliva; he pulled at the string, and felt something bulging up his throat. He coughed, and out came a small broken clock, still ticking even though its hands had ceased to move long ago. He kept pulling: out came a beautiful egg, colored in delicate shades of peacock blue and green, a large crack running all the way down its side, oozing out the premature life inside.

Review: I’ve found myself vastly becoming addicted to S2b2. Everything there (at least what I’ve stumbled across) seems so well-written that it makes it a sort of reprieve from having to minimize the not-so-well-written fiction on sites like FP and AFF (not that all are bad there or anything, just a lot lately).

This particular story stood out amongst the handful of others I’ve read as of lately. There was something about the way it was told that made it so unique, chilling and so dang mind-boggling that I really wish there was more to it. In fact, I’d be ecstatic if this wasn’t just a short story, but a full length novel. But sadly, it isn’t. The good thing about that is, you don’t have to wait forever to find out the ending, and in this case, that’d be trifling to have to do.

I can’t really say much about the story itself without giving it away. I will say that the summary is just the first paragraph of the story, which all S2b2’s entries seem to be of. So I know it seems a bit… weird, but trust me, it’s good and I guarantee it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next and why.

In addition to how well it’s written, the characters are also very real and enjoyable. There isn’t any awkward, straining dialogue, or characters that aren’t fleshed out; they’re believable, intriguing, and realistic – and I was especially intrigued by the magician, which I’m sure you will be too 😉

Anyway, if you haven’t yet read this, I highly recommend that you give it a shot. The only warning I will give you is that it is darkly-themed and is written a little differently – which you’ll find out as you read it.

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Hey guys, as some of you may remember, many a moons a go we used to do anthologies (for some good non-profit fun). It’s been a while since we’ve put anything out but this October the four of us (G, roughdrafthero, cattails and myself) thought we’d do something. It was meant to come out on Halloween but well, real life. 

If you click on the picture above

(OR CLICK HERE) it will take you to the dropbox where you can download it. Please read the tags carefully in the content, some of these stories do contain possible triggering content. The stories range from sci fi, to folktales and modern fantasy. 

We all hope you enjoy this, and please feel free to feedback to the authors. A lot of effort went into this. You can find the links to the author’s preferred website at the end. Also a huge shoutout and thank you to roundaboutparker, who did the cover art and compiled the pdf. 

Note: The anth is only associated with TSP in the sense that it had its origins there and we are all members of the community. 

– Z

Rec: On a Bruised Road

Title: On a Brusied Road
Author: Pepper Espinoza
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 72,900
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: MM explicit. Ghosts. Tragedy.
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/8328820
Summary: Edwin Masters isn’t a big gearhead, but he has spent his entire life lusting after one particular car—a 1962 Alfa Romeo Spider 2600. It’s not the flashiest car, it’s not the fastest car, and it’s not the most collectible car, but he loves it. Edwin knows he’ll pay any price for it. When he buys it, it changes the entire shape and meaning of his world, but not in the ways he might have predicted.

Cooper James, the young man who died behind the wheel forty-seven years earlier, haunts the Spider and he wants a life. He wants Edwin. So he reaches out, sucking Edwin into a deepening abyss by exploiting demons from a past Edwin can’t break from.

Edwin resists, struggling against the phantom in favor an attractive, exciting young man who wants to be with him, Carson Heston. Carson holds the key to Edwin’s salvation, but every time he gets close, Cooper terrorizes him. Edwin knows he’ll be lost forever if he submits to Cooper’s dark promise of release and relief, but that might be the only way to save Carson’s life.

Review: DONT YOU DARE IGNORE THIS POST AND JUST MOVE ON because you have no idea what kind of treasure you are missing. Honestly? The slash was hot but it wad SO not the goldmine in this story- it’s actually so rare to find hot slash stories that you read solely for the plot. At one point I realised that even if this story wasn’t an erotic slash I would have enjoyed it, and if it’s coming from a slash-only-reader like me then it means something. 

It was beautiful. And it is totally underrated. I guess that people read Ghosts in the tags and just move on without even giving it a chance. If you’re looking for the type of stories that makes your heart tingle and think about it for days (and want to read it again because you miss it already) than do yourself a favour and read it!!!

Rec: Skeptical

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Title: Skeptical
Author: Tyrannical Shipper
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: 367 pages
Status: WIP
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Link: http://skeptical.smackjeeves.com/
Summary: A regular slice of life/death romantic comedy about an unusual family and their relations to a group of creatures that call themselves “skull people”.

Review: I love this artist’s style, and they manage to put a lot of expression into characters that don’t really have eyes or mouths. To me its a nice mixture of both humor and seriousness, and it manages to be adorable at the same time. The most important element of a story for me is that the characters be either relatable or likeable, and I liked the main characters in this one. Even the “bad guy” isn’t really a villain, just cranky, aha.

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Rec: Magic Comes to Alphabet City (And to Certain Parts of Greenpoint)

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Title: Magic Comes to Alphabet City (And to Certain Parts of Greenpoint)
Author: Domashita Romero (地下ロメロ) (whitachi), illustrated by bigbigtruck (E.K. Weaver) (iianbe)
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 18,800 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Link: s2b2, Ao3
Summary: (from author) Waking up covered in tattoos of song lyrics is totally normal, right? Jeez, quitting drinking is rough.

Review: So today I was catching up on some ss*bb reading and realized one of my favorite authors, Domashita Romero, had only been rec’ed once. Clearly I had to rectify that. I know “Magic Comes to Alphabet City” has been mentioned on many request posts, so I thought it would be a good place to start. Basically, Elliot is a recovering alcoholic who wakes up covered in little snippets of poetry. Then he meets Marc, member of a punk-y band and fellow geek. It’s just a great short and sweet romance with a bit of a magical realism twist. It’s a story I go back to periodically to put a smile on my face.

Romero is putting her older stuff up on Ao3 as whitachi, which is nice since you don’t have to click through for the second half.

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Rec: Bite

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Title: Bite
Author: Lily Yates
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published
Length: 91,000+ words
Status: Complete
Rating: Ultra Mature
Warnings: Mostly bondage, dub-con, non-con, rough/violent sex, hurt/comfort, with some abuse, rape, fisting (once) and threesomes.
Link: http://xbittenx.wordpress.com/
Summary: Connor Chambers makes an unlikely vampire hunter. Blackmailed by The Red Priesthood, his one task is to seduce The First, an assignment that admittedly has its perks as well as its dangers. Between him and his target stand the Guardians though, and one in particular is determined he’ll fail. Beautiful, volatile, rebellious – Mishka Alkaresh is not what he seems, and as the net closes in on both of them, Connor finds out who his enemies really are.

Review: It’s absolutely brilliant – hottest thing you’ll ever read! Although, I’m bound to say that because I wrote it.

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Otherworldly

Title: Otherworldly
Author: Becky Hopkins
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: 156 pages as of this submission
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Alcohol use, mild sexual references, mild swearing, gambling
Link: http://otherworldly-comics.cfw.me/https://tapastic.com/series/Otherworldly
Summary: Otherworldly is the story of five twenty-somethings who’ve recently discovered they’re not human; they’re actually changelings, magical babies swapped for human ones, and at first they don’t even know what kind of Fair Folk (used as the general term for magical being here) they might be. While they’re helped along the way by two friendly fairy private detectives, they also start to run afoul of some shady characters in both the human world and the magical Otherworld, as they attempt to balance their lives in both and figure out who they are, not just what.

Review: As the creator of this comic, I don’t think I can offer a completely unbiased review, but I really do think this comic offers a reading experience that can appeal to all kinds of fantasy fans. LGBT+ identities aren’t the main focus at the moment, but several characters’ identities and queer relationships will be important as the story goes on. I’m trying to do something unique with all the mythological and fantastic elements I have at my disposal through an approach of equal parts comedy, action, and some quieter drama.

Happy reading!