September 23, 2019

15 Fantasy Short Stories You Can Read in a Day for Free

Do you love fantasy stories, but don’t have enough time to sit down and read a full-length fantasy book? Are you just getting your feet wet in the wide world of the fantasy genre? Or are you merely looking for some free fantasy stories before diving into your next full length read? If the answer is yes to at least one of these questions, then these 15 fantasy short stories are the perfect way to fill your downtime and keep you entertained!

1. Red as Blood and White As Bone by Theodora Goss

As a young girl, kitchen maid, Klara, is given a book of fairy tales and quickly becomes obsessed. So when a mysterious woman shows up at the kitchen door of the castle, Klara believes her to be a disguised princess coming to meet her prince just like in her book. What could possibly go wrong?

Read the story on Tor.

9,484 words

1 hour, 13 minutes

2. Trigger by Courtney Alameda

Micheline is more than just a Helsing; she was also born with tetrachromacy, a genetic mutation that allows her to see light coming off of the undead. Not only can she see the undead, but she can exorcise ghosts as well. What will she find when her father pulls her out of school to hunt down one of these undead? You’ll have to read it to find out!

Read the story on Tor.

9,038 words

1 hour, 9 minutes

3. Ratspeak by Sarah Porter

When Van saves a baby rat from the stomping feet of the New York City subway tracks, he is granted one wish. With all the options he could pick, all he desires is to speak and understand Ratspeak, the language of the rats. What he doesn’t wish for is the chaos that ensues when his wish comes true.

Read the story on Tor.

4,032 words

30 minutes

4. Knowledgeable Creatures by Christopher Rowe

In this short fantasy story, animals are more than just house pets. In this case, our narrator, Connolly Marsh, is a detective, a detective that is also a dog. Marsh is a “knowledgeable creature” that can speak, work, and coexist with humans. When a human professor, Thomasina Swallow, approaches Connolly to solve a murder, this detective gets much more than he bargained for.

Read the story on Tor.

5,870 words

45 minutes

5. The Hundredth House Had No Walls by Laurie Penny

A bored king with the power to summon anything he imagines into existence meets the girl of his dreams and makes her his queen. But is that enough to keep her from getting bored?

Read the story on Tor.

4,393 words

34 minutes

6. Elephants and Corpses by Kameron Hurley

Nev and his body manager, Tera, are in the business of buying bodies. Nev is even able to inhabit them if he chooses. When his most recent body brings three assassins with it, Nev comes to realize that some things are better left buried.

Read the story on Tor.

6,828 words

53 minutes

7. The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr

Verena has never known a time when her village hasn’t been under threat from the Maiden Thief. When her second sister is taken, Verena is blamed by her father but finds comfort in her sister’s lover, Jakob. The only question is, who will be next

Read the story on Tor.

9,650 words

1 hour, 16 minutes

8. Friends ‘Til the End by Bethany Neal

When Emily wakes up at the scene of an accident, she is shocked to discover that it’s her lying dead on the road. Although her death seems like a hit and run, Emily is determined to find out the truth. With no memory of how she died, the friends she has known for years all become suspects, and the only question is: who did it?

Read the story on Tor.

5,562 words

43 minutes

9. Red by Ramsey Shehadeh

Ansel desperately misses his sister Louise after she disappeared when he was supposed to be walking her home. In the wake of her disappearance, he revisits their favorite board game in the hopes it will divulge the answers Ansel needs to find her.

Read the story on Tor.

4,345 words

34 minutes

10. Finnegan’s Field by Angela Slatter

Anne Barker is thrilled when her daughter, Madrigal (Maddie) returns home after going missing three years before. It isn’t long before Anne realizes that something is different about her daughter. She’s determined to find out why, and keep it from happening to any other children.

Read the story on Tor.

10,667 words

1 hour, 22 minutes

11. The Log Goblin by Brian Staveley

After a farmer notices his wood supply is mysteriously getting lower and lower, he discovers that a goblin is taking it for unexpected reasons.

Read the story on Tor.

1,309 words

10 minutes

12. Zapped by Sherwood Smith

While lying ill in bed, Laurel discovers that she has the power to summon objects. She has no intention of sharing this with anyone until she discovers that there are others like her. When a boy named Michael is injured in a suspected hate crime, they band together using their unique abilities to find out just what happened to him.

Read the story on Tor.

14,297 words

1 hour, 50 minutes

13. Selfies by Lavie Tidhar

Everything is all well and good until Ellie buys a phone from a mysterious man at a store in the mall. As time goes on and the girl spends more time on the phone, things get creepier and creepier until it’s too late.

Read the story on Tor.

2,646 words

21 minutes

14. Brimstone and Marmalade by Aaron Corwin

All Mathilde wants for her birthday is a pony, but when her grandmother buys her a demon instead, she is forced to learn that not getting what you want isn’t always as terrible as it seems.

Read the story on Tor.

4,634 words

36 minutes

15. Warm Up by V.E. Schwab

After David survives an avalanche and awakens with strange powers, he refuses to leave the house. When he finally decides to step outside for the first time in months, he figures out that the only power he needed to concern himself with was his own.

Read the story on Tor.

3,552 words

27 minutes

Conclusion

There you go, fantasy readers! 15 free fantasy short stories perfect for when you aren’t quite ready to commit to a full-length book or are just looking for a taste of the fantasy genre! Not only are the above short fantasy stories entertaining but they are also free, so what could be better?

I hope you’ll give them a read and let me know what you think of them in the comments below. As a lover of the fantasy genre, I’d love to hear what your favorite fantasy short (or full length) stories are, and if there are any free websites I should check out!

Megan Subsick

Contributor

Hi all, I’m Meg and I first fell in love with the Harry Potter Universe when my third grade teacher began reading it aloud in class. That day after school I got home, snuck into my older brother Alex’s room, and stole his copy of Sorcerer’s Stone. It was the first chapter book that I ever read in a single day. The rest is history (of magic).

Each year I counted down the days for the next film or book to come out in an effort to rejoin the magic of the wizarding world. When the series ended, I thought that the magic was over. Fast forward to July 30th 2016. I had been studying Shakespeare abroad in London for a few weeks when I realized I would still be in the city for the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which I have since seen 4 times and counting). Despite being a huge fan of the series, I had never been to a midnight release and this was my chance!

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