If you’re a regular visitor to the mammoth tg fiction archive Fictionmania, you’ve been going through some serious story withdrawal for the past two months. What the hell is going on? According to Sapphire, one of the fabulous Fictionmania Task Force, they’ve been having server troubles, and since it’s all run by volunteers, it’s taking a while to get it all back online again. Sapphire addressed some of the rumors about Fictionmania’s demise in this post on Crystal’s Cyberboard at Storysite.org.
Storysite is another mammoth tg fiction archive that came into being at a time when it looked like Fictionmania was truly gone and never coming back. Unfortunately, Storysite is experiencing its own troubles, stemming from being a massive free archive with no income-generating business behind it. Crystal addresses these troubles in this post, and also gives us a glimpse of the early days of tg fiction on the web. The upshot is, Storysite will not be adding new stories for awhile, although you can still go there and read thousands of great stories for free. You can also donate, if you want to see them stay afloat.
So where can you find new tg fiction? TopShelf is one of the sites worth investigating, although you will have to register in order to see everything that’s there and take advantage of all the search functions. TopShelf is the current incarnation of the site formerly known as Big Closet, and most regulars still refer to it as Big Closet. The advantage it has over Fictionmania and Storysite is, authors can directly post their story to the web, rather than submitting it to a volunteer task force to be read, formatted and catalogued. So you wouldn’t have to wait months to see your story online. There are still a few issues that are not fully addressed by this setup … I don’t fully understand how they can prevent an “author” from posting spam or kiddie porn or fatwas from Osama. The other problem is, lots of people are reluctant to log in. Not all tg’s are bold pioneers. Many of us cherish our anonymity.
Where else might you get your story fix? Stardust and TGFiction.net are both worthy of mention, although I haven’t delved into them deeply enough to comment on either. Both seem to follow the conventions established at TopSite, allowing authors to post directly to the site and inviting visitors to register and log in at each visit.
In the “no login necessary” category, there are some great stories at Sapphire’s Place, although it has not been updated in a few months. The Nifty TG Archive has been around forever, and they’re still around. Nifty is part of a larger archive of gay and lesbian stories, that’s why a few big strapping ultramasculine dudes feature in so many of the tg stories there. The ASSTR archive will let you do transvestite and trans-gender keyword searches within their larger archive of “sex stories.” Other available keywords: vegetables, robots, voraphilia (love of being eaten alive), bible, and oviposition (google it!). There’s a lot of stuff here but I’m not crazy about sorting through it all.
About a year ago I predicted the demise of Petticoat Discipline Quarterly, however they are still going along fine under the management of Auntie Helga. PDQ is mostly in the form of short letters, and they deal with some themes that not everyone will like, but they certainly deserve a mention.
If you’ve read this far, and are still reading, I’m impressed. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to look into a few new sites, instead of repeatedly hitting that Fictionmania link and getting “site not found.”
Let me know if you find something you like.