Last night on the Deadman’s Tome Podcast, we went off on a tangent about the fact that a lot of amazing websites full of original fiction have gone out of business in the last year. Today, sifting though the sites I’ve submitted, I came across two that had gone under in the last 12 months.
Microhorror was a challenge. A flash fiction website that wanted authors to scare you in 666 words or less, they had some amazing short pieces.
Quarter Reads I lamented about earlier in the year. They charged readers 25 cents a story, most of the money going to the authors. It was a unique premise but, like so much unique and wonderful in the world, it too faded away.
It’s discouraging to see such wonderful endeavors fail, especially after years of success. It’s disheartening for the publishers and the authors alike who wanted to bring their vision to the world and offer up something different. Rest in peace, Quarter Reads and Microhorror.