First off, available from Candlemark & Gleam, is Isabel Kunkle's Hickey of the Beast. Arriving by email to subscribers every Tuesday (with the promise of a pdf of the whole story at the end), this is a young adult contemporary fantasy story set in a boarding school and with a suitably diverse cast of characters...
Connie thought freshman year might suck. She never thought it'd be literal.
Bad dreams? No big deal. After all, Connie Perez is starting her first year in the prep school her mom runs. Anyone would be a little stressed, right? When she starts dreaming about strange creatures and places that don't make sense, she doesn't think much about it: there's other stuff on her mind. Then she starts noticing that the people she dreams about get sick right afterwards.
Then everything gets weird.
There's something bad on the campus of Springden Academy. Something that feeds on students and warps their minds. And, as Connie and her friends try to figure out what's going on, it starts to look like she's the only one who can stop it.
Freshman year was hard enough without having to fight evil after class.
Subscriptions start from $5.00 for the basic package (although higher levels get a range of extra goodies) and can be purchased here at which point a catch-up link will be supplied for the chapters so far. You can also try before you buy and read the first two chapters from the link.
The other story is a more grown-up contemporary fantasy, and hasn't been running for quite as long. mindyklasky's Fright Court is a web-based serial novel with the option to donate towards future chapters, although all currently posted chapters are available to all readers. Again, different levels of donations gain different scales of goodies. The story centres around a law school drop-out who gets herself a job at DC's Night Court and soon learns that it isn't quite what she was expecting...
Sarah Anderson has found her dream job: Clerk of Court for the District of Columbia Night Court. Dream job, that is, until she’s attacked in the open courtroom by a vampire defendant. And until she’s forced to take self-defense lessons from her boss, the enigmatic vampire James Morton. And until she learns that she can’t share the truth about any of that with her best friend, Allison Ward – even over delectable cupcakes from the Cake Walk bakery.
Soon, Sarah is surrounded by vampires, griffins, and sprites – all members of a secret supernatural court. And when a deceptively easy-going reporter starts to ask questions, Sarah wonders just what answers she is supposed to give….
Fright Court is a reader-supported, serialized novel about lawyers, vampires, and cupcakes. Click on a chapter link below to start reading (new chapters will be posted each Friday morning, until the novel is complete.)
New Chapters are posted every Friday. Further details and the link to Chapter One can be found here.
Over to you. Do you read serial fiction. What serials have you enjoyed in the past? Which are you following right now?