It should come as no surprise that there’s a sizable amount of furries that try their hand at the written word. While artists seem to take the center stage, writers are there along with them, crafting and creating their own worlds and either publishing stories through official channels, taking on the task of self publishing, or they share them for free online. And today we’re going to take an introductory look at the written world of furries – we’ll see what sites you can find furry writing on, sites where you can purchase and browse published works, and a couple of neat furry writer organizations I found.
Animals and the written word have been around forever, it seems, just as animals and artwork has. Most have heard of myths or legends or fables that feature animal characters, and others have no doubt read sagas that heavily featured animal characters to some extent or another, such as Brian Jacques’ Redwall series or C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series. Heck even some classic Disney movies draw from animal based stories – both Bambi and The Fox and the Hound were based off of preexisting novels: Bambi being based off of Felix Salten’s 1923 novel Bambi, a Life in the Woods and The Fox and the Hound is based off of Daniel P. Mannix’s 1967 novel of the same name. Disney isn’t the only one that’s drawn off of novels featuring animal characters, however; ever seen The Last Unicorn? That’s based off of Peter S. Beagle’s 1968 novel.
Some would consider these works to be a sort of “proto-furry fiction”, an early example of furry fiction and what such stories could do – and that’s of course to say nothing of even older stories and fairy tales that prominently featured animal characters. Then again, that claim might re-open the good ol’ debate of what is and isn’t considered “furry”, as briefly mentioned in my first article. Though again, I’m more or less of the camp that feels that entertainment that heavily features animal characters can be counted as “furry.”
There are a lot of furries who write their own furry stories this day and age, however. One only needs to browse any general furry art site and see that there are plenty of submissions under the written categories – though much like furry art there’s a plethora of adult works as well. Good thing the SFW switches work fine on written works too!
Unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of furry art sites that aren’t too optimized for writers; I can understand how sites like Fur Affinity would be more optimized for artists, as they tend to take center stage there, however it’s a headache in of itself in trying to post a story on there: either you upload it as a .txt encoded in UTF-8 so the text will actually appear on site, or upload it in your preferred file type and make your readers have to download the file to read it rather than have them read it from the comfort of their page. Other pages, such as Furry Network or Furiffic, tend to have clunky or crowded UIs. Fortunately, there is one particular site that caters to furry writers:
So Furry is a site that’s been around for a while now, and has been a well-known place for furry writers to post up their content – though it does allow artwork as well, and uploading that is easy and relatively straightforward. SF is great for writing, as you can literally copy/paste your text out of a document and onto the page and have everything survive, from your links to your formatting. Best of all it’s got a nice, wide open text box that’s easy on the eyes and not crowded, and info such as the description and so on is arranged just right.
Another site I should note is the mobile Furry Amino app. Amino is an app that appeared quite a while ago that allows folks to create their own communities based off of whatever they want, and it’s no surprise that one for furries was made. Though it’s mobile-only, so that does bring its own fair share of issues, however support for writers on there seems pretty decent, and there’s even a couple members who run their own monthly fan publications on there that are either focused on writers specifically, or has a section featuring writers.
There are also other places to go if you’re looking for some published furry works as well. One of the more well-known names is Sofawolf Press, which offers a variety of furry literature that ranges from the tame to the not-so-tame and different publication types such as regular old novels and serials and publications. The site even has a nice little adult filter, too. Sofawolf seems to only offer physical books though, so once they’re out of stock it’ll be down to the waiting game. Fur Planet is another vendor, and has been spotted at furry cons as well. Though they offer more of an expanded palette, giving customers not just the choice between different books but also comics as well, and Fur Planet also offers Digital Media such as eBooks too. Finally, the only other major publisher/distributor I know of is Rabbit Valley, but they specialize more in comic books and graphic novels; still, you can find a collection of furry literature available. They’ve even got a “Family Friendly Titles” section with a few books by Kyell Gold. Oh you want to know about Gold? Well, next time. Also, there’s always Amazon if you’d like to roll the dice on self-published furry stories.
While the furry writers don’t seem to be the tour-de-force that artists are there’s still groups and organizations dedicated to those who prefer their content delivered by the letter. A Furry Writers Guild does exist, and it not only contains lots of handy information for writers, but also some nice information for readers as well, such as even more places to buy furry publications, and even a recommended reading list. Several furry writers and editors also go together and hosted what they call RAWR – Regional Anthropomorphic Writers Retreat. It’s a week long writer’s get away with a furred focus that actually had its second gathering in Lake Tahoe back in May of this year. Writers work together in workshops, and also get to hear lectures by some of the larger names in furry writing, which sounds like quite the experience if one’s looking to improve their craft in that area.
So there’s an introductory look at some elements of furry writing. If you were looking for more of a closer look at some writers or stories fear not – that’s on the table for next time. However, do you have any questions or comments regarding furry literature and furry stories? Sound off in the comments below. Thanks for reading and as always, I’ll see you next time!