Last updated 21/1/18 (added Magic Remains, Twelve O’Clock Sweet)
This page lists free-to-read/online fiction (prose stories, poems, comics and podcasts so far) which have asexual spectrum and/or aromantic spectrum characters in them. If you’ve got any fiction or notes you’d like me to add or corrections you think I should make, email or tweet at me! Feel free to link this page around!
💚 = aro character(s)
💜 = ace character(s)
🖤 = a-spectrum character(s)
🅰 = ace and/or aro creator (n.b. for creators I have seen publicly self-ID)
See also my Acey Recs, Asexual-Literature, agentaletha’s review blog, Asexuality in YA list, Aromantic and Asexual Speculative Fiction Database, Demisexuality in Fiction for some non-free fiction and non-fiction recs!
Free-to-read prose stories
•And If the Body Were Not the Soul by A.C. Wise (2015)
A SF short story about an autistic courier befriending an alien in a time of human-alien troubles.
💜 Ro: non-binary asexual (romantic ID unclear); non-human idealisation; nb/f & nb/non-human friendships
•How My Best Friend Rania Crashed a Party and Saved the World by Ada Hoffmann (2014)
An urban SF short story about a teen trying to break up with her boyfriend.
💚 EmmaL female aromantic (sexual ID unclear); f/f friendship
🅰 How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps by A. Merc Rustad (2014)
An urban SF short story about a depressed enby wishing to become a robot and save a robot.
💚💜 Tesla: non-binary robo-romantic asexual; non-human idealisation; nb/m friendship; nb/robot relationship; depression (suicidal ideation); word “asexual” used
🅰 Iwunen Interstellar Investigations by Bogi Takács (2016–ongoing)
ongoing serial (unread)
💜🖤 Mirun: NB demisexual
💜🖤 Ranai: NB demisexual
🅰 Kin, Painted by Penny Stirling (2015)
An urban fantasy short story about someone finding their place amongst a talented and queer family.
💚💜 (unnamed): (gender unspecified) aromantic asexual, ?/f/m/nb familial relationships
🅰 Lemon & Salt by Claudie Arseneault (2017)
*arospec ace creator*
A flash story about a change in a working/queerplatonic partnership.
💚 Lemon: non-binary aromantic, nb/f queerplatonic relationship
💚 Salt: female aromantic, f/nb queerplatonic relationship
🅰 Owl Vs. The Neighborhood Watch by Darcie Little Badger (2017)
An Apache professor’s history with a harbinger of doom. Depression, suicidal ideation. Word of god.
💚💜 Nina: female aromantic asexual
🅰 Nkásht íí by Darcie Little Badger (2014)
An urban fantasy short story about two friends investigating a death and a ghost.
💚💜 Annie: female aromantic asexual, f/f friendship
•Sex With Ghosts by Sarah Kanning (2008)
❌ anti-recommendation ❌
A receptionist kidnaps the sexbot clone made without her consent. Sex scenes. Word “asexual” used.
💜 Carla: female asexual (romantic ID unclear)
🅰 Tanith’s Sky by Penny Stirling (2013)
An urban fantasy short story about a mathematician grieving Tanith’s death and thinking about their relationship after saving the world. Aro/alloro queerplatonic relationship, friendships. Death of aroace character. Amatonormativity.
💚💜 Tanith: female aromantic asexual, f/nb queerplatonic relationship
•The Bees Her Heart, The Hive Her Belly by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2013)
female aro or grey-aro?; family
🅰 The Book of How to Live by Rose Lemberg (2016)
❋demiace creator❋ (unread)
💜 Efronia: female asexual, f/f romantic relationship
🅰 The Cannibalism Hypothesis by Chelsea Stickle (2016)
*greyro demiace creator*
❌ anti-recommendation ❌
A psychology student’s study date doesn’t go as planned. Sexual assault. Acephobia, arophobia, gender essentialism.
💚💜🖤 Jenna: female grey-romantic demisexual, f/f friendship
•The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2013)
‼ ❋recommended!❋ ‼
A mythical fantasy short story about the goddess Xihe. Aroace/allo (ex-)romantic and (ex-)sexual relationship. Questioning. Sex scenes. Amatonormativity.
💚💜 Xihe: female aromantic asexual, non-human (god), f/m (ex-)romantic and sexual relationship
•The Occidental Bride by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2015)
female alloro ace; f/f romantic relationship
•Two Year Man by Kelly Robson (2015)
•Under She Who Devours Suns by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2016)
•You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong (2016)
♠ Even Robots Learn by Penny Stirling (2014)
❋aroace creator❋ female aro; amatonormativity
•Hope of the Future by Elizabeth Barrette (2011)
male aro ace; m/m/f non-romantic relationship
♠ stone by Penny Stirling (2015)
❋aroace creator❋ ? aro ace; ?/nb friendship; depression
•we come together we fall apart by Lisa Bradley (2012)
male alloro? ace; family; m/f romantic? relationship
🅰 Zucchini by Penny Stirling (2013)
❋aroace creator❋ female aro ace, f/f queerplatonic relationship
•14 Nights by Kristina Stipetic
A finished literary comic about a man who doesn’t enjoy sex agreeing to try sexual acts for a fortnight with his new partner. Happy, pro-asexuality ending. Ace/allo romantic and (trial) sexual relationship. Sex scenes.
💜 Lucian: male asexual, main character, m/m romantic and (trial) sexual relationship
🅰 Autobiographical Story about A Hopeless Aromantic (Becoming Loveless) by Chekhov
(Artist no longer IDs as aro.)
A finished one-shot autobiographical comic. Aro/alloro (ex-)romantic relationship. Word “aromantic” used. Amatonormativity.
💚 Chekhov: non-binary aro, nb/m romantic relationship
🅰 David Doesn’t Get It by David
💚💜 ❋aroace creator❋ completed; male aro ace; family; autobiographical (unread)
Dumbing of Age by David Willis
An ongoing slice-of-life college comic.
💜 Carla: trans female homoromantic asexual, ensemble character.
🅰 Eth’s Skin by Sfé R. Monster (2014–ongoing)
Fantasy comic about a fisher’s quest to help a selkie.
💚 Rel: female aromantic (word of god), non-human (selkie) f/m/nb platonic relationships
💜 Töby: male alloromantic asexual, m/nb friendship
•Girls With Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto
💜 ongoing; female alloro ace; minor character; f/f romantic relationship
🅰 Heartless by Emily Griggs (2015–2017)
An action/adventure comic about vampires in Victorian London. Superpower asexuality, seduction magic> non-binary and a-spectrum erasure.
💜 Clara: female asexual, main character, non-human (vampire)
•heliosphere! by Eann Morai
An ongoing slice-of-life scifi comic about underpaid restaurant staff in space. Ensemble cast. Co-workers/friendships.
💚💜 Raquel: female aromantic asexual
💜 Gene: male heteromantic asexual, non-human (alien), m/f ace/allo long-distance romantic relationship
🅰 How I Learned to Love Being Aromantic by Kotaline Jones (2016)
💚💜 ❋aroace creator❋ completed; autobiographical; female aro ace; words “asexual”, “aromantic” used
•Hugo and Vern by Japh
💜 ongoing; male ace, main character; m/m non-romantic relationship
🅰 Ignition Zero by Noel Arthur Heimpel (2011–2016)
❋grey-ace creator❋ *recommended*
A group of friends get involved with a land spirit. Urban fantasy. Main/ensemble cast. Words “asexual”, “aromantic”, “queerplatonic” used. Ace/ace romantic relationship. m/m/nb friendships.
💚 Martin: male aromantic heterosexual, m/nb queerplatonic relationship
💜 Orson: male alloromantic asexual, m/m romantic relationship
💜 Robbie: male homoromantic asexual, m/m romantic relationship
🅰 Love Spells by Ryan and Sage (2015–ongoing)
A slow-burn lesbian romance set in a JRPG-inspired world.
💚💜🖤 Maria: female demiromantic asexual, f/f romantic relationship
🅰 Magic Remains by Sarah ‘Neila’ Elkins
An ongoing fantasy comic about a magical girls in a post-apocalyptic world. Main characters. Word of god.
💚💜 Melee: female asexual aromantic
💜 Sparky: genderfluid asexual alloromantic, cyborg
🅰 M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder
An ongoing fantasy comic about two teens on a journey. Main characters. Word of god so far.
💜 Abbie: female asexual, f/m platonic relationship
💜 Jaime: male asexual, m/f platonic relationship, m/m/f familial relationships
🅰 Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream by Terrana Cliff
An ongoing animated fantasy comic about a knight errant trying to return home. Word of god.
💚💜🖤 Nwain: non-binary grey-aromantic grey-asexual
🅰 Oh Hana! (formerly Oh THAT’s Why I’m Aro-Ace!) by Puteri Hana
💚💜 ❋aroace creator❋ ongoing; autobiographical; aro ace; family; words “asexual”, “aromantic” used
🅰 Oneiromancers by Matthew Cobb
💚💜 ❋aroace creator❋ ongoing; female aro ace (unread)
•Otherworldly by Becky Hopkins
💜 ongoing; male aro? ace; semi-non-human; ensemble character; word “asexual” used
•Questables by Bilvy (2017–ongoing)
D&D-inspired fantasy comic following questing adventurers. Ensemble cast.
💚 Arin: genderfluid aromantic, nb/m queerplatonic relationship, nb/m/f friendships
💜 Rose: male asexual, m/nb queerplatonic relationship, m/nb/f friendships
•Rechargeable by Bilvy (2015–2017)
Near-future SF comic following a black market crew. Ensemble cast. Word “asexual” used.
💚 Century: female aromantic homosexual, f/m/nb friendships.
💚💜🖤 iDroid: male demiromantic asexual, m/m romantic relationship, m/f/nb friendships
•Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi (2015–2017)
Slice-of-life comic set in the 1950s following opposing teen gangs. Ensemble cast. No terms used, several characters explain their orientations, some are still word of god. Ace/allo, arospec/alloro and acespec/ace romantic relationships. f/f, m/m, nb/nb friendships.
💚💜🖤 Ace: agender demiromantic asexual, nb/f romantic relationship
💜 Carla: female panromantic asexual, f/f romantic relationship
💚💜 Dett: genderfluid aromantic asexual
💚💜 Edd: male aromantic asexual
💜🖤 Gene: male homoromantic greyasexual, m/m romantic relationship
💜🖤 Rolly: trans female panromantic demisexual, f/nb romantic relationship
💜🖤 Skip: bigender demi-pansexual
💜🖤 Sasha: male panromantic demisexual, m/m romantic relationship
•Shades of A by Tab Kimpton
💜 completed; male alloro ace; poly; sex scenes; family; m/m romantic relationship; m/nb non-romantic relationship; main character; word “asexual” used
•Shortpacked! by David Willis (2005–2015) (link goes to most relevant storyline)
Slice-of-life urban scifi comic about a toyshop. Ace/allo (non-human/human) romantic and sexual relationship. Sex scenes. Word “asexual” used.
💜 Ultracar: female homoromantic asexual, ensemble character, non-human (robot), f/f romantic and sexual relationship, f/f/m friendships
•StarHammer by J.N. Monk et al (2015–ongoing)
Near-future urban SF comic where superpowers are common. A student unwittingly becomes the successor to a washed-up superhero. Word “acearo” used.
💚💜 Evelyn: female aromantic asexual, main character, f/f friendship, f/f mentorship
•String Theory by Dirk Grundy (2009–ongoing)
Alternate timeline near-future urban science fantasy comic where a disgraced scientist is out for revenge.
💚💜 Larry: male aromantic asexual, minor character, m/m friendship, word “asexual” used
•Supernormal Step by Michael Lee Lunsford (2009–ongoing)
Portal fantasy comic. Words “asexual”, “aromantic” used.
💚💜 Fiona: female aromantic asexual, main character, f/f/m friendships
•The Hues by Alex Heberling (2013–ongoing)
Urban fantasy comic about magical girls and alien invasion. Word “asexual” used.
💜 Sami: female panromantic asexual, main/ensemble character, f/f friendships
•Travelogue by Aatmaja Pandya (2015–ongoing)
Slice-of-life comic diary about four travelling companions. Fantasy.
💚 Emerene: male aromantic (sexual ID unclear), main/ensemble character, m/f/? friendships
•Twelve O’Clock Sweet by Amy (2017–ongoing)
Fantasy comic about an exiled vampire looking for revenge. Word of god.
💜🖤 Rowan: male biromantic demisexual, non-human (vampire)
•[un]Divine by Ayme Sotuyo (2016–ongoing)
Urban fantasy comic about a student who gives up his soul for a demon to help him with his troubles. Shenanigans and mysteries ensue. Word of god.
💜🖤 Daniel: male alloromantic grey-asexual, main character, soulless and becoming less human, m/demon slowburn romantic relationship
🅰 Victory Witch by Chu
💜 ❋ace creator❋ ongoing; female ace; f/f non-romantic relationship; main character
•Widdershins by Kate Ashwin
💚💜 ongoing; male aro? ace; m/m non-romantic relationship; ensemble character; word of god
•You Suck by Josh Lesnick
💜 ongoing; female ace; minor character; sex scenes (erotica comic); word “asexual” used
•ars PARADOXICA (transcripts available)
female aro ace (unheard)
• The Adventures Of Mechabetty (transcripts available)
•The Bright Sessions
female alloro or grey-aro ace (unheard)