After 24 years Handjobs is closing. The reason is that people simply aren’t buying it anymore, mainly due to piracy. As soon as a new edition was published it was on the torrent sites, among others, so all and sundry could download it for free.
This got me thinking! When I started Screeve I never intended for it to be a paysite, I realised they simply don’t work. The internet means that you can find queer stories all over the place and mostly for free.
Now, I’m not going to knock Nifty as it provides a valuable service and was my first foray into reading queer stories, but there is a lot of dross out there. The benefit of magazines such as Handjobs is that you know that you are always going to get good stories and artwork. And if you want quality, you have to pay for it.
I think there will always be a place dedicated magazines such as Handjobs and it is such a shame this one has now gone.