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Master list of 200+ free sci-fi, fantasy and horror fonts

By Maria Korolov

If you’re looking for fun fonts to spice up your website or your social media posts — or to use on your book or short story covers — this is the list for you. I’ve got fonts from Google and from several other sites here. Google fonts are easier to use with WordPress, Canva, and Google Docs, but all the fonts can be downloaded and used on your local computer and all are completely free to use, including for commercial purposes.


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These are all display fonts. They’re good for logos and titles, but tend to be hard to read for large blocks of text. I recommend against using them as your body font for books and websites.

Instead, for the main text on websites and ebooks, use a very basic sans serif font like Lato, Roboto, Montserrat, Source Sans Pro, or Open Sans, or a basic serif font like Merriweather, Lora, Roboto Slab, Source Serif Pro, or Caladea.

For print books, I recommend readable serif fonts like Merriweather, Georgia, or Palatino. Garamond is the most recommended, and you can buy it from Adobe, or use the free Google version, EB Garamond. Another great font for print books is Caslon, which you can buy from Adobe here, or use Google’s free Libre Caslon Text.

Use Google fonts for websites and on your computer

Google offers more than 1,000 free fonts, which you can use in Google Docs without having to download them first. Many WordPress themes also include the option to add Google Fonts. If your WordPress theme doesn’t include Google fonts by default, and you’re on a plan that allows you to install plugins, you can add Google fonts using the Easy Google Fonts plugin.

You can also download any of these fonts from Google and use them on your computer in any graphics or word processing program. Simply download the font and double-click on it to install it.

The other sources below are for fonts that you download and install on your computer — you can’t as easily integrate them into websites. But there are a lot more of those fonts!

Also, quick tip: if you just want to use the font for one or two phrases, such as for a logo, you don’t have to install the font on your computer. Most of the sites have an option where you can type the phrase into the “preview text” field, then adjust the font size of the preview, grab a screenshot, and crop in any image editing program — including Canva. If you do this, make sure to save the link to where you found your font so that you can get to it again next time you need it.

But don’t do this with paid, commercial fonts. The licensing hassles aren’t worth it, and there are so many free fonts to choose from, anyway.

And if you’re using a designer for your website or book cover, and want a particular font, just send the link to the designer.

Why stick with free fonts?

Buying a font isn’t a huge expense. No matter how much of a starving writer you are, you can afford a font… right? Well, maybe. Once you start playing around with different cover designs, or different social media post images, the prices do start to add up.

But that’s not the main concern.

The biggest problem with fonts that aren’t free, or that are only free for personal and not commercial use, is the bookkeeping overhead. You have to keep track of all those licenses. Ten years later, when you’re finally ready to publish that sequel and want the same font on the cover, are you going to be able to confirm that you still have a proper license for it?

If you switch designers, and your designer handled all the licenses for you, are you going to have to pay for all new licenses? See, it’s a hassle. And it’s a completely needless hassle because of all the great free fonts that are available these days. Nobody’s going to know whether you used a free font or a commercial font. You’re not being cheap. You’re being practical. But also cheap.

All the fonts listed below are free for both personal and commercial use.

I believe in supporting creators. I do. But there isn’t really a practical way to support font creators right now without dealing with all the license management hassles. If you are a font creator who makes fonts that are on this list, and have a page where people can support your work through Patreon or another funding platform, please let me know and I’ll add it to this article! You can email me at [email protected].

What are clipart fonts?

Some fonts, instead of letters, have little pictures — icons, or clipart. If you’re looking for a doodad on your book cover, short story cover, website logo, or social media post, this is a great way to easily get cute pictures that you can easily scale up or down.

What font is that?

Did you see a cool font on a book cover or ad somewhere and want to know what font that was?

There’s an app for that! Just grab a screenshot, crop it down to the text with the font you want to identify, and upload it to What Font Is, and it will find the closest commercial and free matches to that font. Another tool is Font Squirrel’s Matcherator, but it will only find matches from Font Squirrel, Fontspring, and Fontzillion.

Okay, let’s get to the fonts!


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Free sci-fi fonts from Google

Audiowide

Black Ops One

Caesar Dressing

Codystar

Expletus Sans

Faster One

Iceberg

Iceland

Megrim

Monoton

Orbitron

Palette Mosaic

Press Start

Stalinist One

Teko

Tourney

Tulpen One


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Free fantasy fonts from Google

In this list, I’m including fonts that have a medieval feel as well as whimsical fonts that would go well with cozy or humorous fantasy.

Astloch

Bigelow Rules

Bokor

Cherry Cream Soda

Emilys Candy

Flavors

Fontdiner Swanky

Grenze Gotisch

Griffy

Henny Penny

Irish Grover

Milonga

Miltonian Tattoo

 

Mountains of Christmas

Mystery Quest

Pirata One

Rakkas

Risque

Snowburst One

Spicy Rice

Spirax

UnifrakturCook

UnifrakturMaguntia


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Free horror fonts from Google

In this list, I’m including fonts that give me the creeps. If some of the texts below are in all capital letters, it’s because the font only has capital letters.

Arbutus

Butcherman

Creepster

Eater

Creepster

Hanalei Fill

Jolly Lodger

Metal Mania

New Rocker

Nosifer

Piedra

Rubik Beastly

Sancreek

Shojumaru


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Free sci-fi fonts from Other Sites

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Adriator

Alien Double

Android 7

Android Insomnia

Astro

Beware 

Chintzy

Collective

Cosmology

Crystal Radio Kit

Daggersquare

Darktech

Depleted Uranium

Dendritic Voltage

Destructo Beam

Direction

Divlit

Flipside

Funky Rundkop

Gatometrix

Golden Girdle

Grapple

Graze

Greenwich Mean Time

Guild of Professional Actors

Gyrose

Halo

Icklips

Induction

Interlock

Investigation

Jurij

Karnivore

Kashmir

Kingthings

KleenBlades

Konector

Lakmus

Leculier

Library 3AM

Little Boxes

Measurements

Membra

Meta

Minstrel Poster  Two

Mionta

Moonhouse

Mr Quicke

NASAlization

Neon Future

Nero

NGfont

Nova Square Book

Omicron

Perfect Dark

Pirulen

Plastic Bag

Projects

Pseudo

Rektec

Republika

Quad

Quadaptor

Qubio

Replicant

Revalia 

Rikos

Sector 017

Sector 034

Sequence

Soviet Program

Space and Astronomy

Stentiga

Strasua

Switzerland

Technique

Unique

Univox

V Dub

Vermin

Vertigo

Whatever

Wintermute

Xirod

You’re Gone

Zero Hour

Zero Velocity

Zoloft


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Free fantasy fonts from Other Sites

Aclonica

Adolphus

Ancient Quarrel

Black Forest

Becker

Beyond Wonderland

BlackChancery

Caprice

Cardinal

Carolingia

Chaplin Type

Crom

Darkenstone

DaRib

Dearest Dorothy

Devinne Swash

Dragonfly

DragonForce

Dragonsong

Elven Common Speak

Faerie Moot

FantaisieArtistique

Fontasia

 

The Gingerbread House

Hobbiton Brushhand

Kawoszeh

KingsCross

Lumos

Mael

Magic School One

Magic School Two

MarigoldWild

MedievalAlphabet

Metamorphous

Moonshadow

Moria Citadel

OgdredWeary

 

Rudelsberg

Rudelsberg Initialen

Sidhe Noble

Spindle’s End

Summer’s Scroll 1

UnZialish

VTC Goblin

Wizardry

Wizzta


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Free horror fonts from Other Sites

2 Prong Tree

Beat My Guest

Cenobyte

Cleaved

Cryptik

Cuomotype

Donree’s Claws

Evil Of Frankenstein

Frank Knows

Gasping

Ghastly Panic

Ghoulish

Green Fuz

Grotesque

Gypsy Curse

Halloween Kiddy

Jekyll & Hyde

Larkspur

LDR#6

Lugosi

Magehunter

Metal Macabre

Neighbor’s Yard

Numskull

Parseltongue

Pure Evil 2

Quill Experimental

Rabid Science

Razor Keen

Relapse

Riky Depredador

Sanctuary

Schreibmaschine

Shlop

So Run Down

Soul Of Holitter

Spiders

Swift

Technetium

Tribal

Vademecum

Valium


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Free clipart fonts

Use these for accents for book covers, websites, and social media fonts. All the fonts below are free to use, including commercially.

AEZ Medieval Dings

Africa

Animales

Anonbats

Being

Bier und Wein

Carbolith Trips

Celtic Frames

 

Creatures with Horns

Cyclopia

Davys Other Dingbats

Eisenbahn

Extasy

Fantasy Clipart

Floodicons

Haus Ethnik Dingbats

Head of Idol

Helloween version 2

HFF Chinese Dragon

Horror Dingbats

Jugendstil Ornamente

Kembang

Kingthings Flourishes

Larasukma

Lost in Space

Mandalesque

Maskalin

Meine

Opattfram01

Ornements ADF

Peoples

Rosette110621

Sabril Species

Seamless Pattern Icons

SVGfont 1

Swish Buttons

Texticles

WWFantasy

Your Sign

Z-Most Critter

 


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Am I missing any cool sci-fi, fantasy, or horror fonts? Link in the comments below or email me at [email protected].

 

Edited by Melody Friedenthal