Queer as Folk (US) Recommendations

Brian Kinney is an advertising executive who also happens to be gay. On the surface, he's an uncaring, promiscuous bastard, but underneath he's just a man still struggling with the knowledge that his abusive parents never loved him. Then comes Justin Taylor, a gay teenager who sets his sights on Brian and refuses to go away. He's determined to have Brian at any cost and eventually worms his way into his life and his heart. This is a US television series produced by Cowlip et al.

There are 20 recommendations on this page.

Ratings:

  • E (everyone); equivalent to "G"
  • PT (preteen); equivalent to "PG"
  • T (teen); equivalent to "PG-13"
  • M (mature); equivalent to "R"
  • AO (adults only); equivalent to "NC-17"

Warnings:

  • BDSM: These stories contain consensual bondage and/or domination and/or sadism and/or masochism.
  • Dark: These stories puts one or more of the main characters through a high amount of psychological or physical distress, often incorporating more than one issue (abuse, torture, rape, etc.).
  • Drugs: These stories contain drug usage.
  • Graphic Language: These stories contain a high amount of profanity or abusive language.
  • Graphic Violence: These stories contain graphic violence or high amounts of violence.
  • Lemon: These stories contain graphic sex.
  • Lime: These stories contain non-graphic sex.
  • Major Character Death: These stories involve the death of one or more protagonists.
  • Minor Character Death: These stories involve the death of one or more secondary characters.
  • Mpreg: These stories have at least one of the male main characters giving birth (male pregnancy). I won't recommend a story that doesn't sound plausible, though.
  • Nonconsensual: These stories contain incidences of nonconsensual sex (i.e. rape).
  • Psychological Issues: These stories deal with such issues as child abuse, suicide etc. or deals with the effects of these issues.
  • Torture: These stories contain incidences of physical or psychological torture.

Recommendation Levels:

star = I liked the story a lot.

starstar = I loved the story and will probably still remember large portions of it years later.

A Thousand Beautiful Things by Lemon Bar starstar

Rating: M

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Graphic Violence, Nonconsensual, Psychological Issues

Length: 16 chapters, 50,000+ words

Summary: (from Midnight Whispers) Between his infuriatingly understanding therapist; 'the gang' who still insisted that he was a part of them; nurses who glared at him for being such a shit, and apparently mistreating their most sacred patient (Justin, his poor mute, helpless roommate), and Justin, not to mention the nightmares he suffered nightly -- Brian severely wondered if perhaps choosing a prison sentence might have been easier on him than the fresh hell that was Liberty Hospital.

Status: complete

Added: February 03, 2007

Link(s): LiveJournal

Comments: This story is very unique, and very humorous at times. The entire gang is at Liberty Hospital, from Lindsay the psychiatrist to Debbie the hard-assed nurse to clinically-depressed Michael who threatens to drown himself for attention. The sequel, Slowly, but Exceedingly Fine, can be found here.

Be Careful What You Wish For by Thyme and Meredith starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Minor Character Death

Length: 39 chapters, 100,000+ words

Summary: (from Moonshadow) Brian gets a letter from an uncle he doesn't remember and flies to Denver to meet him. What he finds there is not only surprising, but it leads Brian to rethink his plans for the future.

Status: complete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Better Friends and Lovers by Arwensong star

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama

Main Pairing(s): Brian/OMC, Justin/OMC

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 31 chapters, 100,000+ words

Summary: Justin moves away to New York and Brian is upset... until an old friend moves back to town.

Status: complete

Added: February 03, 2007

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Comments: Okay, so this isn't technically a B/J fic (it started out as one, though), but it's still well-written and enjoyable. There are also plenty of related stories.

Bleeding Emotions by brandnewloser87 star

Rating: M

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Graphic Language, Psychological Issues

Length: 15 chapters, 30,000+ words

Summary: Brian is a high school student who crosses paths with a college student named Justin.

Status: incomplete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Blended by KaMiKaZe starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Mpreg

Length: 24 chapters, 100,000+ words

Summary: Brian and Justin start a family.

Status: incomplete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Comments: Brian and Justin get married and have children, who all have weird names. Hunter, surprisingly, plays a large role in this story along with Jennifer and the Gang.

Calendar Boy by Moonshadow Woman starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 12 chapters, 85,563 words

Summary: Justin is sent away by his parents to live with his aunt in L.A. soon after the incident with Chris Hobbs in the storage room. He keeps in contact with Brian and the two of them continue a relationship that few people know about.

Status: complete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Author's Site

Comments: Another masterpiece by Moonshadow Woman. This story is well-written (as usual), interesting, and very funny at times. Highly recommended.

Dear Brian by Simon starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 11 chapters, 50,000+ words

Summary: (from Moonshadow) Brian has a secret admirer.

Status: complete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Karma by Mickiebg starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 31 chapters, 142,542 words

Summary: (from Midnight Whispers) Has Daphne crossed the bounderies of her friendship with Justin? Will she cause the end of a fifteen year relationship?

Status: complete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Midnight Whispers

Leather Bound by elyxer starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): BDSM

Length: 30 chapters, 75,244 words

Summary: Justin introduces Brian to a brand new world.

Status: complete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Midnight Whispers

Comments: Justin's the dom in this fanfic, but Brian is still Brian. Michael (being his usual ignorant self) really makes you want to strangle him in this story. There is a sequel called Collar Bound.

Mayor Kinney by Thyme starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Lemon

Length: 50 chapters, 100,000+ words

Summary: Brian is elected mayor of Pittsburgh.

Status: complete

Added: May 29, 2013

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Comments: There is a prequel about Brian's road to the mayor's office called The Candidate.

Medium Security by Gaedhal starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Graphic Language, Nonconsensual

Length: 40 chapters, 100,000+ words

Summary: Brian and Justin meet in prison.

Status: complete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): LiveJournal, Author's Site, Yahoo! Groups

Comments: This story is based on Queer Theories as there is a theory in the story about alternate lives. Ron, an original character from QT, is also in this one. You can actually read this separately, though. Since this is a prison fanfic expect a lot of violence, bad language, non-con, and emotional distress. The sequels are here and here.

My Only Sunshine Series by Thyme starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Lemon

Length: 4 stories, 400,000+ words

Summary: (from Moonshadow Tribe) Brian has to battle his demons after the Rage bash, and decide if he is ready to change.

Status: incomplete

Added: May 29, 2013

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Comments: The link above is to the first story.

(1) My Only Sunshine, (2) Whispers of Doubt, (3) Committed, (4) Domestic Bliss

Queer As Murder by Shannon Marie starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Graphic Violence

Length: 21 chapters, 50,000+ words

Summary: Brian is a police officer who meets Justin when he questions him about his sister's boyfriend's murder.

Status: incomplete

Added: February 03, 2007

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Comments: The story is well-written, the chapter titles are tongue-in-cheek funny, and the plot is unique.

Queer Theories by Gaedhal starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin, Brian/OMC

Warning(s): Drugs, Graphic Language, Lemon

Length: 170+ chapters, 200,000+ words

Summary: Brian meets up with a man from his past who wants him back.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site, Yahoo! Groups

Comments: There are over 170 chapters but some of these chapters have multiple parts and some of these parts have multiple pages. When you add all of these together you have well over 200 individual documents. It's very, very good, though. But I have to warn you, for a good portion of the story, Brian's living with someone who's not Justin. Once you've finally made your way through this story, you can head onward to Queer Realities then Queer Identities, the two sequels or one of the various A/U stories based on this series.

Rose Water by KaMiKaZe starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Psychological Issues

Length: 29 chapters, 100,000+ words

Summary: The pressures of life are getting to Justin Taylor.

Status: complete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Comments: This is a serious fanfic, though it does have moments of humor. If you're easily upset, you might want to skip this one.

Small Town by Cindy starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 40 chapters, 100,000+ words

Summary: Brian and Justin meet as teenagers in a small town.

Status: incomplete

Added: February 03, 2007

Link(s): Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Tenant of My Heart by DeAnna Zankich starstar

Fandom(s): Queer as Folk (UK), Queer as Folk (US)

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Crossover, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Stuart/Vince, Brian/Justin

Warning(s): BDSM, Graphic Language, Lemon

Length: 47 chapters, 300,000+ words

Summary: Stuart and Vince take the plunge.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Across the Pond

Comments: This story is a crossover with the US QAF, but most of the story is centered around Stuart and Vince. You can understand this just fine without having seen the British version of the show as a lot of the episodes are recapped in the story. It's necessary to have seen the US version, though.

The Sunshine Files by Sabina and Thyme starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin, OMC/OMC

Warning(s): Graphic Language, Lemon

Length: over 35 stories

Summary: The ongoing saga of Brian and Justin and their ever-expanding family.

Status: incomplete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Comments: This is a very long and very good series that I hope will continue for a very long time. With every story something else happens to open the path to a sequel. It begins in season four and continues on ten or so years into the future. There are also related short stories called Sunshine Snippets.

The Talisman Series by Paeansong starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 10 stories, 500,000+ words

Summary: Justin sends paintings to Melanie, Michael, and Brian that each hold a special meaning (the first three stories). The rest of the stories deal with him and Brian's deepening relationship. Post-Season 5.

Status: incomplete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Midnight Whispers, Across the Pond

What if Brian Had Stayed in the Closet? by Simon star

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama

Main Pairing(s): Brian/Justin

Warning(s): Psychological Issues

Length: one-shot, 5,697 words

Summary: A series of unfortunate events in Brian's life causes him to lock himself in the closet and throw away the key.

Status: complete

Added: October 07, 2007

Link(s): Moonshadow Tribe

Comments: This story is surreal - Brian Kinney, in the closet? It's very well-written and believable. He's the Brian Kinney we all know and love, yet not.