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Authors and Websites

Anything by Lixxle

  • Recommended by Rabid Cookie, Elenor
  • She does really good humor and romance. Comes down much heavier on humor but does have enough romance to satisfy most J/S shippers.

Stories by PaisleyRose

  • Recommended by Elenor
  • She does romance. More serious stories, some a little dark, but all of them different.

Stories by Subtilior

  • Recommended by Elenor, Sailor Boo, Meimay
  • For people craving the darker stories. Mostly Jareth/Sarah, well, not romance though they do end up together after a fashion.
    • Sailor Boo: Warning: Reading some of her stories late at night? Might sound alright before you realize the supreme mastery of the mindfuck and nightmare fuel that she possesses.

Stories by K.L. Morgan

  • Recommended by notquiteanonymous
  • Wonderful Labyrinth writer who focuses primarily on J/S; focuses more on romance and adventure than humor, great if you're looking for something long. Most of her fics are not for kiddies.

Stories by Kadasa Mori

  • Recommended by Arya Adrianiel
  • Kadasa writes mostly romance (J/S) and most of her oneshots are humorous fics. Her fic, Heal Me, Hurt Me and it's sequel mix humor and angst, both being quite long, even though the sequel is unfinished. Note: Jareth and Sarah are very out of character in her stories, but the personalities they are given are written very well and are very consistant.
    • Seconded. Kadasa's fics are just the kind of fun you want after a bad day, or if you just want a good laugh.

Stories by Dreamer In Silico

  • Recommended by Defiant Ascent , Kyr_of_Void
  • Dreamer In Silico predominantly writes plot-heavy J/S (Talespinner + Love Without Your Heartbeat + announced sequel) that takes place well after the movie and draws heavily from Celtic mythology as well as other subtle literature/cultural references. Her work is intricately-detailed and definitely rewards attentive readers, though those just looking for some suspenseful romance will be satisfied as well. She has also done a bit of light-hearted fic with a focus on humor.
  • The main story now has its own trope page: Talespinner

Anything by Nagia

  • Recommended by Meimay
  • Whether it's a normal fic or a crossover fic, Nagia's managed to create a distinguished style for each story that will make you unable to stop reading until the end.

Anything by J.R. Godwin FF | AO3

  • Recommended by silenceinspace
  • J.R. Godwin has an assortment of fics, and "Snapshots," or one-shots. "Elegy" and "Eulogy" are psychologically terrifying (in the vein of Subtilior's fics), while "Fledgling" is beautiful, balanced, and more focused on magic.

Anything by Jacqueline Patricks

  • Recommended by Arashi 110
  • This is written by a professional author with published original works, and it shows, especially the later fics. But really, everything she writes is of excellent quality in both characterization and style, the only minor complaint being occasional spelling mistakes. She writes robust magical fantasy with well-developed world-building, a healthy dose of drama and unexpected plot twists. Her latest and the most light-hearted fic, Oh, Now Why the Concern?, also features a Jareth that is very close to what he was in the movie.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Beltane Night by Tara 1189

  • Status: Complete
  • Recommended by Yessiika, Medusasnake, Fenro, Lalalei2001.
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah (though most decidedly NOT fluffy)
  • Synopsis: The eve of Sarah's twenty-first birthday falls on the night of Beltane... a night when the borders between the physical and magical world become blurred, and a certain Goblin King reappears with an offer to renew, and won't be taking no for an answer...

A Forfeit of Dreams by klmorgan

  • Recommended by notquiteanonymous
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah.
  • Synopsis: If you had a second chance, would you take it? If you had a choice, would you do the right thing? And if you had a dream... what would you give to make it come true?
  • Tags: Mild language, character death

A Picture of Sarah by Tweetybirdalpha

  • Recommended by Mariecat
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Jareth, the Goblin King, finally tracks Sarah down after two years on the run. Now, in order to rescue her family and friends, she must risk everything she is and might be in a battle of wits and creativity. It's back to the Labyrinth for one last show!

Welcome to Hell by Scattered Logic

  • Recommended by Elenor
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Better to reign in hell, than serve in heav'n. Interesting fic that dives into the warning from Hoggle, "You know your problem? You take too much for granted. Take this labyrinth. Even if you reach the center, you'll never get out again."

Her Kingdom as Great by Marble Glove

  • Recommended by Elenor
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Eventually Jareth/Sarah, but more implied than anything.
  • Synopsis: What’s said is said, and Sarah said, “My Will is as Strong as Yours and my Kingdom as Great.”

Tokens of Affection by Shinku

  • Recommended by Much Ado About Nonny and Elenor
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: A few months after the events of Labyrinth, Sarah contacts Jareth again with a letter sent via goblin. They communicate back and forth and eventually start courting. Unfortunately, just as things are being healed between them, a bully at Sarah's school goes completely psychotic, and a surprise visit from a family member has Jareth going through some of the painful things in his past.

In a Glass, Darkly by Subtilior

  • Recommended by Andi Nightshade, Sailor Boo
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah... to an extent.
  • Synopsis: Dr. Sarah Williams, psychiatrist, wants fiercely to succeed. A tormented patient, Aaron Cohen, wants only to sleep. But they have something in common ... and that something wants nothing less than Sarah herself.
  • Tags: Dark Fic

Into the Rose Garden by Dryad 13

  • Recommended by serinequeen
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Sarah has good grades, a circle of friends, and a cute boyfriend. Life's great...right? So why does she have the strange feeling that something's missing? Fairy tales show that magic will make you or break you. Which category does she belong in?

The Thirteenth Rider by HachimansKitsune

  • Recommended by Meimay
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Sarah dreams of the Labyrinth and being chased by a rider in black. Jareth dreams of claiming the queen who once escaped him. Sometimes fairy tales come true, but there is always a price. The Wild Hunt is coming - but who is the hunter and who is the prey
  • Comments: With throughout research combined with interesting plot and story-telling, the author has given us an incredible fic to read. The horror and dark nature of the Fae is described in blood-chilling manners that will leave you unable to stop.

Turn by KnifeEdge

  • Recommended by: jwagstaff
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While on a semester abroad in England, Sarah stumbles on a reference to a name she hasn't heard in years. Was her adventure nothing more than a dream? Or are things more than what they seem.
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah

The Hazards of Love by Heist

  • Recommended by Thornfield 13713
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Some choices remain the same, some debts go unpaid. The Labyrinth keeps her king, whatever the cost.
  • Pairing(s): Past Jareth/OFC, implied Jareth/Sarah.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

As the World Falls Down by The-Flame-Faerie

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Sarah gives Ludo the peach instead of eating it herself. As a result, Ludo is transported to the ballroom scene in place of Sarah.

An Illusion, a Shadow, a Story by Scattered Logic

  • Recommended by Elenor
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: On the eve of her 20th birthday, Sarah learns she's not the only girl to encounter Jareth, nor is she the only girl to defeat him.

Shards of a Dream by Subtilior

  • Recommended by Elenor, thegingersnapgirl
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Going to a dance in the underground can be risky. But Sarah's friends aren't human and know the rules. They'll look out for her, so what does she have to fear? Unless of course, she decides to ask the Goblin King for a dance.
  • Tags: References to sex in the last chapter, nothing explicit, but not good for kiddies.
  • Comments: Funny, dark, Fae as all hell and yet somehow woven with a thread of sweetness. Highly recommended.

The King & the Girl by Foxtoast

  • Recommended by Nausicaa Of The Spirits
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Sarah is forced to return to the Labyrinth for another round, this time for her own life.
  • Tags: Implied sex

A Costume Change by MorningsofGold

  • Recommended by Adele Potter
  • Status: Complete
  • Paring(s): Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: After a lackluster prom night, Sarah makes a wish and is drawn into a game of wits with the king that comes calling. Little does Jareth know, Sarah's got some questions she wants answered.
  • Tags: None.
  • Comments: Really cute and romantic, with an excellently written Sarah.

Girls Next Door by Pika-la-Cynique (Link)

Roommates by AsheRhyder (link)

Down the Street by Heroesdaughter (Link)


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