Heat (magazine)

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Author Various, Alopex (ed.), Jeff Eddy (ed.)
Cover Artist Various
Language English
Genre(s) Anthology
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Sofawolf Press
Release Date 2004-2019 (Ended, Annual)
Media Type Print (Softcover)
Pages ~100

Heat was a furry fiction magazine published annually by Sofawolf Press. An all-orientations erotic anthology, Heat features “a mix of short fiction, comics, poetry, and assorted graphic arts pieces intended to evoke a sense of passion and romance.”[1] While the vast majority of submissions published in Heat include explicit sexual themes, the series aspires to present developed stories driven by characters and their relationships, “in which sexuality is an important part of the way the plot plays out, but sex is not the only reason for the story.”[2]

The first issue of Heat, edited by Jeff Eddy, was published in 2004, and subsequent issues edited by Alopex have been published each year thereafter (excepting the second issue, also published in 2004, and a hiatus in 2006). Heat has maintained a high standard of quality throughout the years of its history, earning recognition as Best Anthropomorphic Magazine in the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Ursa Major Awards. It also contained 2007's short fiction winner, Don't Blink by Kyell Gold.

The final issue of Heat was published in 2019 and released at Midwest FurFest 2019.[3][4]

Heat was published as a perfect-bound volume with color covers on gloss-coated cardstock and grayscale interiors on matte paper. The first issue was printed at letter size, while all subsequent volumes have been 8 in × 10.5 in. The content of a typical issue of Heat has increased over time, with issues since #6 reaching a plateau in the area of 90-100 pages imposed primarily by cost restraints of printing and shipping. Although there is usually some thematic overlap between the submissions published in a given volume, issues of Heat do not conform to a tight topical theme, aiming instead for diversity in style, sexual orientation, and erotic intensity. [5]


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Issue #1[edit]

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Issue #2[edit]

  • Release date: June 2004
  • Pages: 60
  • Cover art: Allison Reed (wraparound)
  • Contents:[7]

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Issue #3[edit]

  • Release date: July 2005
  • Pages: 66
  • Cover art: Adam Wan (front & back)
  • Contents:[8]

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Issue #4[edit]

  • Release date: July 2007
  • Pages: 76
  • Cover art: Fluke (front) & Blotch (back)
  • Contents:[9]

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Issue #5[edit]

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Issue #6[edit]

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Issue #7[edit]

  • Release date: June 2010
  • Pages: 109
  • Cover art: Talenshi (front) & Yuki (back)
  • Contents:[12]

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Issue #8[edit]

  • Release date: June 2011
  • Pages: 106
  • Cover art: Kamui (wraparound)
  • Contents:[13]
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Issue #9[edit]

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Issue #10[edit]

  • Release date: June 2013
  • Pages: 112
  • Cover art: Serene Wyatt (front and back wrap-around cover)
  • Contents:[15]

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Issue #11[edit]

  • Release date: July 2014
  • Pages: 126
  • Cover art: Blotch (front and back wrap-around cover)
  • Contents:[16]

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Issue #12[edit]

  • Release date: July 2015
  • Pages: 118
  • Cover art: Black Teagan (front and back wrap-around cover)
  • Contents:[17]


  1. Heat #1 in Sofawolf Press online shop. Retrieved 2013 May 22.
  2. Calling for submissions to Sofawolf Press' magazine, "Heat" - Sofawolf Press, Flayrah (19 March 2005)
  3. What's new with Sofawolf retrieved 2020/04/07
  4. Tweet from Sofawolf Press dated Dec 2, 2019 retrieved 2020/04/07
  5. 'Heat 9' interview: Series editor Alopex - Isiah Jacobs, Flayrah (16 Aug 2012)
  6. Heat #1, ed. Jeff Eddy, (Sofawolf Press, 2004)
  7. Heat #2, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2004)
  8. Heat #3, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2005)
  9. Heat #4, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2007)
  10. Heat #5, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2008)
  11. Heat #6, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2009)
  12. Heat #7, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2010)
  13. Heat #8, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2011)
  14. Heat #9, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2012)
  15. Heat #10, ed. Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2013)
  16. Heat #11, produced by Black Teagan Dark End & Alopex, (Sofawolf Press, 2014)
  17. Heat #12, produced by Black Teagan & Dark End, (Sofawolf Press, 2015)

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Ursa Major Award winners for Best Anthropomorphic Magazine
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