The Dark Side of Oz

Oz for mature audiences

The Dark Side of Oz chronicled by Joe Bongiorno. Used only by permission.


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The Dark Side of Oz


Not your grandfather’s Oz, these stories take place in a version of Oz that is significantly different from L. Frank Baum’s and his successors. Here you’ll also find twists and variations of the Oz mythos, a darker vision or an alternate way of looking at our favorite characters, usually with a more adult bent.


This section is essentially an offshoot of both the Parallel Histories and Deadly Desert sections, meaning that some of these stories utilize characters and situations from Baum’s books, and some don't, and as with those tales, these may be seen as taking place in an alternate dimension and thereby constitute a secondary or tertiary canon.


These stories are written for those looking for something different from the original book series or the MGM film, and may contain violence, sexual themes or language that would be considered inappropriate for younger readers. The following are arranged by date of publication.





The Green Dolphin of Oz

March Laumer

Vanitas Press (1978)

Note: Written in the style of an 18th century novel, this book about the adventures of a roving band of decadent time-traveling aristocrats in search of a green dolphin (Oz doesn’t enter the story until the last few chapters). Sexual undertones (including brief allusions to bestiality, incest and pedophilia) render this title inappropriate for young and impressionable readers. 







The Number of the Beast

Robert Heinlein

Fawcett Gold Medal

Note: Science fiction adventure featuring time travel and universe hopping.  The characters land in a reasonable facsimile of Oz, where they spend some time and learn that there is a “no birth” rule in effect.







A Barnstormer in Oz 

Philip José Farmer

Berkley Books

Note: Adult fantasy that takes only Baum’s first book as having occurred. In it, an older Dorothy living in Kansas has a son that stumbles into Oz and falls in love with Glinda. This book has garnered both excellent and terrible reviews and may be worth a look. Not for the kids.




1991 – 1993



Oz Squad #1-3

Steven Ahlquist; Andrew Murphy

Brave New Worlds; Available online

Oz Squad #4-10

Steven Ahlquist; Terry Loh

Patchwork Press; Available online

Note: Issues 1-4, the "Oz Squad Special" and "Little Oz Squad" are reprinted in The Complete Annotated Oz Squad: Volume One.  Issues 5-10 are reprinted in Volume Two (coming soon.)  This comic book series has been described by Oz collector Steve Teller as "the most repellent published work with the name Oz in the title I have ever seen," and features strong scenes of violence and gunplay.  The author has written a defense: "The series is violent, but was originally conceived as a spoof of all the dark and gritty rewrites of comics and characters of old who were rewritten by contemporary writers in a new way. I thought, if Sherlock Holmes can be gay, and Batman can fight cyberpunks, why not go to the most extreme idea and do Dorothy and all as superheroes?"  Also note: Ahlquist's title "Little OzSquad" is meant for younger readers and contains none of the adult elements of Oz Squad




OzSquad Special #1

Steven Ahlquist

Millennium; Available online

Note: Due to problems with the publisher (which also resulted in certain pages being printed out of order), this issue (which would have constituted issues 5 and 6) is now considered non-continuity. It has been revised and published in The Complete Annotated Oz Squad: Volume One (published by








Geoff Ryman

Viking Press

Note: Intriguing and dark psychological tragedy about a Dorothy Gael who is sexually abused by her Uncle Henry and in later life turns to prostitution.  Baum himself is cast in the role of a teacher who attempts to save her life.  Obviously not for younger readers or those looking for the Baumian vision of Oz.







Peter Pan and the Warlords of Oz

Rob Hand

Hand of Doom Publications

Note: This short-lived comic series has been called “ridiculously violent” and a “disgusting misuse of both Peter Pan and the Oz characters."







The Emerald Burrito of Oz

John Skipp; Marc Levinthal

Babbage Press

Note: In the year 2007, travel to Oz from Earth is a regular occurrence.  Replete with violence, sexuality and a swear word on every page, this modern take on Oz follows the adventures of Gen-Xrs Gene and Aurora as they strive to conquer a new enemy to Ozma and the throne.  This one is definitely NOT for younger audiences and even older ones may find much to be irritated by.




Oz: World of Darkness

Beau Brown

Available online (click here)

Note: This is an online roleplaying game setting compatible with White Wolf’s World of Darkness campaign, particularly “Changeling: The Dreaming”.  Baum’s books up to The Patchwork Girl of Oz are considered historic.  Following this, Ironheart, a Nocker King from the Far Dreaming, has taken over the land.  Many of the Ozian heroes are dead and Ozma is missing. 




Passion in Oz

Michael J. M. Conway

Available online (click here)

Note: X-rated slash. Three different Ozmas embark on an orgy with the hero's of Dave Hardenbrook's Unknown Witches of Oz, Charles Phipps' Wooing of Ozma, as well as Conway's own protagonist.







Twisted Land of Oz

Todd McFarlane Available here.

Note: Nine-chapter re-imagining included in the series of six R-rated action-figures about Dorothy's journey to the Emerald City in a leather corset.







Return to Wonderland: Book 1: Lord Kir of Oz

Cheyenne McKray; Mackenzie McKade; Ellora's Cave

Note: Softcore porn from the UK. Dorothy decides life on Kansas is too barren for her and decides to move out. But an encroaching storm catches her and propels her into the land of Oz, where sexy men are aplenty, and Lord Kir of the Emerald City will teach her a few things she never knew at home.




Bloodstained Oz

Christopher Golden; James A. Moore

Earthling Publications

Note: Ghastly vampiric horrors from Oz come via storm to Kansas and wreak havoc on a local community.  Lion, Scarecrow and the Tinman attempt to help in small ways as the array of gruesomes (including demonic winged monkeys, living dolls, emerald eyed zombies and munchkin vampires) attack and destroy.  For lovers of Hammer and the Romero films.  Illustrated in grand guignol style by Glen Chadbourne.




Lost Girls

Alan Moore; Melinda Gebbie

Top Shelf (2009)

Note: Sexually explicit three volume graphic novel series featuring Dorothy Gale, Wendy (from Peter Pan) and Alice (of Lewis Carroll fame).  Described by reviewer as "bluntly pornographic, with explicit sex scenes on almost every page. Beyond couplings of every combination of women and men, the story involves fetishism, incest and even a touch of bestiality, as well as a whole lot of sexual activity involving minors..."




Everything Changes (Except Oz)


Note: Dorothy, Ozma and Glinda meet up with a magician who can halt the mortality of mortals in Oz. But when his magic affects the Scarecrow in a strange way, turning him human, what will it mean for his relationship with Dorothy on their anniversary trip down the Yellow Brick Road?







The Return of Oz

Daniel H. Sundstrom

Rosedog Books

Note: Emily Gale, daughter of Dorothy, finds Dorothy's ruby shoes and tries them on, bringing her to the Emerald City to help the Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man fight the Witch of the South.







Woe is Oz

Ethan Yarshish/Kelly Brown

Note: After the defeat of the Wicked Witch, Ozma has decreed the Winkies are complicit in her crimes and must make reparations to the Munchkins by serving them. Meanwhile, the Winkies Umb and Ra enlist an army of Growleywogs, Flatheads and Nomes under the new Nome King Guph to overthrow Ozma!




Shadows of the Emerald City

Edited by JW Schnarr

Northern Frights Publishing (2009)

Dr. Will Price and the Curious Case of Dorothy Gale

Mark Onspaugh



Rajan Khanna



Barry Napier


Fly, Fly Pretty Monkey

Camille Alexa


A Heart is Judged

Kevin G. Summers


Mr. Yoop's Soup

Michael Dr. Turner


Emerald City Confidential

Jack Bates


The Last Battle of Trewis

David F. Mason


The Utility of Love

David Steffen


The China People of Oz

T.L. Barrett


Dorothy of Kansas

JW Schnarr


One Wicked Day

Frank Dutkiewicz


A Chopper's Tale

Jason Rubis


The Perfect Fit

E.M. MacCallum


The Fuddles of Oz

Mari Ness


Four AM at the Emerald City Windsor

H.F. Gibbard


Scarecrow's Sunrise

Gef Fox


Not in Kansas Anymore

Lori T. Strongin


The King of Oz

Martin Rose


Note: Well compiled anthology of darker, Baum-based, Oz tales. "Explore the darker side of Oz... the parts too terrifying or obscene to be told as bedtime stories... Shadows do fall in the Emerald City, and where they are darkest is where you will find the true terror of Oz."




The Undead World of Oz: L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Complete with Zombies and Monsters

L. Frank Baum & Ryan C. Thomas

Coscom Entertainment (2009)

Note: In the tradition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes Oz's turn to be overrun by the living dead. "The Wicked Witch of the West has cast a spell... that brings the dead back to life. Only the Great Wizard in the Emerald City can stop this curse, but he has never been seen. It's up to Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Woodman to journey through this dangerous land of hungry undead and savage monsters and find him in the hopes of bringing life back to Oz."







The Price of a Heart

Sehra (as ThePurpleTempest)

Note: A dark version of the Tinman's begging for a new heart.







Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #1-6

Tom Hutchison

Big Dog Ink

Legend of Oz: The Wicked West (ongoing)


Big Dog Ink

Note: Currently collected in four volumes.  "Not merely a sexualized, adult version of the story we all know, but a true re-imagining." Illustrated by Alisson Borges and Kate Finnegan, the first six issues of this hit series was collected in trade paperback. The sequel series is still ongoing. "Take a trip back over the rainbow to an Oz you never knew existed. Dorothy Gale slips on her ruby spurs after falling out of the sky and is sent off to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City. The only problem is the road is gone. This volume collects the smash hit mini-series where Oz itself has been transformed into a wild west landscape. Flying monkeys and scarecrows still walk the plains of Oz, but in ways you would never have imagined."




The Marble Monuments of Oz

Erin Ptah

Note: When Aunt Em and Uncle Henry decide to die, Ozma contemplates whether immortality is a gift or a curse.





Erin Ptah

Note: Dorothy Gale, age seventeen, wakes up in a mental hospital with no memory of the past eight years.




The Days of Oz

Isaac Riebs

Lies and deceit surround Dorothy's life. Before she is thrown into the strange World of Oz, she endures trials with her Auntie Em. Nothing can prepare her for the bizarre journey that she is about to endure. In this journey, she unveils the truth to the lies she lives in and discovers a stronger person than she really is.




Alice & Dorothy

J.W. Schnarr

Northern Frights Publishing (2011)

Note: An unusual Oz/Wonderland crossover. Alice Pleasance has just killed a man. Later, while suffering a heroin overdose, she visits a nightmare world of playing card royalty and violent tea parties. Worse, Alice discovers that her broken mind has dragged something out of her delusions and into her waking life. Something evil. Trapped in a psychiatric ward while dealing with her drug addiction, Alice finds an unlikely friend in Dorothy Gale, a girl who knows all about other worlds and the duality of life. Sweet, gentle Dorothy, who carries a stuffed dog named Toto and has a few secrets of her own. Now they are on the run, escaping vengeful drug dealers, trigger happy cops, and the horrors being created inside Alice's own shattered mind.




Dorothy Gale: Vampire Hunter: Book 1: Gathering Dark

Brandon Lee Little


Dorothy Gale: Vampire Hunter: Book 2: Gathering Dark

Brandon Lee Little

CreateSpace (2014)

Note: This is not the OZ you were expecting. In this dark rework of the magical land of Oz, Dorothy Gale sets out to save her small farming commune from an attack by vampires and to avenge the death of her parents at their hands. She quickly finds herself on the wrong side of the rainbow, lost in a cursed forest and hunted by vampires, her trail dogged by an undead creature that seems to determined to "make her acquaintance." Can this quiet farm girl find the courage to see her quest through to the finish, even if it means going into the heart of darkness at the very edge of the world?




Dorothy: The Darker Side of Oz

Scott Stanford

Wild Wolf Publishing (2011)

Abaddon Rising: The Darker Side of Oz, Book 2

Scott Stanford

Wild Wolf Publishing (2013)




Polluto 4


Dog Horn Publishing (2012)

Note: Adults only.  Polluto has donned its frilliest frock, slapped on the make-up and stepped into a pair of heeled ruby slippers to fight terrorist munchkins on the road to Oz. Grab your baseball bat and join the fray! Cross-dressing queer action in Wonderland, with Deb Hoag's 'Queer & Loathing on the Yellow Brick Road'. Satirical stories from Polluto regulars Rhys Hughes and Steve Redwood. Robot sex toys in 'The Androidgenous Zone' by Andrew Hook and Allen Ashley (Elastic Press). The seeds of transformation in D.W. Green's 'Willow Within'. A look at 'The Day Hermeneutics Died' by David McLean. Steampunk prostitution in Alex MacFarlane's 'A Shade of Yellow'. Dwarves, twisted fairytale forests and escapees in Jim Steel's 'The Bears in the Wood'.



Queer & Loathing on the Yellow Brick Road

Deb Hoag

Dog Horn Publishing (2012)

Note: Adults only.  Dorothy isn’t the happiest of girls. Kansas is pretty damn boring, her aunt and uncle are hicks, and it seems she doesn’t much belong. But when her shed gets picked up by a cyclone and dropped in Oz, things begin to get interesting. There’s this broad called Glinda who’s taken more than a bit of a liking to her, and perverted munchkins who run a tabloid newspaper full of green celebrity snatch. Originally included in Polluto 4.






The Gender Ninja of Oz

Erin Ptah

Note: Ozma explores her gender issues and love for Dorothy.


Oz: The Dark Frontier


Note: Oz is ruled by The Wicked Witch of the West, along with her lackeys. However, Eva, witch of the East decides to pay a visit to a certain girl that may hold the key to Oz's survival. Rated T for graphic descriptions and some swear words.





C.M. Philbrick

Note: "Take a journey into the land of Oz and find out what happened after everyone got their wish. The Tin man is the last one standing because sometimes things don't always go as planned! If you're a fan of the Wizard of Oz, this is a more darker outlook into Frank Baums world."


The Terrible Zombie of Oz

L. Scullard; L. Frank Baum

Note: The Terrible Zombie of Oz is a mash-up of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which "Dorothy is carried by a great Cyclops to the Land of the Feast where the Munchbrains live, accidentally killing the Wicked Witch who has kept them in bondage for so long. And makes new friends as she tries to find a way back home, including a Cowardly Lion with a bell on, a Tin Woodman and his enchanted axe, and a Scarecrow obsessed with braiiiins..."


Love Dorothy from Oz Tralia

Julie Forner

Note: "Dorothy and her guitar Toto are stranded in the emerald city and with the help of Lion, Strawman, and Tin Man she gets her plane fare home to the farm. There is nudity, gambling, adventure, adults only, rock and roll love story, humour."




Maybe One Day


Note: Ozma/Dorothy slash: What happened during Dorothy and Ozma's carriage ride to Glinda's palace. Set during Ozma of Oz.




Fifty Shades of Oz

Lillian Jacobs

Self-published Kindle

Fifty Shades of Ozma

Lillian Jacobs

Self-published Kindle

Note: Adults-only erotic re-imaginings/parodies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Ozma of Oz.


Bedlam Stories: The Battle for Oz and Wonderland Begins

Christine Converse, Nicole Jones & Pearry Teo


Note: Set in the 1920s, this horror retelling using the beloved characters from Oz and Wonderland revolves around Alice and Dorothy as they are subjected to torturous human experimentations under Dr. Henry Braun. And as these experiments begin to distort their reality and destroy these girl's fantasy lands, their monsters and demons decide to take revenge on our world...





John Long


Note: Cade is a serial killer looking for redemption. Stix is a priest searching for revenge. Vaughn is a lawyer trying to find courage. Gale is just trying to get home. After each meets an untimely death they find themselves in purgatory. The three men attempt to help Gale find Death, the only one who can send her back to the living. Inspired by The Wizard of Oz this first book of the WOZ trilogy is filled with horror, suspense, and emotion as these four individuals fight for survival as they are assaulted by creatures, plagued by lost souls, and hunted by The Dark Angel.




New Oz

Andre Jeanjacques

Note: The Yellow Brick Road becomes a blood soaked one! The land of Oz has broken out into a bloody civil war between the Wicked Witch and the Wizard of New Oz. But the fate of the mystical land is in the hands of a young headstrong girl named Dorothy. Together with the homicidal psychopath Scarecrow, her bodyguard cyborg TIN man, and the fast talking beast-man Leo, She will decide the fate of the once peaceful world over the rainbow.




Return to Emerald City: A Collection of Sci-Fi Novellas Inspired by the Wizard of Oz

Sofia Grey & Allyson Lindt

Acelette Press (2014)

Note: "Dorothy’s Red Shoes": There’s no place like home… Dorothy is already feeling homesick for Emerald City, and wonders if taking a job halfway around the world was a mistake. When her love life crumbles–again–will she run for home? "His Replay Girl": If he only had the nerve… Ten years ago, Quinn made the best choice of his life, and the biggest mistake. It’s true, his band, Lionheart, is one of the biggest in the world, but how much does it mean if he can’t tell the woman he loves how he feels? "His Reboot Girl": If he only had a brain… Scott woke up with his head spinning and not much else going on up there. Now he’s a suspect in a terrorist plot, and on the run. One woman insists she's the key to his past and his freedom. Too bad he doesn't remember her. "His Rewind Girl": If he only had a heart.... Cam is as much machine as man. There are days he loathes the CyGes implants that saved his life but couldn't do the same for his family. They replaced his limbs, but now he needs someone to mend his heart




Return to 'Return to Oz' and Other Tales

Justin MacCormack


Note: In his breakthrough short story "Return to 'Return to Oz'," Justin MacCormack creates a shocking and disturbing tale of raw psychological horror, which has been hailed as 'shocking and personal'! This anthology collects tales of Genre-Bending Dark Fantasy and Horror, including the popular "Return to 'Return to Oz'" and many more! 




The Fall of Munchkinland: The War of Oz: Volume 1

Christopher Blake


Note: The War of Oz is an retelling of the classic story by Frank Baum. It is written in the form of a modern Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel. The story follows an all together different version of Dorothy who finds herself in the strange world of Oz. But this Oz is not the same one described by Baum. It is a violent and bloody world where the wrong turn can lead Dorothy into a fight to the death. Please note this story is not for children and should be treated as such. It deals with violence and death in a gruesome yet sometimes humorous manner. Please, keep an open mind while reading.




The Witchkiller of Oz (Ozworld Vol. 1)

Eric Sennevoight


Note: This retelling of The Wizard of Oz finds Dorothy at odds with her narrator when she discovers she's merely a character in a book. Now a teenager from 1982, she has a few ideas about how the classic tale should go, complete with celebrity cameos and her own soundtrack.




The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Remastered Dirty Edition

L. Frank Baum, Matt Allen, Richard Halpern

Raining Pennies Publishing

Note: The Wizard of Oz: Remastered Dirty Edition features the original text and story, with added funny commentary, extra description, and spicy dialogue. It's a parody, not unlike what the Mystery Science Theater guys do to movies. Contains profanity and sexual situations.







Outlander of Oz (Ozworld Vol. 2)

Eric Sennevoight


Note: Swept overboard in a hurricane, Dorothy finds herself on the mysterious island of Ev. Joining forces with a chicken, a robot and a worshipful kalidah (who's never seen an episode of Knight Rider) she must overcome soup-loving psychopaths, zombie pirates and one hell of a revenge tsunami if she’s to stop an evil Queen’s plans for world domination.




The Evil of Oz

Ryan Fuller


Note: A horror sequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Journey with Dorothy through a much darker vision of Oz. On a dark and stormy night, the family of Dorothy Gale is found brutally murdered with an axe. Dorothy is the sole survivor. Summoned back to the land of OZ, Dorothy finds the land corrupted and its inhabitants given into madness. Dorothy must retrace her steps through the dark land and find the one behind the curtain once more.




Abducted to Oz: A Twisted Erotic Fairy Tale

Miranda Marks

Twisted E-Publishing (2014)

Note: For adults only.  Great-grandma Dorothy’s tall tales of Oz were much more honest than Dani ever could’ve expected. Captured by the Wicked Witch, Dani’s dragged out of Nowhere, Kansas kicking and screaming. She’d been craving adventure, but this wasn’t what she had in mind—especially when the witch plans to use her as bait before killing her.

Banished from Oz: Abducted to Oz, Book 2

Miranda Marks

Twisted E-Publishing (2015)

Note: For adults only.  Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West, was sent to Nowhere, Kansas after her defeat in Oz. Her powers bound and her memory wiped, she senses she doesn’t belong on stage, stripping, but she needs the money she earns to escape. 




The Wicked Hot Wizard of Oz

Mark Pace

Lovelight Press (2015)

Note: For adults.  Over the rainbow. Waaaay over... Farm boy Donny Windham has two big problems: he's in the closet; and he's in love with his straight best friend!  His solution? Run away from home to someplace he's not the only gay guy in a two hundred mile radius of his family's Kansas farm. Before he can leave, a tornado transports Donny and his little dog Toto to the magical Land of Oz where they encounter Lions and Tylers and Gay Bears - oh my! 




Down and Dorothy

P.L. Greer

Self-published; Amazon digital services (2015)

Note: For adults.  When Dorothy Gale is kicked out of her mother's house in the middle of the night on her eighteenth birthday, she soon finds herself alone, naked, and penniless in a raging New Orleans storm with nowhere to go and no one to turn to… A chance meeting with the super sexy Glinda North sets Dorothy on the road to an unforgettable adventure. Along the way, Dorothy encounters three men who change the course of her life, the types of men her mother had warned her about: not-too-bright, heartless, and afraid of commitment. 




Dorothy and the Witch

Lilya Loring

Self-published; Amazon digital services (2015)

Note: For adults only.  After crash-landing in Oz, Dorothy finds herself tasked with killing the Wicked Witch of the West. Armed with only a big, red dildo - a gift from Glenda the Good - Dorothy discovers that killing the Witch means first serving her as a submissive. 







Behind Emerald Doors


Note: Ozma and Dorothy have let themselves get older, both unaware of all the things that would mean...

The Man from Nonestica Corinne Pierce Pumpernickel Pickle (2017)

Daniel Mann, the Shaggy Man's brother, gets into X-rated adventures when he goes to Ev and meets Neria of Genolen, a mechanic, a mystic, and woman who knows what she wants.







"X" Up issue #2: The Wizard of Oz: A VERY loose adaptation


Note: Pornographic comic-book adaptation of Baum's story.