The Alchemist’s Closet is a zine distro specializing in strange zines by queers, trans folk, feminists, anarchists and punks. The use of the word alchemy in AC’s name reflects a choice of zines and chapbooks which not only break boundaries, but deepen and transform concepts.

AC buys and sells zines which explore feminist, trans, queer, leftist, anarchist/anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, occult, punk and DIY subcultures. AC has a special interest in zines which fuse subject matter in new ways.

Consign with Alchemist’s Closet

Alchemists Closet believes that some of the most brilliant, subversive, and luminous writing and artwork being published today is being published in zines! If you have a zine that you’d like to submit for consignment or wholesale purchase, please visit the Consignment page.

Alchemist’s Closet History

The Alchemist’s Closet evolved from the distro I ran throughout my teenage years, Artwhore Distro. My first distro was mostly not online, and featured lots of handmade patches, zines and handprinted t shirts. I had the help of my friend, Gretchen Alexander, who now publishes Sunshine[s] Underground (she did then, too!) and Up the Witchpunx.

In 2008, I brought Artwhore Distro to a close and built The Alchemist’s Closet, based on fusing political, personal, and spiritual/occult topics in zines and chapbooks. Over the years I have carried zines on sex work, herbal medicine, homelessness, traveling, transition, fighting oppression, asexuality, and lots more. I am excited to add more zines in the future on even more topics.

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Shipping: I ship orders within five business days via USPS Media Mail, Parcel Post or First Class, depending on the contents of the package. These shipping methods take from 4-14 days to arrive in the continental US.

If you would like priority shipping and handling, delivery confirmation, insurance, or any other special services on your package, please contact me.

Returns: If there is a problem with your items (Damaged, wrong item) please contact me right away so I can make it right. Returns are at my discretion.

Large Zine Orders

I happily accept larger orders. For orders over $15, you have the option to contact me prior to your order to receive a $0.75 discount by ordering direct.

I accept bulk orders for libraries, shops, infoshops, educational efforts, etc. on selected zines, plus all buttons, patches and grab bags. Please inquire for a list of available bulk zines! Bulk orders receive a discount of $0.75 on orders of $15 and an additional dollar off for every $10 of zines or swag after that.


  • Can I send my payment by mail?

    Yes! You can send concealed cash, check or money order by mail. Contact me with your order and I’ll get back to you right away with a mailing address.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

    Alchemist’s Closet accepts Paypal, credit, debit, cash, check and money order. So, basically, all of ‘em! Credit and debit orders are processed securely through Paypal. I don’t see any of your credit/debit card information.

  • My order isn’t here yet. What’s up?

    If 20 days or so have passed since your order and you haven’t received it, please contact me and let me know. Very rarely, I’ve missed an order due to simple human error, so it never hurts to check.

  • Can I have my order shipped Priority?

    Absolutely, I’d be happy to! If you’d like priority shipping, please note that when you send your zine, and send an extra 50% surcharge on your order, via Paypal, to alchemistscloset@gmail.com.