IT'S EASY TO THINK that you can’t have enough fonts. This might even be true. Now, pretend that it isn’t. Keep focused on the needs of your project and try to source only fonts that are going to be useful for the covers you are making. Otherwise, you are going to spend all your time amassing a huge collection that you’ll have to sift through every time you want to find something - you’ll also spend a fortune on stuff you may not need.
The next bit of advice is specific to free fonts. Download only what is licensed for you to use commercially, then try out what you do download and if you don’t think you’ll use it or if the quality is not what you had hoped for, then uninstall and delete it.
In this post, I’m going to focus on free fonts that could be of use to you, along with links to where you can get them.
First up is a selection from Fontspring - you will need to sign up to get them but they haven’t been spamming me, so I can recommend them.
- Dignity of Labour
- Dream Orphanage Regular
- Green Fuzz
- Gyparody Regular & Heavy
- Hydrogen Whiskey
- Lady Starlight
- Oliver's Barney
- Para Aminobenzoic
- Plathon Normal & Medium
- Shifty Chika
Everything from the League of Moveable Type is worth having but there are five in particular that lend well to pulp covers.
- Chunk Five
- League Gothic
- Ostrich Sans
The final selection is from all around but I have checked them again to make sure and am satisfied that they are safe for commercial use.
Artifika - Bagnard Sans - Bahiana Regular - Brushstroke Plain - Cantora One - Carter One - Marcellus - MEgalopolis Extra - Merienda - Mouse Memoirs - Oregano - Sigmar One - Yozakura