Fic Title: Burn
Rating/Warning(s): R, sex, violence.
Genre: drama, character study.
Why This Must Be Read: Set in the summer after the season 3 finale, this story is exactly as bleak and discomforting as it should be. It's about grief and survival and how holding on in spite of everything comes at an enormous cost. The prose is elegant but blunt; the mood it creates, grey-toned, salty-damp and stripped down, is more than the sum of it's parts. Even if you've never had much interest in the Sam/Ruby pairing, I'd recommend giving this a shot.
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Fic Title: you're an open magazine
Link: peas_fics: SPN fic: you're an open magazine
Rating/Warning(s): R, violence
Genre: character study, drama
Why This Must Be Read: Set in the second half of season 4, the journey from "I don't do that anymore" to "now I can kill." The harsh, stripped down style is perfect for the place the characters were in, but it walks the fine line of not being completely unsympathetic.