REVIEW: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

When We Ride the Storm by Devin Madison opened with the line, “It’s harder to sever a head than people think. Perhaps if one were skilled with an axe it...
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REVIEW: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

REVIEW: Queen of Crows by Myke Cole

Fucking hell, Myke Cole! Why do you hurt me so?!? What a roller coaster of emotions The Queen of Crows presented. The Queen of Crows is the follow-up to The...
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REVIEW: Queen of Crows by Myke Cole

REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan

War Cry is the new novella by Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage Trilogy), continuing the Tor.com series of shorter-than-novel-length fiction that has also included familiar names like Martha Wells and...
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REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan

REVIEW: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Over on his blog, Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire, Red Queen’s War, Red Sister) is making an effort to “nail down grimdark.” In doing so he offers two camps of people...
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REVIEW: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Blood. Mutilation. Sex. Politicking. And all of it coalesces into one meaty tale of love, betrayal, and death in Melokai, the first novel in Rosalyn Kelly’s In the Heart of...
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REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

REVIEW: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Nicholas Eames’s second novel, Bloody Rose, the follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut, Kings of the Wyld, was released with a fair bit of hype last week, some folks even...
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REVIEW: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Review: Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

“Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire is a short (124 “pages”, e-book only) short story collection by Mark Lawrence. It contains ten short stories,...
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Review: Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

The Tower of Living and Dying both builds upon and eclipses the world and story Smith-Spark started with The Court of Broken Knives. It’s bigger, wider, more sprawling than its...
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REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

REVIEW: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

Darksoul is Anna Stephens’s taut follow-up to Godblind and the second volume in the Godblind Trilogy. With a desperate siege and angry gods, this installment shrinks the geography and increases...
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REVIEW: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Godblind is the hard-hitting debut by Anna Stephens and the first volume in the Godblind Trilogy. The novel is a medieval epic fantasy set in the small land-locked kingdom of...
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REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Reviewers wanted!

Grimdark Magazine is looking for reviewers to join the meatshields front line troops of its reviewer ranks! What does GdM review? As the premier grimdark niche ezine (well, the only...
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Reviewers wanted!

REVIEW: Lost Gods by Micah Yongo

Lost Gods is the debut novel by Micah Yongo. It features a Brotherhood of assassins caught in an ancient and escalating battle between the Sovereignty and the Fellowship of Truths....
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REVIEW: Lost Gods by Micah Yongo

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

Having picked The Court of Broken Knives as my favourite grimdark book of 2017, I've been absolutely itching to share this excerpt with you. The Tower of Living and Dying looks to...
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

Five female authors smashing grimdark fantasy right now

Back in the late nineties, author J.V. Jones released A Cavern of Black Ice, book one of the Sword of Shadows series. She is said to be one of the...
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Five female authors smashing grimdark fantasy right now

UPDATE: Knee-Deep in Grit print publication delay

In short, I've been working with our printer to make sure you'll get a good product in your hands, and I'm not confident that's going to happen, so I've pushed...
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UPDATE: Knee-Deep in Grit print publication delay

REVIEW: Ravencry by Ed McDonald

Blackwing was a hell of a lot of grimdark fun, so it’s an understatement to say I was keen to get my hands on Ravencry, the second instalment in the...
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REVIEW: Ravencry by Ed McDonald

REVIEW: Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing was one of the best grimdark debuts of last year. With the sequel Ravencry on the horizon, there is no better time to look back at the first book...
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REVIEW: Blackwing by Ed McDonald

EXCERPT: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Having spotted the cover for this book a while back and having my interest piqued, I'm very excited to bring you an awesome little excerpt from Rosalyn Kelly's Melokai, a grimdark...
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EXCERPT: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Review: Swarm and Steel by Michael R. Fletcher

Swarm and Steel, Michael R. Fletcher’s new standalone novel in his Manifest Delusions world, is a horrific book. I don’t mean that in a negative way, quite the opposite. It...
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Review: Swarm and Steel by Michael R. Fletcher

REVIEW: Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Apocalypse Nyx is the new collection of novelettes from multi-award-winning author Kameron Hurley (The Stars are Legion, the Worldbreaker Saga, and the God's War Trilogy), and make no mistake: it’s...
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GdM #2

Pre-order Grimdark Magazine Issue 2

That time of the quarter is almost here, when we kick up our feet and feast on some grimdark goodness. This quarter we’ve got a cracking line-up for you, a deal for those only...

Wentworth Season 1

Review: Wentworth Season 1

Brutal. Bloody. Deep. Sad. Grey. All of these things make Wentworth an unbelievably addictive piece of Australian television (and I’ll tell you right now they are few and far between). Set within the violent...

Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney

Review: Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney

The title, Riding the Unicorn, sounds about as far from grimdark as you can get. I’m pretty sure I wrote a short story called Riding the Unicorn for my mom when I was six...

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Review: The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Where The Black Prism was a bit slow to kick off and sometimes got bogged down in explaining the magic system, The Blinding Knife floors the accelerator from the starting line. Before you get...

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Review: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Review by Jeremy Szal Hang onto your intestines, it’s going to get ugly. From the opening chapter, from the very first paragraph, you’ll notice two things. The first one which is that you’re walking...

Shatterwing: Dragon Wine 1 by Donna Maree Hanson

Review: Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson

Warning: spoilers below. From the outside, Shatterwing seems to be an appealing dark-fantasy story. Atypical fantasy world? Check. Intriguing plot? Check. Strong heroine? Sign me up. Unfortunately, appearances often differ from reality and despite...

Mark Lawrence

Interview: Mark Lawrence

As well as providing an awesome Broken Empire short story for Grimdark Magazine’s first ever issue, Mark Lawrence was good enough to chat to us about grimdark, short fiction, Broken Empire, Red Queen’s War...

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Grimdark Magazine Issue 1 Competition

In celebration of Grimdark Magazine’s first release on the 1st of October, 2014, we’re running a competition. Join our mailing list or pre-order issue number 1 (and join our mailing list) for the chance...

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Review: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Warning: spoilers below. Brent Week’s The Black Prism is an enjoyable kick-off to the Lightbringer series. Those who love an in-depth and original magic system, coupled with politics and religion are really going to...

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Classics Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Review by Jeremy Szal It’s been quite a number of years since Joe Abercrombie first published what would be the start of The First Law Trilogy, The Blade Itself. Every time he approached a literary...