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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REVIEW: Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Five NeoStock covers to blow you away

As a SFF cover designer, publishing house, or self-published author, if you haven't heard of NeoStock, then you've been living under a rock. We all know the struggle of the...
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Five NeoStock covers to blow you away

REVIEW: Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Priest of Bones is the new fantasy novel by Peter McLean, author of the Burned Man urban fantasy series.  It is a decidedly grim and dark, not-for-the-kiddies-thank-god, story that essentially...
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REVIEW: Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Is the First Law Trilogy the Anti-Lord of the Rings?

A question that often comes up in the various fantasy forums I frequent is, ‘What is the anti-Lord of the Rings?’ This is an odd query because it implies there's...
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Is the First Law Trilogy the Anti-Lord of the Rings?

Review: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Dragons, fire-fighters, post-collapse America, powered mech suits, robots, ghosts: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby is a heady mash-up of tropes and genres. The novel could loosely be described as a...
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Review: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Barbarians or Philosophers? What Psychology Has to Say about Grimdark Fans and Their Dark Obsession

We grimdark readers and writers are often written-off as the dark creatures hiding in the caves of fantasyland, eager to feast upon depictions of horrible gore, morally reprehensible characters, and...
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Barbarians or Philosophers? What Psychology Has to Say about Grimdark Fans and Their Dark Obsession

Excerpt: Darkrise – Book Four of The Rhenwars Saga by M.L. Spencer

Bestselling Author M.L. Spencer has released Darkrise, Book Four of The Rhenwars Saga and as a nice little sneak peek for those who haven't grabbed the book yet, we've got...
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Excerpt: Darkrise – Book Four of The Rhenwars Saga by M.L. Spencer

REVIEW: Urban Enemies edited by Joseph Nassise

Urban fantasy is not my thing, but then, I’ve never really given it a fair go. So I picked up Joseph Nassise's Urban Enemies and had a crack. The book contains...
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REVIEW: Urban Enemies edited by Joseph Nassise

Interview: M.L. Spencer

Recently, C.T. Phipps had a chance to chat with M.L. Spencer about her novel series, The Rhenwars Saga. You can also read a review of Darkstorm, the first book of...
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Interview: M.L. Spencer

The Mud, the Blood and the Years: Why “Grimdark” is the New “Sword and Sorcery”

"Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer..." --Robert E. Howard It was born in 1929, named in 1961, and died sometime...
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The Mud, the Blood and the Years: Why “Grimdark” is the New “Sword and Sorcery”

Excerpt: Beasts of the Burnished Chain by Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall's Crimson Empire is one of the best grimdark fantasy series to hit stands over the last few years. Deeply imaginative, gritty, and darkly funny, we were excited as all...
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Excerpt: Beasts of the Burnished Chain by Alex Marshall

Review: Acts of Caine series by Matthew Stover

For me, reading Heroes Die, the first book in the Acts of Caine series by Matthew Stover, was like being an archaeologist and discovering that Ancient Romans had flat-screen televisions....
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Review: Acts of Caine series by Matthew Stover

Review: Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

In Grey Sister, the Second Book of the Ancestor, Mark Lawrence continues his explosive trilogy as Nona Grey goes in search of the magical shipheart and revenge against Yisht—tool of...
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Review: Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
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The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Review: The Court of Broken Knives

Anna Smith-Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives is by far one of the strongest debuts I’ve read in a long time. The world is rich and gorgeous and brutal and harsh and only eclipsed...

Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Review: Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Grimdark comes in a variety of shapes and sizes but tends to be viewed as epic trilogies or doorstopper series. Rarely do we get to see what I term to be “pocket-sized fantasy” where...

Short Reviews for Short Fiction

Every now and then I feel a bit bogged down with reading doorstopper after doorstopper and reviewing at a rate of about one book every two months. I get an intense need to get...

Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

Review: Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

While Necrotech is ostensibly cyberpunk, its darkness and violence are enough to earn it a place in the grimdark sci-fi category. The protagonist, Riko, is a violent, vulgarity spewing “splatter specialist” in a dystopian...

The Marketing Genius of Kickstarter

Kickstarter is likely the current best pound for pound marketing platform for creatives on the planet. It presents cleanly, is easy to set up and use no matter which country you’re in, and it...

Dragon Age: Origins

Classic VG Review: Dragon Age: Origins

There are a lot of questions about what the best grimdark video game would be. My pick is The Witcher 3 and, to a lesser extent, its predecessor, Assassins of Kings. This isn’t a...

Game of Thrones: The Show vs the Books

Game of Thrones: The Show vs the Books

Warning: spoiler alert. With the seventh season of Game of Thrones nearly finished, and now well beyond the source material, the show is a distinctly different beast from the books. For the first couple...

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

Review: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

THE WAKING FIRE is Book One of the Draconis Memoria, a new fantasy series from the author of the acclaimed Raven’s Shadow series. The setting owes a debt to steampunk but, unlike traditional steampunk,...

Lucifer's Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Review: Lucifer’s Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Lucifer’s Star is a quick read filled with space battles, futuristic technology, cyborgs, clones and sexy biroids. It has a thrilling opening battle, morally gray characters and a well-done, subtle sci-fi setting. But it...

GdM

ANNOUNCEMENT: Submission Policy Change

As of 10 August 2017 AEST, GdM will be switching to having submission windows, as opposed to being continuously open to unsolicited submissions. This means we’ll be closing for submissions for now and re-opening...