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

A Mocktail or Three with Anna Smith Spark

I've said it a stack of times, but The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark was my favourite book of 2017. Having bought a short story from her and...
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A Mocktail or Three with Anna Smith Spark

Short reviews for short fiction March 2018

Feeling a bit nostalgic and listening to A Change of Pace I thought to myself, "yeah, I need a change of reading pace. It's time to do more short reviews of...
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Short reviews for short fiction March 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT: Grimdark Magazine to end its relationship with Small Press United

Last year was a year of learning how not to run a tiny press like Grimdark Magazine. One of the many valuable business lessons I did learn is recognising when I've overreached...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Grimdark Magazine to end its relationship with Small Press United

How Thomas Covenant Changed Fantasy

Stephen Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever is an epic fantasy trilogy first published in 1977. Its titular main character, Thomas Covenant, is from a 20th century town...
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How Thomas Covenant Changed Fantasy

EXCLUSIVE: Cover reveal for THE TOWER OF LIVING AND DYING by Anna Smith-Spark

Man, oh man, am I going off like a frog in a sock to be the one lucky enough to give you the first look at the UK cover for...
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EXCLUSIVE: Cover reveal for THE TOWER OF LIVING AND DYING by Anna Smith-Spark

Exclusive: Audio Prologue of Ghosts of Tomorrow

When I finally got off my butt and started looking for a narrator for Ghosts of Tomorrow, I knew exactly what I wanted: Male. American. Gritty voice. I posted the...
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Exclusive: Audio Prologue of Ghosts of Tomorrow

Review: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames is the sort of book that sets out to make you laugh, and then accidentally makes you care along the way. In a...
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Review: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Review: The Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson

For a good while now, friends have been telling me Stephen Donaldson is an author I need to read. When The Seventh Decimate came up for review, I jumped at the...
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Review: The Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson
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Janny Wurts Remarque Revealed!

Back when our Evil is a Matter of Perspective Kickstarter funding period was wrapping up, we ran a pretty epic competition, giving away a bunch of signed and personalised hardcovers and paperbacks alongside a stack...

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Excerpt: The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith-Spark

Smith-Spark’s writing style moves at a million miles an hour, sweeping you up in its intensity. Quint von Canon has captured the sense of movement and violence quite well in this artwork Anna supplied...

Game of Thrones

Review: Game of Thrones (2014 video game)

Telltale Games is a somewhat controversial video-game developer while simultaneously being one of the most popular currently out there. This is because they’re doing something which few other video-game developers are doing: producing high-quality...

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

Review: Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

Hardcore. Hard-boiled. Hard sci-fi. Hard hitting. Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon is just about hard everything except for a hard read. No wonder it’s been picked up by Netflix. I’d been reading a lot...

Warhammer 40K: An Inspiration-Rich Environment for Artists

Warhammer 40K is an inspiration-rich environment for artists. It depicts wars on planetary scales, superhumans, xenos, traitors, dark gods, and boasts more books, stories, history, and fluff than you could poke a stick at....

Is Bigger Really Better?

In the fantasy genre, across novels, movies and games, there’s a tendency to go big. We’ve got a brand new world to explore, with fantastic beasts, powerful magic and unique cultures, so we have...

Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes

Review: Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes

Rob J. Hayes’s Where Loyalties Lie is both a stand-alone series as well as a sequel trilogy to his original The Ties That Bind. You don’t have to read the original trilogy in order...

The Joy of Being Broke Thanks to Signed First Editions

As I get older I find myself enjoying less and less the sight of a thousand slowly yellowing paperbacks crammed onto a creaking, bent set of shelves and looking to spend a little more on...

A Perfect Machine by Brett Savory

Review: A Perfect Machine by Brett Savory

Brett Savory is best known for his short horror fiction, so it’s no surprise that his first novel, A Perfect Machine, concerns itself with secret societies, aberrant rituals and the implacable erosion of one...

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Why The Witcher Netflix Series May Be the Next Grimdark Super-show

Netflix has recently announced they’ll be creating a show based on The Witcher franchise. The Expanse’s Sean Daniel and Jason Brown will be taking on executive production duties and Oscar nominee (as well as...