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 Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker

Excerpt: The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker – Chapter One

Excerpt from The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker. Copyright © 2017 by R. Scott Bakker. On sale from The Overlook Press July 25, 2017. Reproduced with permission from The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer...

The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker

Excerpt: The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker – What Has Come Before … [Introduction]

Excerpt from The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker. Copyright © 2017 by R. Scott Bakker. On sale from The Overlook Press July 25, 2017. Reproduced with permission from The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer...

5 Grimdark Fantasy Covers We Love

“Never judge a book by it’s cover” is perhaps the least-heeded advice to have ever been given. Of course we judge books by their covers. It is, after all, the first impression we get...

Paternus by Dyrk Ashton

Review: Paternus by Dyrk Ashton

Grimdark is an attempt to push the envelope of traditional genre expectations as well as to subvert them. It’s also about making sure you get into the meaty gristle of humanity as well as...

Prepare to (roll a) Die – Dark Souls: The Board Game

When the Kickstarter for Dark Souls: The Board Game (known as DS:TBG to its friends) ended last year, it was the most successful miniature-based board game Kickstarter ever, raking in over £3.5m from over...

Top 10 Grimdark Must Reads

With TV shows like A Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, and Vikings popular as all hell at the moment, we’re seeing plenty of people asking about where to start to get into books with that same gritty...

Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher

Review: Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher

Michael R. Fletcher is one of the new voices of grimdark fiction. Beyond Redemption and The Mirror’s Truth are two of the best books which have been released in the past few years. However,...

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

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

Chapter One The sight of the burning starships around me was like a galaxy of new stars lighting up the emptiness of space. Their fuel and energy cells burned without oxygen long after the...

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...