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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Dead Man's Steel by Luke Scull

Review: Dead Man’s Steel by Luke Scull

Dead Man’s Steel concludes Luke Scull’s thoroughly enjoyable The Grim Company Trilogy in the gritty, hard-as-nails, barnstorming fashion which we’ve come to expect from him. On a grander scale, Dead Man’s Steel is the story...

Review: A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Before diving into this review, let me stress that I am writing it for Grimdark Magazine. Consequently, I read the book from an adult “grimdark” perspective, which includes certain degrees of grittiness, unforgiving and...

Red Tide by Marc Turner

Review: Red Tide by Marc Turner

Red Tide is Marc Turner’s third entry in his debut series The Chronicles of the Exile, and it’s an absolute masterpiece. The plots and characters of the first two stand-alone novels, When the Heavens...

Centica Primer by Grimdark Games

Review: Centica Primer by Grimdark Games

As a Game Master for tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, I’ve always adopted quite a free-form style for my players. For me, it’s always been far more fun to make up my...

Announcement: GrimGear is Here!

Feeling like nobody knows which side of the SFF fence you sit on? Let GdM sort you out with that – join the GdM army! Grimdark Magazine has partnered with Design by Humans to...

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

Interview: A Beer or Three with Jesse Bullington

This quarter we sat down for a beer or three with Jesse Bullington to discuss Alex Marshall and The Crimson Empire, drugs, inspiration, world-building, and (of course) beer. We even slipped in a question about Jesse’s...

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Review: Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Skullsworn is Brian Staveley’s new novel set in the world of his popular and highly acclaimed The Emperor’s Blades and Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Trilogy. When Skullsworn became available for review, I was reluctant...

The Dragon's Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf

Review: The Dragon’s Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf

The Dragon’s Legacy will be released in April this year and is a must-buy for anyone seeking a deep relationship with a group of interesting characters and a compelling world. It’s a fantastic, complex...

Review: The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Stars are Legion is the new space opera from critically acclaimed, two-time Hugo Award winner, author Kameron Hurley. It is the story of two enemy lovers, Zan and Jayd – the story’s two...

The Godless by Ben Peek

Review: The Godless by Ben Peek

The grimdark fantasy market is spoiled for multi-book epics. Abercrombie, Martin, and Bakker all have well-established series battling it out on the shelves. Fighting for a space between them would be a daunting prospect...