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Anna Smith Spark is the author of the critically acclaimed, Gemmell and BSF awards shortlisted Empires of Dust grimdark epic fantasy series The Court of Broken Knives, The Tower of Living and Dying and The House of Sacrifice (HarperVoyager UK / Orbit US/Can). Her favourite authors are Mary Renault, R Scott Bakker and M. John Harrison. Previous jobs include English teacher, petty bureaucrat and fetish model. You may know her by the heels of her shoes. www.courtofbrokenknives.org Twitter: @queenofgrimdark Facebook: Anna Smith Spark

ANOTHER letter to the GdM editor

Dear Sir, Mark Lawrence is innocent! Free the Grimdark One! It’s all that nice Mr Kipling’s fault. My name is Anna Smith Spark, and in my brief moments of lucidity I have this delusion...

Grimdark and Nihilism

‘Bleak’, ‘savage’, ‘nihilistic’, are words that tend to get flung around when discussing grimdark. It’s kind of in the name, really. A grimdark book ended ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ would quite...