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Ten criminally underrated fantasy books

Not all authors get to drown in royalties and have fans baying for their blood the moment they take twelve seconds away from the keyboard to scratch their arses. Some have brilliant first books...

Five Black Library authors to watch out for

In the Grimdark Fiction Readers and Writer’s Facebook group, there’s been a growing trend of seeing more of our favourite grimdark / dark fantasy and sci-fi authors being added to the Black Library stable...

A Letter to the Editor from Michael R Fletcher

Dear Adrian, There’s a whole bunch I need to get off my chest, and a lot I need to apologize for. Apparently, we’ve been friends for a bunch of years now, but I’ve been...

Netflix’s The Witcher: The books vs the show

Like many individuals, I was introduced to The Witcher by the CD Projekt Red video games that showed a dark, sensual, cynical, and sometimes humorous world I hadn’t yet encountered in fantasy. Before Joe...

Our Hopes for Elden Ring

Just before E3 2019, rumors spread of a collaboration between two Grimdark giants: FromSoftware helmed by Hidetaka Miyazaki known worldwide for their Dark Souls trilogy of games and their dark, gritty, “git gud” gameplay...

SFF in 2020: What we can’t wait to read in the new decade

SFF in 2020 is something we’re all very much looking forward to. There’s plenty of goodness on the horizon, and in lieu of the release date of Joe Abercrombie’s The Trouble with Peace, our...

Best fantasy books of 2019: the Grimdark Magazine team favourites

Boxing Day is here, and it’s time to check out the Grimdark Magazine team’s favourite books for 2019 in our Best Fantasy Books of 2019 (click here for 2018 if you missed it!). It’s...
Grit in Your Controller: Grimdark and Gaming

Grit in Your Controller: Grimdark and Gaming

By Jeremy Szal and Layla Cummins – originally published in GdM#3 Video games are nothing short of a controversial topic within the entertainment industry. From fuming politicians on the morning news to bloggers with...

Getting excited for Stormblood by Jeremy Szal

One of the books I’m absolutely pumped about being released in 2020 is Jeremy Szal’s Stormblood from Gollancz. Jeremy’s been a mate for a long time, and having known him since Grimdark Magazine’s early days,...

Real Wounds. Real Pain. Dark Fiction’s Role in Exposing the Realities of War

My father was a Prisoner of War (POW) in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Though freed with the other surviving prisoners, I believe a part of him remained behind in his...