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The Wheel of Time Trailer is here!

The Wheel of Time is not a grimdark series by even loose standards but it is one of the seminal works of fantasy from the Nineties. It takes many classic tropes of fantasy: the...

Let the Characters Take the Wheel

Every now and then (eerily it’s often around the time of a book launch) I’m asked a question that boils down to “What Comes First, Plot or Character?” The answer – at least for...

Aussie stouts and book pairings to warm your grimdark heart

There are few better ways to spend a winter’s afternoon than opening up a grimdark book next to an Australian royal imperial stout (barrel aged if you can get it!), kicking your feet up...

So, you want to become an SFF book reviewer?

Book reviewing in the SFF community is an awesome gig. The books hitting our inboxes and post boxes in 2020 and 2021 just keep getting better and better. And as an SFF book reviewer,...

Best SFF books of 2021 so far: picked by the GdM team

2021, so far, has provided a fair amount of time for our team to read. We’ve been locked indoors whistfully thinking of Cons and catching up with mates, or celebrating a little freedom by...

The Case for Conflict

In discussions about the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and the distinctions that set them apart, it becomes abundantly clear that these three genres are also easily blended together. However, posting about...

Eight Indie Cyberpunk Book Recommendations

Grimdark Magazine has long supported indie authors and their eternal attempts to get noticed among the countless other books released by both traditional publishers and the increasingly saturated indie market. We are also huge...

Why we’re so excited for Legacy of Light by Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward’s Legacy series is epic AF and about to wrap up in 2021 with the release of Legacy of Light. With a big cast, epic storyline, and grim twists and turns at every corner, I’ve...

Crossing the Monster

The best monsters are not ‘other’, or ‘different’, or ‘damaged’, but those that exploit our fears and our own flaws. The creatures that make us think of death, loss, drastic unasked for change, loss...

Grimdark in Dark Times

How can reading or watching grim, dark and often violent stories help people confront the chaos of life? The last eighteen months have been unpleasant on a global scale. Life in a pandemic is...