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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...

Three Things I Wish I’d Known

November marks an occasion both amazing and terrifying: my Orbit debut, Legacy of Ash, is unleashed upon the world. While I’ve been writing for decades now, accumulating a small library of self-published works, a...

Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos

Having recently posted about the magnificent Astartes series being the pinnacle of animation for the Warhammer 40K universe, a few people pointed out other fan efforts have been right up there in quality as...
The Witcher III

How to Make a Grimdark Setting

I’m a huge fan of Andrjez Sapkowski’s The Witcher novels. While most fans are familiar with the series through CD Projekt Red’s video game trilogy, the novels are an excellent grimdark series of their...

Master of Sorrows: The Lost Chapters – Devils Bargains

Chapter 24.5 is an interesting one, not just because it didn’t make it into the final book, but also because it reveals so much more about the wood-witch (Kelga) and the Shadow Reborn (Oyru)....

Grimdark top 15: James picks his favourites

This isn’t a post for people to say, “Well, that isn’t Grimdark in my opinion”. Everything here, I think a Grimdark fan could enjoy. Unlike a lot of these sort of features, I will...