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There’s a Monster in the House (and it is us)

It is often asserted that Mary Shelley gave life to modern speculative fiction with her masterpiece Frankenstein. If this is so, it can be further argued that grimdark swirls deep in the DNA of...

What to read when you need a break from Warhammer 40,000

At its core, the Warhammer 40,000 universe is a story centred on a stricken empire in decline that’s desperately shoving every resource at its disposal between it and its own impending doom. One of...

The Toxic Side of Fandom

Being a fan of fantasy is awesome. Dragons, magic, epic battles: I love all of it and have done for as long as I can remember. Growing up, enjoying fantasy and sci-fi felt like...

Rising Stars of Grimdark SFF 2023

Over the last couple of years, a range of authors have really come to the fore for our review team with their focus on creating grim stories in dark worlds told by morally grey...
The King Must Fall artwork

Royalty and Power in Fantasy: Heavy is the head that wears the crown

Pick up a fantasy book at random and odds are, there will be royalty in the story. A sneering prince looking down on the commoners, a king or queen struggling with the burden of...

The best dark and grimdark SFF of 2022

With another year pretty much done, it’s time for the Grimdark Magazine review team to pick their favourite dark and grimdark SFF reads of 2022! When I was compiling this list it really dawned...

Is it finally happening? Warhammer 40,000 to hit the big screen with Henry Cavill starring and producing

Today, The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news that I, and millions of other Warhammer 40,000 fans, have been waiting for. A company with the cash and capability to do our most beloved sci-fantasy universe...

What is Cyberpunk?

When embarking on a new genre, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the kind of tropes and expectations of them. One of my favorite subgenres is also one of the most influential and, sadly,...
Cover for The Traitor by Anthony Ryan

The SFF books we can’t wait to read in 2023

I don’t know about you, but it fucking finally feels like the world is starting to tilt back towards normality. And part of that normal is seeing people at Cons again, books being signed by...

Where to start reading grimdark, no matter the genre you prefer

Depending on where you get your data from, there are up to four million books published every year. Let that sink in. Four fucking million. Add to that there are so many opinions on...

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