Discussions

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...

4 Grimdark Shows to Watch After Game of Thrones

“The night is dark and full of terrors,” especially now that HBO’s long running show, Game of Thrones, has come to a conclusion. The series finale premiered on May 19th to an audience of...

Casting the characters of Ed McDonald’s Blackwing

Ed McDonald’s Blackwing threw itself into the fray in 2017. With its gritty mixture of frontier brutality, despair and dread it solidified itself as one of the best releases of the past few years....

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...

6 shows coming in 2019/20 for fans of darker stories

With San Diego ComicCon 2019 wrapped, we think there is a season of TV (or six!) that fans of dark / grimdark / noir SFF should be excited about in the coming twelve months....