Guest Posts

Guest Post: At the heart of the deep, dark wood: why do forests still terrify us? by Caroline Hardaker

When was the last time you walked in the deep, dark wood? What did you see? What did you feel? And would you walk the same path at night? Across the spectrum of horror,...

Lenses on Complicity: Character Arcs in Pact & Pattern – J.T. Greathouse

As the Pact & Pattern series draws to a close, I think readers might be interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at some of my thought process in writing these books. One element of...
Age of Conan

The Mud, the Blood and the Years: Why “Grimdark” is the New “Sword and Sorcery”

“Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer…” –Robert E. Howard It was born in 1929, named in 1961, and died sometime in the early 80s....
Evil is a Matter of Perspective

Evil is a Matter of Perspective Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky

I’m Adrian Tchaikovsky, and I hit the writing scene around 2008, and in August 2016 I’ll have my 14th book in print. This tends to prompt a lot of grumbling and use of the...
The Last Quarrel by Duncan Lay

Creating a Grimdark World

Somewhere between the incredible detail of J.R.R. Tolkien’s worlds and the slapdash efforts of films such as 10,000BC, which famously had snow turning to jungle turning to desert, lies a happy place. A place...
GdM

Writing About Firearms

Burke ripped his revolver from his holster, diving into cover as his prey opened fire. Rounds sent chips of concrete flying through the air. Ducking round his cover, he blazed away until the hammer...
Dirge by Tim Marquitz

Let There Be Darkness

While there’s been an upswing in popularity of darker stories of late, Warhammer 40k having coined the term grimdark back in the early 2000s, the concept of darkness in storytelling has been around for...