GdM Issue #38 featuring South Asian authors is here!

Last Updated on April 15, 2024

Grimdark Magazine Issue #38 is finally here! This is an issue that I am massively excited about as we try to push your boundaries as a reader through focussing on South Asian SFF. In Mihir Wanchoo’s introduction, he sums up the appeal of stories from South Asia when he says that the stories are “laced with magic, gods, rakshasas, mythical creatures, non-human races, prophecies, and more.” I think he nails the feel of what Beth has put together, perfectly.

Note from Editor Beth Tabler

This issue developed over lengthy conversations with my good friend Mihir Wanchoo; Mihir is one of the lead voices from the famous review blog, Fantasy Book Critic. In the last few years, I have developed an insatiable love for the vibrancy of South Asian literature. This love is coupled with an interview with Gourav Mohanty, author of Sons of Darkness, where he talked about it being the first Indian grimdark novel. I knew that I could bring dark stories from South Asian writers to our readers and get them as enthralled with the storytelling as I am currently. I cannot wait for readers to dive into the stories of R.R Virdi, whose Reed Lions is our cover image, or the stories of Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Vajra Chandrasekera, Gautam Bhatia, and Gourav Mohanty.

We also have two excellent interviews, one with the author of The Ten Percent Thief, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, and Mihir Wanchoo interviewing desi readers of the Booktube and the blogging community about how South Asian literature has influenced them and the changes they see happening in the publishing world.

As I say every issue, perfect chance to kick back, pop a beer, and get ready to dive into some deliciously dark short stories. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Cover reveal for Grimdark Magazine Issue #38

Carlos Diaz of Kamyu Digital Arts has one again knocked this cover out of the park. His art is based upon Reed Lions by R.R. Virdi.

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Adrian Collins

Adrian Collins

Adrian Collins runs Grimdark Magazine and loves anything to do with telling darker stories. Doesn't matter the format, or when it was published or produced--just give him a grim story told in a dark world by a morally grey protagonist and this bloke's in his happy place. Add in a barrel aged stout to sip on after a cheeky body surf under the Australian sun, and that's his heaven.