As Australia shifts from fire, to plague, to flood, and apparently now just waits for famine to drop its six pack into the esky and join the party, I am so happy to bring you the 26th issue of Grimdark Magazine. This quarter’s issue is full of exclusive short stories, a tall stack of interviews, and an article on the future being grimdark (not that we have a biased opinion on that, or anything).
While there weren’t any reprints that really hit the mark for this issue, these three original pieces of fiction really took the grimdark coin and looked at it from a number of angles: Haze writes about a pit fighter held in more than just physical chains, Wolf a child figuring out what to do when her sister announces she is leaving her with their abusive father, and Fritz a writer in a mercenary company.
- Monster Within by Angel Haze
- Wretched by Deborah A. Wolf
- Morality Aside by Zachary Fritz
This quarter we mostly focussed on interviews. We love talking to the people who are consistently pushing the boundaries of SFF while producing engaging fiction, and we hope you enjoy our conversations with them.
- An interview with Peter McLean
- An interview with Marina Lostetter
- The Future is Grimdark by Aaron S. Jones
This quarter’s cover by Carlos Diaz is based on Angel Haze’s short story Monster Within where an enslaved pit fighter must dig deep to protect those he loves. As always, Carlos has done a brilliant job bringing the story to life, and Nora Collins has done an excellent job with the typography.
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