Grimdark Magazine Issue #31 is here!

In Grimdark Magazine Issue #31, I am very proud to bring you what I hope is a range of new voices you’ve yet to read before amongst new ideas from authors you already know and love. Inside, you’ll find grim and gritty stories from new points of view, plot twists that leave your jaw dangling against your sternum, and articles and interviews that hopefully get your thinking skullcaps warmed up.

But first, as always, let’s glory in another Carlos Diaz cover, this time based on Richard Swan’s Empire of the Wolf story, A Reputation for Prudence.

The cover for Grimdark Magazine Issue #31

I’m not going to lie, since day one I’ve been wanting to have a character launched out of a window. A tip of the pint glass to Richard Swan for giving me that opportunity!

Author line up for Issue #31

Grimdark Magazine presents the darker, grittier side of fantasy and science fiction. Each quarterly issue features established and new authors to take you through their hard-bitten worlds alongside articles, reviews and interviews. Our stories are grim, our worlds are dark and our morally grey protagonists and anti-heroes light the way with bloody stories of war, betrayal and action.


  • And Sneer of Cold Command by Premee Mohamed
  • The First Bar at the End of the Day by Ken Scholes
  • Head Games by Cameron Johnston
  • Adramelech by Sean Patrick Hazlett
  • A Reputation for Prudence by Richard Swan


  • An Interview with Foz Meadows (interviewed by Beth Tabler)
  • Royalty and Power in Fantasy: Heavy is the head that wears the crown by Aaron S. Jones
  • An Interview with Chris Panatier (interviewed by Beth Tabler)
  • Associating with Antiheroes by Deborah A Wolf
  • Review: August Kitko and the Mechas from Space by Alex White (review by Beth Tabler)
  • Writing Good Tie-in Fiction by Alex White

Read Grimdark Magazine Issue #31

Grab your copy from our online store, or using the links below. For our Patreon subscribers, your issue awaits you in your Patreon inbox! Please also add our Goodreads entry for this issue to your shelves.

Beth Tabler taking the reigns of Issue #32, onwards!

After 31 issues of Grimdark Magazine over eight years I am also very proud to have Beth Tabler taking over the reins for fiction and article procurement for Issue #32 onwards. Over the last year and a half, Beth has been getting more and more involved in issue publication. You’ll see her name against pretty much every interview, she’s been procuring more and more stories and articles, and she’s been learning the nuts and bolts that go into creating every quarterly issue of this ezine. Please join me in giving her a crisp shield clash and some appreciative side-eye (with only a minor side of intention-to-betray) as she continues to deliver what you love to read.

And what will this lazy old goat be doing? While I’m supporting Beth and the online content team, I’ll be focussing on larger publishing projects like Evil is a Matter of Perspective, The King Must Fall, and In the Shadow of their Dying. What does that mean for you? More grimdark fiction and content, of course!

For now, happy reading, and as always, thank you for your support.

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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.

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