Grimdark Magazine Issue #37 is here!

Last Updated on July 16, 2024

Let us all say goodbye to the insanity of 2023 and welcome the promise of 2024. This issue is a banger and the appropriate way to enter the new year.

First off, we have our cover story from Cameron Johnston. Among his many works, he wrote one of my favorite books, The Maleficent Seven. If that book isn’t grimdark, I don’t know what is. He has written an origin story for one of the book’s most beloved and feared characters. I am not giving it away; you must check it out.

Michael R. Fletcher, whom we have featured in the last few issues, is a madman who has brought us an original story about Wardogs. Laurel Hightower, known for her horror prowess, contributed a story about the phrase, “How badly do you want it?” Would you burn your world to warm yourself in the ashes? Would you burn down someone else world? It is a hell of a story. Lastly, we have three incredible reprints from Kameron Hurley, Gemma Amor, and Sunyi Dean.

Hurley’s My Oracles at the End of the World is a dark story written in clear, stark prose in the grim way that only Kameron, one of grimdark’s queens, can do. Sunyi Dean, of The Book Eaters fame, brings us a story about a relationship with the devil and the devouring of oneself both mentally and physiologically.

Finally, Gemma Amor, who has worked with GdM many times, has brought us the dark and unconventional story of three people and death on a wrecked ship. The story Adrift is a tribute to Edgar Allen Poe’s MS in a Bottle. While this may seem slightly outside the scope of GdM’s usual fare at first glance, the power of Amor’s writing, the grayness of the characters, and the supernatural elements make this story something you will remember.

Thank you, dear readers, for joining us in 2023. We have amazing things planned for 2024, and I can’t wait to tell you about them.

Cover for Grimdark Magazine Issue #37

Carlos Diaz has yet again (and I feel like I say this every quarter) hit this out of the park with his depiction of Cameron Johnston’s story, Birth of A Demonologist. I can’t stop looking at all the detail in the fire!

The lineup


  • The Last Wardog by Michael R. Fletcher
  • Zero Sum by Laurel Hightower
  • Adrift by Gemma Amor
  • The Long, Slow Courtship of Mr. Death and Famishista by Sunyi Dean
  • My Oracles at the End of the World by Kameron Hurley
  • Birth of A Demonologist by Cameron Johnston


  • Review: The Principle of Moments by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson
  • An Interview with Gemma Amor
  • Review: The Book That Broke the World by Mark Lawrence
  • An Interview with Jay Kristoff
  • It’s a Grim, Dark World by Deborah A. Wolf
  • Giving Life to the Walking Dead by Aaron S. Jones
  • Review: The Woods All Black by Lee Mandelo
  • An Interview with Lee Mandelo

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Elizabeth Tabler

Elizabeth Tabler

Elizabeth Tabler runs Beforewegoblog and is constantly immersed in fantasy stories. She was at one time an architect but divides her time now between her family in Portland, Oregon, and as many book worlds as she can get her hands on. She is also a huge fan of Self Published fantasy and is on Team Qwillery as a judge for SPFBO5. You will find her with a coffee in one hand and her iPad in the other. Find her on:

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