Grimdark Magazine Issue #39 out now!

Header for the release of Grimdark Magazine Issue 39

Last Updated on July 2, 2024

Welcome to issue #39 of Grimdark Magazine! Grimdark is a state of mind; it is a style of storytelling that finds a home in just about every genre. Knowing this, we dedicate one of our quarterly GdM issues to science fiction, yearly. As a heavy reader of science fiction, I look forward to this issue every year. I enjoy reading stories that bring you into the cold, endless dark of space or the rotten politics of futuristic societies. In this issue, we have a unique collection of stories that range in style and subject, promising to captivate even the most dedicated science fiction reader. So, kick back and let us take you into the vast black.

Happy reading, my friends.

Cover reveal

Carlos Diaz has knocked it out of the park once again! The depth and eeriness he injects into his SF covers is amazing, as is the detail on those ships. This cover is based on Christian Cameron’s story Dead Reckoning Part II (you can find part 1 in Issue #34), an Arcana Imperii story.

The line up for Issue #39

We have ab epic line up for you once again, so come get your teeth into some of the dark stuff!


  • Dead Reckoning II by Christian Cameron
  • Waiting for Witnesses by Gautam Bhatia
  • The Skin of Aquila Cadens by Chris Panatier
  • Observer by Eric Malikyte


  • Grimdark is a State of Mind by Krystle Matar
  • An Interview with Ryan Skeffington by John Mauro
  • Review: Lost Souls by Ryan Skeffington (John Mauro)
  • The Quest for Transparent Aluminium: Materials Science in Science Fiction by John Mauro
  • Review: The Mercy of Gods by S.A. Corey (Adrian Collins)
  • An Interview with Matt Dinniman by Beth Tabler
  • Review: Dungeon Crawler Carl by Matt Dinniman (Beth Tabler)
  • Science Fiction and The Dark Side of the Future by Aaron S. Jones

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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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