An Interview With Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an author of both long and short-form speculative fiction; his short story collections The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories each won...
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An Interview With Ken Liu

Horrific dark SciFi at Bad Space Comics

I was introduced to New Zealand based artist Scott Base's Bad Space Comics when I was mindlessly scrolling Facebook one night and saw the below image. Immediately hooked, I went...
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Horrific dark SciFi at Bad Space Comics

REVIEW: Game of Thrones S4

Returning for a fourth season, Game of Thrones S4 hits new heights that only dragons can reach as tight storytelling, amazing production values, and a cast fully deserving all the...
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REVIEW: Game of Thrones S4

REVIEW: We Break Immortals by Thomas Howard Riley

An exciting debut by a new fantasy author, We Break Immortals by Thomas Howard Riley held nothing back and left me eager for more. Everything is dialed up to eleven,...
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REVIEW: We Break Immortals by Thomas Howard Riley

REVIEW: Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is one of the most beloved anime of all time. It was never one of the most popular or widely watched but it was unique and its fans...
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REVIEW: Cowboy Bebop

REVIEW: The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson

The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson follows Wellington Thorneycroft, a pickpocket doing his best to survive the soul-crushing urban dystopia of the City. Surrounded by unscalable walls, scorched...
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REVIEW: The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson

REVIEW: The Wheel of Time E4: Dragon Reborn

The Wheel of Time E4: The Dragon Reborn is the best episode so far. Adapting Robert Jordan’s classic fantasy tome was always going to be a difficult task with fans...
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REVIEW: The Wheel of Time E4: Dragon Reborn

REVIEW: Parliament of Knives

Parliament of Knives is an interactive novel from Choice of Games and the third such choose-your-own adventure-esque game set in White Wolf's World of Darkness. I enjoyed Night Road and...
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REVIEW: Parliament of Knives

REVIEW: Risen by Benedict Jacka

Risen is a shattering final book of the Alex Versus series by Benedict Jacka; we say goodbye to the titular character Alex. It is all done. Finito. Endings can be...
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REVIEW: Risen by Benedict Jacka

REVIEW: The Wheel of Time E3: A Place of Safety

The Wheel of Time E3: A Place of Safety continues the improvements made in the previous episode as we follow the separate journeys of our heroes following their split in...
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REVIEW: The Wheel of Time E3: A Place of Safety
An Interview With Ken Liu An Interview With Ken Liu
Horrific dark SciFi at Bad Space Comics Horrific dark SciFi at Bad Space...
REVIEW: Game of Thrones S4 REVIEW: Game of Thrones S4
REVIEW: We Break Immortals by Thomas Howard Riley REVIEW: We Break Immortals by Thomas...
REVIEW: Cowboy Bebop REVIEW: Cowboy Bebop
REVIEW: The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson REVIEW: The Sun Casts No Shadow...
REVIEW: The Wheel of Time E4: Dragon Reborn REVIEW: The Wheel of Time E4:...
REVIEW: Parliament of Knives REVIEW: Parliament of Knives
REVIEW: Risen by Benedict Jacka REVIEW: Risen by Benedict Jacka
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Dirge by Tim Marquitz

Let There Be Darkness

While there’s been an upswing in popularity of darker stories of late, Warhammer 40k having coined the term grimdark back in the early 2000s, the concept of darkness in storytelling has been around for...

The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Review: The Grim Company by Luke Scull

I destroyed The Grim Company by Luke Scull like one of Jerek’s axes splitting a head open. It’s been a little while since I’ve done that. Scull has rocketed into my list of favourite...

Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Classics Review: Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

If you’re arriving this late at Before They are Hanged, you might be like me – just digging in to the blood and muck that is grimdark fantasy. Before They are Hanged is the...

GdM

What does Grimdark Magazine want?

We’ve all been there as writers. You knock out a short story, crack yourself a celebratory beer and know – just know – that you are getting this piece published in that e-zine (like Grimdark Magazine!)...

GdM #2

Pre-order Grimdark Magazine Issue 2

That time of the quarter is almost here, when we kick up our feet and feast on some grimdark goodness. This quarter we’ve got a cracking line-up for you, a deal for those only...

Wentworth Season 1

Review: Wentworth Season 1

Brutal. Bloody. Deep. Sad. Grey. All of these things make Wentworth an unbelievably addictive piece of Australian television (and I’ll tell you right now they are few and far between). Set within the violent...

Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney

Review: Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney

The title, Riding the Unicorn, sounds about as far from grimdark as you can get. I’m pretty sure I wrote a short story called Riding the Unicorn for my mom when I was six...

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Review: The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Where The Black Prism was a bit slow to kick off and sometimes got bogged down in explaining the magic system, The Blinding Knife floors the accelerator from the starting line. Before you get...

Shatterwing: Dragon Wine 1 by Donna Maree Hanson

Review: Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson

From the outside, Shatterwing seems to be an appealing dark-fantasy story. Atypical fantasy world? Check. Intriguing plot? Check. Strong heroine? Sign me up. Unfortunately, appearances often differ from reality and despite a unique setting,...

Mark Lawrence

Interview: Mark Lawrence

As well as providing an awesome Broken Empire short story for Grimdark Magazine’s first ever issue, Mark Lawrence was good enough to chat to us about grimdark, short fiction, Broken Empire, Red Queen’s War...