Review: Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

Here be dragons. Need I say more? Dragon Hunters is the second book in Marc Turner’s debut fantasy series The Chronicles of the Exile, but features new characters and a...
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Review: Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

Stop whinging about the cost of ebooks

Reading community: I have a bone to pick with some of you. For the love of the literary gods can you stop flipping out about the cost of ebooks. Let's...
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Stop whinging about the cost of ebooks

GdM’s most anticipated SFF books of 2019

2019 is shaping up to be an absolute cracker for dark and grimdark SFF. These are the books the GdM team are most looking forward to reading (and hopefully reviewing)...
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GdM’s most anticipated SFF books of 2019

2018 best SFF books picked by the GdM team

2018 was an amazing year from grimdark and dark SFF, with more and more books coming out that tick our boxes. As per every year for the last four years,...
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2018 best SFF books picked by the GdM team

REVIEW: Song by Jesse Teller

Book One of the Manhunters series starts off with a hook, with our “hero” Rayph playing a game in a bathhouse and a serving boy approaches. “I’m afraid we are...
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REVIEW: Song by Jesse Teller

The Grimdark Villain

Many fans of grimdark literature, film, and games might argue that the term villain is an inappropriate one for the genre. It conjures an image of the mustache twirling evil-doer...
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The Grimdark Villain

Who is the Grimdark Hero?

Grimdark is a relatively new subgenre in the world of fantasy and science fiction, having emerged as the grittier, morally ambiguous side of fantasy in the 1970s and ‘80s with...
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Who is the Grimdark Hero?

REVIEW: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

When Graham Austin-King first approached me about an ARC of The Lore of Prometheus he described it as sort of Dean Koontz / Stephen King / Clive Barker style. Now,...
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REVIEW: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

REVIEW: Blackest Knights edited by C.T. Phipps

What happens when good knights go bad? When shining armor cracks, morals are cast aside, and sacred oaths are broken? Blackest Knights, edited by C.T. Phipps, is a collection of...
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REVIEW: Blackest Knights edited by C.T. Phipps

REVIEW: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

The Razor is the new science fiction novel by J. Barton Mitchell, author of the acclaimed YA sci-fi series The Conquered Earth. This one’s not YA, but it won’t cause...
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REVIEW: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

REVIEW: Cold Iron by MIles Cameron

"Superb," the man in the black cloak said, and slammed his dagger into the young man's temple, killing him instantly. The blade emerged from the other temple with admirable precision,...
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REVIEW: Cold Iron by MIles Cameron

REVIEW: Many are the Dead by Anthony Ryan

After the Industrial Age adventures of The Draconis Memoria series, Anthony Ryan has returned to the fantasy world of Raven’s Shadow with the novella Many Are the Dead. The book...
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REVIEW: Many are the Dead by Anthony Ryan

REVIEW: Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

Blood of Heirs is the ambitious debut epic fantasy novel and the first book of The Coraidic Saga by Alicia Wanstall-Burke. And while I wouldn't place it in the grimdark...
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REVIEW: Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

The Traitor Baru Cormorant has one of the best protagonists in fantasy

Sweet literary gods, I've just been in the mind of a genius--and I'm not just talking about Seth Dickinson's imagination. The Traitor Baru Cormorant is one of the best books I've...
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The Traitor Baru Cormorant has one of the best protagonists in fantasy

The Odd Hopefulness of Grimdark

In today’s social-media-saturated world, a lot of what we see are the highlights of people’s lives, and it’s easy to feel inadequate when confronted with the reality of one’s own...
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The Odd Hopefulness of Grimdark

REVIEW: Devouring Dark by Alan Baxter

Suppose you have darkness/shadows (depending on what you call it) living inside of you. Suppose you can release it time to time in one way or another. How would you...
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REVIEW: Devouring Dark by Alan Baxter

REVIEW: The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee

The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee is a fantastic new addition to the grimdark fantasy landscape, and is the beginning to the Five Warrior Angels series, which promises to...
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REVIEW: The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee

REVIEW: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

When We Ride the Storm by Devin Madison opened with the line, “It’s harder to sever a head than people think. Perhaps if one were skilled with an axe it...
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REVIEW: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

REVIEW: Queen of Crows by Myke Cole

Fucking hell, Myke Cole! Why do you hurt me so?!? What a roller coaster of emotions The Queen of Crows presented. The Queen of Crows is the follow-up to The...
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REVIEW: Queen of Crows by Myke Cole

REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan

War Cry is the new novella by Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage Trilogy), continuing the Tor.com series of shorter-than-novel-length fiction that has also included familiar names like Martha Wells and...
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The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Exclusive: Cover Reveal for The Court of Broken Knives

The Court of Broken Knives is hands down one of the most anticipated books and debuts of 2017 for the grimdark community. Anna Smith-Spark convinced Harper-Voyager to drop the cover on the GdM blog...

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Grimdark Magazine Announcement

Some big changes are coming to Grimdark Magazine! Having been on the market for two and a half years now, we’ve learnt a thing or two, and as we’ve grown, so has grimdark and...

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Warning: If you haven’t read Six of Crows, then don’t read this review. After enjoying Six of Crows so much, I leapt straight into book two. With what I do here at GdM meaning the...

Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

Review: Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

To begin the foreword to Cthulhu Armageddon, C.T. Phipps poses the question: What would you get if you crossed Mad Max with the Cthulhu Cycle? The book to follow well and truly delivers on...

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I have a new addition to my list of favourite authors. Straight off the bat and clear over the fence for six, I’m going to set the tone of this review right there. Abercrombie,...

Omnicide Publishing

Announcement: Omnicide Publishing Joint Venture

Grimdark Magazine and Dirge Magazine are combining top-shelf dark fiction with the best in engaging new media to create Omnicide Publishing. The joint venture’s goal is to create something new in the fields of:...

Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

Interview: Phil Tucker

[MC] The Path of Flames harkens back to traditional fantasy. What books inspired it? [PT] In many ways I’ve gone back to my childhood favourites, namely David Gemmell’s Drenai books, Guy Gavriel Kay’s Fionavar...

Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

Review: Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker, the first installment of the Chronicles of the Exile, is a self-published book that’s been doing well recently in Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off. It’s a fun,...

The Last Quarrel by Duncan Lay

Review: The Last Quarrel by Duncan Lay

The Last Quarrel is a fun, easy-to-read novel that hits you with some action-filled, staccato-paced chapters and a jolting end. Our two protagonists and main viewpoints are Fallon and Prince Cavan. Fallon is a...

Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

Excerpt: Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

Chapter One The sun blasted against our environment-reinforced uniforms. We were moving through the Great Barrier Desert, a massive Tainted Zone larger than the New Arkham Dust Zone by several orders of magnitudes. Our...