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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REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan

REVIEW: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Over on his blog, Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire, Red Queen’s War, Red Sister) is making an effort to “nail down grimdark.” In doing so he offers two camps of people...
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REVIEW: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Blood. Mutilation. Sex. Politicking. And all of it coalesces into one meaty tale of love, betrayal, and death in Melokai, the first novel in Rosalyn Kelly’s In the Heart of...
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REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

REVIEW: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Nicholas Eames’s second novel, Bloody Rose, the follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut, Kings of the Wyld, was released with a fair bit of hype last week, some folks even...
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REVIEW: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Review: Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

“Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire is a short (124 “pages”, e-book only) short story collection by Mark Lawrence. It contains ten short stories,...
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Review: Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

The Tower of Living and Dying both builds upon and eclipses the world and story Smith-Spark started with The Court of Broken Knives. It’s bigger, wider, more sprawling than its...
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REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

REVIEW: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

Darksoul is Anna Stephens’s taut follow-up to Godblind and the second volume in the Godblind Trilogy. With a desperate siege and angry gods, this installment shrinks the geography and increases...
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REVIEW: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Godblind is the hard-hitting debut by Anna Stephens and the first volume in the Godblind Trilogy. The novel is a medieval epic fantasy set in the small land-locked kingdom of...
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REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Reviewers wanted!

Grimdark Magazine is looking for reviewers to join the meatshields front line troops of its reviewer ranks! What does GdM review? As the premier grimdark niche ezine (well, the only...
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The Bloody Quarrel by Duncan Lay

Excerpt: The Bloody Quarrel by Duncan Lay

When I found out an Aussie grimdark author that hails from the own back yard of my youth on the central coast of New South Wales, Australia, to say I was excited was an...

Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

Marc Turner’s Devil Watching Competiton

Marc Turner is the author of When the Heavens Fall, which we reviewed here. His second book, Dragon Hunters, hits the shelves in the US and the UK on the 9th of February, 2016,...

Red Kent from Mark Lawrence’s Bad Seed

Jason Deem has done it again with his new cover for Grimdark Magazine Issue 1. We were incredibly fortunate to secure a short story from one of the premier authors in the fantasy genre...

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

Review: A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

A Crown for Cold Silver is a fantastic first dip of the toe into grimdark fantasy for for the author hidden behind the pseudonym Alex Marshall (best online theory I could find on who that is...

Hassebrand by Jason Deem

Excerpt: A Fair Man by Peter Orullian featured in GdM Issue 6

As a part of GdM #6 we were lucky enough to publish The Vault of Heaven series author Peter Orullian. If you haven’t checked out Peter’s books, make sure to head over to amazon...

Hassebrand by Jason Deem

Lineup for GdM Issue 6

Issue 6 has an absolutely cracking lineup of fiction and non-fiction, covered with a beautiful piece of artwork based on one of Michael R. Fletcher’s hassebrands, by Jason Deem. Issue #6 will be available...

Hassebrand by Jason Deem

One of Michael R. Fletcher’s Hassebrands

As a part of developing his Manifest Delusions world for Beyond Redemption, Michael R. Fletcher wrote a series of short stories. We were lucky enough to snag one for Issue 6 (due out 15 Jan 216)....

When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

Review: When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

Can traditional high-fantasy be grimdark? Apparently, yes. Marc Turner’s debut novel When the Heavens Fall showed me that fantasy can be saturated with magic without losing any of the grit. It manages to deliver...

Grimdark Magazine Issue 6 Release Delay (and Other Bits of Good News)

The Bad: Issue 6 Pushed Back Trying to release an issue on the 1st of Jan, right on the back end of the busiest time of year at our day jobs, Christmas, New Year’s...

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The GdM Team Pick Their Grimdark Favourites for 2015

The year 2015 has been a pretty damned epic year for grimdark fiction. Our team has spent the last year reading about hundreds of gritty anti-heroes fighting their way through plenty of dark worlds. In our...