REVIEW: The Killing Light by Myke Cole

The Killing Light is the last book of an immense trilogy that is both satisfying and haunting. I will be thinking about this book long after having finished it. "The...
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REVIEW: The Killing Light by Myke Cole

REVIEW: The House of Night and Chain by David Annandale

Horrific influences and elements permeate every facet of the Warhammer Universe--from the old World of Warhammer Fantasy, to the Realms of Age of Sigmar, and on to the grimdark future...
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REVIEW: The House of Night and Chain by David Annandale

REVIEW: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Tamsyn Muir’s debut novel, Gideon the Ninth is a dark, irreverent, bonkers and beautiful story featuring competing necromancers, duelling cavaliers, and a protagonist with a genuinely unique point of view....
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REVIEW: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

REVIEW: Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

Sword of Destiny is a slavic fantasy book that contains the brilliance captured by the video game series, as well as the repertoire of characters that Andrzej Sapkowski has at...
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REVIEW: Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

REVIEW: Onslaught of Madness by Jesse Teller

Onslaught of Madness was my second foray into the world of Perilisc, as told by the gifted author Jesse Teller. I’ve also reviewed Song by the same author for Grimdark Magazine....
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REVIEW: Onslaught of Madness by Jesse Teller

REVIEW: Sons of Thunder by Giles Kristian

In the name of Odin, Sons of Thunder is a mind-blowing and shield-bashingly good book. The second instalment in the Raven series, Giles Kristian has crafted a rich tale that...
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REVIEW: Sons of Thunder by Giles Kristian

REVIEW: Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call

Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call is the book I have been waiting for all year. Ainnevog, let's call him Annev, is a boy with a simple but not...
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REVIEW: Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call

Grit in Your Controller: Grimdark and Gaming

By Jeremy Szal and Layla Cummins - originally published in GdM#3 Video games are nothing short of a controversial topic within the entertainment industry. From fuming politicians on the morning...
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Grit in Your Controller: Grimdark and Gaming

REVIEW: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish is the first chapter in the epic Witcher series, opening Geralt’s tale with a brutal and fun bang. Book 1 of the Witcher introduces the slavic high-fantasy...
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REVIEW: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

ANNOUNCEMENT: Grimdark Magazine Open Window

Grimdark Magazine's 2019 open window for submissions between 1st of November and the 14th of November has begun. I am looking for grimdark SFF fiction of up to 4,000 words...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Grimdark Magazine Open Window
REVIEW: The Killing Light by Myke Cole REVIEW: The Killing Light by Myke...
REVIEW: The House of Night and Chain by David Annandale REVIEW: The House of Night and...
REVIEW: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir REVIEW: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn...
REVIEW: Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski REVIEW: Sword of Destiny by Andrzej...
REVIEW: Onslaught of Madness by Jesse Teller REVIEW: Onslaught of Madness by Jesse...
REVIEW: Sons of Thunder by Giles Kristian REVIEW: Sons of Thunder by Giles...
REVIEW: Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call REVIEW: Master of Sorrows by Justin...
Grit in Your Controller: Grimdark and Gaming Grit in Your Controller: Grimdark and...
REVIEW: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski REVIEW: The Last Wish by Andrzej...
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REVIEW: Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Priest of Bones is the new fantasy novel by Peter McLean, author of the Burned Man urban fantasy series.  It is a decidedly grim and dark, not-for-the-kiddies-thank-god, story that essentially recounts a turf war...

"The First Law Trilogy", artwork by Darya Kuznetsova

Is the First Law Trilogy the Anti-Lord of the Rings?

A question that often comes up in the various fantasy forums I frequent is, ‘What is the anti-Lord of the Rings?’ This is an odd query because it implies there’s automatically an antithesis the...

Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Review: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Dragons, fire-fighters, post-collapse America, powered mech suits, robots, ghosts: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby is a heady mash-up of tropes and genres. The novel could loosely be described as a mix of cop drama,...

Barbarians or Philosophers? What Psychology Has to Say about Grimdark Fans and Their Dark Obsession

We grimdark readers and writers are often written-off as the dark creatures hiding in the caves of fantasyland, eager to feast upon depictions of horrible gore, morally reprehensible characters, and pointless violence.  Why would...

Darkrise by M.L. Spencer

Excerpt: Darkrise – Book Four of The Rhenwars Saga by M.L. Spencer

Bestselling Author M.L. Spencer has released Darkrise, Book Four of The Rhenwars Saga and as a nice little sneak peek for those who haven’t grabbed the book yet, we’ve got an excerpt for you....

REVIEW: Urban Enemies edited by Joseph Nassise

Urban fantasy is not my thing, but then, I’ve never really given it a fair go. So I picked up Joseph Nassise’s Urban Enemies and had a crack. The book contains 17 antagonists from a...

Darklands by M.L. Spencer

Interview: M.L. Spencer

Recently, C.T. Phipps had a chance to chat with M.L. Spencer about her novel series, The Rhenwars Saga. You can also read a review of Darkstorm, the first book of The Rhenwars Saga. [CTP]...

Age of Conan

The Mud, the Blood and the Years: Why “Grimdark” is the New “Sword and Sorcery”

“Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer…” –Robert E. Howard It was born in 1929, named in 1961, and died sometime in the early 80s....

Excerpt: Beasts of the Burnished Chain by Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall’s Crimson Empire is one of the best grimdark fantasy series to hit stands over the last few years. Deeply imaginative, gritty, and darkly funny, we were excited as all hells to be able...

Acts of Caine by Matthew Stover

Review: Acts of Caine series by Matthew Stover

For me, reading Heroes Die, the first book in the Acts of Caine series by Matthew Stover, was like being an archaeologist and discovering that Ancient Romans had flat-screen televisions. It’s one of the...