EXCLUSIVE: GdM#22 cover reveal featuring Jeff Salyards Scardevil

Grimdark Magazine #22 is here! We have a brilliant line up of stories, interviews, and articles--but first off, let's have a look at this amazing cover Carlos Diaz has created...
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EXCLUSIVE: GdM#22 cover reveal featuring Jeff Salyards Scardevil

REVIEW: Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards

A dystopian reimagining of a Europe falling apart, Echo Cycle is a novel in a class of its own. Patrick Edwards draws a vivid image of what could happen to...
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REVIEW: Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards

REVIEW: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard seems like a straightforward dark magic story, but it is anything but. If you are just reading the description of this story, on...
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REVIEW: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

REVIEW: The Returning by Damien Black

I received a review copy of The Returning: A Cautionary Tale From The Mercenary Realms in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Damien Black. The Returning...
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REVIEW: The Returning by Damien Black

REVIEW: Altered Carbon Season 2 from Netflix

Altered Carbon is probably one of my all-time favorite cyberpunk series, both book and television adaptation. I felt the idea of adapting the original novel was impossible given its stunning...
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REVIEW: Altered Carbon Season 2 from Netflix

REVIEW: Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

Kel Kade's book, Fate of the Fallen, is a book of tropes turned on their head and flipped all around. For example, how many books have you read about a small-town...
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REVIEW: Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

REVIEW: The Elder Ice and Broken Meats by David Hambling

David Hambling is the author of such Neo-Lovecraft novels as The Dulwich Horror and Tales of the Al-Azif. H.P. Lovecraft is an author who has spawned thousands of novels written...
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REVIEW: The Elder Ice and Broken Meats by David Hambling

REVIEW: The Son by Philipp Meyer

The Son is an epic novel that scales the history of the American west over three generations of a family, the McCulloughs. It is an instant classic, a masterpiece and...
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REVIEW: The Son by Philipp Meyer

REVIEW: For The Emperor by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!! Yes, all three exclamation points are necessary. Combining grimdark and humor is something that is very risky but awesome when done correctly. As Mel...
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REVIEW: For The Emperor by Sandy Mitchell

REVIEW: The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Kingdom of Liars in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Nick Martell and Gollancz for the opportunity. The...
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REVIEW: The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell
EXCLUSIVE: GdM#22 cover reveal featuring Jeff Salyards Scardevil EXCLUSIVE: GdM#22 cover reveal featuring Jeff...
REVIEW: Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards REVIEW: Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards
REVIEW: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard REVIEW: An Unkindness of Magicians by...
REVIEW: The Returning by Damien Black REVIEW: The Returning by Damien Black
REVIEW: Altered Carbon Season 2 from Netflix REVIEW: Altered Carbon Season 2 from...
REVIEW: Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade REVIEW: Fate of the Fallen by...
REVIEW: The Elder Ice and Broken Meats by David Hambling REVIEW: The Elder Ice and Broken...
REVIEW: The Son by Philipp Meyer REVIEW: The Son by Philipp Meyer
REVIEW: For The Emperor by Sandy Mitchell REVIEW: For The Emperor by Sandy...
REVIEW: The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell REVIEW: The Kingdom of Liars by...
Who is the Grimdark Hero?

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 the likes of Karl...

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, I’ve read one Koontz...

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 nineteen short stories that...

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 you any adult discomfort...

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, and the man in...

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 is set 10 years...

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 genre, it has some...

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 read this year. It’s...

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

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 life in comparison to...

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 use it? And if...