REVIEW: Lake of Darkness by Adam Roberts

Lake of Darkness is the new hard science fiction novel by Adam Roberts that asks whether an intelligent being could evolve inside the infinite darkness of a black hole. As...
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REVIEW: Lake of Darkness by Adam Roberts

REVIEW: The Boys Season 4

The Boys are back and this season is as brilliant, disgusting, and insane as the previous seasons – perhaps more disgusting in places and that is certainly a high bar...
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REVIEW: The Boys Season 4

REVIEW: Sundered Moon by Zammar Ahmer

Zammar Ahmer pushes boundaries and takes the concept of grey morality to a whole new level in Sundered Moon, the deliciously dark and exquisitely bittersweet finale to The Book of...
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REVIEW: Sundered Moon by Zammar Ahmer

Review: The Last Shield by Cameron Johnston

If Gemmell had a small crew of protégés, I think Cameron Johnston has placed himself at their forefront with The Last Shield. A heroic dark fantasy with plenty of grit,...
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Review: The Last Shield by Cameron Johnston

An Interview with Elizabeth Helen

Elizabeth Helen is the pen name of sister duo, Elizabeth and Helen, authors of a hot new fantasy series inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Fairy tales have traditionally explored...
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An Interview with Elizabeth Helen

Defining Grimdark Fantasy and SF: Moving to an Inclusive Future

Our team is committed to sharing our love of grimdark fantasy and science fiction in all media—be it books, film, TV or games—in the hopes that you might find a...
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Defining Grimdark Fantasy and SF: Moving to an Inclusive Future

REVIEW: Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

Arm of the Sphinx is Josiah Bancroft’s swashbuckling sequel to Senlin Ascends and the second entry in his Books of Babel tetralogy. This second book has a very different feel...
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REVIEW: Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

REVIEW: Lost Souls by Ryan Skeffington

Lost Souls, the debut novel from indie author Ryan Skeffington, is a dark science fiction thrill ride that leaves plenty of emotional devastation in its wake. The novel opens in...
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REVIEW: Lost Souls by Ryan Skeffington

REVIEW: Conan the Barbarian #12 by Jim Zub (W) and Roberto De La Torre (A)

At the climax of Conan the Barbarian issue #11, the nefarious skull-headed sorcerer Thulsa Doom burst from his crypt, dealing King Kull a devastating sword blow. Master of the alien...
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REVIEW: Conan the Barbarian #12 by Jim Zub (W) and Roberto De La Torre (A)

REVIEW: Freakslaw by Jane Flett

Jane Flett’s debut, Freakslaw, is an odd duck. Revelling itself in the weird (and sometimes non-sensical), this circus-set novel is more Stephen King than wholesome family entertainment. It’s not quite...
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The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Hachette Australia provided Grimdark Magazine with The Slow Regard of Silent Things as an advanced-reader copy. I consider Rothfuss to be a bit of a borderline grimdarker and one of the finest purveyors of prose...

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

Review: The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

Hachette Australia provided Grimdark Magazine with The Broken Eye as an advanced-reader copy. In the third installment of Lightbringer series, Brent Weeks‘s The Broken Eye tells the story of the wars and political turmoils assailing the...

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...

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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!)...

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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,...

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