Three Things I Wish I’d Known

Next/this month marks an occasion both amazing and terrifying: my Orbit debut, Legacy of Ash, is unleashed upon the world. While I’ve been writing for decades now, accumulating a small...
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Three Things I Wish I’d Known

EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

The release of Michael R. Fletcher's Smoke and Stone is something we have been absolutely frothing over for a while now. Fletcher's ability to invent such magnificent worlds, characters, and stories...
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EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand is set 15-years after the finale of Assassin's Quest (spoilers included in this review). Once again we follow FitzChivalry Farseer -- the assumed dead royal bastard. In song,...
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REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

REVIEW: Roots by Matthew Ward

Roots is an enjoyable Coldharbour novella story by Matthew Ward, who you'll likely know from Grimdark Magazine #4, Evil is a Matter of Perspective, and the hotly anticipated Legacy of Ash. In Roots,...
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REVIEW: Roots by Matthew Ward

REVIEW: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

Fun, dark, witty, brutal. Knight’s Shadow is a masterpiece in fantasy writing that will put Sebastien de Castell on your favourite writers shelf. Knight’s Shadow, book two of The Greatcoats...
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REVIEW: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian D Anderson

I received an advanced review copy of The Bard's Blade in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Brian D. Anderson and TOR for the opportunity. Vylari...
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REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian D Anderson

Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos

Having recently posted about the magnificent Astartes series being the pinnacle of animation for the Warhammer 40K universe, a few people pointed out other fan efforts have been right up...
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Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos

Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs is the recent follow-up to his 2014 novel The Incorruptibles. It is a beautifully written, ambitious, and refreshing work even if it fails to...
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Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

How to Make a Grimdark Setting

I'm a huge fan of Andrjez Sapkowski's The Witcher novels. While most fans are familiar with the series through CD Projekt Red's video game trilogy, the novels are an excellent...
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How to Make a Grimdark Setting

REVIEW: Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition

In the Nineties, I loved my weekend sessions of Vampire: The Masquerade. Before A Song of Ice and Fire, it was a fascinating world of moral ambiguity (even moral decay)...
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REVIEW: Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition
Three Things I Wish I’d Known Three Things I Wish I’d Known
EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Smoke and Stone...
REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
REVIEW: Roots by Matthew Ward REVIEW: Roots by Matthew Ward
REVIEW: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell REVIEW: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de...
REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian D Anderson REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian...
Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos
Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor...
How to Make a Grimdark Setting How to Make a Grimdark Setting
REVIEW: Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition REVIEW: Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition
The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Review: The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Warning: spoilers below. I destroyed this book like one of Jerek’s axes splitting a head open. It’s been a little while since I’ve done that. Luke 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 you’ve been...

GdM #2

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

Warning: spoilers below. 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...

Mark Lawrence

Interview: Mark Lawrence

As well as providing an awesome Broken Empire short story for Grimdark Magazine’s first ever issue, Mark Lawrence was good enough to chat to us about grimdark, short fiction, Broken Empire, Red Queen’s War...

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Grimdark Magazine Issue 1 Competition

In celebration of Grimdark Magazine’s first release on the 1st of October, 2014, we’re running a competition. Join our mailing list or pre-order issue number 1 (and join our mailing list) for the chance...