REVIEW: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling is a claustrophobic hybrid of horror and science fiction. On an impoverished mining planet with no hope for a better life, Gyre Price decides...
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REVIEW: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

REVIEW: The Solar War by John French

For those of us who’ve been long term fans of the Horus Heresy series, we’ve been waiting for the narrative to get to the climactic Siege of Terra for a...
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REVIEW: The Solar War by John French

REVIEW: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Filled with intricate plotlines and political intrigue, The Bone Shard Daughter was enthralling, but still problematic. The high stakes (and high body count) drew me in; the constant switching between...
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REVIEW: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

REVIEW: Sea of Quills by Seth Skorkowsky

Sea of Quills is the sequel to the previous novel, Mountain of Daggers, that started the adventures of Ahren the Black Raven. The Tales of the Black Raven duology is a...
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REVIEW: Sea of Quills by Seth Skorkowsky

REVIEW: Red Noise by John P. Murphy

If Red Noise was a mixed drink it would be four parts A Fistful of Dollars, one-part Romeo & Juliet, poured over moon rocks and shaken, not stirred. If you...
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REVIEW: Red Noise by John P. Murphy

Top 5 Zombie Video Games

It's October and that means it's Horror Month at Grimdark Magazine. As such, we're going to do some wonderful articles about our favorite frightful subjects. For this article, I'm going...
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Top 5 Zombie Video Games

REVIEW: A Wizard’s Forge by A.M. Justice

A Wizard's Forge by A.M. Justice begins with a deconstruction of your typical Young Adult fantasy heroine's journey. Victoria of Ourtown is a bookish, shy, but enthusiastic young woman who...
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REVIEW: A Wizard’s Forge by A.M. Justice

An Interview with Jason “David Wong” Pargin

Whenever I think of the absurd, the ridiculous, and the scary, one author springs to mind, and that is David Wong AKA Jason Pargin. Jason Pargin, under the pseudonym of...
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An Interview with Jason “David Wong” Pargin

REVIEW: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

With Rhythm of War being released on 17th November 2020, I decided that now would be a perfect time for me to do a re-read of The Stormlight Archive, which...
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REVIEW: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Five Things Netflix Must Get Right for Conan

While details are sparse at the moment—with no mention of showrunners or writers—the news is out, and one niche corner of fandom has cause to raise flagons in celebration: Conan...
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Five Things Netflix Must Get Right for Conan
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REVIEW: Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Apocalypse Nyx is the new collection of novelettes from multi-award-winning author Kameron Hurley (The Stars are Legion, the Worldbreaker Saga, and the God’s War Trilogy), and make no mistake: it’s grimdark AF. Set in...

Five NeoStock covers to blow you away

As a SFF cover designer, publishing house, or self-published author, if you haven’t heard of NeoStock, then you’ve been living under a rock. We all know the struggle of the search for (a) good,...

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....