REVIEW: The Knight with Two Swords by Edward M. Erdelac

Ever since reading Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, I was instantly mesmerised by the tales of King Arthur, his legendary knights of the round table, and the wisdom of Merlin...
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REVIEW: The Knight with Two Swords by Edward M. Erdelac

EXCLUSIVE: The House of Sacrifice UK cover reveal and excerpt

Hot damn I've been itching to get my hands on Anna Smith-Spark's third book The House of Sacrifice since I fell in love with Marith and Thalia in The Court of Broken Knives and The Tower of Living and Dying. This swirling epic...
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EXCLUSIVE: The House of Sacrifice UK cover reveal and excerpt

Review: Grim Solace by Ben Galley

Just like me, you should be very excited to be back in Araxes, where death is not the end, but just a new form of half-life. In book two of...
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Review: Grim Solace by Ben Galley

REVIEW: Bloodlight by Edward Nile

In Bloodlight, Edward Nile’s debut novel, the city of Delstad hangs on the brink of civil war. While humans and lightbloods (a race of pale-haired albinos with glowing blood and...
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REVIEW: Bloodlight by Edward Nile

ANNOUNCEMENT: GdM#19 April edition

I have some bad news for GdM fans, but it's short-term and for a (hopefully) acceptable reason. There will be no Grimdark Magazine released on the 1st of April 2019....
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ANNOUNCEMENT: GdM#19 April edition

REVIEW: Never Die by Rob J. Hayes

When the cover of Never Die was revealed a few months back, I was instantly hooked. It had a clearly Asian feel to it for which I have a fondness...
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REVIEW: Never Die by Rob J. Hayes

ANNOUNCEMENT: Jason Deem moving on | GdM looking for new cover artist

It's been an unbelievable four years working with Jason Deem, but unfortunately for GdM and our fans our wonderful cover artist has decided it's time to move on. He's produced...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Jason Deem moving on | GdM looking for new cover artist

REVIEW: The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan

"He moves through the familiar graveyard. The ancient willow trees know him, and bend aside for him. He scales the cliff-side rather than take the longer, guarded path. The worm-men...
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REVIEW: The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan

Review: Endsville by Clay Sanger

I read this book in just shy of two days and it may as well have been stapled to my hand for how little I let it go. I have...
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Review: Endsville by Clay Sanger

Review: Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

Here be dragons. Need I say more? Dragon Hunters is the second book in Marc Turner’s debut fantasy series The Chronicles of the Exile, but features new characters and a...
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Review: Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

Stop whinging about the cost of ebooks

Reading community: I have a bone to pick with some of you. For the love of the literary gods can you stop flipping out about the cost of ebooks. Let's...
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Stop whinging about the cost of ebooks

GdM’s most anticipated SFF books of 2019

2019 is shaping up to be an absolute cracker for dark and grimdark SFF. These are the books the GdM team are most looking forward to reading (and hopefully reviewing)...
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GdM’s most anticipated SFF books of 2019

2018 best SFF books picked by the GdM team

2018 was an amazing year from grimdark and dark SFF, with more and more books coming out that tick our boxes. As per every year for the last four years,...
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2018 best SFF books picked by the GdM team

REVIEW: Song by Jesse Teller

Book One of the Manhunters series starts off with a hook, with our “hero” Rayph playing a game in a bathhouse and a serving boy approaches. “I’m afraid we are...
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REVIEW: Song by Jesse Teller

The Grimdark Villain

Many fans of grimdark literature, film, and games might argue that the term villain is an inappropriate one for the genre. It conjures an image of the mustache twirling evil-doer...
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The Grimdark Villain

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...
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Who is the Grimdark Hero?

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,...
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REVIEW: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

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...
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REVIEW: Blackest Knights edited by C.T. Phipps

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...
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REVIEW: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

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,...
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REVIEW: Cold Iron by MIles Cameron
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The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

The Grimdark Magazine team pick their favourites for 2017

It’s been a fantastic year for grimdark fiction across books and television, with plenty of new gritty action and unseen betrayals coming before us from a long list of our favourite authors and a...

Bound by Alan Baxter

Review: Bound by Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter’s Bound (Alex Caine Book One) is a brutal story that moves at a break-neck pace. It’s ripe with dark, conflicted characters in a turbulent, urban setting that has a mixture of martial...

Understanding Dystopian Fiction

Understanding Dystopian Fiction in the Age of Political Correctness

Recently, Blade Runner 2049, as did the original film, has come under fire from some media outlets as being misogynistic, depicting women as unequal to their on-screen, male counterparts. These outlets aren’t entirely wrong....

Helsreach

Reviews: Three Books to Get You Stuck into Warhammer 40,000

The Warhammer 40,000 universe is grim, dark, and brutally picturesque – the perfect sprawling sci-fi playground for those who prefer their fiction with a heavy dose of grit. The future of the galaxy forty...

SPFBO

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off and the Evolution of Publishing

Chances are you’ve heard of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (or SPFBO) at some point in the last two years, a contest where 300 self-published authors submit their novels to ten blogging sites who review...

Final Fantasy XV: Kingslaive

Anime Review: Kingslaive – Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix’s Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV is a CG feature film which serves as a backstory to the video game Final Fantasy XV, released in late 2016. As expected from Final Fantasy, the production...

Review: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The a Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo is a collection of short stories set in the Grishaverse, where two books I loved last year — Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom — are set. To...

An Interview with Leigh Bardugo

THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS is a beautiful collection of dark fairy tales by Leigh Bardugo, author of one of my favourite series, Six of Crows. It presents like you’re sitting around a campfire in...

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Review: The Court of Broken Knives

Anna Smith-Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives is by far one of the strongest debuts I’ve read in a long time. The world is rich and gorgeous and brutal and harsh and only eclipsed...

Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Review: Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Grimdark comes in a variety of shapes and sizes but tends to be viewed as epic trilogies or doorstopper series. Rarely do we get to see what I term to be “pocket-sized fantasy” where...