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Matthew Cropley

Matthew lives in a basement in Adelaide, Australia, coming out only very rarely for food to sustain him through long nights reading. He makes films, acts, and dabbles in game development, but his real love has always been writing. Prince of Thorns introduced him to grimdark several years ago and he hasn't looked back since.

Is Bigger Really Better?

In the fantasy genre, across novels, movies and games, there’s a tendency to go big. We’ve got a brand new world to explore, with fantastic beasts, powerful magic and unique cultures, so we have...

Red Tide by Marc Turner

Review: Red Tide by Marc Turner

Red Tide is Marc Turner’s third entry in his debut series The Chronicles of the Exile, and it’s an absolute masterpiece. The plots and characters of the first two stand-alone novels, When the Heavens...

Centica Primer by Grimdark Games

Review: Centica Primer by Grimdark Games

As a Game Master for tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, I’ve always adopted quite a free-form style for my players. For me, it’s always been far more fun to make up my...

The Dragon's Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf

Review: The Dragon’s Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf

The Dragon’s Legacy will be released in April this year and is a must-buy for anyone seeking a deep relationship with a group of interesting characters and a compelling world. It’s a fantastic, complex...

Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

Review: Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

To begin the foreword to Cthulhu Armageddon, C.T. Phipps poses the question: What would you get if you crossed Mad Max with the Cthulhu Cycle? The book to follow well and truly delivers on...

Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

Interview: Phil Tucker

[MC] The Path of Flames harkens back to traditional fantasy. What books inspired it? [PT] In many ways I’ve gone back to my childhood favourites, namely David Gemmell’s Drenai books, Guy Gavriel Kay’s Fionavar...

Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

Review: Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker, the first installment of the Chronicles of the Exile, is a self-published book that’s been doing well recently in Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off. It’s a fun,...

The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

Review: The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

In The Wheel of Osheim, the final instalment of Mark Lawrence’s The Red Queen’s War Trilogy, Jalan Kendeth, lover of wine, women and slacking off somehow finds himself lost the bowels of Hell itself,...

When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

Review: When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

Can traditional high-fantasy be grimdark? Apparently, yes. Marc Turner’s debut novel When the Heavens Fall showed me that fantasy can be saturated with magic without losing any of the grit. It manages to deliver...