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An Interview with Sebastien de Castell

Sebastien de Castell is no stranger to Grimdark Magazine. Back in issue #28 of the magazine (we’re now on #38, so quite a while ago!) we published his short story “The Sword of Seven...

REVIEW: A Memory of Song by Scott Palmer

Pitched as Braveheart meets A Song of Ice and Fire, Scott Palmer’s A Memory of Song is a sweepingly epic yet intimately character-driven Norse-flavoured fantasy that will make any dark fantasy lover’s heart sing...

REVIEW: Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw is a rare gem in what I’ve always felt should have been a larger genre: the Cthulhu Mythos detective novel. I’ve played a few video games with the...

REVIEW: A Grave for Us All by Michael Roberti

Chaos now rules the kingdom of Harfal. The Reach is swarming with bandits and AWOL soldiers. Death has spawned horrors from the Sparse Forest. As its government is caught in deadlock, civil war is...

Richard Swan announces Grave Empire, a new trilogy to follow The Empire of the Wolf

Richard Swan will be releasing a follow-up series to his extremely popular Empire of the Wolf trilogy, Orbit announced today. In news that is sure to delight the growing Swan fanbase, Grave Empire will...

REVIEW: When the Blood Has Dried #2 by Gary Moloney (W) and Daniel Romero (A)

In the previous issue of When the Blood Has Dried, we learned that Meabh, a former adventurer and member of the Adventurer’s Guild turned-tavern owner, is dealing with the Guild’s return to her life....

REVIEW: Hills of Heather and Bone by K.E. Andrews

Hills of Heather and Bone is the dark yet delicate fantasy by K.E. Andrews, which finished a (very) close second place in Mark Lawrence’s ninth Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO9). The story revolves around a...

REVIEW: When the Blood Has Dried by Gary Moloney (W) and Daniel Romero (A)

When the Blood Has Dried #1 wants you to realize that being an adventurer sucks. With gorgeous colors and a solid first look into what could be a fun fantasy romp, When the Blood...

REVIEW: Conan the Barbarian #10 by Jim Zub (W) and Roberto De La Torre (A)

After inexplicably and violently turning on his most loyal companion Brule (Conan the Barbarian issue #9), a prophetic dream returns King Kull to his senses. He rescinds the death sentences placed on Brule and...

REVIEW: Trial of the Alchemist by Trevor Melanson

Trial of the Alchemist is Trevor Melanson’s dark murder mystery set in a gaslamp fantasy world drenched in alchemy. The novel opens in a packed courtroom, with Alchemist Ortez on trial for murder. Ortez...