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An Interview with Rosalie M. Lin

With Daughter of Calamity, Rosalie M. Lin has written one of the most interesting debuts of the year (see our review here). Her work is nuanced and far darker than the cover would suggest. Whisking...

REVIEW: Daughter of Calamity by Rosalie M. Lin

Rosalie M. Lin’s debut, Daughter of Calamity is set in the glittering world of Shanghai in the 1920s. A cultural melting pot thanks to the influence of colonialism, the Jazz Age seems to have...

REVIEW: Monstrum by Lottie Mills

Lottie Mills’ debut collection Monstrum is mind blowing. As the title hints, these stories explore what is monstrous, why we perceive someone as other. The collection is an open letter to society advocating for...

The Road to Redemption by Matthew Ward

More than anything, I love a character with a redemption arc. I’m not picky. I’ll work on any scale. From Londo Mollari’s galaxy-shaping reversals in Babylon 5 to Javert’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it change of heart in...

REVIEW: The Fire Within Them by Matthew Ward

In The Fire Within Them by Matthew Ward, Kat’s story of survival, rebellion, and love and loss that I enjoyed so much in The Darkness Before Them continues. These main themes remain in book...

REVIEW: Bonded by Thorns by Elizabeth Helen

Bonded by Thorns is the debut fantasy romance novel by sister writing duo, Elizabeth Helen. Directly inspired by Beauty and the Beast, this retelling blends traditional fairy tale with a spicy reverse harem/why choose...

REVIEW: The Dark Feather by Anna Stephens

The Dark Feather by Anna Stephens is the epic third and final book in her The Songs of the Drowned trilogy. Fans of Stephens are also likely to know her writing from the Godblind...

REVIEW: The Naming Song by Jedediah Berry

The Naming Song by Jedediah Berry is a richly imagined literary fantasy that serves as a meditation on the power of names and naming. Naming has been an integral part of fantasy literature for...

An Interview with Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell has made a name for herself in gothic fiction. I particularly enjoyed The Whispering Muse, a story set around a theatre where the plays come to life more than merely on stage....

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...

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