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Robert E. Howard: Godfather of Grimdark?

Grimdark is a relatively new label for speculative fiction. Maybe the term first rolled around on your tongue while painting Warhammer miniatures back in the 90s, or perhaps it took Joe Abercrombie’s Twitter handle...

Dune is a Sci-fi classic, but is it Grimdark?

Historically, mainstream science fiction blockbusters don’t qualify as Grimdark. They’re marketed at kids, they’re brightly coloured, have jokes that don’t qualify as ‘dark humour’ and the power of hope is a recurring theme. Dune...

REVIEW: We Men of Ash and Shadow by HL Tinsley

We’ve all heard the phrase, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and I’d have to say this is good advice. The best artwork in the world won’t make a story engage the reader....

Five Tor.com novellas to help you fall in love with shorter books

When the incredibly popular review, article, and free short story site Tor.com announced they would be publishing novellas, I honestly had a bit of a publishing-business-gasm. What an absolute masterstroke of strategy to use...

REVIEW: Blindness by Jose Saramago

Blindness by Jose Saramago is not a book that you read more than once. It is a suffocating immersive dive into the failings of human nature. It is chaos. Blindness tells the story of...

The GdM team pick their favourite self-published fantasy books

Readers that follow our page will be aware that the Grimdark Magazine review team are big supporters of self-published fantasy works. As it’s Self-Published Fantasy Month we decided to put together a list of...

REVIEW: Kings of Heaven by Richard Nell

Kings of Heaven by Richard Nell is the third and final book in the Ash and Sand trilogy. The Ash and Sand books chronicle the adventures of a barbarian prophet named Ruka, a sorcerer...

REVIEW: Kings of Ash by Richard Nell

Kings of Ash by Richard Nell is the second book in the Ash and Sand trilogy that follows the adventures of a deformed barbarian named Ruka, an island prince named Kale, and a young...

EXCERPT: The Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie

It’s no secret that our team and followers are massive fans of Joe Abercrombie, and as you can see from our review of A Little Hatred, our anticipation for The Trouble with Peace was palpable....

Grimdark Historicals’ Rising Stars

It’s no news to any Grimdark fans that George R.R. Martin is often credited with the rise of grimdark fantasy, a modern form of ‘anti-Tolkien’ fantasy writing. Despite this, it’s often heard that Martin’s...