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King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

The Odd Hopefulness of Grimdark

In today’s social-media-saturated world, a lot of what we see are the highlights of people’s lives, and it’s easy to feel inadequate when confronted with the reality of one’s own life in comparison to...

REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Blood. Mutilation. Sex. Politicking. And all of it coalesces into one meaty tale of love, betrayal, and death in Melokai, the first novel in Rosalyn Kelly’s In the Heart of the Mountains series. Although...

REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

The Tower of Living and Dying both builds upon and eclipses the world and story Smith-Spark started with The Court of Broken Knives. It’s bigger, wider, more sprawling than its predecessor, and yet also...

REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Godblind is the hard-hitting debut by Anna Stephens and the first volume in the Godblind Trilogy. The novel is a medieval epic fantasy set in the small land-locked kingdom of Rilpor and its antagonistic...

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

Having picked The Court of Broken Knives as my favourite grimdark book of 2017, I’ve been absolutely itching to share this excerpt with you. The Tower of Living and Dying looks to showcase yet more of...

EXCERPT: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Having spotted the cover for this book a while back and having my interest piqued, I’m very excited to bring you an awesome little excerpt from Rosalyn Kelly’s Melokai, a grimdark fantasy. Blurb and excerpt...

Five NeoStock covers to blow you away

As a SFF cover designer, publishing house, or self-published author, if you haven’t heard of NeoStock, then you’ve been living under a rock. We all know the struggle of the search for (a) good,...

REVIEW: Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Priest of Bones is the new fantasy novel by Peter McLean, author of the Burned Man urban fantasy series.  It is a decidedly grim and dark, not-for-the-kiddies-thank-god, story that essentially recounts a turf war...

"The First Law Trilogy", artwork by Darya Kuznetsova

Is the First Law Trilogy the Anti-Lord of the Rings?

A question that often comes up in the various fantasy forums I frequent is, ‘What is the anti-Lord of the Rings?’ This is an odd query because it implies there’s automatically an antithesis the...

Barbarians or Philosophers? What Psychology Has to Say about Grimdark Fans and Their Dark Obsession

We grimdark readers and writers are often written-off as the dark creatures hiding in the caves of fantasyland, eager to feast upon depictions of horrible gore, morally reprehensible characters, and pointless violence.  Why would...