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fid's crusade

REVIEW: Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss

Superheroes can be complex characters, and none more so than dr. Fid in Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss. Gone are the days of herculean knights swooping in to save the damsel in distress while simultaneously...

Five Reasons To Be Excited About The Expanse Season 5

With Season Five of The Expanse only days away, let’s look ahead at five of the plot threads I’m most excited by for this season. As with yesterday’s post, if you aren’t up to...

Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

Catching up with grimdark fantasy champion Michael R. Fletcher

Our man in the trenches Tom Smith gets into the darkest side of fantasy, catching up with Beyond Redemption author and champion of grimdark fantasy, Michael R. Fletcher. We chat about his writing process...

Lord of Order

REVIEW: Lord of Order by Brett Riley

“Christ said to suffer the little children and let em come unto him. I don’t think he meant to kill em to get em there faster”.  Darkly humorous and brutal, the Lord of Order...

5 grimdark characters in dune

5 Grimdark Characters in Dune

Grimdark is about more than setting, but about the characters that inhabit that setting. It doesn’t matter if your story is set in the most dystopian and hopeless world imaginable if your lead character...

The Ikessar Falcon

REVIEW: The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso

The Ikessar Falcon, the follow up to by K.S. Villoso’s The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a book that avoids many of the pitfalls common to the middle book in the trilogy, and instead offers...

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...