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An Interview with Elizabeth Helen

Elizabeth Helen is the pen name of sister duo, Elizabeth and Helen, authors of a hot new fantasy series inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Fairy tales have traditionally explored the darker aspects of...

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: Faebound by Saara El-Arifi

Faebound is the latest novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Saara El-Arifi. Here at Grimdark Magazine we are already big fans of El-Arifi’s previous releases The Final Strife and Battle Drum. Although I have...

REVIEW: The Woods All Black by Lee Mandelo

I fell in love with Lee Mandelo’s writing when I read his debut, Summer Sons. Now he’s back with queer, atmospheric The Woods All Black. This is a slim novella, but it doesn’t hold...

Romantasy for Grimdark Fans

These books feature unconventional romance with grimdark staked through its heart.  If you are looking for something bleak, violent, and spicy we have you covered.

REVIEW: The Night Hunt by Alexandra Christo

Atia is a killer. She is also a lost girl, one who has had to deal with grief and loss. Alexandra Christo’s The Night Hunt is high on the scale of moral greyness we...

An Interview with Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart can only be described as a cult classic of dark fantasy, and its foundational influences are still visible in today’s romantasy trend. Centred around a courtesan in a Renaissance-inspired world,...

REVIEW: The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon

It is not a foreign concept, in fantasy, to have two elements like light and darkness set as oppositions. In fact, it can almost be argued that it’s done too often. Thea Guanzon’s execution...

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