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REVIEW: Dark Dreams of Nilztiria by D.M. Ritzlin

The follow-up to 2020’s Necromancy in Nilztiria, Dark Dreams of Nilztiria collects nine more sword & sorcery stories set in D.M. Ritzlin’s setting, Nilztiria. While several characters from the previous volume reappear—including Xaarxool the...

REVIEW: Neither Beg Nor Yield by Jason M. Waltz

The definition of Sword & Sorcery is a perennial topic of discussion in related forums. While the unacquainted often use the term to label any variety of fantasy fiction containing edged weapons and magic,...

REVIEW: All Who Wander Are Lost by Gemma Amor

Let Gemma Amor be your guide in All Who Wander Are Lost, a new anthology of destination horror stories that lead the reader across adventures on five different continents from northern Norway all the...

REVIEW: Returns by Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence returns to the Library Trilogy with a pair of new short stories about the indelible impact of books on the lives of their readers. This companion volume, the aptly named Returns, brings...

The 2024 short fiction submission window is open!

The 2024 Grimdark Magazine open window for short fiction is here! You have just under two weeks to get your short fiction submitted to our team to review for placement in one of our...

Overdue

REVIEW: Overdue by Mark Lawrence

Inspiration cuts across space and time in “Overdue,” Mark Lawrence’s first short story from his Library Trilogy. The main action in “Overdue” takes place in independent bookshops, focusing on the store owners’ love of...

Grimdark Magazine Issue #37 is here!

Let us all say goodbye to the insanity of 2023 and welcome the promise of 2024. This issue is a banger and the appropriate way to enter the new year. First off, we have...

The Wolfe at the Door

REVIEW: The Wolfe at the Door by Gene Wolfe

Full disclosure: I have been a Gene Wolfe (1931 – 2019) fanboy for more than thirty years. Specifically, I think Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun, which has won numerous World Fantasy, Locus,...

Fiction open submissions window 2024

It has been a while, authors. AI reared its ugly head causing widespread problems across the fiction industry for publishers, authors, artists, and competition runners, and because of that, we shut our gates for...

REVIEW: Tales From The Magician’s Skull – No. 10

First debuting in 2018, Goodman Publications’ Tales From The Magician’s Skull has reached its landmark tenth issue. While the arrival of new magazines dedicated to short fantasy fiction is not uncommon, Tales From The...