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Let the Characters Take the Wheel

Every now and then (eerily it’s often around the time of a book launch) I’m asked a question that boils down to “What Comes First, Plot or Character?” The answer – at least for...

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

An Interview with Richard K. Morgan

Richard K. Morgan is a Multi-talented bestselling author of the Takeshi Kovacs novels: Altered Carbon (2002), Broken Angels(2003), and finally, Woken Furies(2005). In Altered Carbon, the main protagonist Takeshi Kovacs is an ex-envoy now convict, downloaded into the body of...

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REVIEW: The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

The Living Dead, George A. Romero’s newly released final work, shows why he was a legend in the horror industry. His work defined the genre and influenced the next generation of horror filmmakers, horror...

WRITING COMPETITION: The Matthew Ward Pay it Forward Competition

Grimdark Magazine is running a writing competition. THIS WRITING COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN, AND CLOSES 6:00PM 5TH SEPTEMBER AUSTRALIAN EASTER STANDARD TIME The publishing industry is a people industry, and is only as good...

The Witcher III

How to Make a Grimdark Setting

I’m a huge fan of Andrjez Sapkowski’s The Witcher novels. While most fans are familiar with the series through CD Projekt Red’s video game trilogy, the novels are an excellent grimdark series of their...

Is Bigger Really Better?

In the fantasy genre, across novels, movies and games, there’s a tendency to go big. We’ve got a brand new world to explore, with fantastic beasts, powerful magic and unique cultures, so we have...

Total War: WARHAMMER

Interview: Andy Hall, writer of Total War: Warhammer

Andy Hall is the Lead Writer on the highly anticipated Total War: Warhammer from Creative Assembly. He was kind enough to take a few minutes off to chat with us about the game that...

The Last Quarrel by Duncan Lay

Creating a Grimdark World

Somewhere between the incredible detail of J.R.R. Tolkien’s worlds and the slapdash efforts of films such as 10,000BC, which famously had snow turning to jungle turning to desert, lies a happy place. A place...

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Attention Submitting Authors!

Ever received a rejection from an e-zine and just wanted to scream, “JUST WHAT IN THE NAME OF THE LITERARY GODS DO YOU PEOPLE WANT!” I certainly have. It’s hard to know what these...

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Writing About Firearms

Burke ripped his revolver from his holster, diving into cover as his prey opened fire. Rounds sent chips of concrete flying through the air. Ducking round his cover, he blazed away until the hammer...