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Wednesday , 04 January 2017 , 08 : 21 PM
This year saw an absolute truckload of grimdark material hit the shelves and now that the year's wrapped up, it's time to once again go to the GdM team for their picks of 2016. Matthew Cropley | Red Tide by Marc Turner Red Tide is a flawlessly executed fantasy novel. The first two books in Marc Turner’s Chronicles of the Exile were fantastic, but Red Tide exceeds them by drawing both discrete plot-lines together in a perfectly structured adventure. It’s my top pick for 2016 because I simply can’t think of a single criticism. Red Tide is a page-turner from the very beginning, filled with moral ambiguities, grit, visceral action, deep characters, wondrous magic, and horrifying monsters. It also succeeded in genuinely surprising me several times, and by the end all I wanted was for the next books in the series to be out already. Kristy Mika | Those Below by Daniel Polansky The best I've read from 2016 is Those Below (The Empty Throne #2) by Daniel Polansky. You know those photographers that go into complete disaster zones, where something absolutely catastrophic is occurring, yet they can take photographs that are stunningly beautiful? "Oh! See how pretty that nuclear bomb looked as it destroyed a civilisation! How spectacular!" is the best way I can describe it! The juxtaposition between Polansky's beautifully written prose, and the utterly ugly destruction perpetrated by the characters within the plot, made it the most disturbing book (duology really...) I've read in a long time. Cheresse Burke | Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Crooked Kingdom, the stunning second half of the Six of Crows duology, is not just my favourite Grimdark read of the year, but possibly one of my favourites of all time. Bardugo gives us six compelling, emotional characters, who sacrifice morality, secrets and goodwill to settle...
Friday , 30 December 2016 , 11 : 03 PM
Dust off that imagination and get ready for action because Grimdark Magazine #10 is going to blow you away. Pre-Order Grimdark Magazine Issue 10  This issue features The Lady of Crows, a Raven's Shadow novella by Anthony Ryan where you'll run into some old favourite characters and see the world through a typically badass protagonist. The Lady of Crows grabs you by the collar and pulls you through a gripping story in the kind of whirlwind story we've come to expect from Ryan. For fans of the Raven's Shadow series, this is a must have accompaniment to the overall story. Issue #10 also features the first in a new series of author articles with Jesse Bullington (The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart and, as Alex Marshall, the Crimson Empire series) kicking us off with Worlds Without End: Keys to Rich, Believable Worldbuilding. John Gwynne (The Faithful and the Fallen) and Deborah A. Wolf (The Dragon's Legacy) both stop by for a chat with our bloke in the trenches Tom Smith, and Matthew Cropley has penned another article for this issue, this time on The Future of Grimdark. Finally, we review The Mirror's Truth by Michael R. Fletcher and The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee. Pre-order for our 13th January release using the below link! Or jump on our new subscription service through Patreon by clicking on this link.  
Thursday , 14 May 2015 , 11 : 07 PM
Grimdark Magazine issue #4 is locked in, and have we got a cracking issue ready for you! Behind another brilliant piece of artwork on the cover, you'll get short stories, an article, a review, excerpts and a couple of interviews. Here's what you'll find inside: Cover art: a dark piece from Jason Deem named Symbiosis. Short stories: In Brazen Dreams by Matthew Ward shady characters converge on a powerful relic. Tara Calaby asks "what happens after happily ever after" in Ashes.  Redemption Waits by Mike Brooks set in his Keiko universe (Dark Run). A Steelhaven short story by Richard Ford, The Halfwyrd's Burden. Excerpts: A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence Reviews: The Vagrant by Peter Newman Interviews: Peter V. Brett  Brandon Sanderson  Article: The Mud, the Blood and the Years by Ragnarok and Orbit author John R. Fultz Purchase Grimdark Magazine #4 now If you'd prefer to buy from Amazon, do us a favour and PLEASE USE THIS LINK. We get a kickback from Amazon. Every little bit helps!