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The Stacks

Welcome to The Stacks.

Most of our favourite grimdark authors have short stories and excerpts available for free online. It's a great way for new readers to get to know their styles without investing in a full novel, an absolute goldmine for those of us feverishly obsessed with the author worlds, and a fantastic selling tool for authors. It's also damned hard to know that some of these things are out there without a little word of mouth or research. There are dead links, webpages with poor SEO, forgotten blogs, and more amongst those pages where authors or publishers make the stuff easy to find.

Here's a guide to the stories and excerpts available for free across the labyrinth of the interweb. We'll keep growing this list as we find more and more. The Stacks are still in the development stage; If you know of any we've missed, or have an author you'd like added, please contact us and we'll update the list accordingly.

 

MARK LAWRENCE

Short Stories Excerpts

Like Mark's work? Get started on his Broken Empire world with Prince of Thorns (Kindle | iBooks | Kobo | Hard Copy).

 

R. SCOTT BAKKER

Short Stories Excerpts

Like Scott's work? Get Started on his Prince of Nothing world with The Darkness That Comes Before (Kindle | iBooks | Kobo | Hard Copy).

 

JOE ABERCROMBIE

Short Stories Excerpts

Like Joe's work? Get Started on his First Law world with The Blade Itself (Kindle | iBooks | Kobo | Hard Copy).

 

GRAHAM MCNEILL

Short Stories Excerpts
40K: Horus Heresy: The Legend of Sigmar:

Like Graham's work? Get started on his Ultramarines Series with Nightbringer (Kindle | iBooks | Hard Copy).

 

SCOTT LYNCH

Short Stories Excerpts

Like Scott's work? Get started on his Gentleman Bastards series with The Lies of Locke Lamora (Kindle | iBooks | Kobo | Hard Copy).

 

BRANDON SANDERSON

Short Stories Excerpts

There are Deleted Scenes, Annotations, and Steelheunt content on his website.

Like Brandon's work? Get started on his Mistborn series with The Final Empire (Kindle | iBooks | Kobo | Hard Copy)

 

ROB J. HAYES

Short Stories Excerpts

Like Rob's work? Get started on his The Heresy Within series with The Ties That Bind (Kindle | iBooks | Kobo | Hard Copy).

 

MATTHEW WARD

Short Stories Excerpts

Like Matt's's work? Get started with Shadows of the Raven (Kindle | iBooks).

 

WEBSITE NOTE: Stuff starts getting less well defined herein (but there are still some gems in there!)

 

DAVID GEMMEL

Short Stories Excerpts

 

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Short Stories Excerpts

 

PETER V. BRETT

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KAMERON HURLEY

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ALIETTE DE BODARD

Short Stories

 

STEVEN ERIKSON

Short Stories
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LUKE SCULL

Short Stories
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PATRICK ROTHFUSS

Short Stories
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DAN ABNETT

Short Stories Excerpts

 

ANTHONY RYAN

Short Stories
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BRENT WEEKS

Short Stories
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RICHARD K. MORGAN

Short Stories
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GLEN COOK

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RICHARD FORD

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