Corvus by Paul Kearney

Seriously, where has this series been all my life? I loved I loved The Ten Thousand. I feel that Paul Kearney has such a good grasp on writing technical and very gritty battle scenes. Some of the best military fantasy I’ve read were in the pages of The Ten Thousand. Above all, though, I grew…

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

This review was originally posted on my personal blog, BarbarianBookClub. I am a proponent of the idea that Grimdark is a direct descendent of 1930 style Sword & Sorcery.  Robert E. Howard is the master of 1930s pulp action. One of my favorite writers. It was Conan that got me into Fantasy, and it was…

Robert E. Howard

“All fled—all done, so lift me on the pyre— The Feast is over, and the lamps expire.”  – Howard Today, January 22, marks Robert Howards 111th birthday. Make sure to take a long swig of your favorite beverage in honor of the father of Conan. Sword and Sorcery is the punk rock of the fantasy world…

Swarm and Steel by Michael R. Fletcher – Cover Reveal

Michael R. Fletcher has quickly become a house favorite in grimdark circles. Back in 2015, I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC of Michael’s first book Beyond Redemption, an excellent read with solid writing and a heavy grimdark flavor. It was one of my favorite reads of 2015. Last year, Beyond Redemption‘s sequel, The Mirror’s Truth was rated…

The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney

Blurb: Tough, gritty fantasy to compete with George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, and David Gemmell. By a critically acclaimed and highly praised author. The start of a brand new epic series. Retelling of the classic Greek history from Xenophon. Supported by targeted marketing, including ARCs, advertising in the genre press and online support. On the world…

Dead Man’s Steel by Luke Scull

At last, I have completed the Grim Company trilogy. What a journey it has been. When I first read The Grim Company, the first novel in the series, I enjoyed it despite the distracting similarities between the novel and one of my favorite series, The Black Company, and some of the minor other issues. Yet,…

Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon

Pieces of Hate collects two novelettes about a man named Gabriel. Gabriel’s family was murdered by a demonic creature named Temple. When Gabriel encounters a snake eyed man who offers him the chance at a life long enough to kill the creature and avenge his family, Gabriel greedily accepts, unaware of the challenges the curse will…

Grimdark Magazine(Issue #4)

We continue our ongoing review retrospective of Grimdark Magazine with Issue #4 published in the summer of 2015. Like previous issues, this one has four short stories, two novel excerpts, two interviews, one book review, and one short article.  The standout non-fiction piece is the article by John R. Fultz. Its main thesis is that…

Interview with Luke Scull

Welcome Luke Scull to Grimdark Alliance! Luke Scull is the author of the Grim Company trilogy (The Grim Company, Sword of the North, and Dead Man’s Steel). The final book in the trilogy, Dead Man’s Steel, was released last month for UK & Commonwealth readers and on January 3rd for North American readers. Thanks for joining…

Grimdark Magazine (Issue #3)

I’m a big fan of short fiction. I enjoy reading short stories on my lunch break.  Short stories make perfect reading material when I have a few minutes to spare but not enough time to really get immersed in a novel. So I was exceptionally happy when I came across the first issue of Grimdark Magazine. Finally,…

Our Most Anticipated Reads of 2017

1. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (April 4th, 2017) I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin. At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy…