The Phoenix on the Sword by Robert E. Howard

The Phoenix on the Sword was the first published short story for Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian character.In the timeline of Conan’s life, the tale takes place towards the end, but I chose to begin reading the tales of Conan in publication order. I will continue to read and review all of Robert E….

The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley

The Emperor’s Railroad is the first in a series of novellas by Guy Haley and Tor.com. The novella is the story of Quinn, a knight in the post-apocalyptic United States (specifically the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia region) after war and disease destroyed much of the living, turning them into bloodthirsty undead. The tale is told…

Grimdark Magazine (Issue #1)

When Grimdark Magazine released in 2014, it was the recognition of a need for a short fiction forum in the niche subgenre of Grimdark, which has been steadily growing in popularity over the last decade. The mission of the magazine is to promote “the darker, grittier side of fantasy and science fiction.” So how does…

Interview with Rob Matheny of The Grim Tidings Podcast

Welcome Rob, and thanks for being here! Eric, thanks so much for having me over, I’ve been hearing great things about the blog and I’m delighted to be your guest. For someone entirely new to The Grim Tidings Podcast, what is it and what sort of content does it produce? By iTunes standards, we would…

Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

If you’re a video gamer and enjoy the likes of Bethesda’s Fallout, Rust, or movies like Mad Max, you’re going to want to step into C.T. Phipps’ world of Cthulhu Armageddon. Phipps creates a post-apocalyptic world where the United States has been destroyed by an event called the Rising when the “Great Old Ones” have…

Interview with Jesse Teller

Welcome Jesse Teller to Grimdark Alliance! First off, tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you decide to be a writer? A good part of it was defiance. In fifth grade, my teacher gave us the assignment to write a short story. I wrote mine, and was told that it was brilliant, steps…

Bristolcon 2016 Report

This was my first time at Bristolcon and it was Grimdark to the core, with an impressive number of British grimdark authors. I had the honor of meeting Mark Lawrence, the king of grimdark. He is great company and quite friendly. Quite a number of the British grimdark scene was present, everyone was very friendly and laid…

Cheers from Japan!

  Or better yet KANPAIIIII! Back in the day, about two years ago, I decided to get serious about my writing. I began spending a lot of time reading  writing blogs and following SF&F fandom. I even started my own blog BarbarianBookClub. My sometimes unhealthy internet surfing ended up with me falling in love with…