I continue my reviews of Grimdark Magazine. This issue had some good stuff in it.
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 modern Grimdark fiction is the direct descendent of pulp era Sword & Sorcery. A thesis I fully agree with. Grimdark, at least how I see it has more in common with Conan the Barbarian than Frodo Baggins. This article is the perfect example of what I want from Grimdark Magazine. Intelligent pieces that help develop the intellectual foundation of the subgenre.
The Short Stories:
In Brazen Dreams by Matthew Ward. Outstanding, easily one tied for the top of the hill with Lawrence’s issue one piece. This story has betrayal, murder, isolation, loss of control…
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