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Grimdark Magazine 9 Now Available

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

grimdark-magazine-9-smallOver at Tangent Online, reviewer Kevin P Hallett demonstrates a knack for producing tantalizing three-sentence descriptions for each of the original pieces in the latest issue of Grimdark magazine.

“The Law of the Harvest” by Tim Waggoner

This horror fantasy short story is set in a world where the new power has expelled the old gods from the Dominion. Torvan is a harrower, sworn to find and kill any of these fallen gods that still live. He enters a poor village, where one of the Fallen is living off the people who scratch out a life there…

“The Bed of the Crimson King” by Filip Wiltgren

The Crimson King rose from a simple farm boy to become the hero who defeated the witches in this short fantasy. Now, in his elder years, he yearns for the simpler life of his youth. But a surviving witch is planning her revenge…

“Pre-emptive Revenge” by Rob J. Hayes

“Pre-emptive Revenge” is a short fantasy set in a medieval land. Betrim’s wife will rule this land; but first, all the members of the ruling Jogaren clan must die. Betrim has laid siege to a city and trapped a Jogaren family inside…

The issue also has fiction by Peter Orullian and Teresa Frohock.

The latest issue went on sale October 1. Here’s the complete Table of Contents.

Short Stories

“Pre-emptive Revenge” by Rob J. Hayes
“The Law of the Harvest” by Tim Waggoner
“Naked the Night Sings” by Teresa Frohock
“A Length of Cherrywood” by Peter Orullian
“The Bed of the Crimson King” by Filip Wiltgren


Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs (review by Malrubius)


John Hornor Jacobs
Tim Waggoner


How Thomas Covenant Changed Fantasy by Durand Welsh

We previously covered Grimdark with issue #8.

Grimdark Magazine is edited by Adrian Collins and Mike Myers, and published quarterly in Mobi, epub, and PDF format; issues are also for sale through Amazon. Individual issues are $2.99, a bundle of their first four issues is just $9.99.

See all the details on issue #9 here.

See our late November Fantasy Magazine Rack here, and all of our recent magazine coverage here.


  1. GDM is a great mag John. I’m glad that you give it good shelf space. The bundle deal is the way to go. This mag led me onto a few good reads as well. They put chapter hooks in their mags and they are hard to resist.

    Comment by Wild Ape - December 13, 2016 8:09 pm

  2. Hey Ape,

    Good to know! Any idea if they’re going to do a second bundle for issues 5-8?

    Comment by John ONeill - December 13, 2016 9:32 pm

  3. That has been their pattern. I can’t confirm for sure. They are very responsive on social media. I’ll ask and find out.

    Comment by Wild Ape - December 13, 2016 9:52 pm

  4. Thanks!

    Comment by John ONeill - December 13, 2016 9:59 pm

  5. John, I’ve been locked out of Twitter for inactivity. They are taking their sweet time. Sorry to disappoint you.

    Comment by Wild Ape - December 17, 2016 10:05 am

  6. Ah well… thanks for trying Ape!

    Comment by John ONeill - December 18, 2016 2:29 am

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