Joe Abercrombie

Review: Grimdark Magazine #1

I confess I only had a general idea of what the term “grimdark” meant before reading the first edition of Grimdark Magazine, which enshrines its precepts in the form of short stories, author interviews and reviews. This first foray also conveniently provides definitions, in an essay by Layla Cummins and in the words of one […]

You Got Grit in my Fantasy Story

(Cue stoner voice) “You got grit in my fantasy story, man!” “Nah man, you got fantasy in my gritty story, dude!” Convergent evolution is the acquisition of the same biological trait in unrelated lineages. The classic example is that of the wing: flying insects, birds, and bats all evolved use of the wing but obviously […]