Review: Grimdark Magazine Issue #1Grimdark Magazine #1 by Grimdark Magazine
Series: Grimdark Magazine Series #1
Genres: Anthology, Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release: 2014
Type: Electronic Magazine

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This magazine is exactly what I was looking for. There are stories (fantasy and science fiction), interviews, an essay, and a book review. The highlights for me were the stories “The Woman I Used to Be” by Gerri Leen and “Bad Seed” by Mark Lawrence.

“The Woman I Used to Be” is a science fiction story featuring a woman struggling with amnesia in the wake of a shuttle crash. “Bad Seed” by Mark Lawrence is a fantasy story set in his Broken Empire world and tells the backstory of one of its characters.

What Makes it Epic Grit:

  • Adventure and Wonder: Yup.
  • Believable Characters: The characters in “The Woman I Used to Be” and “Bad Seed” particularly stand out.
  • Real Consequences: Deadly consequences.
  • Epic in Scope: Not in all cases, but it did feel pretty big for each of the protagonists.
  • Subverts “Good versus Evil” Tropes: Yup.
  • Different Perspectives: Yup.


This inaugural issue was a blast! I’ll being reading the next.