This will be a pretty lengthy post so I’ll split it up in two or more parts. Long story short in this post I will introduce you all to the lovely writers of our Facebook group Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers. Many of whom have been published but I’ll also be introducing the aspiring and unpublished writers because everyone deserves a little grimdark love.
Grimdark was use by emos and goths through the years, it has also been used in the Warhammer 40k world. In the last years it’s mainly used to describe the darker fantasy book genre. When you see the term grimdark used to describe a book or graphic novel don’t expect happy endings and squishy pink unicorns.
So what can you expect when grimdark is used to describe a book? Well, expect main characters to be evil not every faerie loves children some just enjoy eating them. You can also expect a lot of violence ranging from simple killings, gruesome torture,rape (yep even child rape), a lot of foul-mouthed characters and likeable yet despicable protagonists. The most famous writers of the genre are Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and Richard K. Morgan.
Now not everyone in the group writes grimdark, many write sword&sorcery, Sci-Fi, horror, urban fantasy, dystopian fiction, epic fantasy, historical fiction etc.
I’m writing this post on a rainy sunday to introduce the world to the wonderful writings and people behind the books of this group that unlike it’s name actually isn’t so grimdark at all. We’re all wonderful people with a dark sense of humor
I’ll start off with Dyrk Ashton writer of Paternus. A former actor, producer and college professor, Dyrk now teaches online so he has more time for his writing and reading books. Dyrk has a strange obsession with the cuteness of baby sloths.Paternus is a contemporary, mythic fantasy novel which is often compared to the writings of Rick Riordan but for grown ups.
Gods, monsters, angels, devils. Call them what you like. They exist. The epic battles between titans, giants, and gods, heaven and hell, the forces of light and darkness. They happened. And the war isn’t over.
17-year-old Fi Patterson lives with her stuffy English uncle and has an internship at a local hospital for the aged. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, misses her dead mother, wonders about the father she never knew. One bright spot is caring for Peter, a dementia-ridden old man whose faraway smile can make her whole day. And there’s her conflicted attraction to Zeke — awkward, brilliant, talented — who plays guitar for the old folks.
Then a group of very strange and frightening men show up for a “visit”…
Fi and Zeke’s worlds are shattered as their typical everyday concerns are suddenly replaced by the immediate need to stay alive — and they try to come to grips with the unimaginable reality of the Firstborn.
“Keep an open mind. And forget everything you know…”
Paternus has been called “American Gods meets The Lord of the Rings,” and claimed to be reminiscent of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light as well as Clive Barker’s Weaveworld.
Next up Dominick Murray! His epic fantasy debut novel Red Season Rising was published in september of this year.
A feud between Gods.
A nation besieged by armies of man, and demon.
A man seeking redemption, and peace
Kalfinar is a grieving addict. Once a decorated and respected soldier, he has been demoted and disgraced.
The relative peace of his half-life is shattered by the onset of chaos and war.
Tormented by visions, he is marked for possession, and hunted by demons.
Amidst the all-consuming ruin of a war between Gods, Kalfinar must lead the fight to defend a faith he has abandoned, and a nation that has disowned him.
Timothy C. Ward has self published a few novels in Hugh Howey’s Sand universe. His latest novel is Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss.
An apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss…
A fleet of enlarged praying mantises have invaded Des Moines, Iowa. Swarms of cicadas are turning survivors into winged soldiers. Orchestrating the war zone is a priestess of Order, who’s pursuing godhood, and the nation of followers who’ll get her there.
Caroline’s new friendship parts the veil between reality and myth, as a recruiter of Order needs her to hide him from capture. In their escape, the boss she’s loved like a father reveals his elevator into the Abyss.
In this new world, Caroline finds a usurped god and an angry ghost eager to make her their gateway back to power. What if the person her friends will need is heartbeats away from becoming the real threat?
Douglas Newell is the author of the upcoming sword & sorcery,epic fantasy Omens of War will be republished by Crimson House Publishing on december 17th 2016. Douglas is a huge Supernatural fan.
The world of Terramor always held a wide variety of dangers for its inhabitants. None as dangerous as the taboo land known as “The Forgotten Lands”. It had long been deemed cursed and forsaken by the people of Terramor, but noble houses in their greed and ambition strove once more to try and claim it for themselves. In an effort to please his adoptive family Mogrand DeLeon took up the call to venture into the cursed lands and forge a great city in the name of House DeLeon. He was not the only one brave enough to heed the call and it soon became a race to see who could claim the most land in their name, though something far more sinister than their ambition already thrived in the land best left forgotten
Tim Marquitz a legend for his numerous writings and injuries ( if it’s not his back it’s finger festering away). Tim is the author of the Demon Squad series, Dead West series and several other books. He’s also the editor in chief at Ragnarok Publications.
Half-devil and miles from anything resembling heroic, perpetual underdog Frank Triggaltheron Trigg is the last man standing against Armageddon. As the favorite nephew of the Devil, Frank has led a troubled life, but he’d always had his uncle’s influence to fall back on. Now, with God and Lucifer coming to terms and leaving existence to fend for itself, his once exalted status of Anti-Christ-to-be does little to endear him to the hordes of angels and demons running amok in the Godless world. With help from the members of DRAC, an organization of wizards, psychics, telepaths, and low-end supernatural beings, Frank must thwart the pro-Armageddon forces and rescue an angel in whose life rests the fate of humanity. Better luck next time, humanity.
This concludes part 1 of this ginormous post, the other parts will be posted in the upcoming week as I gather more information about the other authors that will be featured.
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