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The Grim 6 - June 25th, 2018

Introducing THE GRIM 6! Bringing you the latest fantasy, science fiction and Grimdark news – in just about six minutes! In this first edition we bring you the latest SPFBO news, we find out what book series Amazon wants to bring to the small screen, find out the big winners of this year’s Locus Awards, and the Ladies of Grimdark have arrived. Rob J. Hayes WHERE LOYALTIES LIE - SPFBO 3 Winner Rob’s past appearance on the podcast


Grim Panel: Ladies of Grimdark

We bring you LADIES OF GRIMDARK, a special panel episode featuring some of the most prominent female voices from the Grimdark subgenre. Guests include Anna Stephens, Deborah A. Wolf, Anna Smith-Spark, and Sarah Chorn. During our conversation we attempt to establish a definition of Grimdark, we examine misconceptions of the subgenre, we take a look at gender issues that persist within publishing and online communities, the best way readers can support female authors, and more! Anna...


Wizard World Portland

In this episode host Rob Matheny drops by Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, Oregon to chat with cool authors and publishers about their books! Guests include J.R.R.R. Hardison, L.M. Pierce, Felipe Cagno, Annie Bellet, Kristopher Jerome, and J.S. Fields! Wizard World has tour dates across North America all summer long, find a city near you at! J.R.R.R. Hardison Author L.M. Pierce Ninestar Press


Mark Lawrence, Part 2

In the epic conclusion of our first-time-ever-on-a-podcast interview with international bestselling author Mark Lawrence, we attempt to define Grimdark by finding the common link between the top MOST GRIMDARK novels as voted by Mark blog readers; we look at the big picture of Grimdark and whether it’s a viable commercial market or just a collective of passionate enthusiasts; we talk about the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off and how Mark got interested in assisting authors with getting...


Grim Conversations: Fletcher & Smith-Spark

We catch up with authors Michael R. Fletcher and Anna Smith-Spark (at the same time)! Writing the concluding novel in a fantasy trilogy is tough, Mike and Anna discuss the shared struggles of writing the perfect ending. We get a preview of their short stories both appearing in the Art of War anthology. We’ll get a final update on the Landfall Kickstarter project from last summer. We find out if there’s any “grief with Grimdark” and what troubles come from being an author trying to make a...


Mark Lawrence, Part 1

For the first time ever on a podcast, we bring you part one of our interview with Mark Lawrence! Mark drops by to discuss the inspiration and path to publication for his wildly popular Broken Empire trilogy. We talk a bit about some of the controversy surrounding the series’ lead character Jorg Ancrath; we discuss the transition into the Red Queen’s War and the challenge of carrying readers along with a new series; we preview the new series Book of the Ancestor and what readers can expect...


Book Cover Design Panel

It’s a special panel episode of GTP! Cover art has been a rather hot topic as of late, and we recently had the chance to chat with an author and two top fantasy cover artists to discuss the ins and outs of commissioning a popping book cover! Past guest Peter Fugazzotto recently commissioned Shawn T. King and John Anthony Di Giovanni to compose the cover for his new grimdark fantasy novel THE RISE OF THE FALLEN, and we talked with all three about the collaboration process, how much an...


Geeking Out with Myke Cole

It’s a new episode of GTP, and we’re joined by Myke Cole, author of the new Grimdark novella THE ARMORED SAINT! Myke is well known for his military fantasy Shadow Ops series, as well as for having an epic beard and being rather jacked. We talk about the new Sacred Throne series (spoiler-free) and how Myke got hooked up with publishing. We chat about tackling the novella story length and how writing the main character of the new trilogy was so significant for Myke. Of course we dive...


Grimdark Gaming - Battle Brothers

Resident Gamemaster Philip Overby kicks off the new year highlighting the tactical RPG for PC known as BATTLE BROTHERS! Joining us is Jan Taaks from Overhype Studios, the independent game developer based out of Hamburg, Germany. During our chat we find out what inspired the creepy Germanic folklore setting, we examine the Grimdark elements that make the bloody and brutal game stand out, we get some inside tips on game strategy for early success, and much more. Download Battle Brothers for...


Interview with R.J. Barker

The British Invasion comes to an epic conclusion as we’re joined by R.J. Barker! During our expletive laden (not really) and completely serious (also not really) interview, we talk all about R.J.’s epic fantasy debut from Orbit Books titled AGE OF ASSASSINS! We discuss the appeal of assassins, what inspired R.J. to give the lead character a disability, musical influences in writing, antlers, taxidermy, badgers, and much, much … much more. We’ve also included a super cool reading from AGE...


Ross E. Lockhart with Word Horde

It’s Halloween and host Rob Matheny spooks it up with author, editor, and publisher Ross E. Lockhart to talk about the latest Word Horde anthology TALES FROM A TALKING BOARD. We’ll chat about what inspired the horror anthology, we’ll talk about the foundations of the small California-based press, the appeal of creating a well composed anthology, some of Rosses favorite anthologies, the impact of publishing award winning fiction like the Bram Stoker Award-winning Mr. Suicide and The...


Interview with Ed McDonald

We’re joined by Ed McDonald, author of the Grimdark fantasy debut BLACKWING! Ed Skypes in from his hometown of London to chat about the new novel and what creepy monsters and Grimdark elements readers will find within its pages. We chat about the significant six figure deals Ed received after rights were auctioned to publish the gritty trilogy. Plenty of writing discussion as well as we hit on what to consider when writing realistic weapons that makes sense, and why maybe debuting with a...


The 100th-ish Episode

We celebrate the 100th-ish Episode of The Grim Tidings Podcast! Rob and Phil look back on two years and 100 episodes of podcast magic, give some updates on past guests of the show, present the first ever Grimmie Awards, as well as the first ever 30-Second Geek-Out with host Rob Matheny! Thanks to this week’s sponsors: DEMON FREAKS by J.R.R.R. Jim Hardison ARCHIVOS story software, online at Archivos.Digital!


Author Thunderdome 2 - Phipps V Hayes

We’re back with another exciting edition of Author Thunderdome! In one corner representing the US-of-A, it’s multi-genre author, blogger, and reviewer C.T. Phipps, known for such titles as Cthulhu Armageddon, Lucifer’s Star, The Rules of Supervillainy, and Straight Outta Fangton (not to mention a sweet elbow-drop from the top rope). His opponent, hailing from the U.K. and wearing the (rather snug) Union Jack singlet, it’s Rob J. Hayes, author of multiple fantasy series’ including The Ties...


LANDFALL Kickstarter with Omnicide Publishing

We’re joined by the team at Omincide Publishing to talk about the forthcoming occult grimdark serial fiction anthology LANDFALL! Our panel of guests include Adrian Collins, Jinx Strange, Jesse Bullington / Alex Marshall, Michael R. Fletcher, and Angela Meadon! Listen to find out how this unique serial fiction project came together, what awesome authors, artists, and worldbuilders will be a part of the series, get all the details of the Kickstarter including stetch goals and add-ons, and...


Interview with Anna Smith Spark Part II

In part II of our conversation with Anna Smith Spark, author of the Grimdark fantasy debut THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES, we conclude our chat by talking literary influences and what sort of fiction is too extreme for the Queen of Grimdark; we delve into Anna’s past as a goth and what her favorite pair of shoes look like (hint: they’re covered in spikes); we’ll talk about Anna’s struggle with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and Aspurger’s Syndrome, and what advice she has for creatives who struggle with...


Interview with Anna Smith Spark Part I

In part one of this queen-sized two part episode, Rob and Phil are joined by debut Grimdark fantasy author Dr. Anna Smith Spark! Anna is the author of the new novel THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES, book one of the Empires of Dust Trilogy. It’s clear that 2017 has been a big year for Grimdark, and Anna stops by to talk about her ultra-violent and dark fantasy debut and the pressures of being a new author, and being the queen of Grimdark, we get her thoughts on the ever-evolving sub-genre and...


Completing the Series with Sebastien De Castell

Rob and Phil are joined once again by Canadian author and Celtic Whistle extraordinaire Sebastien De Castell! During our chat we talk about TYRANT’S THRONE, the fourth and final volume of The Greatcoats Quartet, the challenges of completing the wildly popular series, what it was like working with editor Jo Fletcher, we’ll see if there’s any more stories to be told in the Greatcoats universe, we’ll cover the global release for Sebastien’s new fantasy YA series SPELLSLINGER, and a super...


Grim Panel: SPFBO 2016

It’s the Grim Tidings Podcast Grim Panel: SPFBO 2016! What happens when top book bloggers read and review the best self-published fantasy novels of the year? It’s the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, an annual contest hosted by author Mark Lawrence. Hundreds of books and manuscripts were read and reviewed, and we’re joined by the top 3 finalists, Jonathan French, Phil Tucker, and Dyrk Ashton. We’re also joined by Laura M. Hughes, a blogger and reviewer for Fantasy Faction. We discuss what...


The Malice with Peter Newman

In this episode we check in with author Peter Newman! Pete drops by for a civilized chat about his latest novel THE MALICE, sequel to Gemmell Award winning fantasy debut THE VAGRANT! We talk short stories, the latest Tea & Jeopardy news, a sneak preview of his newest series titled THE DEATHLESS, and a round of The Best of Newman! We had a couple technical issues when we recorded the episode a few months back, but thankfully we were able to salvage the audio! Be sure to check out Peter...