The Grim Tidings Podcast Your podcast for all things Grimdark and more!

We’re back with another panel episode! This time we present 01Publishing, an independent publisher that produces graphic novels, prose, and audio fiction that promises “No Safe Spaces!” We’re joined by editor-in-chief and CEO Kat Rocha, writer and artist Josh Finney, freelance artist Patrick McEvoy, and Bram Stoker award winning author Nicole Cushing! We talk about the roots of 01Publishing, the ten year anniversary of their cyberpunk noir graphic novel UTOPIATES, collaboration on the H.P. Lovecraft inspired CASEFILE: ARKHAM, finding a home for Nicole’s novella THE SADIST’S BIBLE, and much more! You can find 01Publishing online at 01Publishing.com, or on Twitter @01Publishing!

Check out the new Kickstarter for CASEFILE: ARKHAM - Her Blood Runs Cold

Author Nicole Cushing - Laughing at the Abyss

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HATH NO FURY is a new anthology from Ragnarok Publications with stories featuring strong female protagonists written by some of the leading authors in the industry. Now live on Kickstarter, co-editor Melanie R. Meadors and contributing author Pip Ballantine drop by to talk about what inspired this latest offering, backer levels, stretch goals, and more!  Back HATH NO FURY on Kickstater!

Past episodes you may want to check out:

Melanie R. Meadors Geek Extraordinaire

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We’re joined by New York Times and Times of London Best-Selling author of fantasy, the one and only Raymond E. Feist. As the author of the Riftwar Cycle novels, Raymond’s career in writing fantasy has been nothing short of epic, clocking in at 30 novels in the series, over 18 million copies sold, and legions of fans across the globe. During our conversation we talk legacy, the gaming roots of the Midkemia, a preview of his forthcoming fantasy series set in an entirely new story universe, favorite fan interactions, and much more! You can find Raymond E. Feist online at Crydee.com

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Past episodes you may enjoy:

Interview with R.A. Salvatore Part 1 / Part 2

Interview with Richard A. Knaak

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We’re honored to be joined by R. Scott Bakker, author of the Prince of Nothing trilogy, and the Aspect-Emperor series, which includes his latest release THE GREAT ORDEAL. During our conversation we chat about how new readers can get acclimated to his rich and dense novels, his thoughts on the ever-controversial Grimdark sub-genre, the role playing roots of the Second Apocalypse story universe, obsessing about your writing, advice that’s got him kicked out of writing seminars, and much more. THE GREAT ORDEAL is available now in the US from The Overlook Press, and drops in the UK September 29th from Orbit. Find R. Scott Bakker online at rsbakker.wordpress.com, or on Twitter @TheDevilsChirp.

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Interview with Steve Erikson

Interview with Joe Abercrombie Part 1 / Part 2

Interview with Grimdark Magazine

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In this episode we’re joined by Robert Bevan, author of the comedic fantasy / litRPG series known as Caverns & Creatures! Robert has found success self-publishing his novels and short stories that he now writes full-time, and joins us on the show to share his insights into independent publishing, the key role audiobooks play, how NOT to use Twitter, a round of Roll One Up,and much more! It’s an interview that’s brash and slightly inappropriate, like most of Robert’s books, and that’s why we like him so much. You can find Robert Bevan online at Caverns-and-creatures.com, or succumb to his relentless spam-fest on Twitter @RobertBevan77!

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Past episodes you may want to check out:

Interview with Dave de Burgh

Interview with Jo Zebedee

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New York Times best-selling author Anthony Ryan returns to chat about his new steampunk flavored epic fantasy novel THE WAKING FIRE! We talk about what readers can expect from the series set in a brand new story universe, along with a look at creating characters, crafting fantasy names, and a "blazing" edition of Roll One Up! THE WAKING FIRE is available now on Amazon! Find Anthony online at AnthonyRyan.net, or on Twitter @writer_anthony!

Listen to our first interview with Anthony!

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Interview with Deborah Wolf

Interview with Jon Sprunk

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We chat with fantasy author and winner of the Writers of the Future contest Auston Habershaw! Rob and Phil talk with Auston on a myriad of writerly subjects, including Auston’s experience picking up a second place win for the Writers of the Future contest, using short stories to build your world, Auston’s less than typical path to publication with Harper Voyager, and even more less than typical approach to finding a top literary agent. Auston’s latest epic fantasy novel NO GOOD DEED is available now on Amazon! Find Auston online at aahabershaw.com, or on Twitter @Austonhab!

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

The Writer's Pit - Holly Heisey

The Writer's Pit -  Graham Austin-King

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In this episode we’re joined by author David Anthony Durham! David is the author multiple fantasy and historical fiction novels including the Acacia Trilogy and The Pride of Carthage, and stops by to chat with Rob and Phil about his latest historical novel THE RISEN, an epic of Spartacus set in ancient Rome. We discuss what inspired the novel, David’s approach to research and worldbuilding, as well as his involvement within George R.R. Martin’s WILD CARDS shared universe. We also get an update on the latest new regarding film adaptions for David’s novels, and get a few tips for beginners who want to try their hand at writing historical fiction. You can find David online at DavidAnthonyDurham.com! THE RISEN is available now from Doubleday Books!

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Interview with Victor Milan

Interview with Sebastien De Castell

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In this episode we're joined by editor in chief of Grimdark Magazine Adrian Collins and fantasy author Michael R. Fletcher to discuss the new Kickstarter campaign to back a new anthology from Grimdark Magazine titled Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists. We discuss what readers can expect from this killer new anthology featuring authors such as R. Scott Bakker, Courtney Schafer, Brian Stavely, and many more! We'll also talk about special editions, stretch goals, as well as an update on the latest from Michael R. Fletcher and a sneak peek of his short story that will be included in the anthology. This is a must have anthology for all fans of Grimdark, and we highly encourage listeners to share and back this project!

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We’re joined by Steve Drew and u/wishforagiraffe, two moderators at the helm of one of the largest online SFF fan communities known as r/Fantasy – “R Fantasy”. During our chat we talk about the roots of the popular web site that hosts over ninety thousand subscribers, controversial topics in speculative fiction, how readers and authors utilize the site to build community and a readership, awesome book recommendations for fantasy readers, and so much more. Check out the site at reddit.com/r/fantasy, and you can find Steve Drew on Twitter @elquesogrande1!

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In the latest episode we chat with clean fantasy author and founder of the Deep Magic e-zine, Jeff Wheeler! Jeff caught fire self-publishing in 2011 and has gone on to find success with Amazon’s publishing imprint 47North, Kindle Direct, and Kindle Worlds. We dive into Jeff’s approach to writing clean fantasy fiction, veering away from the grittier fantasy story lines, recommendations for other authors who write clean fantasy, the importance of great cover art and a catchy title, the first million words principle, writing practice novels,the dangers of publishing too soon, and Jeff’s experience publishing the Deep Magic fan e-zine. Jeff’s latest novel THE THIEF’S DAUGHTER, book two of the Kingfoutain Series is available now on Amazon. Find Jeff online at Jeff-Wheeler.com, or on Twitter @muirwoodwheeler!

Deep Magic E-Zine

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Past episodes you may want to check out:

Interview with Michael J. Sullivan & Robin Sullivan

Interview with editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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We’re once again joined by Peter Newman to celebrate the US release of THE VAGRANT! Peter is a fantasy author, podcaster for the Hugo-nominated Tea & Jeopardy, and writer for the Albion Online MMO. During our chat we discuss the book and its forthcoming sequels, how Pete got hooked up writing for video games, as well as another exciting round of Roll One Up: Goa tEdition, and much more! THE VAGRANT drops in the US on May 10th - yes,May 10th - from HarperVoyager! Find Peter Newman online at RunPeteWrite.com, or on Twitter @RunPeteWrite!

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Pete's first interview from last year!

Interview with Anthony Ryan

Interview with Jon Sprunk

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May 3, 2016  

Serious geekery ahead! We’re joined by publicist and author MELANIE R. MEADORS! Melanie is a freelance publicist representing both authors and publishers, and when she’s not writing speculative fiction she can be found blogging for sites like GeekMom and The Once and Future Podcast. During our chat we cover a myriad of geektastic topics, including short story inspiration,the business of publicizing authors, finding the right motivation for your story’s villains, social media missteps - and of course, an exciting round of The 30 Second Geek-Out! You can read Melanie’s latest short story “The Whole-Hearted Halfling” in the CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS anthology, available now on Amazon! Find out more at MelanieRMeadors.com, or on Twitter @MelanieRMeadors!

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Interview with Assistant Editor for HarperVoyager Rebecca Lucash

Interview with Agent Mark Gottlieb

The Writer's Pit - Holly Heisey

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April 28, 2016  

We’re joined by Steven Erikson to talk about his latest novel FALL OF LIGHT! During our chat we discuss how Steven collaborates with co-author Ian Esslemont in creating the stories for the Malazan Book of the Fallen universe, the possibility of opening up the series as a shared world for other authors, we get his thoughts on the Grimdark sub-genre, the possibility of a Malazan TV show and a crowd funded RPG system, as well as a round of Roll One Up, where we have Steven roll up a new table-top RPG character. It’s an epic episode not to be missed! FALL OF LIGHT is available now, and you can find Steven online at Steven-Erikson.com!

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Interview with Joe Abecrombie - Part 1 / Part 2

Interview with Michael J. Sullivan

Interview with Sebastien De Castell - Part 1 Part 2

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April 20, 2016  

Grim Tidings goes across the pond (via Skype) and chats with UK based fantasy author Marc Turner! Marc is the author of THE CHRONICLES OF THE EXILE SERIES, an epic fantasy which includes book one WHEN THE HEAVENS FALL, and book two DRAGON HUNTERS, featuring deadly magic and gritty characters of which Brian Stavely says is “truly epic.” During our chat we talk about what inspired the six book series, tackling promotion for a newly published author, and a special DRAGON HUNTERS Lightning Round! Find Marc online at MarcTurner.net, or on Twitter @marcjturner!  

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Interview with Jon Sprunk

Interview with Anthony Ryan

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Nick Sharps and Tim Marquitz drop by to tell us about Ranarok Publications’ latest kickass Kickstarter campaign for MECH: Age of Steel, the follow up companion to KAIJU RISING! Plus we check in with the boys about the latest developments at the ‘Rok, including expanded distribution, killer new blog posts, and a sneak peek at the next Kickstarter campaign for HATH NO FURY. You can back MECH: Age of steel now by clicking here. Visit Ragnarok Publications online at RagnarokPub.com, or on Twitter @Ragnarokpub.

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Past episodes you might enjoy:

Interview with Geoff Brown from Cohesion Press

Interview with Katy Cord form Evil Girlfriend Media

One Shot with Tim Marquitz

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We’re joined by literary badass Delilah S. Dawson, author of WAKE OF VULTURES, STRIKE, STAR WARS: THE PERFECT WEAPON, and more! Delilah joins us for a spirited chat on all the geeky things in life, including writing a broad range of genres, writing fights, getting hooked up writing official Star Wars canon, tips for writing diverse characters, and much, much more! It’s a jam packed episode that concludes with another epic round of the thirty second geek-out. Find Delilah online at WhimseyDark.com, or on Twitter @DelilahSDawson*SPOILERS* (During the last part of the show there is a spoiler for Hero's Die by Matt Stover.)

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Geeking Out with Michael R. Underwood

The Writer's Pit - Jo Zebedee

Katie Cord - Evil Girlfriend Media

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We chat with Rebecca Lucash, assistant editor at Harper Voyager, the science fiction / fantasy imprint of big five publisher HarperCollins. As we continue to highlight professionals from all areas of the publishing industry, Rebecca joins us to chat about what it takes to be a top industry professional editing for one of the largest publishing houses in the US. We talk diversity in fiction, tips for getting into the industry, author marketing, and much more! Find Rebecca on Twitter @RebeccaLucash, or HarperVoyagerBooks.com

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Sponsor: A Stitch of Madness by AJ Brown

Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Talking Editing with Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Interview with agent Mark Gottlieb

Controversies in Grimdark with Deborah Wolf

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We’re joined by New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak! Richard drops by to talk about his latest novel BLACK CITY SAINT, an urban fantasy noir set in 1920’s Chicago. We’ll discuss Richard’s prolific career writing novels and short stories set in various shared worlds, including Dragonlance, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Age of Conan, and more. With nearly 50  novels and something close to five million published words, Richard has close to three decades of experience. And be sure to listen in for your chance to win a copy of BLACK CITY SAINT, courtesy or PYR Books! Find Richard online at RichardAKnaak.com, or on Twitter @RichardAKnaak!

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Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Interview with Joe Abercrombie Part 1 / Part 2

Interview with Peter Newman

Interview with Anthony Ryan

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March 26, 2016  

In this episode we conclude our chat with Joe Abercrombie, wherein we discuss his thoughts on planning out a series, the use of curse words in his fiction, his thoughts on self-publishing, the possibility of a First Law video game, and a special round of The Bloodiest Nine, where we pit some of fantasy’s literary heroes against characters from the First Law universe. Joe’s short story collection SHARP ENDS comes out April 26th! Find Joe online at JoeAbercrombie.com, or on Twitter @LordGrimdark!

Pre-order SHARP ENDS U.S. / U.K.

Facebook Group Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers

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March 18, 2016  

It’s the 50th episode of The Grim Tidings Podcast, and we’re celebrating in style with a special two part interview with Lord Grimdark himself, Mr. Joe Abercrombie! Joe drops by to talk about his new short story collection SHARP ENDS, a set of 13 previously published stories set within the First Law universe scheduled to drop April 26th! Be sure to check out part two of our interview in just one week! Until then, find Joe online at JoeAbercrombie.com, or on Twitter @LordGrimdark!

Short Story: Two's Compay @Tor.com

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March 11, 2016  
We're joined by Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigman from Redhook Studios, creators of the Lovecraftian gothic turn-based RPG known as DARKEST DUNGEON! We'll find out how the game nearly quadrupled it's Kickstarter funding goal at over $300K! A game where the stress of clearing dungeons can have long lasting psychological effects, and the fear is so thick you can taste it! Voted Best RPG at PAX East 2014! You can purchase Darkest Dungeon on Steam or G.O.G. now, and coming soon to Playstation 4. Online at DarkestDungeon.com, or on Twitter @DarkestDungeon!


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March 5, 2016  

On this episode of The Writer’s Pit, we’re joined by UK based fantasy author Graham Austin-King! We discuss his fantasy trilogy The Riven Wyrde Saga, his journey through indie and small press publishing, how he got over 37K downloads from a BookBub promotion, tips for crafting complex fantasy tales,  finding the right editor and cover artist, marketing and promotion, and more! Find Graham online at GrahamAustin-King.com, or on Twitter @GrayAustin!

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February 28, 2016  

We’re back with a new Grim Panel, this time we’re talking EXTREME HORROR! Rob and Phil are joined by extreme horror author and head verifier of the Bram Stoker Awards C.W. LaSart, and Travis Tarpley, cofounder and managing editor of Sinister Grin Press, a Texas based small press bringing readers the best in extreme horror fiction. Together we gut the topic of Extreme Horror and examine all of the smelly carnage covered entrails, dissecting things like: horror inspiration, innovation in horror, scary ass movies, the slowest zombies in the world, holes in the ground, and so much more. It’s a Grim Panel of horrific proportions.

C.W. LaSart

Sinister Grin Press

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February 19, 2016  

Sword & Sorcery author Jon Sprunk drops by to talk about his latest novel in THE BOOK OF THE BLACK EARTH series, STORM AND STEEL! We dive into Jon’s writing background, fantasy plotting and worldbuilding, managing a writing career with a full time job, getting hooked up with PYR Books, the influence of Glen Cook, the benefits of being part of a writer’s association, marketing and promotion, and a special Star Wars edition of the 30 Second Geek-Out! Find Jon online at JonSprunk.com, or on Twitter @JonSprunk.

Pennwriters Organization

Star Wars blog discussion with past guest Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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(Photo courtesy of Jenny Sprunk)

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February 12, 2016  
Belfast author Jo Zebedee drops by The Writer's Pit to talk about her grimdark space opera series ABENDAU'S HEIR and scifi invasion novel INISH CARRAIG. We talk a wee bit about hybrid publishing, how she knocked The Force Awakens off the Amazon top seller list in the UK, how to make the most of BookBub, finding your marketing platform as an author, starting as an author at the age of 40, implementing your local surroundings into your story, incorporating dialects into your dialogue, extrapolating dialogue from plays, finding support in the different aspects of indie publishing, Irish curse words, and more! Find Jo Zebedee on Twitter @joz1812, or JoZebedee.com!

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February 3, 2016  
Authors, agents, publishers, and editors, oh my! We're joined by Hugo nominated editor and author of science fiction Bryan Thomas Schmidt! During our chat we talk Bryan's latest anthology from Baen, titled MISSION: TOMORROW. We discover how Bryan got into editing, his past experience editing authors like Andy Weir, and his philosophy on managing the author / editor relationship. Great insights for anyone who wants learn more about being a freelance editor in today's industry. Find Bryan online at BryanThomasSchmidt.net, or on Twitter @BryanThomasS!

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January 27, 2016  
We catch up with Michael R. Fletcher, author Beyond Redemption, arguably one of the best Grimdark fantasy novels of 2015. Mike drops by to talk the future of the series, what's he's learned in the six months since his debut, and future writing plans. Find him manifesting delusions at michaelrfletcher.com, or on Twitter @FletcherMR!


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January 23, 2016  
We’re joined by executive producer and cohost of the long running genre fiction podcast Adventures in SciFi Publishing, the Split Legend himself, Mr. Brent Bowen! As a podcaster, writer, book lover, and beer enthusiast – you can bet we had a great conversation. Topics include Brent’s decision to take the helm of AISFP, what sets quality podcasts apart from the pack, advantages of podcasting over blogging and other media, genre recommendations, and a *very* special lightning round! Guard you ears kiddies, this one’s for the grown-ups! Be sure to add Adventures in SciFi Publishing to your feed at adventuresinscifipublishing.com, or on Twitter, @AISFPpodcast, and follow Brent @SplitLegend!


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Music courtesy of Michael R. Fletcher


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January 15, 2016  

We’re joined by Michael J. Sullivan and Robin Sullivan for a king sized episode of The Grim Tidings Podcast. Michael is one of the top hybrid authors in fantasy today, Robin is an accomplished industry expert, and together we discuss the kickass Kickstarter campaign for Michael’s newest novel THE DEATH OF DULGATH. We also talk about the appeal of fantasy duos, we get an insight into the selection process of adding a short story into the new novel, tips for authors starting out in their career, a sneak peak at Michael’s forthcoming series THE FIRST EMPIRE, and an exciting round of :30 Second Geek-Out. Find Michael at Riyria.com, or on Twitter @author_sullivan! 

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Music courtesy of Michael R. Fletcher. 

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