Artist Jamie Noble referred me to this writer, Joe Abercrombie. Here, in a very compelling interview he gives his own take on a genre whose creation is partially attributed to him: Grimdark.
Interestingly, Abercrombie’s comments on Tolkien reminds me of the way in which Alan Moore and Frank Miller’s work in the late 80s, “Watchmen” and “The Dark Night” respectively, challenged traditional conventions of four color comics in profound ways that were later ignored (or perhaps just missed) by imitators who focused on the more reactionary elements.
I look forward to exploring the worlds of Abercrombie’s making.
Joe Abercrombie needs little introduction. He’s one of the most successful fantasy authors working today and the face of “grimdark” both for the sub-genres fans and its detractors. In this forthright interview Abercrombie attacks the concept of grimdark head on, questions fantasy fictions habit of re-writing Tolkien, and shares his thoughts on writing for young adults.
Ahimsa Kerp is the best new author of pulp inspired fantasy of the last two years. Empire of the Undead was the most compelling apocalypse novels I’ve read since The Stand. His new book, Beneath the Mantle, is a smart riff on Journey to the Centre of the World. He’sa writer to watch, but importantly, to read. ~Damien Walter
Grimdark. What is it?
Joe Abercrombie in discussion with Ahimsa Kerp
“I think any argument that splits the whole vast and varied, weird and wonderful tapestry of fantasy into two opposed camps is fundamentally…
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