If you're a reader of sci-fi / fantasy you may have heard the word "grimdark." It's a fairly recent neologism, coined by fans of the elaborately macabre Warhammer 40,000 fictional universe, whose tagline describes the "grim darkness" of its bleak future. The word "grimdark" came to describe the often over-the-top, satirical bleakness and violence of the setting.
Over the last decade or so, "grimdark" has applied to a wide range of fictional universes and creators, in a more or less tongue-in-cheek fashion. Some authors have applied it to their own work -- one early example being Joe Abercrombie, author of the darkly comic (and comically dark) First Law series.
I've decided to honour them with this t-shirt design inspired by early extreme metal pioneers like Obituary, Sepultura and so forth -- the grimdark of music.
"Grimdark" of course is not an existing band, but you'll feel very metal wearing it.
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