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10th May 2010, 21:36
For all the fans of the HH that maybe dont have the time to look at the Black Library website, and to make you all suffer the pain when you see the release dates of the best looking ones :wink:

Nemesis - August 2010
After the horrors of Istvaan V, Horus declares outright war against the Imperium. In the shadows of the Emperor's Palace, powerful figures convene.Their plan is to send a team of assassins to execute the arch-traitor Horus and end the war for the galaxy of mankind before it's even begun. But what they cannot know is that another assassin is abroad already, with his sights firmly set on killing the Emperor.

The First Heretic – November 2010
Amidst the galaxy-wide war of the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship. Distraught at this judgement, Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while devastating world after world, venting their fury and fervour on the battlefield. Their search for a new purpose leads them to the edge of the material universe, where they meet ancient forces far more powerful than they could have imagined. Having set out to illuminate the Imperium, the corruption of Chaos takes hold and their path to damnation begins. Unbeknownst to the Word Bearers, their quest for truth contains the very roots of heresy…

Garro: Oath of Moment AUDIOBOOK - December 2010
The legendary hero of Isstvan III and the Eisenstein, Nathaniel Garro, is famed for his loyalty and courage. He now leads a refugee fleet towards safety, but is pursued by the Warmaster’s forces. With so many lives at stake, Garro must use of all his ingenuity and bravery if the mission is to succeed.

Prospero Burns – January 2011
The Emperor is enraged. Primarch Magnus the Red of the Thousand Sons Legion has made a terrible mistake that endangers the very safety of Terra. With no other choice, the Emperor charges Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves, with the apprehension of his brother from the Thousand Sons home world of Prospero. This planet of sorcerers will not be easy to overcome, but Russ and his Space Wolves are not easily deterred. With wrath in his heart, Russ is determined to bring Magnus to justice and bring about the fall of Prospero.

Garro: Legion of One – April 2011 AUDIOBOOK
Nathaniel Garro, loyalist Death Guard, and hero of the Eisenstein, has found a new calling in his service to the Emperor. Surrounded by a cloak of secrecy, Garro travels the galaxy in pursuit of his new goal. His quest will lead him to heart of the most destructive warzones, and reveal a secret that will change the course of the Horus Heresy itself...

Age of Darkness – May 2011
After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one – seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation...

EDIT: 31/5/10

11th May 2010, 08:26
Garro: Legion of One – April 2011 AUDIOBOOK
Nathaniel Garro, loyalist Death Guard, and hero of the Eisenstein, has found a new calling in his service to the Emperor. Surrounded by a cloak of secrecy, Garro travels the galaxy in pursuit of his new goal. His quest will lead him to heart of the most destructive warzones, and reveal a secret that will change the course of the Horus Heresy itself...

This interests me....

I just bought the other two HH audiobooks so we'll see how this listening to stuff malarkey pans out....

11th May 2010, 08:48
Garro: Legion of One – April 2011 AUDIOBOOK
Nathaniel Garro, loyalist Death Guard, and hero of the Eisenstein, has found a new calling in his service to the Emperor. Surrounded by a cloak of secrecy, Garro travels the galaxy in pursuit of his new goal. His quest will lead him to heart of the most destructive warzones, and reveal a secret that will change the course of the Horus Heresy itself...

This interests me....

I just bought the other two HH audiobooks so we'll see how this listening to stuff malarkey pans out....
Let's hope it might be missing legion related. :)

11th May 2010, 20:51
Is Prospero Burns a continuation of thousand sons.If not already been done

11th May 2010, 21:02
Same story from the other side basically.

Phoenix Blaze
13th May 2010, 17:36
A story that was supposed to be release right after A Thousand Sons, not in the next year. Idiots.

Age of Darkness sounds good. There is this thing where, Istvaan 5 happens, then suddenly the Siege. There's never really an indication of what happens in between then.

Can't wait for the First Heretic. Hopefully they present Lorgar in a good (and by that I mean awesome, not good as in nice) light. He was spurned by his short sighted father so looked to other sources to worship. He has every reason to turn against the Emperor.

13th May 2010, 21:00
The reason it's behind schedule is because Abnett was diagnosed with epilepsy in that time.

But of course... idiots :roll:

13th May 2010, 21:11
The reason it's behind schedule is because Abnett was diagnosed with epilepsy in that time.

But of course... idiots :roll:I know right. Taking time off for health issues is so unfair :P

Looking forward to these. I've been meaning to buy more of the Horus Heresy books. By the time most of these are released, I should be ready for them :)

Phoenix Blaze
13th May 2010, 21:43
Really? Oh....shit, okay then, fair play.

30th May 2010, 02:30
Prospero Burns probably will be another disappointment...not really a heresey story but an ever-going battle and quest to kill brothers that were already disliked. Nemesis, a novel on the assasorium interests me. Hopefully it will be as good as Mechanicum(should have aftermath). The First Heretic should be a masterpiece.

p.s It took some months for Fallen Angels to come out, maybe it will be better because of it.

30th May 2010, 03:03
Prospero Burns probably will be another disappointment...not really a heresey story but an ever-going battle and quest to kill brothers that were already disliked.
Whah? The siege of Prospero was one of the most important events in the Heresy.

30th May 2010, 09:37
I do wonder if we need it told twice though..

30th May 2010, 12:13
I was speaking to some GW staff yesterday, and one of them mentioned that Prospero Burns had been put back again from January. The other staff member hadn't heard that news though, so I have no idea how reliable that information may be.

31st May 2010, 14:32
Just updated my list, theres another Garro: audiobook comin out before the one I had put on the list first, either I missed it or it was added afterwards but it seems that Garro: is going to be an audiobook mini series.

23rd June 2010, 12:33
Looks like a short extract from Nemesis was added to its Black Library page, for those who want to get their Custodes lovin' a little early.

The Black Library - Nemesis (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/Nemesis.html)

23rd June 2010, 19:00
If the whole book is as good as that extract its going to be a really good read. Thanks Sour :)

23rd June 2010, 19:51
Don't think I've even seen any mention of the Custodes in any of the M41 books I've read so far, but they're quickly becoming my favorite group of the Horus Heresy timeline.

23rd June 2010, 19:53
Blood Games? Short story about them.

23rd June 2010, 20:09
Blood Games? Short story about them.
That was one of the short stories in the Tales of Heresy book, right? Loved that one. I just haven't seen any sort of mention of the Adeptus Custodes in the modern timeline. Then again, I'm only slowly working my way through omnibus collections of the Horus Heresy authors, so my reading thus far has been restricted to Abnett's Inquisitor Trilogies and the Gaunst's Ghosts series, and McNiell's first Ultramarines Trilogy.

24th June 2010, 12:13
Probably wont read of them in the mordern timeline books, as they dont do anything anymore apart from staying in the palace.

24th June 2010, 12:25
Even so, I love seeing these guys in the mix whenever possible. The badassitude suggested in A Thousand Sons has really got me looking forward to a Custodes vs. Traitor Legion duel. For Nemesis, I'm really just hoping for a great cat and mouse spy/assassin story. Not really expecting John le Carre here, but nothing so C.S. Goto either.

27th July 2010, 11:42
Found this quote from A D-B on BolterandChainsword, who is the writer of "The First Heretic" ( atleast from what i know )

"And there he stood at the heart of the killing fields, winged and haloed by amorphous contrails of psychic fire, shouting his brother's name into the storm.

Corax answered with a shriek of his own – the call of the betrayer, the cry of the betrayed – and the raven met the heretic in a clash of crozius and claw."

-- from The First Heretic.

Corax Vs Logar? OH YES PLEASE :D

27th July 2010, 15:32
helllz yeah.

5th August 2010, 20:08
http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/inde ... pic=208014 (http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/index.php?s=6082f8c97c15f588e38ab11caff7b2f8&showtopic=208014)

Here is the description from The Black Library website.

After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one – seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation...

May 2011 • Softback, 416 pages • ISBN 9781849700368
Author - Unknown
Edited by Christian Dunn

5th August 2010, 20:24
Link doesn't work.

5th August 2010, 20:26
Topic got removed from Bolter.. gimme a sec

http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-product ... kness.html (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/coming-soon/Age-of-Darkness.html) There we go

5th August 2010, 22:01
Hmmm nothing more to see there. However i did find this after a little bit of searching:

Blog Sunday 8th of August, 2010
Age of Darkness
Age of Darkness heralds an important new piece of the Horus Heresy story arc, so we thought it was time to drag the grumpy old warmaster out into the limelight and drop him on a cover.

Now it isn't the 8th yet so i guess we'll have a cover soon, they beter make it a super duper imba badass good piece of artwork.

Edit: Woops, clicking on the title showed the pics lol my bad


Haha eat my talon you sissie iron fist!

6th August 2010, 11:45
WHy is Horus wearing what looks a lot like a psycik (SP?) hood?

26th September 2010, 18:59

Since it's available for pre-order now, Black Library has posted an excerpt from the upcoming The First Heretic. At least one interesting development with Malcador, I think. See for yourself.

27th September 2010, 06:39
Fresh from games day and have got The First Heretic. Spent last night reading the first third of it; it will definitely bring an interesting twist on how things are seen ;). I won't write more as it would be a big spoiler.

23rd November 2010, 21:04
Courtesy of GW, here's a screenshot of the database Christian Dunn is compiling for the upcoming Age of Darkness Horus Heresy short story collection:


So, here are my guesses at the missing information: Graham McNeill will probably do the first Ultramarines story, Rules of Engagement. Liar's Due is about either a cult of Tzeench or a look at Kor Phaeron and/or Erebus' dealings behind the scenes just prior to Horus' fall. Forgotten Sons will have loads of new information on the II and XI Legions.

Also, Dan Abnett's Prospero Burns novel is up for pre-order, meaning they should have a .pdf excerpt up any day now.

22nd February 2011, 18:40
Been a while since any updates, and a quick look at Black Library's upcoming stuff only shows two more Horus Heresy books coming out this year. Age of Darkness has a .pdf excerpt up (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/coming-soon/Age-of-Darkness.html), which appears to be an Iron Warrior story also featured in their magazine Hammer and Bolter. Then there doesn't seem to be anything else until The Outcast Dead in November. Just a quick look at the cover art tells me ... nothing. I have no idea what the hell this is supposed to depict:


22nd February 2011, 19:24
Why is that guy on the right wearing a Blood Bowl uniform?

23rd February 2011, 05:13
I read somewhere that the Astropath (guess which one he is) has important information about the Heresy, then theres something to do with Loyalist marines from traitor legions, then I think he gets lost or kidnapped or sabotaged and he is rescued/kept safe by an unlikely force (could be the loyal traitor legion marines) and they are keeping him safe from other astartes that are hunting him (maybe traitor custodes or the Word Bearers stationed in the Sol System).
Cant remember the source, i think it was the BL Blog or maybe Bolter and Chainsword.

23rd February 2011, 05:48
traitor custodes

Is that possible?! I thought they were like the Grey Knights as in none have ever fallen.

23rd February 2011, 07:32
I read somewhere that the Astropath (guess which one he is) has important information about the Heresy, then theres something to do with Loyalist marines from traitor legions, then I think he gets lost or kidnapped or sabotaged and he is rescued/kept safe by an unlikely force (could be the loyal traitor legion marines) and they are keeping him safe from other astartes that are hunting him (maybe traitor custodes or the Word Bearers stationed in the Sol System).
Cant remember the source, i think it was the BL Blog or maybe Bolter and Chainsword.

Looks like it was from the BL Blog (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/outcast-dead-final-cover.html):

This is the story’s hero, an astropath on the run in the bowels of Terra, and his unlikely protectors. You’ll have to wait until later in the year to find out more.

And the back cover of the book:

Wikipedia also lists the 18th book in the series as being titled Deliverance Lost by Gav Thorpe, to be published January 2012. Any guesses as to what that one will be about?

23rd February 2011, 08:13
A Raven Guard novel, it seems. As in Deliverance their home planet.

I could be wrong though D:

23rd February 2011, 14:38
hehe dont worry about Prospero Burns being like Thousand Sons, I think only the last 2 chapters have anything to do with the battle at Prospero! It is a slow start, but a good book.

I wish the audio books were available as...real books. I dont want to listen to someone reading me a story.

23rd February 2011, 15:40
Is that possible?! I thought they were like the Grey Knights as in none have ever fallen.
Probably not, I think what i read was a thread on a different forum so it was just guessing.

Maybe Deliverance Lost is about Corax trying to rebuild his Legion with the clones and things, or maybe a story like the first DA heresy book, but about Corax instead.

15th March 2011, 01:09
More info on Deliverance Lost is on the BL Blog (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/deliverance-lost-corax-arrives.html), along with cover art:


15th March 2011, 02:16
is horus wearing a wolly mammoth in that picture?

18th April 2011, 07:05
If BL supported some frickin RSS feeds other than Twitter, I might have known about this sooner:


Promethean Sun, the first limited edition Horus Heresy novella, went on sale this morning. The response has been amazing, with over a thousand of the 3,000 copies selling in the first hour alone.

Due to the massive demand for this title, we have temporarily removed it from sale to ensure that we have enough stock to satisfy all existing orders. We will repost any remaining stock at 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 18 April.

I'm sure it'll come back in some form or another. Maybe in the next short story collection in the HH series. But then, I expected the earlier audio dramas to be novelized in next month's collection, so make of that what you will. At least people who really want it still have a little time to snatch up one of the last available copies today.

UPDATE: So they gave Promethean Sun (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Horus-Heresy/promethean-sun.html) it's own page, along with a few pictures. Looks like a few full color pages in there, along with some background information on the Traitor Legions that apparently has some stuff redacted by the budding Inquisition. Also, they set a price point of $50 USD for this limited edition hardback. A bit steep to me, but obviously they've enough orders that they aren't depending on little old me.

UPDATE 2: From the BL Twitter page (http://twitter.com/blacklibrary):

@CitizenWiliams The story is exclusive for at least 2 years, after which we may include it in another title. Just get on BL.com early!
7:13 AM Apr 14th via TweetDeck in reply to CitizenWiliams

UPDATE 3: Four words from Nick Kyme (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/staring-at-the-sun.html):

eldar Exodites riding dinosaurs

18th April 2011, 16:12
Early review (http://www.thefoundingfields.com/2011/04/age-of-darkness-edited-by-christan-dunn.html) for Age of Darkness shows the more established writers in the series (Abnett, McNeill, and Swallow) giving kind of meh performances, while newcomers to the Heresy are getting some pretty high praise (especially Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Rob Sanders). I wouldn't say the review is full of spoilers, but it is a bit hard to describe a short story the way the reviewer does without giving away a good bit of the plot, so tread carefully.

Looks like we'll be seeing a couple of forgotten characters from the original trilogy here, and a timeline that seems to stretch from the Dropsite Massacre to the writing of the Codex Astartes.

20th April 2011, 00:31
19th book in the series is another Dan Abnett book. Know No Fear (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Horus-Heresy/coming-soon/know-no-fear.html) is obviously a Space Marines story, which (in my opinion anyway) is a bit meh, as I think Abnett's work on the Astartes have been really hit and miss. No cover art and no description yet, but they've set a release date for March 2012.

26th April 2011, 22:00
A bit of info from Nick Kyme's blog (http://www.nickkyme.com/?p=1558), apparently talking about either a short story or two in the next collection or an unannounced novel in the Horus Heresy series:

I’m working on two other ideas that sort of link to the story, at least in so far that they’re Horus Heresy era and have the Salamanders and Vulkan as their main protagonists.

2nd May 2011, 17:31
Graham McNeill has posted an excerpt (http://www.graham-mcneill.com/gmblog/PermaLink,guid,03c8fab4-d0b6-4a67-a8ce-eefdf27e0d45.aspx) from the next book in the series, The Outcast Dead, on his blog. Looks like the book will take place just before the Istvaan V Dropsite Massacre, although it's hard to gauge with the way the Horus Heresy books jump around so much. Judging from the excerpt, it's easy to imagine the Dropsite Massacre might have been avoided had the other primarchs followed some mysterious plan that Dorn had laid out for them, possibly stopping the Heresy in its tracks before the Traitor Legions were able to get a lot of help from Daemons.

But then, that's always been the idea of the Horus Heresy books, I think. You know what's coming, but the characters don't. All you can do is watch with a sense of impending doom.

2nd May 2011, 23:42
Is there a White Scars HH novel coming out?

Least covered Legion, I think.

3rd May 2011, 01:07
I only JUST got the first book on audio CD for a long drive to and from a site I was working at over the weekend. It has COMPLETELY rekindled my love of the Imperium backstories. I might even try to find the old one that I did based on my Blood Angels successor chapter :) NERD! :D
So much so infact that I'm going to get my parents to dig out all my old 2nd Ed codices and rules books for the stories in them. I absolutely love some of the short storries in the Angels of Death Codex.

Man, I really need a game just now or I melt into a puddle of 40k fan-dom just now! Ugh.

Off to buy the first three books just now!

3rd May 2011, 01:24
Is there a White Scars HH novel coming out?

Least covered Legion, I think.

There have been whispers that Abnett's next book in the series, Know No Fear, will center around the Khan's Legion. Not due out for another ten months (assuming Dan stays healthy and meets his deadlines), but we should be seeing more information in the next three to five months.

3rd May 2011, 01:26
Is there a White Scars HH novel coming out?

Least covered Legion, I think.

There have been whispers since late last year that Abnett's next book in the series, Know No Fear, will center around the Khan's Legion. Not due out for another ten months, but we should be seeing more information on it in the next three to five.

3rd May 2011, 23:07
Know No Fear is about the Battle of Calth.


4th May 2011, 05:41
Sorry to get your hopes up, Dakon. But take heart. The way the HH novels are raking in the dough, I'm sure they'll keep milking the series for all it's worth. That means we'll probably see at least one novel for each of the 18 Legions, and possibly one or both of the Missing Legions.

4th May 2011, 10:05
Doubt they'd get two novels by themselves. Prolly get snippets of info from every novel with Primarchs in it, etc. I would like stories like:

Iron Warriors = Answers to why Perturabo simply allowed his Legion to be used as garrison troops, etc

White Scars = No HH novels about the Mongol Legion? Heresy!

Imperial Fists = Battle of Terra

Night Lorrrrrrrrrrrrds! = Pre heresy, the story revolving around Primarch Kurze's batman days to the point of him fighting again Rogal Dorn, and perhaps new revelations of why he came down on the side of Horus.

World Eaters + Blood Angels = 2 Legions fighting side by side pre-heresy, much light is shed about the characters of Primarchs, what they think of each other, etc.

Raven Guard = The creation of the abomination-mutant Astartes by Corax.

5th May 2011, 11:13
Very long video interview with AD-B, includes a bit of Horus Heresy information.


15th May 2011, 07:02

So they've got extra copies of Promethian Sun that they aren't selling online. Games Days USA, Germany, and UK will all have 30-100 copies available to buy on site, and the last remaining copies will be sold at Black Library Live next year. Still not thrilled about the $50 price tag on a novella, but there you go.

25th May 2011, 15:39
Small bits of information on The Outcast Dead and other McNeill stuff in an interview at Civilian Reader (http://civilian-reader.blogspot.com/2011/05/interview-with-graham-mcneill.html):

The Outcast Dead is going well, and the action has well and truly kicked off, so I think people are going to enjoy it. It’s a change of pace from the last few Astartes-themed books, taking the action back a notch to Terra and the little-understood City of Sight. This is where the Imperium’s Astropaths are based, and we gain an insight into what the life of an Astropath is like, and how the events of the Heresy are affecting them. Events of galactic magnitude have some far reaching consequences for telepaths, and there’s going to be a few upsets along the way…

26th May 2011, 05:04
An Astropath novel... could be interesting.

10th June 2011, 01:10
From Aaron Dembski-Bowden (http://aarondembskibowden.wordpress.com/):

A solid chunk of 2012 will be taken up by writing my next HH novel, which I’m immensely looking forward to. There’s some other stuff that still hasn’t been announced, but I can say I should be able to show the cover for Aurelian soon. I’ll just say this: it redefines the word Cool. It’s saturated with toxic badassery to the point where it now bleeds pure liquid radness from all the ruptures in its seams. In my less-than-humble opinion, it’s easily the best cover in the Horus Heresy series, including the covers of a couple that you guys haven’t seen yet.

I usually have a short story on the go as well as a novel. Right now, it’s an audio drama for the Horus Heresy. Other, more professional writers will say something like “Audio dramas always present me with a unique set of challenges”, but I’ll break that down a little more for you. I find them fucking weird. I was against the whole concept of them until I did one, and since then I’ve found them a lot of fun. Throne of Lies came out great, bar a couple of lines where I cringe and think “Oh, Holy God, that sentence wasn’t written to be spoken out loud.”

Let's take a look at the title of that HH novel again. Aurelian? Seriously? As in the world where Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising ends?

It's still a bit early yet to be handing out door prizes to those who guessed the origins of the II and XI Legions would be revealed. Most likely one hell of a coincidence.

13th June 2011, 00:41
Aurelian is stuck in my head from somewhere, I'm sure it is a nickname for one of the Primarchs.

Possibly the first name or second name of a Primarch.

Lorgar Aurelian? Corax Aurelian.. I'm sure it was one of them.

13th June 2011, 02:12
Don't know why I didn't think of that to begin with. Maybe it's the fact that Age of Darkness further pushing the idea that Blood Ravens are descended from Thousand Sons has got that chapter stuck in my head.

After some quick Googling, the Aurelian is indeed the title given to Lorgar.

From Bolter and Chainsword (http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/index.php?showtopic=225067):

Lion El'Jonson - The Lion
Fulgrim - The Pheonician
Perturabo -
Jaghatai Khan - The Great Khan/The Khan
Leman Russ - The Wolf King/ The Wolf
Rogal Dorn - The Praetorian (?)
Konrad Kurze - The Night Haunter
Sanguinius - The Angel
Ferrus Mannus - The Gorgon
Angron - The Gladiator (?)
Roboute Guilliman - The Consul (?)
Mortarian - The Death Lord
Magnus the Red - The Cyclops
Horus - Lupercal
Lorgar - Aurelian
Vulkan -
Corax - The Raven
Alpharius - The Last

13th June 2011, 07:50
It is my opinion that we don't need another Word Bearer's novel. Especially one about Lorgar Aurelian. Perhaps one about Kor-Phaeron would be interesting.

Allow me to try and expand the list!

Lion El'Jonson - The Lion
Fulgrim - The Pheonician
Perturabo -
Jaghatai Khan - The Great Khan/The Khan
Leman Russ - The Wolf King/ The Wolf
Rogal Dorn - The Emperor's Fist
Konrad Kurze - The Night Haunter
Sanguinius - The Angel
Ferrus Mannus - The Gorgon
Angron - The Gladiator (?) The Red Angel
Roboute Guilliman - The Consul (?)
Mortarian - The Death Lord
Magnus the Red - The Cyclops The Crimson King
Horus - Lupercal Warmaster
Lorgar - Aurelian The Golden
Vulkan -
Corax - The Raven
Alpharius - The Last

13th June 2011, 22:17
Just found out that Aurelian is a HH novella about what Lorgar saw in the EoT. Some of the chapters at the start and end of the book are about what the traitor Primarchs were doing a few days after Istavaan, signing forms, admin meetings etc. Daemon-Fulgrim gets outed by Lorgar at one of the meetings too, there was an extract from the first chapter on the BL website a little while ago.

14th June 2011, 06:29
Then it should be called something like Den of Traitors or something like that. Aurelian in my opinion sounds... off.

15th June 2011, 01:32
A title more to do with the EoT would have been better, Aurelian sounds more like its about Lorgars life pre-Imperium.

15th June 2011, 02:43
A title more to do with the EoT would have been better, Aurelian sounds more like its about Lorgars life pre-Imperium.

Not like we haven't seen something like that before.


15th June 2011, 05:00
It might just be me, but I really wish they gave every Primarch a book detailing their lives pre-Imperium or culminating just after they meet the Emperor for the first time and another one detailing the beginnings of each Legion, as in starting with once their Primarch is reunited with them. I know this would completely bog the series down and doesn't necessarily have to do with the Heresy but since this is most likely the only real chance we all have of getting all this juicy fluff I want it to be epically filled with all sorts of information.

18th June 2011, 02:44
Tiny update from Graham McNeill (http://www.graham-mcneill.com/gmblog/PermaLink,guid,66da9a7f-cf93-4cf7-8324-2172053f70af.aspx):

I handed in The Outcast Dead to the Black Library on Tuesday. It took a long time to get done, but I think the extra time and effort has been worthwhile. It’s a chunky old fella, clocking in at around the same length as Fulgrim, so you get plenty of bang for your buck.


Right, off to plot out a Fulgrim novella…

As much as I hate the idea of these people selling novellas (essentially a 128-page short story, really) at $50 USD a pop, it was inevitable to see another in the works after Nick Kyme's Promethean Sun (http://www.thefoundingfields.com/2011/05/promethean-sun-by-nick-kyme-review-with.html) did so well.

20th June 2011, 19:40
Tiny update from Graham McNeill (http://www.graham-mcneill.com/gmblog/PermaLink,guid,66da9a7f-cf93-4cf7-8324-2172053f70af.aspx):

As much as I hate the idea of these people selling novellas (essentially a 128-page short story, really) at $50 USD a pop, it was inevitable to see another in the works after Nick Kyme's Promethean Sun (http://www.thefoundingfields.com/2011/05/promethean-sun-by-nick-kyme-review-with.html) did so well.

Just for bragging purposes I want to say that I served Graham McNeill at my work place in Nottingham on Friday the 10th of June where he informed me that he would be finishing The Outcast Dead the Monday following. (Looks like he was good to his word.) But I also got to chat to him for about 10 minutes just about the HH series and how it's going. It was so cool![/bragging]

16th July 2011, 03:48
Cover art for Abnett's Know No Fear, the 19th book in the series:


16th July 2011, 04:01
That is actually quite the badass cover!

Battle of Calth eh?

16th July 2011, 13:17
That is actually quite the badass cover!

Battle of Calth eh?

He's that hard he's saying 'Who needs oxygen to kick ass!'

21st July 2011, 04:15
And then there's this, the slightly less badass version:


21st July 2011, 06:50
Words have failed me.

21st July 2011, 11:09
Cake or death?

22nd July 2011, 07:29
I can picture Lorgar holding up the cake, screaming, "FATHER LIED! HE LIED TO US!!!"

23rd July 2011, 20:11

As it turns out Aaon Demski-Bowden's Aurelian is another of these expensive limited-edition novellas. First three chapters are in the August issue of BL's downloadable monthly magazine, Hammer & Bolter (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Exclusive-Products/hammer-and-bolter-10.html) (issue 10).

30th July 2011, 00:09
Was thinking of getting this, are the first 3 chapters any good?

30th July 2011, 01:33
Haven't read them personally. I believe with Promethean Sun setting the standard and a handful of other novellas being released in the not-too-distant future, we'll see a single HH book in about two years that collects all or most of these stories for a fraction of the price.

31st July 2011, 18:19
Im not sure if a novella about the word bearers would be worth it. First Heretic already disclosed so much and raised enough questions. The only other book I could see is a novel that goes along with Know No Fear which picks up where FH left off and shows the bearers' point of view of the battle of Calth. I want to know what happens to Argel Tal and the other warp touched.

9th August 2011, 22:12
Small update from Gav Thorpe:

I am currently finishing off a Black Library novella concerning the exploits of Ultramarines Chaplain Cassius against a voracious Tyranid swarm. No release information as yet, but keep checking the Black Library website. Once that is finished, I'm working on rewrites for Deliverance Lost, my first full-length Horus Heresy novel. Then it is one to another HH piece, this time a novella of The Primarchs anthology entitles The Lion… Aided ably by BL’s Andy Smillie on the flight to Chicago I have thrashed out the plot of this and I think it will provide not only Dark Angels fans but followers of the Horus Heresy in general with plenty of food for thought (as well as a cool battle or two, of course).

15th August 2011, 22:49
More from Graham McNeill:

With The Outcast Dead away to the printers, I’ve just finished a Horus Heresy novella featuring the Primarch Fulgrim. Writing his descent into madness was such worryingly enjoyable fun that I always knew I’d come back to him – this time to address the fundamental change wrought upon him at the end of the novel. Oh, and it features Lucius as the main character. Yeah, I thought you’d like that.

15th August 2011, 22:59
While its nice, filling up the gaps of what happened and all, I seriously think they should start writing about other Legions...

24th August 2011, 02:20
Some more updates from Nick Kyme:

I’ve been working on my latest project called ‘Feat of Iron’, which is a novella that’s going to appear in The Primarchs for the Horus Heresy. It’s only early days yet, but the story is going well and I’m looking forward to shedding a bit of light on Ferrus Manus’s role in the Heresy.

So, I’m up to the 5,000 word mark on ‘Feat of Iron’. Ferrus Manus is definitely a different challenge to writing Vulkan but I’m afraid people who’ve requested a slugfest between the Gorgon and the Drake are in for some disappointment – not happening, at least not in this story.

You will love it, though, that’s a guarantee (I also think you’ll be pretty surprised the road the story takes and it’s importance in terms of the broader Heresy – oooh, mysterious!).

Got my hands on the rather spiffy hardback Games Day anthology today. It’s the first time that BL has done a longer collection of special short stories (chapbook stylee) for an event. This novella-length collection will be appearing at all Games Days over the following year (and beyond), kicking off with the UK. I also think there’ll be some copies online but don’t quote me on that…

I join such fine luminaries as Graham McNeill, Gav Thorpe, C.L. Werner, Chris Wraight and Andy Chambers in an anthology that spans the Horus Heresy, Time of Legends, Space Marine Battles, Warhammer Heroes, Eldar Path and Dark Eldar series. My story in the collection is the closer and called ‘Emperor’s Deliverance’. Fans of the lore will know to what event it pertains. Let’s just say the Marines Malevolent feature.

24th August 2011, 04:05
Hmm.. broader Heresy..? Might be talking about the Missing Legions here..

Dare to dream..

29th August 2011, 21:20
So, Aaron Dembski-Bowden has posted the cover art to his HH novella, Aurelian:


I… I don’t think that Avatar is going to make it home to his kids.

There were several deleted streams of dialogue, where Lorgar talks smack to this guy. Ultimately, I went with this totally true and honest extract:

Lorgar did a little dance. ”Where you going in such a hurry, Chuckles? I broke your legs with my megahammer. You’re going nowhere.”

The Avatar didn’t answer. It started crawling, bleeding this stuff like souls and fire and magic shit like that.

Lorgar laughed. He laughed like a winner. “This is why I don’t have tabletop rules, man. Because I’m H to the Ardcore.”

The Avatar still didn’t answer. It was in pain, and its life totally sucked, and everything else was on fire, too. The Avatar was sad about that, because all that stuff on fire was his house or his base or whatever.

Lorgar caught up with the crawling fellow, and pressed a boot into the creature’s spine.

“Where’s my money, man? Why you gotta make me do this? Why you gotta make it into a thing?”

“Dude…” said the incarnated essence of an alien god of war. “I just need a few more days.”

“You’ve had plenty of days. You’ve had all kinds of days. Now I’m totally going to kill you, guy.”

Lorgar raised his megahammer, and totally killed the guy.

“Screw this place,” he said afterwards. “I’m going to go kill half of the Imperium for a laugh.”

He looked at the Avatar’s corpse as it dissolved into ash, like in Dawn of War.

“Later, dater.”

I can vouch for AD-B here – those lines of dialogue were definitely deleted.

Also, some more news from Nick Kyme:

Writing-wise, got a few projects rolling along at the moment. This morning (and for most of this weekend, on and off – I blame Call of Duty for the slight lack of diligence) I’ll be cracking on with ‘Feat of Iron’, which is the Ferrus Manus novella for The Primarchs (and, oh s!*t, you should see the cover for this book – looks awesome. I think Laurie almost did a little wee when Neil’s finished version came in).

I’m just over 10,000 words in and nearing the end of a significant act in the story. Very happy with how it’s going so far but progress is slower than usual – I wonder if that’s a characteristic of all writers as they start to hone and develop their craft? I was thinking about this only this morning and recognised similar traits in some of the other BL authors (particularly the newer guys that are starting to write for the bigger series like SMB and HH). Perhaps it’s a pressure thing or something, or maybe it’s the desire to best or at the very least equal what you’ve done previously?

It’s exciting to see and appreciate this development and it’s taken time to get there but through hard work and perseverance there’s a change. Of course, it might just be me that sees it and writing, like so many creative arts, is really subjective. I’m often genuinely shocked by what some fans love and others hate.

One of my biggest bugbears, it has to be said, is the inability of some readers to differentiate between the gaming world and the fiction world, and the needs thereof. I’ve lost count of the conversations I’ve had with other authors who get frustrated by this sense of entitlement and gaming myopia that renders people unable to see why a Space Marine could be killed in a certain situation, despite the fact he’s got a 3+ armour save or that just because the rulebook says a vehicle couldn’t get blown up by a certain weapon doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.

Rules by their very nature are quite confining and generally unbendable; fiction and the pseudo-reality that a writer has to deal with in writing tie-in fiction for these worlds is not. Usually, I’ll kind of switch off if I ever get someone moaning to me (or in a review) about how the game rules say this and the book says another. There’s nothing I can say to people like that as their viewpoint is so utterly narrow and unique to them.

I guess we all bring different things to the Warhammer and 40K party, we all have our different views of ‘how it should be’. Imagine you’re looking through a lens at the world, it’s only one facet, there are a million billion others, all subtly different, some perhaps even wildly so. We as writers are the architects of this fiction; we do it because we love it and what we offer is our view of the world, our lens if you will. It would make my life less stressful is people appreciated that, but I’m probably shouting into an empty room at this point.Some of us are gamers too (me included), but we’re not about to regurgitate a bunch of gaming rules (though, I admit, there have been times when gaming terminology has bled into my work – bad Nick) in our stories. If you want to read that kind of stuff, go pick up White Dwarf and dig in to the battle report.

Still, for the most part, I think folks have got a good balance. And for the latter, the myopic ones, it’s only passion and we can all relate to that right?

Getting back on track then (that turned into a bit of a rant, folks – sorry), I’m cracking on with ‘Feat of Iron’ today but I also have another HH project in the works and an audio drama (not HH, it’s 40K) and a Time of Legends novel that I’m currently plotting after that! Phew!

The HH piece is another novella called ‘Scorched Earth’. This idea has been bobbing around my shell-like for a while and now I’m finally going to get to realise it. This story is actually part of something bigger, which I kicked off with Promethean Sun (and, please, no more messages chocked with expletives about this; I appreciate your ire is not directed at me, for that I am thankful, but the decision is done, the book has been available at a bunch of places and will be again in its raw story form in an anthology – so, please, let it go now) and shall conclude in another project later next year (though a release isn’t likely for a year after that).

30th August 2011, 02:08
You know... if Aurelian was like that I'd totally read the shit out of it...

30th August 2011, 02:23
Lorgar laughed. He laughed like a winner.

My favorite line in the whole passage.

AD-B might be my new favorite author if he actually did slip this into a 40k novel somewhere.

5th September 2011, 12:51

5th September 2011, 23:07
So, here's what we got coming up:

November 2011 - The Outcast Dead: The Truth Lies Within by Graham McNeill. "The galaxy is burning. The Emperor’s loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan. Such dark times herald new and yet more terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life. Alongside a mysterious band of renegades, he plunges into the deadly underworld of Terra itself, hunted like a criminal by those he once trusted. In the face of betrayal, Kai must decide where his own loyalties lie and whether some truths should be buried forever."

January 2012 - Deliverance Lost: Ghosts of Terra by Gav Thorpe. "Corax and the few remaining Raven Guard escaped the massacre at Isstvan V but must now tend their wounds and replenish their numbers before they can return to the fray. Listless and distraught, the primarch returns to Terra to seek the Emperor’s counsel and is guided to the ancient genetech used to create the first Space Marines. While he seeks to rebuild his Legion and seek vengeance upon the Emperor’s Children for their betrayal, Corax is unaware that the shadowy agents of the Alpha Legion move among the Raven Guard, and that his own survival has merely been part of a far greater plan."

March 2012 - Know No Fear: The Battle of Calth by Dan Abnett. "Unaware of the wider Heresy and following the Warmaster’s increasingly cryptic orders, Roboute Guilliman returns to Ultramar to muster his Legion for war against the orks massing in the Veridian system. Without warning, their supposed allies in the Word Bearers Legion launch a devastating invasion of Calth, scattering the Ultramarines fleet and slaughtering all who stand in their way. This confirms the worst scenario Guilliman can imagine – Lorgar means to settle their bitter rivalry once and for all. As the traitors summon foul daemonic hosts and all the forces of Chaos, the Ultramarines are drawn into a grim and deadly struggle in which neither side can prevail."

June 2012 - The Primarchs, a compilation edited by Christian Dunn. This may not actually be a HH novel, but possibly more in line with the Space Marines Battles series.

June 2012 - Butcher's Nails by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. In a post on Bolter and Chainsword (http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=235198&view=findpost&p=2832804), A-D-B writes:
I'm going to try and be delicate about this. But I'll say it here, so it gives me something to link to all the other times I'll get asked in the next year.

The First Heretic was my first Horus Heresy novel, which is followed by Aurelian (2011) and The Butcher's Nails (2012).

Aurelian is the limited edition novella based around what Lorgar saw in the Eye of Terror, and how he acts with the other primarchs after Isstvan V - following on directly from The First Heretic. It also shows how the Word Bearers now act among the other Legions, which has changed drastically, too. Lastly, it sets up (in very obvious terms) what my next HH novel will be about. It also leads directly into The Butcher's Nails.

The Butcher's Nails is obviously a Horus Heresy audio story about Angron and the World Eaters. It follows on directly from Aurelian, and leads even more obviously into my next Horus Heresy novel.

You don't need to read Aurelian or listen to The Butcher's Nails in order to get what's going on in my next HH novel. They're additions to the storyline, not mandatory slices of it. They're a good indication of how much Lorgar and his Word Bearers have changed, and they show how I present Angron in the Heresy. They essentially bridge the gap between The First Heretic and The Novel I'm Not Allowed To Talk About Yet.

As stated elsewhere (by Dan), The Novel I'm Not Allowed To Talk About Yet does indeed tie in a little bit to Know No Fear, the novel about Calth.

To repeat: it doesn't matter if you don't want the audio drama, or don't want/manage to get the limited edition novella. I'm careful not to put mandatory, vital stuff in non-novel releases. They're teasers, they're stories in their own right, and they're excellent foreshadowing for what will come next. It's not a case of doing these things instead of a novel, cheating people out of a preferred format. It's doing these things as well as the novels. That's a good thing, so please don't nag me, because I tend to ignore such naggery. (Not that anyone has nagged on the B&C. You're not naggers. I'm just saying, like, in general.)

September 2012 - Fear To Tread by James Swallow. The first Horus Heresy novel to focus on the Blood Angels. Another post by A-D-B (http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=217542&view=findpost&p=2594387) on Bolter and Chainsword goes a little something like this:
I reckon I can put your doubts at ease here, with a simple mathematics equation.

The Blood Angels + Sanguinius + Signus Prime + Ka'Bandha = Awesome.

You have one of the most beloved Legions in the setting, with one of the most-liked primarchs (perhaps even the most-liked primarch overall), betrayed by Horus on a world full of daemons. Sanguinius will show up for the first real time, flying around, fighting a Bloodthirster. Chaos will go up against the freaking Blood Angels, and it will fail. The origins of one of their famously cool and popular gene-seed curses will play out before our eyes.

Let me be clear with where I'm going here:

The novel could be written by a monkey and it would still be amazing with that storyline. The fact it's written by a guy with a great Horus Heresy track record is just gravy. Jim will nail this one, and nail it hard. No doubt in my mind.

6th September 2011, 02:15
Deliverance Lost sounds interesting :D

6th September 2011, 02:42
Deliverance Lost sounds interesting :D

With the way Thorpe turned the Dark Angels' fluff on its ear with Angels of Darkness, I wonder what tricks he might have in store for the Raven Guard.

6th September 2011, 09:04
Corax is unaware that the shadowy agents of the Alpha Legion move among the Raven Guard, and that his own survival has merely been part of a far greater plan

Hang on aren't the Alpha Legion still loyal, despite siding with Horus?

12th September 2011, 21:19
While not technically HH news, Graham McNeill decided to share some artwork a friend of his did recently:

Recently, I've been corresponding with David Severeide, a fellow Weegie (a person who hails from the fair city of Glasgow, for all you folk whit disnae speak Scottish, like) who's studying art in Florence. Which sounds very nice and like it's from the time of Byron and Shelley. Anyway, unlike those guys, he's been sending me some bits and bobs of his work, and they've been fantastic. I've seen some of the images from his sketchbook, which are very reminiscent of John Blanche's work, which is high praise indeed, but all through our correspondence, he's been telling me of a picture he's been working on that shows the primarch of the Night Lords, Condrad Curze himself. So, enough of me yakkin, let's take a look at it...

Probably doesn't mean McNeill is planning a Horus Heresy novel focusing on the Night Lords, but it's not outside the realm of possibility.

In other, actual news, high demand for Aaron Dembski-Bowden's limited edition novella Aurelian has overloaded the Black Library server. Their site has been up and down all day (mostly down), and should resume normal activity sometime tomorrow. You'd think they would have learned from the release of Promethean Sun, where the same exact problem occurred, but no such luck.

UPDATE: Here's what the Black Library folks had to say about the server issues:

Aurelian - off sale

by Black Library on Monday, 12 September 2011 at 23:40

Hi all. We hoped that the server situation would improve. Obviously it hasn't. We are now going to take Aurelian off sale until we can fix the issue with our servers. We will provide more infromation tomorrow but the book will be off sale for at least 72 hours. We will ensure that when it returns to sale, the book can be bought quickly and easily with no technical problems. We really appreicate your patience over the last six hours, and will find a way to make it up to you.Those of you who have managed to pay for a copy will likley not have received a confirmation email. Don't worry, we will email you tomorrow. Thanks again for sticking with us.

13th September 2011, 23:18
So this is interesting:

Last night our latest limited edition, Horus Heresy novella Aurelian went on sale. The response to Aurelian was phenomenal, far in excess of our expectations, with thousands of you trying to connect every second - testament to the popularity of the Horus Heresy series and Aaron’s writing. Unfortunately, our website couldn’t cope with such an extremely high level of demand and crashed.

We’re grateful to all of you, our fans, for your patience last night and the feedback you took the time to give us. Among all the phone calls, emails and messages we received there were two recurring points – make blacklibrary.com run faster and print more copies of each limited edition. We’ve been busy today so that we can fulfil both of those requests.

Our technical support team are currently in the process of updating our website to make sure that even during our most busy periods your experience is never again affected.

Aurelian will be back on sale on Monday 17th October. And, in response to your feedback, there will be 6,000 copies (double the original amount) available to buy. We appreciate that some of you are more interested in reading the story than owning a signed copy. To that end, we are splitting the 6,000 copies into two distinct editions. The existing edition of 3,000, the Gold Edition, will cost £30, has gold foiling and is still limited to 3,000 copies. Every copy is signed, numbered and contains internal art. In addition we will release a Silver Edition which will retail at £20, this has silver foiling and is also limited to 3,000 copies. The Silver Edition will be neither signed nor numbered, and won’t feature the colour internal art. It will however be the same format A5 hardback, contain the full Aurelian novella and feature Neil Robert’s fantastic artwork on its cover. As is standard with our limited edition novellas, we will not be releasing Aurelian in any other English language format for at least two years.

If you set your reminder for either of these two products, you will receive an email reminding you before Aurelian goes on sale again.

As an added bonus we’re also going to give you free UPS shipping on your copy of Aurelian and anything else you order at the same time. What’s more, we’re going to ease your wait by offering free standard shipping on everything you order from midday (BST) Friday 16th of September, until midday on Tuesday the 18th of October – so you’ll have something to read in the meantime.

My biggest complaint about these limited edition novellas has been addressed, as they've doubled the number of available copies and brought half of those down to a much more reasonable price than the $50 they've been asking to this point.

14th September 2011, 23:23
Cover art for Aaron Dembski-Bowden's upcoming audio drama, Butcher's Nails:


15th September 2011, 05:52

I mean seriously, wow that is extreme!

15th September 2011, 10:30
Not this time. Butcher's Nails is about the World Eaters. You've just met Angron.

17th September 2011, 07:43
I thought Angron wielded glaives or swords.... oh well. Still not sure if I love the idea about a World Eater novel though.

26th September 2011, 23:49

27th September 2011, 05:10
@198: yes the Alpha legion is loyal, but has to help Horus WIN. so they must do everything to make that happen....so they might as well be traitors.

Angron looks frikkin awesome.

29th September 2011, 01:53
So two things from Games Day UK, apparently. The first is another of those limited edition novellas. This time it will be The Crimson Fist by John French, "featuring 'the Imperial Fists, Perturabo and a whole lotta spaceships'"

The second is the cover art from the next short story compilation in the Horus Heresy series, The Primarchs, due out June 2012. Bear in mind that these are reportedly shots captured by someone's cell phone camera of a large poster displaying the artwork, and not an official official release.

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Word is that this is the gathering after the triumph at Ullanor, where Horus was crowned Warmaster. Primarchs pictured, from left to right, based on The Internet's Best Guesses:

Mortarion (he's a sneaky one)
Angron (notice how hard he's gripping the railing?)
Jaghatai Kahn
Rogal Dorn
Horus (looking a bit like a menacing Abnett)

29th September 2011, 02:52
This is something I would buy and read the shit out of ^^

29th September 2011, 17:20
This is something I would buy and read the shit out of ^^hells to the yeah

29th September 2011, 18:55
Word is now that The Primarchs won't be a short story compilation per se, but a collection of four novella-length stories, much like the upcoming Space Marines Battles book The Architect of Fate. No word if they will release these four stories individually as e-books the way they are with the stories in Architect.

30th September 2011, 22:18
AD-B on the cover art for Butcher's Nails and The Primarchs, as well as some voice work suggestions for his audio drama:

But back to The Butcher’s Nails for a minute. I didn’t have much say in that artwork, which is always frustrating for an author, but it’s occasionally a mundane evil of the trade. I did manage to have the Butcher’s Nails implanted on his head, which is why he’s got those stylish cyber-dreadlocks. In my writing, I base the Nails on the later artwork of Angron (and/or his bodyguard – whomever that might be) in the Heresy, and the man himself as a Daemon Prince, when he’s got that sci-fi mane of awesome cabling going on.

Handsome fellow, that Angron.

It’s a weird moment to realise you’re writing a character one way, and the art gang are depicting him another. With nothing but love for John Blanche, I wasn’t really writing an Angron based on his sketch, and I still don’t really see him that way. My imagination was more fueled by the other style of artwork, admittedly, as well as by my own reading of the text. But Trust Your Art Director. He knows what sells. And d’you know what? Public reaction to the Butcher’s Nails cover has been immense, and hugely positive. This strongly indicates that I don’t know shit.

I plan to have a lot more say in my next HH cover, since The First Heretic was me and Neil coordinating all the way, and it rocks on toast. It’s not about forcing an artist to depict your vision, it’s about giving an artist enough info that he or she can interpret it their own way. And as for TBN, I have no complaints. It kicks maximum booty.
May I also add that I love the Lorgar shot in The Primarchs? That’s fucking rad.

May I just add, furthermore, that I may just be squeezing into that anthology? And would it be with a novella about Konrad Curze? Yes, yes it might be.


On the topic of The Butcher’s Nails, I added some voiceover direction suggestions to the end of the document. I have no idea if the guys making it will stick to them, but it’s an interesting (ish…) slice into life behind the scenes of a Horus Heresy audio drama.

ANGRON – Ron Pearlman / Hellboy.
LORGAR – Dr. Manhattan.
KHARN – vox-altered almost all the time, similar to Throne of Lies.
CAPTAIN LOTARA SARRIN – Mid-30s, energetic English female. A moronic tabloid would describe her as “posh but saucy”, when they really mean “she speaks like Nigella Lawson”.
IVAR TOBEN – British WWII officer.
VOXMASTER KEJIC (and any other officers) – British WWII officer.
SERVITORS – Just like in Throne of Lies, as they rocked.
ELDAR REAVER CAPTAIN – a rasping whisper, disgusted to even be talking to humans, and with abrasive background noise, like the transmissions in Event Horizon. Also, when he says “mon-keigh”, can it be “mon-kee” and not “monk-eye” like in the DoW games? Otherwise it no longer makes sense and misses the point of why it’s funny.
ARGEL TAL – He speaks in two voices at the same time: one like a normal Space Marine, one lower, daemonic, and eerily resonant.

Also, there's an excerpt from the next HH novel, The Outcast Dead, which can be found right about ... here (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Downloads/Product/PDF/o/outcast-dead.pdf).

3rd October 2011, 00:23
While nothing to do with any upcoming Horus Heresy novels, here's an interesting video that breaks down the gist of the whole series in about a minute.


For something a bit more on topic, Black Library has released a limited edition (2,000 copies worldwide) boxed set (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Horus-Heresy/limited-edition-horus-heresy-audio-boxset.html) of the first three novels in the Horus Heresy series in audiobook form, including Abnett's short story Little Horus from the Age of Darkness compilation.

Personally, I'd expect for $90 you would get the unabridged versions.

4th October 2011, 09:46
Isn't Sparticus... I mean Angron wearing to much armour?

The guy was a gladiator, covered in scars yes, covered in armour; only over vital areas.

4th October 2011, 13:19
To be fair, I don't think any of the primarchs wore that much armor before they were rediscovered by the Emperor.

5th October 2011, 14:53
Didn't Mortarion have an armored hazmat suit thing he made? No where near as protective as PA but still a full body sealed set of armor.

8th October 2011, 10:57
To be fair, I don't think any of the primarchs wore that much armor before they were rediscovered by the Emperor.
Fair point, but from, the sparse, writings on Angron it does sound like he's exuded full armour in favour of what he used to ware and a massive conversion field.

The Lion- would of had special armour fashioned
Roboute Guilliman -sounds like he should of had armour,
Corax - possible haz mat type of gear,
Sanguinious - again modified haz mat suit or basic reinforced leather
Ferrous Manus - possibly,
Vulkan - maybe,
Magnus - doubtful,
Fulgrim -Don't know, not too much is said about where he came from
Perturabo - Proberable
Jaghatai Khan - Leathers with a silk under shirt ala the Mongul Horde
Leman Russ - Chain mail shirt
Rogal Dorn - Again don't really know enough about where he came from
Konrad Kurze - possibly, something terrifing
Mortarian - Another modifed haz mat type of suit
Horus - I'm seeing Mad Max style ganger here
Lorgar -Don't know, I see him with a chest plate under a monks habit
Alpharius - Whatever both of them could get hold of that would fit, different designs to the various plates

24th October 2011, 00:02
So there's this, and I thought it was cool:


24th October 2011, 02:34
<3 Luna Wolves.

24th October 2011, 02:48
very cool, reminds me of the (crimson fist?) diorama modeled after the picture in the Marines codex...

very well done

26th October 2011, 06:31
Does anyone know if there is another in the Dark Angels series? I've read Descent of Angels and Fallen Angels and it ended a bit more abruptly that I thought it should have...

Could just be me but I think that there's some parts that still need to be told.

26th October 2011, 10:12
Other than a short story focusing on The Lion in Age of Darkness, there's nothing else in the series written for Dark Angels, and nothing else announced as yet. But don't worry. They'll come back around again sooner or later.

Oh, and here's a bit of info on The Outcast Dead. Remember kids, spoiler tags exist for a reason.

This is the first story in the series to take place entirely on Terra. It covers a relatively short period, from shortly before the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V (Book 5), to shortly after Primarch Magnus' catastrophic visit at the Imperial Palace (Book 12), an event that is central to the story. The main character is Kai Zulane, previously a gifted astropath attached to the Ultramarine voidship Argo. He unwittingly becomes the keeper of a secret that could decide the victor in the developing galactic civil war. The Outcast Dead are a small, disparate group of Space Marines suspected as traitors, with whom Zulane falls in during the second half of the story. In the end, the secret kept by Zulane is revealed to the one person it is actually intended for, and provides one explanation for the post-Heresy stagnation of the Imperium of Man.

26th October 2011, 23:06
Black Library posted a short extract from Deliverance Lost today:

Sergeant Argentius stepped forwards with his chainsword roaring. A moment later his arm and head flew away, cut clean through by some invisible force.

Luthris could not believe what he was seeing. Within a few seconds, the whole squad were dead: dismembered and decapitated.

‘Sorcery,’ he muttered. There was no Librarian close at hand to help him.

Bringing up his power sword, he took up a guard position at the top of the stairs. He thought he saw something for a moment and fired his pistol. The shot detonated a few steps up from the bottom of the stairs.

A moment later he was looking into two jet-black eyes, centimetres from his face. Stepping back, he realised what it was that confronted him. The warrior was half again as tall as Luthris, armoured in pure black splashed with gore, a winged pack upon his back. His face was bone white, his hair shorn at shoulder length. In one hand the warrior held a crackling whip; the other was sheathed in glowing claws. The apparition bared its teeth in a wordless snarl and raised its talons.

‘For the Emperor!’ it whispered as the claws slashed down.

28th October 2011, 11:51
...Not sure if Konrad Curze, or Corax.

I'm kidding, of course it's Corax!

11th November 2011, 23:57
If you're one of those people who have fully embraced the digital age with a Kindel, iPad, or other piece of equipment that you use in lieu of reading actual books cut straight from the tree, Black Library has released the Horus Heresy Complete Works (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/xmas-2011-horus-heresy-complete-works.html) in a digital bundle. It includes all the novels to date in ebook form, from Horus Rising to The Outcast Dead, plus all of the audio dramas and audio books (some abridged, some not).

In total that’s more than 5GB of content – almost two million written words and over three days’ worth of audio! That should keep you busy through the long winter months.

Unfortunately, that does not include the two limited edition novellas Promethian Sun and Aurelian, nor does include the Horus Heresy: Collected Visions art books.

Also released are the Gaunt's Ghosts Complete Works and the Ultramarines Complete Works. These may or may not only be available through the end of this year.

14th November 2011, 17:19
Holy cow, did you see the prices of those digital bundles?

You can buy their ebooks for like $7 each... but the cost of the HH digital collection makes them $14 each...

Granted the audio books and such are typically more expensive... but Jeebus, almost $400 for a digital collection? I can buy all the paperbacks at retail for less...

14th November 2011, 18:10
Welcome to the publishing arm of Games Workshop.

14th November 2011, 18:16
LOL, I suppose...

Though this seems to me like charging 10% more for a Battleforce box than what you pay for each kit individually...


16th November 2011, 01:13
Black Library has posted an excerpt of the next HH novel (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/The-plot-thickens.html), Deliverance Lost. Interesting is the fact that they put the excerpt itself to a vote on their Facebook page, where their fans who signed up could vote on whether they wanted to see this exchange between Alpharius and Horus, "or Corax of the Raven Guard facing down a full squad of the Emperor’s Custodians."

You must trust me,’ said Alpharius, his attention focused on his brother primarch rather than the two legionaries. It was the Warmaster’s will, or whim, that needed to be swayed to Alpharius’s cause. ‘The military potential of the Raven Guard has been expended, they are no physical threat. Their survival, Corax’s escape, will play a greater role in this war we have unleashed.’

16th November 2011, 01:29
Damn you Sour!

Now I have to wait until January?!?!?!


16th November 2011, 01:40
Weren't you waiting until January anyway?

Judging by the rest of the Horus Heresy lineup for 2012, this one seems like the sure winner right out of the gate. Know No Fear will be good because Abnett's writing it. Personally not a fan of short story collections like The Primarchs (by the way, of the nine primarchs shown on the cover art, only one features in any of the four novellas that book contains). Only one that might unseat Deliverance Lost next year looks like Fear To Tread, but I wouldn't place any bets.

16th November 2011, 02:07

Indeed... but until I read that I had no idea how much I WANT to READ IT


16th November 2011, 04:33
Might not have to wait that long after all. Here's a little something from Gav Thorpe:

This Saturday, 19th November, I shall be making an appearance at the Warhammer Doubles tournament, to sign pre-release copies of Deliverance Lost. As Nottingham is a bit of a trip for many Horus Heresy fans – especially those in exotic places like the USA, the Czech Republic and Swindon – I am running a competition this week so that someone who won’t be able to attend can get their grubby little mitts on a copy before their friends

More details here. (http://mechanicalhamster.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/deliverance-lost-giveaway/)

16th November 2011, 04:50
Now I know you're the devil...


16th November 2011, 04:54
Now I know you're the devil...


No, Shia LaBeouf is the Devil (http://movies.ign.com/articles/115/1156124p1.html).

Seriously, should have gone with Heart-Shaped Box instead.

Stay tuned for another post in the far distant future that's actually on topic.

17th November 2011, 02:21
From Black Library (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/Where-angels-fear.html):

This is Neil Roberts’s latest Horus Heresy cover, for Fear to Tread, which will see James Swallow recounting the events of the Battle of Signus Prime, in which the Blood Angels face a horde of monstrous daemons, and their primarch, Sanguinius, meets his destiny, as pictured here.



18th November 2011, 23:44
From Gav Thorpe (http://mechanicalhamster.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/deliverance-lost-competition-results/), another excerpt from Deliverance Lost:

There was almost no light at all. Something glittered through a crack in the rocks, providing just enough of a glow for him to make out the outline of the objects around him. There was something half-buried in the rubble behind the boy, cracked and distorted by an immense impact, shattered glass spread across the uneven floor.

The light glinted from one thousand and eighty-six shards.

He wondered if that was important, and decided it wasn’t. What was important was that the air was breathable, well within tolerable limits, and the gravity a little less than… Less than what? What did ‘Earth-normal’ mean? His thoughts were still scattered. He understood gravity, and if asked could have written out many long equations regarding the calculation of its strength and effect, but it was just one fragment of information tossed haphazardly across his mind, like the shining glass pieces strewn over the floor.

21st November 2011, 21:56

Also, here's a third excerpt from the novel (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Downloads/Product/PDF/d/deliverance-lost.pdf):

Strapped into his berth beside one of the viewing ports, Alpharius had a good view of Terra as the Stormbird dipped away from the Avenger. It had been a fortunate turn to be included in Corax’s honour guard and would provide, he hoped, a good opportunity to see the defences being prepared to welcome Horus.

25th November 2011, 14:09
On top of all the Deliverance Lost stuff, Gav Thorpe talks about his entry (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/An-Interview-with-Gav.html) in The Primarchs, which comes out next year:

and in ‘The Lion’ there is an encounter with a foe they do not expect or know at all, which leads to some awkward questions about the Dark Angels Librarius and the Edict of Nikaea...

28th November 2011, 22:35

"Angel Exterminatus" would be a cool name for a band.

29th November 2011, 17:12
I was really holding out hope that somehow Graham McNeill would be less horrible with "The Outcast Dead". I'm 3/4 through it and now it's just a damn chore to finish. His character development is just horrible and his foreshadowing is so blatantly obvious. It's like the book is written for middle school kids that love Michael Bay.
If he writes any of the final books I will be very disappointed.

3rd December 2011, 00:55
Well, this is different. Black Library has put up an Advent Calendar (http://www.blacklibrary.com/advent-calendar), where each day reveals a piece of artwork from an upcoming HH novel, accompanied by a trivia question. Here are the first two shots:



And the next two, if you want to be sneaky:



Looks like something to do with the Iron Warriors, possibly the cover of Graham McNeill's Angels Exterminatus.

19th December 2011, 23:43
An excerpt from Know No Fear:

This represents a ‘precondition of malice‘ on the part of the adversary and strengthens Primarch Guilliman’s hand in that it removes any compunction to resist or fight back with full military force. There is no longer any point trying to reason with his brother, because his brother is not, in fact, mistakenly trying to kill him at all.

Lorgar has been planning it all along
More to be found here (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/know-no-fear.html).

24th December 2011, 15:29
From Dan Abnett (http://theprimaryclone.blogspot.com/2011/12/xmas-only-names-have-been-changed_23.html):

I've finished Know No Fear, so that's the main thing. There'll be more on that in future posts, but my new Horus Heresy novel (about the Battle of Calth, Word Bearers twatting Ultramarines, in case you were wondering) is done and finally dusted, much to the breathless relief of an increasingly panicking BL editorial staff. It was a monster to wrangle into words-in-the-correct-order form, but that's little excuse, as getting words in the order write is what I'm supposed to be able to do for a living. On the plus side, the actually in-house reaction to the book (ie: un-adjectivable projectile excitement) marginally outweighed the panic over the tardy delivery. I particularly enjoyed Laurie's Facebooked response where he said he had to get up and go for a little walk in the middle because he was getting too worked up.

Most of Know No Fear should be read with Daft Punk's sound track to Tron: Legacy pumping in the background, 'cause that's how it was written.

At the last Horus Heresy planning meeting, us High Lords of Terra realised we were referring to future and forthcoming books in the series by odd, euphemistic nicknames and placeholders. I thought you'd enjoy the list (and they are all, genuinely, going to be HH books... probably... just not with these names):

The Motorway into Bristol.
Twatted By A Bloodthirster.
[rude word I really can't write here on a public blog] Attack.
Hammer In The Face.
Bastards Of Evil.
Fungus And Poo.
Traitor To The Traitors.
Wobbly Rum Baba In A Big Pond Of Chaos.
Khorne Worshipping Asshats.
Big Crystal B*ner.

Make of them what you will.

And, although it's not HH-related in any way, there's also this sweet bit of updateyness:

So 2012 is going to be a bit more selective in terms of work and events. Don't fret: on January 1st, I will still be starting on the long awaited new Inquisitor trilogy ("The Bequin Trilogy" aka Eisenhorn vs Ravenor aka "Pariah").

25th December 2011, 15:54
The Black Library Advent Calendar's final piece was revealed today, along with the name of the book to which it belongs.


So there you have it. Shadows of Treachery, yet another HH short story collection, coming out in November. Merry Christmas.

Larger versions of the picture, formatted as desktop wallpapers, can be found here (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/a-christmas-treat.html).

3rd January 2012, 22:26
This came in from Black Library today:

Happy New Year!

And what a 2012 we have planned for you lovely folks…

• over 30 new novels
• Six new titles in the Horus Heresy series (including novels from the founding authors of the series: Dan Abnett, James Swallow and Graham McNeill)
• More audio dramas than ever before (including Space Marine action from the Raven Guard, Ultramarines and Dark Angels)
• Black Library Live! 2012
• Seven Games Days across three continents
• The biggest Black Library event ever this November

Looking at the titles already announced, we have:

Deliverance Lost,, novel, January
Know No Fear, novel, March
The Primarchs, collection of four novellas, June
Butcher's Nails, audio drama, June
Fear to Tread, novel, September
Shadows of Treachery, short story collection, November

Guess that's it for 2012.

Or maybe not. BL mentions novels by Abnett, Swallow, and McNeill. Abnett writes Know No Fear and Swallow writes Fear to Tread. But the only other novel on this list is Deliverance Lost, by Gav Thorpe. Wonder if they're counting that one as a 2011 release.

12th January 2012, 23:09
Assuming that Deliverance Lost is counted as a 2011 release, the sixth Horus Heresy title mentioned earlier is another of Nathaniel Garro's adventures, entitled Garro: Sword of Truth, due out in December of this year.

13th January 2012, 08:03
I'm kept waiting for books that I'd actually want to read... I don't really care much for short stories...

13th January 2012, 23:37
I'm kept waiting for books that I'd actually want to read... I don't really care much for short stories...I tend to agree... I much prefer the full novels to the short story collections.

Though, I find them useful when I'm between books... I just finished Age of Darkness while I was waiting for some others to come available at my library. Most of the stories leave me wanting... it's just 20 pages cut from a bigger story and by itself feels hollow and without meaning. Pulp.

But every once in a while that short story holds a gem that you would never find otherwise...

Still, I prefer a good, long and engrossing story that grabs my brain in an iron grip and won't let go for a few days.

14th January 2012, 00:07
It's really difficult to get me to read sci-fi books these days. I think the entire science fiction written community needs a huge kick in the nuts, combined with a super massive explosion and one or two large black holes. Everything that comes out these days just seems to be the same formulaic garbage....and now you've all heard part of my rant =).

That said, I did really like the Battle for the Abyss and have picked up Deliverance Lost...don't know when I'll get around to reading it though.

14th January 2012, 00:09
I tend to agree... and not just SciFi but most fiction is fairly vanilla any more.

Though that first HH book changed that for me in an instant. I haven't been sucked into by a book like that in years. I couldn't put it down.

18th January 2012, 23:17
With Know No Fear being released this weekend, they decided to put up another excerpt on GW's site (http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/wnt/blog.jsp?pid=900028-gws):

'I did not expect to meet you like this,' Lorgar says. His grey eyes are bright. 'In person, so I could embrace you. This seems premature. I was informed of your request. I have had no time to dress in ceremonial attire-'

'Brother,' says Guilliman. 'You see that I greet you in regular battleplate too. There will be time for personal greeting and full dress ceremony when you arrive. You are just a few hours out now?'

'Decelerating fast,' Lorgar replies. He looks at someone not caught inside the hololithic field of his bridge. 'The shipmaster says five hours.'

'We will meet together then, you and your commanders. Me and mine.' Guilliman looks at the warlords whose images have appeared around Lorgar's. They are all connecting from different ships. He'd forgotten the imposing bulk of Argel Tal. The lipless sneer of Foedral Fell. The predatory curiosity of Hol Beloth. The hunched gloom of Kor Phaeron. The lightless smile of Erebus.

'Some of you are already here,' Guilliman notes.

'I am, sir,' says Erebus.

'We will meet shortly, then,' says Guilliman.

Erebus inclines his head, more an accepting bow of the head than a nod.

'My vessel is entering orbit,' says Kor Phaeron.

'Welcome to Calth,' says Guilliman.

19th January 2012, 18:12
did you catch the one in the email alert today?

they PDF'd it and I didn't feel like copying it all by hand...


Marine Dad
19th January 2012, 21:13
Ive read all the HH series upto & including "Deliverance Lost" which I really enjoyed In the main enjoyed them all, some I struggled with more than others, but when you have been around as long as I have with the HH background always there but not fleshed out, the the series was always going to be a winner for me ..... Favs so far - Legion, First Heretic, Thousand Sons, .... least Favs - Mechanicum, Desent of Angels, ............... Looking forward to ........ Books on the big man himself Angron, and expansion on the "return" of Loken and the possible links to the Inquision, Something on the early Night Lords maybe, maybe a bit of background on the Emperor, Im intregued by the "missing 2 Legions" and of course the final showdown itself.
On the subject of the missing legions has anybody discussed the new info from deliverance where Corax discloses the the 2 wayward sons were already "missing" at the time of his reunification with the Emperor

Anybody else got Most & Least Favs? and anybody got anything that they might like to see in the series in the future, or even any Rumours about what will be in the future books? ....MD

20th January 2012, 04:25

Okay, buying that.

26th January 2012, 05:37

Since Forge World released the Contemptor-pattern Dreadnought, I’ve been extremely well aware that one of them is absolutely going to be a major, major character in my next Horus Heresy novel, Betrayer. I was originally tempted to try and get him on the cover, but in the end I wimped out and went with something reliable (and, I’ll add, absolutely brutal in the final showing).

Sounds like AD-B is doing more Heresy-era World Eaters beyond his Butcher's Nails audio drama.

26th January 2012, 06:02
Bjorn the Fell-handed, perhaps.

26th January 2012, 06:48
Bjorn the Fell-handed, perhaps.

Eh, maybe. But probably not. The title of the novel suggests it will center around Kharn of the World Eaters.

26th January 2012, 16:55
As far as i know there aren't any worldeaters novels around? except perhaps some short stories and a little bit about them in battle for the abyss? I would love to read more about kharn...

26th January 2012, 16:56
Not sure Bjorn was interred in the Contemptor?

At least the cover of Battle of the Fang shows him in the current model... though it may have been a trade up since that was 1000 years later..?

My guess is that it will be a new character centered around the Contemptor dred, rather than the dred centered around an existing character.

26th January 2012, 22:46


Unsurprisingly, we’ve received an absolutely huge number of orders for this book, so many in fact that the warehouse is bursting at the seams trying to contain them.

So we’re going to start shipping on Tuesday, a week earlier than normal. This means that if you pre-order it now, you’ll be one of the first in the world to get a copy. What’s more, any other pre-orders in the same basket as Know No Fear will ship out at the same time.

And because we don’t want to anger the eBook reading tech adept of Mars, were also going to bring forward the date of the digital launch to Tuesday. That’s only 100 hours away!
If you haven’t already, get your pre-orders in now.

2nd February 2012, 22:25

Will you ever do a book from the Emperor’s point of view?

Dan Abnett: We have been tempted, but we don’t think it would work. The Emperor exists in both the warp and reality simultaneously… how do you even approach writing that?

Gav Thorpe: Throughout the series, you see many facets of the Emperor, but you never truly know what he thinks. If we did try, it might ruin the mystery behind him.

James Swallow: He’s a truly alien character, beyond trans-human.

And maybe the Dreadnought character mentioned earlier could be modeled after Bale, from the Tempus Fugitives (http://www.tempusfugitives.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=15&Itemid=60) campaign Age of the Emperor (http://www.tempusfugitives.co.uk/pdf/40k/AotE%20Expansion.pdf):


7th February 2012, 17:09

I missed most of the last Horus Heresy meeting, which is fine as I didn’t have that many questions anyway, and out of all the team, I’m probably the one who least enjoys discussing his in-progress stuff. I see the value everyone gets out of the chats, and how it can change stuff from, say, a detail here or there, to the entire course of a book. I mean, we’ve surely spent 6 hours or more at meetings discussing Fear to Tread in the last couple of years. I’ve known the storyline of that novel, and been around for the chats and feedback about it, since before The First Heretic was released. But I prefer to work in a little more isolation.

That said, Graham changed the entire focus of Betrayer with a single sentence last time, so… y’know, whatever. My point is this: I hate talking about planned or in-progress stuff, and prefer to retreat into my isolation chamber until the book’s done. I did have a suggestion for Betrayer’s subheader, which went down pretty well. That was about it.

7th February 2012, 17:11
I got my first ever newsletter email from AD-B this morning, including that bit.

What a fantastic read... even his newsletter is engrossing and well written.

10th February 2012, 22:34
I have read all of the HH, so of course am looking forward to "Know no Fear". what I would LOVE now that the HH has fleshed out Corax is a HH book that at least has(I mean really even a couple dozen...or 1 dozen) pages about Vulkan and the Salamanders, or the Night Lords. To be perfectly honest, I am slightly tired of books that seem to always involve the Word Bearers vs. Ultramarines setting.

13th February 2012, 22:16

With all Friday’s excitement over the tickets for the Black Library Weekender (no idea what we’re on about? Read this), you could be forgiven if you forgot that issue 17 of Hammer and Bolter went on sale. It would be a shame to miss this month issue though, as it’s a big one, with tie-ins to several series and more action and excitement than you can shake a chainsword at.


And finally, a brand new Horus Heresy novella premiers in this issue of Hammer and Bolter, as we present the first part of 'The Lion', a Dark Angels story by Gav Thorpe. As the name suggests, this tale focuses on Lion El’Jonson, primarch of the Dark Angels, as his ship comes under attack by... well, I don’t want to give the game away. Let’s just say that if you’re a fan of Descent of Angels and Fallen Angels, then brace yourself, because no one is safe...

I believe this story is also Thorpe's entry in the upcoming novella collection, The Primarchs. So if you've got an ebook reader, $4 to spare, and a desire to read a sneak peek before it's available in print, you've got your shot.

15th February 2012, 01:42
Black Library posted an excerpt from Gav Thorpe's novella, The Lion:


‘My liege, the way is clear to the warp core. You must come at once. There is something else here, something we cannot destroy.’ The comm-link hissed for a few seconds. ‘It… It wants to speak with you.’

22nd February 2012, 22:15
The cover to the next installment of the Garro audio drama series:


What James Swallow has to say about it:

Nice! Varren looks just like Gerard Butler, which is exactly what I was going for.

I’m really happy to be working with Neil Roberts on the Heresy series, as he absolutely gets what it’s all about. I like the way that Neil is able to produce the covers ahead of time, so that while I’m writing the story, I can have the cover art up on my wall and can draw on those images for inspiration.

One of the best things about writing for Black Library is that there is such a wealth of imagery to refer to, from John Blanche’s early concept drawings and the fantastic cover art, to the models and rules themselves. Whenever I go to the recording of an audio-drama, I take along my copy of the ‘Art of Warhammer 40,000’ (a now out of print art book compiled by Marc Gascoigne and Matt Ralphs) and show the voice actors who they are portraying. This really helps them develop the character, as they often don’t have much prior experience of the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

23rd February 2012, 12:05
That looks awesome, and it looks deathwatch-esque - We have a White Scar and possibly an Alpha Legion Marine behind Garro there.

However, I'm not a big fan of the Garro storyline. He sent the warning to Terra, fine. And I think the story should have ended there.

23rd February 2012, 21:13
We have a White Scar and possibly an Alpha Legion Marine behind Garro there.

Right about the White Scar and possibly the Alpha Legion (or possible Emperor's Children), but the guy in front is Macer Varren, one of the very few loyalist World Eaters. According to James Swallow, Sword of Truth actually focuses on his story:

A lot of listeners who heard Legion of One asked questions about Varren's appearance in the audio - I deliberately left his backstory unexplained, and the original intention was to explore his escape from the chaos of the dropsite massacre in a short story for one of the Horus Heresy anthologies. But after discussing it with editor Christian Dunn, we decided that it would make a cool audio drama, so Sword of Truth will be the first two-disc Horus Heresy audio, set chronologically between the events of the first and second Nathaniel Garro stories Oath of Moment and Legion of One.

28th February 2012, 23:04
Some upcoming stuff from Nick Kyme:

Coming out soon – The Primarchs in which I have a novella ‘Feat of Iron’, which is about Ferrus Manus of the Iron Hands and really delves into his psyche and how he sees himself ranked up against the other primarchs. It runs concurrently with the storyline of Promethean Sun but is in no way dependent on that story. There some pretty f*!king awesome revelations in it about Ferrus Manus and a hint about what’s to come in the next phase of the Heresy storyline too. It’s previewed at BLL and released ‘officially’ in June 2012.

Scorched Earth is next up. This is a Horus Heresy novella that won’t be limited edition but will be a forerunner to a later novel I have in the works. It’s set in the aftermath of Isstvan V and features two Salamander characters searching for Vulkan’s body amongst the ruins and devastation. Expect a cameo from one of the Iron Hands in ‘Feat of Iron’ too… Oh, and the cover by Neil Roberts is absolutely stunning. Very moody and something rather different for the Horus Heresy, not really seen before.

Catch me at BLL2012 on Saturday to get my sig on The Primarchs or anything else you care to bring.

Saturday it’s BL Live 2012 and here’s my line-up for the day:

1.45-2.45 Signing Desk (I’ll have The Primarchs, plus anything else you care to bring along)

3.00-4.00 Seminar Room 1 – Horus Heresy (this is a panel about the NYT bestselling series and will touch on future projects)

4.15-5.15 Seminar Room 1 – New Stuff Q&A (exactly what it says on the tin – I’ll have my editor’s hat on for this one)

See you there!

Marine Dad
10th March 2012, 19:10
Just read the above HH novel, was very good I enjoyed it, and would recommend it. I was especially pleased so see the return of the intrigue's of "The cabal" & Grammaticus plus a new perpetual in the form of "Oll Persson" Looking forward to see how these charactors interact and influence the "current" events, I liked the expansion of the WB fall to chaos and and the explanation of the colour/insignia change for WB, Hope they do something similar for World Eaters in the future (cant wait to find out where the "bunny ears" come from lol. ... MD

10th March 2012, 20:21
[spoiler] your info goes here [ /spoiler]

leave out the space between [ and / to make it work

14th March 2012, 19:38
What are the two best books for the Space Wolves? I've heard "A Thousand Sons" and "Prospero Burns" but since they aren't in sequence in the series, is it hard to stick with that specific story?

14th March 2012, 19:51
They are pretty much in order with each other though... Prospero is the best Wolves story I've read so far. Abnett is a pimp.

Marine Dad
14th March 2012, 20:32
What are the two best books for the Space Wolves? I've heard "A Thousand Sons" and "Prospero Burns" but since they aren't in sequence in the series, is it hard to stick with that specific story?

I agree with D4C & what he says is correct of the HH series proper, bare in mind both these books are two sides of the same event, so TS is not actually about SW, although they are obviously in it. Outside of that "Battle of the fang" is an excellant read, plus the Ragnar Blackmane series is very good too. The 5 books im aware of are below, although I believe some are re-released as an omnibus, There are others with SW in, but not as the central core of the storey as far as im aware. My personnal recommendation would be battle of the fang. all the best MD.
Space Wolf, Ragnar's Claw, Grey Hunter, Wolfblade, & Sons of Fenris.

14th March 2012, 20:46
I'm waiting for my copy of Battle of the Fang to hit my local library...

I have been reading the second SW Omnibus and I'm not impressed. It's not terrible... but the writing is not nearly to the level of the HH series stuff. I skipped the middle part of Wolfblade because the story wasn't compelling enough to keep me reading, but not so terrible that I didn't want to see how it turned out.

Sons of Fenris is a bit better, but still not nearly as engrossing as the newer stuff.

I dig the backstory on Ragnar. But overall they just don't have the same feel... not at all. In Abnett's writing you get a feel for their ferocity, but also their deeply heroic nature. All of the HH books do a fantastic job of making marines larger than life. King and Lightner just don't bring the same air of mystique...

I think I'm going to go turn it back in and pick up Know No Fear... since my copy of that is in and waiting for me... :D

When you read Prospero there are so many great little things that Abnett throws in to make it interesting... hard to describe without ruining it for you but it's well worth the read.

16th March 2012, 12:16
I have been reading the second SW Omnibus and I'm not impressed. It's not terrible... but the writing is not nearly to the level of the HH series stuff. I skipped the middle part of Wolfblade because the story wasn't compelling enough to keep me reading, but not so terrible that I didn't want to see how it turned out....I dig the backstory on Ragnar. But overall they just don't have the same feel... not at all....King and Lightner just don't bring the same air of mystique.

Took the words right out of my mouth. Or off my keyboard. I thought the very first book 'Space Wolf' was good, indeed I still do, as it is one of the few BL books that focusses on space marine recruitment. But from that point it goes downhill.

Abnett, on the other hand, made them super cool, and so much more than just barbarian wolf-men with power armour.

16th March 2012, 17:30
Indeed... I gave it another try last night. Story isn't bad, neither is the writing. But it just hasn't sucked me in at all.

I'm off to the Library tonight to swap it out for Know No Fear.


Marine Dad
17th March 2012, 00:23
Took the words right out of my mouth. Or off my keyboard. I thought the very first book 'Space Wolf' was good, indeed I still do, as it is one of the few BL books that focusses on space marine recruitment. But from that point it goes downhill.

Abnett, on the other hand, made them super cool, and so much more than just barbarian wolf-men with power armour.

Ref Space marine recruitment there was a book called "Space Marine" by Ian Watson, it was the only Boxtree novel that wasnt re-released by black library it was a very good read, and was about 4 recruits to the Imperial Fists. I believe it wasnt re-released because of some fluff issues around Tyranids. Still an excellant read and you may be able to get a copy from ebay ... MD

17th March 2012, 00:27
Sons of Dorn was 80% recruitment and training... awful book, terribly written. But tons of recruiting and initiate training lore.

17th March 2012, 05:23
Ref Space marine recruitment there was a book called "Space Marine" by Ian Watson, it was the only Boxtree novel that wasnt re-released by black library it was a very good read, and was about 4 recruits to the Imperial Fists. I believe it wasnt re-released because of some fluff issues around Tyranids. Still an excellant read and you may be able to get a copy from ebay ... MD

Also the first book made available (http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/Space-Marine.html) from Black Library's "Print On Demand" service.

Not only will you find squats in this novel –Tzeentch-worshiping squats at that – but also Space Marines controlling Titans, Space Marines with lasguns, the Pain Glove and more than a small amount of toilet humour. Oh, and a Zoat. How could we forget the Zoat?

26th March 2012, 21:20

Who wants some free Horus Heresy action?

Yeah, we thought you’d like that, so as part of Black Library’s fifteenth birthday celebrations, we’re giving you a 1,000 word preview of ‘The Crimson Fist’ by John French, handily formatted as an eBook. ‘The Crimson Fist’ is one of the novellas from the upcoming Shadows of Treachery anthology, and tells the story of Rogal Dorn’s fleet and the fate that awaited them in the Phall system, at the hands of the Iron Warriors. This story tells of the genesis of the centuries-long hatred between the Imperial Fists and the Iron Warriors and also explores the background of Sigismund, the first Emperor’s Champion.

You can find the Crimson Fist preview here for the .mobi file (http://www.blacklibrary.com/downloads/product/mobi/crimson-fist-extract.mobi) (used with Kindle), or the .epub file here (http://www.blacklibrary.com/downloads/product/epub/crimson-fist-extract.epub). If you do not currently have an ebook reader, you can find four free programs here (http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/top-4-free-epub-reader-software/) that handle the .epub version.

27th March 2012, 15:47

Yesterday, to celebrate our 30,000 ‘Likes’ milestone on Facebook, we showed you this picture:


As many of you guessed, this will be the cover for a new Horus Heresy novella by Nick Kyme.

We spoke to Neil Roberts, the man behind the Horus Heresy book covers, to see what he had to say about producing this masterpiece.

‘I have a confession to make; many cookies were harmed to make this cover.

Let me explain why and how…

The brief for this piece called for scorched/volcanic sand and, as I wanted a photo-realistic finish to it, I decided to use photographic reference.

Now, here in the UK we don’t have any active volcanoes (that I’m aware of), so getting pictures of volcanic sand/beaches straight from life proved somewhat impractical. I could easily have used Google Image Search to get some stock imagery – but where’s the fun in that? I wanted to try something more creative.

I’m a big fan of movies and practical special effects; I love how spaceships can be kit-bashed from disparate model kits. I love how miniature work would create weird vistas. And I’m a huge fan of the art of matte paintings. Oh, and I’d recently watched some Heston Blumenthal show where he made mud out of biscuits and stuff. With that in mind, I decided to use that sense of creativity to make me some volcanic sand.

Ssshh, don’t tell anyone, I’m letting you into a trade secret. Here’s my secret recipe for making space sand:

4x boxes of Oreo cookies.

Blitz in the blender until finely chopped.

Lay on a flat baking tray.


And voilà! There you have your (edible) reference material.

After all the reference was taken (and not wanting to waste any of my time and precious cookies) we used the volcanic space sand to make a couple of yummy cakes. Now that’s what I call a win/win situation, easy and edible! I used the reference images as the basis for the final space sand, copying/pasting areas to cover the scene quickly and painting over it to tie it all together. It’s a lo-fi technique which gave me the results I was looking for.

That is often the trick with illustration, special effects or most visual endeavours: it’s not the journey that’s always important, it’s the final artefact. As long as the final picture looks as good as possible, then I’ve done my job.

So next time you look at that cover and feel a little bit hungry, remember all the brave cookies that gave themselves for the greater good.’

Marine Dad
27th March 2012, 17:43
Hi SI nice bit of info, like the pic too. Im guessing with the Nick Kyme connection, and that helmet, it looks like a story re the salamanders on/after Istvaan or a Vulkan update?? Its not clear to me what allegiance the 2 marines in the background are. .... MD

28th March 2012, 22:55

So my Facebook page is at 1,998 Likes, and I said once it hit 2,000 I’d post the artwork and prologue for Betrayer – as well as some cool other stuff going on.

Unfortunately, none of that stuff is ready, as rather than “This will hit 2,000 Likes in a few weeks”, it became “Let’s all click Like now”.

Yes. I understand this is my fault for trusting you assholes.

But I figure I can at least give you this.



So very beautiful.

My God… it’s full of stars.


Here are some words you’re not reading.

Here are some more.

I’ll post the prologue soon, but I want to finish The Prince of Crows first (for the Shadows of Treachery anthology later this year). Posting the cover and prologue to Betrayer was supposed to be my reward for finishing it, but there was a cosmic combination of me writing too slow, and you all clicking Like on my Facebook page too fast.

So here you go. Click to zoom in, obviously, for all the little details Neil is so famous for.

I’m sure you’ll really, really struggle to guess what it’s about – or who is fighting who (and who, uh, looks like they’re losing).


28th March 2012, 23:36
that first picture showed up in my email newsletter today... I about bust open laughing it was so cool


29th March 2012, 01:38

Aaron Dembski-Bowden chimed in on a Heresy Online thread about the new cover art for Betrayer. Here are the highlights:

The two badasses in red armor are Lorgar and Angron. Lorgar chose not to go to Calth. He took Argel Tal, half the Word Bearers, and Angron and all the World Eaters elsewhere into Ultramar. The novel takes place both during and after the Word Bearers' attack on Calth. This continues from where the limited edition novella Aurelian left off. Betrayer is a novel. The Butcher's Nails is the audiobook that leads into it, showing Lorgar and Angron, and Kharn and Argel Tal; kind of a prologue showing what they're doing, but not necessary. "Payback's a bitch." Also, Illuminarum goes WHUNK.

30th March 2012, 22:38
I like how Lorgar and Angron are like best buddies forever now.

31st March 2012, 01:22
Or are they?

1st April 2012, 13:41
So, Black Library has been releasing a new flash story (short stories of 1,000 words or less) every day for 15 days to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Today they released the only Horus Heresy story in this celebration: Army of One.

‘I’ve always been fascinated by the Officio Assassinorum and their sinister role in mercilessly hunting down the enemies of the Imperium. For me, the ultimate weapon in this living arsenal is the Eversor. Combat-drug crazed killers. Monstrosities of surgical and cybernetic experimentation and augmentation. Instruments of Imperial terror.

The singular talents of these literal one-man-armies were never required more than during the dark days of the Horus Heresy, when worlds rebelled wholesale to the Warmaster and it was the responsibility of the Eversor to decimate heretic command structures and rip the traitorous heart from defecting forces.’

Army of One is available in ebook format here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/army-of-one-ebook.html

Also released is a free new Horus Heresy audio drama, Sister of Silence:


EDIT: If the forum's built-in mp3 player isn't working for you, here's the link: http://www.blacklibrary.com/Downloads/Product/MP3/S/sister-of-silence.mp3

1st April 2012, 13:47
Anyone else fine Sisters of SILENCE as an AUDIO book kind of ironic. Good game GW.

2nd April 2012, 16:50
I didn't actually go to listen to the SoS recording until today... took me a minute to figure out that my MP3 player was just fine... the book must have been an April Fools joke?


Marine Dad
2nd April 2012, 19:03
SI, Impressive bit of artwork, I hope the book lives up to it lol ... MD

Is this the first time the WE have officially been given a campaign/battle between Istvan and terra?

2nd April 2012, 20:12
Is this the first time the WE have officially been given a campaign/battle between Istvan and terra?

So far, and AD-B is giving it the one-two punch between Butcher's Nails and Betrayer. Before this thing is over, expect all 18 legions to have their own books. Possibly at least one of the missing legions, as well, as Dan Abnett says even now they are releasing information about the lost primarchs that no one at BL ever thought they would.

10th April 2012, 21:34

So, with Priests of Mars off with the Editors, I'm in the early stages of my next Heresy novel, Angel Exterminatus, in the pleasing position of having all the novel synopsises (do you know how many times I typed that word...?) ahead of me till the end of the year done. Since my last venture into Heresyland, I've been to Arkham, the 41st Millennium, the Age of Legends and the Old World, but now it's time to get back to the treason of the Warmaster, and boy, am I looking forward to this one. Last time, I dabbled in the fascinating, murky waters around the main thrust of the Heresy with The Outcast Dead, but now I'm getting back to playing with the Big Toys; Space Marine Legions and the Primarchs. Angel Exterminatus is going to be a big book for a number of reasons, and in a number of ways, most of which I can't really elaborate on for fear of spoiling the surprise or venturing into waters I haven't yet charted, since this book is still in its Beginning Phase.

And that's kind of the theme of this blog entry, new beginnings.


I sometimes struggle with the beginnings of books. I know the plots, the characters and the overarching themes/plots I want to cover, but getting the right fit up front is so important to me that I often spend the first few weeks on the opening two or three chapters, which is a lot longer than I want to spend there. But I'm a firm believer that if the foundations you set up at the beginning of a book aren't right, then the rest of the novel just won't stand up straight, you'll constantly be pulled askew by the bad start you've made and won't be able to get back without building it all up again from scratch (see, all those years at university studying architecture and building surveying weren't wasted!). I've scrapped beginning after beginning, rewritten, rearranged and re-just-about-everything-else with quite a few of my novels, because that nagging voice in my head keeps telling me that something's not quite right. That voice is almost never wrong. The other voices...? Well, time will tell...

With Angel Exterminatus, I'm in that stage of a novel where I'm finding the fit of it all, the right voice for the characters, the clothes they're wearing and and the scenery they ought to be chewing in their dialogue. I'm feeling my way around. I know this place, but it's been a while since I visited, so I'm limbering up for a long haul. It's a slow process, like going on a date with a whole lot of people at once, some you know vaguely, some are new to you and some are strangers who've just walked in after hearing that there's a free buffet. And you have to impress them all. Like going on speed dating and hoping to get everyone's number at the end of it all. It takes a lot for everything to align at once, but when it does, as it has now...then it's a great feeling to know, just know with utter certainty, that it's working, that it's bloody right. That this is how it ought to be done.

The first couple of chapters of Angel Exterminatus are set post-Isstvan V and deal with the Iron Warriors prior to the arrival of the Emperor's Children for a meeting between Perturabo and Fulgrim. It's taken a while to get right, inventing new things to make sure that the Iron Warriors and Emperor's Children feel like no other Legions, that they have their own character and don't inadvertently end up as pantomime villains – a common pitfall of portraying the Chaos Space Marines. I want to ensure that the scenes, dialogue and vibe the reader gets will lead them to the Iron Warriors or Emperor's Children even if I took out all the specific names and unit types. It means striking a balance between what people already know, what they want to see and what I want to achieve with the book. Certainly these legions are very close to my heart, and I know that a lot of people like them too (the steady sales of Storm of Iron and Fulgrim tell me as much...). And since it's a joint novel between them, I don't want one to overshadow the other. At least until the end...

I'm at that point now, with a through line that works in what was established for the Legions back in the Index Astartes days and what's come since. Over the years other people have written the Iron Warriors and Emperor's Children, of course, but in my head, they're still mine. Which is a patently ridiculous notion, given that they exist in a shared universe, tie-in fiction realm, but still...they're mine. Which is how you have to feel if you're going to write anything with conviction and love and passion. If you don't write thinking that this is the only way these guys can be portrayed, then you're not invested enough. So I want to make sure they meet everyone's expectations of the masters of siege warfare and decadent excess (not least of all, again, mine...). To make them my own, I wanted to invent new traditions, new colour schemes, new units, new names and new....everything, all of which needed to be introduced in a way that didn't feel like an Index Astartes article or an excerpt from a Codex. All that white heat of creation takes time and effort and imagination that combines in a witches brew of sitting around looking like I'm not doing very much at all, doodling with words and sounds on a notepad and scouring my books/net for interesting resonances with the subject matter. All of which is a long way of saying that the beginnings of a novel are just about the most important part of a novel, so get it right...

But. There's always a but. There's always the danger that in that obsessive quest for perfection you end up spending the lion's share of the time you have to write the novel on the beginning. It's a trap I've not often fallen into, thankfully, but it would be apt in this case since the Emperor's Children are just about to turn up...

19th April 2012, 02:00

For example, I'm in the opening stages of my next Horus Heresy novel, but there's a few projects that are now peeking their heads out into the sunlight that I thought you might like to know about.

Next up is 'The Reflection Crack'd', which is my contribution to the Primarchs anthology. This story addresses something I'd wanted to deal with ever since the Battle of Isstvan V at the end of my novel, Fulgrim. I won't spoil it for you, but when I was pitching the story to the editors it was with the line, 'It's The Exorcist, Emperor's Children style.' There's much more to it than that of course, but as a hook line, that's not a bad one. Writing this story was like a homecoming for me, as Fulgrim was a novel I put black heart and cursed soul into, so to come back to the ravaged Legion was a total blast. Writing Lucius is a joy, as he gets to say and do so many things that most other characters I write would never even think of. And Fulgrim embracing his monstrous narcissism and rampant ego-mania makes for a fun day of writing. The end of the story is also a neat lead in to my next Horus Heresy novel, which it's not a spoiler to say features the Emperor's Children and a certain Traitor Legion known for its expertise in siege warfare.

19th April 2012, 02:23
The Reflection Crack'd is an awesome title.

19th April 2012, 18:00

He’s done it again.
Take a look at this awe inspiring new piece of Horus Heresy cover art from series artist Neil Roberts.


That right folks, two fallen primarchs facing off against an army of near-indestructible eldar revenants – awesome.


The eldar have been strangely absent for most of the Heresy, not that you can blame them. Just look at what happens when they try and take on the Emperor’s finest.


The primarchs themselves are the imposing giants in this picture. Army of Wraithlords or not, the eldar are going to have a hard time taking these two down.

If that’s got you geared up for more Horus Heresy action, you won’t have to wait long to enjoy the next book in the series. The Primarchs (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-primarchs.html) (whose cover is also done by Neil Roberts) will be available to pre-order tomorrow, so check back then to order yours.

This week we've also announced that we are looking for a new recruit at Black Library (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Getting-Started/vacancies.html). If you're interested in this vacancy, please follow the instructions on the vacancy page (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Getting-Started/vacancies.html).

20th April 2012, 02:52
Time to get my entry in again...

20th April 2012, 16:31

Warmaster Lucos
23rd April 2012, 17:55
picking both of them up 4 sho!

24th April 2012, 16:09

A lot of people tell us that they want to see more of the Iron Hands in the Horus Heresy.

They’re an interesting Legion – their love for augmetics, their close ties with the Mechanicum and the fact that their Primarch is now just a head in a box makes them well worth seeing more of.

Nick Kyme agrees, and for The Primarchs (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-primarchs.html), he has told a tale of Ferrus Manus and his sons from before that regrettable beheading incident. It’s called ‘Feat of Iron’, and here’s an extract from it:

‘Bring them iron and death!’ Gabriel Santar bellowed, a machine reverb in his voice, as he announced the attack.

A war host of Iron Hands answered, advancing in unison as a halo of crackling starbursts erupted from their weapons.

A horde of massive insect-like creatures wrapped in chitin boiled towards them and in its wake, scores of the cloaked warriors who had first sprung the ambush.

As muzzle flares lit, the heavy roar of cannon spoke and the hot air in the desert basin was chewed apart by brass-shelled fury.

Thick-skinned and ponderous, the first wave of chitin creatures was slow but resilient.

Shell impacts rained against their heavy bodies, but did little more than indent flesh. They waded through clouds of explosive discharge from missiles and grenades without pause. Like their slighter kin they had billowed up from the desert in a welter of displaced sand and mournful nasal dirges. Humpbacked and muscular, as bulky as an Imperial battle tank, the beasts were impelled by an eldar kindred wearing what Santar could only assume were some form of mind-goad.

Such alien technology was to be abhorred, but the first captain knew these were not the true vanguard.

Infinitesimal vibrations, growing steadily in significance, registered on his helmet’s auto-senses as minute seismological anomalies in the basin’s tectonic structure.

Earth burrowers tunnelled beneath them, closing on the line of Iron Hands fast.

A series of subterranean detonations presaged the attack, and as the Legiones Astartes advanced in stoic rows of black and steel ceramite, the creatures emerged from geysers of spurting sand. Swift and serpentine, so utterly unlike the ordered ranks of the Iron Hands, it was difficult to make out the precise nature of the abominations. Crackling discharge flickering off the barbed pikes of their masked riders was visible, as the desert drained off master and beast in a fragmenting veil. It was a form of cavalry, Santar realised, only the most debased kind.

Santar scowled, and the cliffs of his cheeks hardened into craggy bulwarks. He would see them wiped from the face of the desert.

The Primarchs (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-primarchs.html) is available to pre-order now as a physical book (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-primarchs.html), in eBook (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-primarchs-ebook.html) formats and as an unabridged audiobook (http://www.blacklibrary.com/horus-heresy/the-primarchs-audio.html).

If you want more from the Iron Hands, you can experience Ferrus’s tragic fall in Fulgrim (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/fulgrim-ebook.html), or revisit the Chapter ten millennia after the Heresy in Jonathan Green’s Iron Hands (http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/iron-hands.html) or Chris Wraight’s forthcoming Space Marine Battles tome Wrath of Iron (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/wrath-of-iron.html).

25th April 2012, 23:15

Over the years, there have been several famous headless characters immortalised in fiction: the Headless Horseman, that decapitated villain from Scooby Doo... erm, yeah.

Okay, not so much.

It was with a bit of trepidation then that I accepted the task of writing about the primarch whose head is rotting in a jar somewhere in Fulgrim's throne room in the style of a certain animated TV show.

Whilst I didn't think for a second that having a novella length story in which the head of Ferrus Manus laments his demise inside a goldfish bowl wouldn't work, I opted for something a little safer... and saner.

What would have happened if Ferrus Manus survived Isstvan V and went on to take part in the Heresy? In 'Feat of Iron', the primarch is offered a glimpse of that possible future. Set during the Great Crusade, in the thick of battle against the alien eldar, Ferrus Manus is separated from his Legion and forced to confront daemons he did not even know he had. And like a butterfly causing a tornado halfway across the world, the ramifications of his choices and eventual fate will echo across the galaxy.

It's not easy to write about a guy that's already dead (with the exception of Dracula or someone like that, I guess), so I wanted to do something that asked 'what if?'. Though it's a galactic conflict with masses of troops, factions and battles fought, the Horus Heresy hinges on a few critical events. The death of Ferrus Manus is one of those and 'Feat of Iron' explores just how important this event was.

The story dovetails with 'Promethean Sun', too, so fans who've read that novella will see some crossover (don't worry if you haven't read it - 'Feat of Iron' is self-contained). Huge thanks must go to Graham McNeill who not only gave great feedback on my first draft but also provided magnificent inspiration in the form of the Ferrus Manus scenes in Fulgrim.

Always tricky wearing iron boots that someone has already walked in, but I think I've managed to pen a tale that adds a little more depth to this redoubtable character and Legion.

26th April 2012, 12:36
Now that is interesting. One might wonder if this is just opening the door to more 'what ifs' like the Dorn Heresy, etc.

26th April 2012, 13:59
Or the eventual Futurama 40,000 crossover.

2nd May 2012, 02:15

The Alpha Legion are a tricky lot. Stealthy, devious and generally untrustworthy, you can never be sure if they’ve infiltrated and are standing right next to you. Seriously, that person next to you might be an Alpha Legionnaire. No, only joking. Maybe.

Since Dan Abnett revealed the truth behind the Alpha Legion’s twin primarchs in Legion, people have been asking for more about the shadowy Legion and their hidden agendas. Gav Thorpe delivered plenty of intrigue in Deliverance Lost, as the mysterious Omegon interfered in Corax’s plans to rebuild his Legion.

And now Omegon returns, in The Serpent Beneath, a novella by Rob Sanders that forms one quarter of The Primarchs, the twentieth volume in the New York Times bestselling Horus Heresy series. Here’s a short extract:

A voice came from the shadows. ‘He’s going to be a problem.’

Sheed Ranko emerged from the rear of the chamber, and strode around the breadth of the table. He was a hulking warrior – almost as big as Omegon himself – and captain of the Lernaean Terminator squad, and master of the strike cruiser Upsilon. An honoured veteran and gifted tactician, he had been at the twin primarchs’ collective side since the Legion’s first irregular conquests of the Great Crusade. ‘I mean it,’ he said again. ‘Echion’s going to be a problem.’

‘Or the solution to one,’ Omegon mused. Ranko joined him by the viewing port.

‘As much as I enjoy sitting in on your status reports,’ the captain said, ‘I presume you grace the Upsilon with your presence because you need something.’

Omegon gave him a thin smile. ‘A favour. The advice of an old friend. Nothing you haven’t done for me a thousand times before.’

‘I serve your interests,’ Ranko told him, taking a throne at the obsidian table and indicating for the primarch to do the same.

‘And I the Legion’s, captain.’

‘Where’s Alpharius?’

‘Returning from council with the Warmaster,’ Omegon told him honestly. ‘He’s assembling the fleet. I expect the Upsilon will receive her orders soon.’

‘You are here on his behalf?’ Ranko asked.

‘In his interests, yes.’

‘Then what can I do for you both, and the Legion?’

‘Before I tell you, I need you to understand something, Sheed,’ Omegon said, fixing the veteran’s gaze. ‘Legion operations always require a certain degree of secrecy and discretion.’


‘This goes far beyond that,’ Omegon said simply.

‘Fair enough,’ Ranko replied, intrigued. ‘Want to tell an old friend why?’

‘I’m mounting a sensitive operation.’

‘All Alpha Legion operations are sensitive.’

‘And none more so,’ Omegon spoke in hushed tones, ‘than when you are infiltrating your own Legion.’

Want to know what Omegon is up to? Well, you don’t need to wait. Download the eBook of The Primarchs now along with all of June’s new releases and you’ll be reading them in less than five minutes. If you prefer your books on paper, don't worry, order your copy today and we’ll ship it immediately.

2nd May 2012, 02:28
Holy mother of God.....

2nd May 2012, 02:29
Holy mother of God.....


2nd May 2012, 03:16
I'm actually pleasantly surprised that the HH series is getting this coordinated and working really really well as a whole. The first five books had wild inconsistencies, (Saul Tarvitz being 1st Captain in Eisenstein and then not so much in Fulgrim was a big one for me.) but they've really come together Avengers style now. I remember reading about Varren in Eisenstein and I'm all like, yeah who is this guy? I don't know him, I don't care, lets move along.

Suddenly, we have a story about one Macer Varren. And now different writers are using characters from other writers and stuff, like Raldoron, Sheed Ranko, Malcharion and Falkus Kibre. This is great. This is fucking great.

2nd May 2012, 03:17

2nd May 2012, 10:36

Right, got to get back to Angel Exterminatus. I hope to hand the halfway finished manuscript in to the editors today.

4th May 2012, 23:24
Found this on B+C, originally from BoLS website, its a description of a conversation with Graham McNeil and Christian Dunn at Salute 2012.

Spoilers ahead *** also, not claiming any ownership of this etc etc.

First up, Iron Hands stuff. These guys are my favourite so they were the focus of my questioning.

After the death of Ferrus Manus….. some Iron Hands turn renegade! Boom! Acoording to Christian Dunn, they start to think that if Ferrus was so easily manipulated and taken out then their faith in him was misplaced and they start to look to Horus as a symbol of strength and leadership.
Chaos Iron Hands = awesome.

I said that the story of how the Iron Hands deal with the death of their Primarch would be a great story. Boom! Mr Dunn told me not to worry. The story goes that the Legion becomes fractured and there are disparate groups of Iron Hands roaming the galaxy carrying out hit and run attacks on the traitor forces taking their revenge and kicking ***.
Now, here is where it gets interesting. It turns out there was an Iron Hand on Terra at the time of the Isstvan attack. He implied he was one of the crusader host from ‘The Outcast Dead’. Rogal Dorn gives this guy a mission. To go out into the galaxy and gather up the many elements of his Legion and bring them back to Terra to bolster the defences. However, when he meets his brothers he thinks maybe they are doing a more useful job out in space kicking traitor ***. Boom!

Then I asked about Ferrus Manus’ head. Weird question I know but I’m thinking if he has a bit of necron in him then maybe he isn’t really dead. He smiled at me and said they do have some plans for the head of Ferrus Manus! Boom! They are definitely not bringing him back but the head is gonna pop up again.

There is an upcoming audio drama. It is the story of the very first meeting between Maclador and the Emperor. Boom! I’m looking forward to some more Emperor action.

I asked Graham Mcneil about his upcoming stuff and he was very excited about what he was writing now, angel Exterminatus. It is a story with both the Emperors Children and the Iron Warriors. He said it started out as a story about the Emperors Children with an appearance from the Iron Warriors. But he was having such a good time writing about Perturabo that they have ended up taking over. He spoke about Perturabo at some length and how much of a craftsman he is and an artist but how he and his Legion get the dirty jobs of garrisoning worlds and don’t get the glory of the other Legions. This creates such a great bitterness in him that after the events on his home planet he has no real choice but to side with Horus. Graham McNeil was very excited about this story and if he can get that on to the page they we are in for a belter of a book.

Lastly I asked why there are no Wolves on Fenris? Mr McNeil smiled. I asked if they were, mutated Fenrisians, mutated Space Wolves or manifestations of the warp. He wouldn’t say. He just said that he and Dan Abnett have discussed it and the issue will be brought up again but I get the feeling it will never be definitively answered and we will always be left wondering.

link to orginal is here (http://www.belloflostsouls.net/2012/04/news-black-library-horus-heresy.html)

Also, it seems that all this does is cause people to focus on the Iron Hands side switching, which is surely nothing compared to the MALCADOR ORIGIN STORY?!?!

x Syn v
5th May 2012, 16:03
Haven't started the Horus Heresy yet, but heard great things, so once I have finished Fall of Damnos, I'll start the Horus Heresy. Already bought the first 3 books, shouldnt take me long to catch up, pfft!

10th May 2012, 22:21

The grand vision of the Warmaster’s plans were laid bare in the office today, when we were joined by the High Lords of Terra (well, the authors of the Horus Heresy anyway).


Yesterday on Facebook and twitter, we asked you what you wanted to know about what the future holds for the Horus Heresy series.
Thanks to all 300+ of you who suggested a question, we picked the best of them and put them to authors Dan Abnett, Aaron Dembski Bowden, Chris Wraight and James Swallow.

What happened to the Death Guard? Did they turn to Nurgle on the way to Terra?
Yes, but as with all things Chaos-y, it’s not quite that clear-cut. We have some really cool secret plans about how we’ll show the fall and what it means for the Heresy...

Will we hear any more about the Perpetuals: Trooper Persson and John Gramatticus are a couple of my favourite characters so far, I want more!
We wouldn’t have put them in and not intended it to go somewhere very important.

Will we see more about the caverns in Calth?
Yes, lots more and in different places. Know No Fear was just the beginning, we know that the battle raged for many years, and there's a certain showdown that fans of Graham's Ultramarines series have been waiting for...

When will we get more Night Lords?
Hypothetically, it’d be my next novel after Betrayer.
Hypothetically, it’d be called 'Nightfall'.
Hypothetically, it’d follow on right after 'Prince of Crows', which features in Shadows of Treachery.

When are the White Scars going to turn up?
There is no way that the White Scars aren’t going to get their story told, and it’s something that has been given a lot of thought. Watch this space for more details!

Please tell us who the 2nd and 11th legions were and why they were deleted from all records.
It’s interesting you should ask that becau-

Sorry Dan, we’re out of time, no one wants to know that stuff anyway.

The important lesson here is this: If you want to write in the Horus Heresy series, you must shave your head.

11th May 2012, 21:12
ugh, I want to know about 2 and 11... Why can't they tell us....

11th May 2012, 21:29
ugh, I want to know about 2 and 11... Why can't they tell us....

Because it wouldn't be good enough.

No matter how awesome it turns out to be, 40k and the Horus Heresy in particular have built up these two missing legions to a point where just finally telling us everything about them would be anticlimactic.

12th May 2012, 01:06
they'll keep giving us hints... scraps and crumbs.

When they are in real trouble with stockholders some day and need a boost to their sales... that is when they will tell us. And release a new codex, Finecast characters and upgrade sprues for each.

29th May 2012, 21:30

Pariah’s going to be a pretty big deal for me this year, and for the readers too, I hope. And that’s in a year when I’ve already had the pretty big deal of Know No Fear. There will be no halting after Pariah’s done, no pausing for breath. I’ve got A Big Secret Thing to write after that, plus Another Big Secret Thing, plus a new Horus Heresy novel (The Unremembered Empire). It’s a testament to how Big and, indeed, Secret the Big Secret Things are that, by comparison, I’m able to mention the Horus Heresy book out loud. Trust me, the Big Secret Things are Big Secret Black Library Things, and you will squeeee when you hear about them.

4th June 2012, 15:46
The opening quote from Aaron Dembski-Bowden's Betrayer:


4th June 2012, 17:22
Wow... That's good!!!
Where do you get these Sour? Just looked at the black library and there want a new blog...

5th June 2012, 00:34
Wow... That's good!!!
Where do you get these Sour? Just looked at the black library and there want a new blog...

That one in particular was from Aaron Dembski-Bowden's blog (http://aarondembskibowden.wordpress.com/).

5th June 2012, 06:54
This quote from a Space Marine who fell to Chaos and was part of the Horus (Daddy doesn't really love us!!!) Heresy. It's even from Betrayer, that's freaking awesome!

6th June 2012, 22:50

The Dead and the Dying

SKANE WAS THE ONE to find the body. Skane, armoured in Destroyers’ black, his armour stained by the sin of the weapons he wielded. He stood knee-deep in the dead, next to the wrecked hull of a Land Raider battle tank.

“Kargos,” he voxed. His voice was tinny, laden with static. One of the of the enemy had caught him in the throat during the battle, and it had jarred his augmetic vocal chords. They needed tuning once he returned to the Conqueror.

“Kargos,” he said again, across the quiet vox channel.

“What?” His brother’s reply was also flawed by static, but from more traditional vox-corruption rather than a bionic oesophagus.

“Track my locator rune,” said Skane. “Get over here.”

“Look around you, sergeant. You think you’re the only one that needs my help at the moment?”

Skane didn’t bother looking around. He knew where he was and what he’d see – he was at the heart of it all, and the dead numbered in the thousands. Most wore armour the green of shallow oceans, cracked and shattered by the treachery of their former kindred. These were Horus’s former Sons, betrayed by their brethren and slain for their disloyalty. Among their number, armour of bloodstained white stood out like pearls among seaweed. Too many World Eaters had fallen here, though victory was undeniable. The city was dead in every direction, reduced to ash and rubble.

A shadow fell across Skane, blocking out the weak sun as a Legio Audax Warhound passed with its rattle-clank stride shaking the tortured ground. He lifted a hand to the passing war machine, receiving no acknowledgement beyond dull sunlight glinting on the Titan’s ursus claw spears. It stalked onward, splayed feet grinding ceramite and bone and twisted iron into the earth, its wolfish cockpit lowered as it hunted for life signs and scanner-scents among the dead and the dying.

Skane turned back to the ruined tank, kneeling by its front end where the minesweeper plow was decorated in scratches and a wealth of gore. A body impaled on the ‘dozer blade’s spikes twitched in uneasy repose, its fingers still scraping in futility across the metal. Skane wasn’t sure how the pinned warrior still lived, and doubted the trembling, bleeding figure would survive being pulled from the plow. Nevertheless, he spoke again.

“Kargos,” he said for the third time. It took the Apothecary several seconds to answer.

“I told you I’m busy. Fix your own damn throat, or shut up and wait until we’re back aboard the ship.”

Skane disengaged the seals at the dying warrior’s neck, lifting the helm free with a hiss of released air pressure. The revealed face was pale, bloodstained from the lips down, the eyes open and blind, while the mouth worked in silent, wordless rage, an emotion lost between fury and pain.

“I’ve found Kharn,” Skane voxed.

This time, there was no delay in Kargos’s reply. “I’m on my way.”


As I embark on another Horus Heresy tale, it seems appropriate to talk briefly about the nature of collaborative fiction. For most of the time a writer works alone, chipping away at a blank page with keyboard or pen, sometimes wandering the streets aimlessly searching for that elusive inspiration. Now and again he or she might talk to an editor. It is in the nature of writing that it is a mainly solitary effort.

Writing within a shared world like Warhammer or Warhammer 40,000 brings in a greater collaborative effort by the simple truth that it is a world where others get to play. There are the other authors to consider, but also games developers, licensees and the gaming and reading public; all of them have a stake in that world to greater or lesser extent. One must be mindful of this responsibility, exploring ideas and areas not seen but never polluting the playpit that everyone else is also enjoying.

And then there is the Horus Heresy series. Recently, we had one of our regular get-togethers, where the authors and editors (and some others) involved with the series spend a day swapping ideas, plotting and planning, receiving feedback, and drinking hot beverages. Seeing how many people were in attendance made me think that these meetings are becoming something akin to a festival –welcome to Horusfest2012! - as more and more folks get involved.

We each have our own ideas, our own furrows we wish to plough, but these meetings also provide a chance to generate something even bigger. The popularity of the series continues to grow, but as with all things there will never be enough time or releases to write every single idea oneself.

A collaborative project gives a writer the chance to air those ideas, half-formed or fully-fledged, sometimes obvious, others almost ridiculous, and see them bear fruit in the works of others. It is fun to mix and match ideas, blending together storylines and sharing characters, and it is no place for selfish hoarding of potential blockbusters. The series is big enough for everybody to shine.

A chance remark can spin off into an entire story or sub-plot. A planned twist can be expanded, deepened and made more significant. A timely death or introduction sets off new chains of thought. These meetings remind me of my best days in the Design Studio, as concepts and images fly about like confetti while we struggle to snatch them all (or for those of a certain generation, like the silver and gold tokens at the end of the Crystal Maze).

What emerges is a series that is about more than one author, one character, one place, one idea. It is a whole other universe into which we can delve, becoming more fascinating and richer with every new tale that is spun. When we return to our keyboards and notepads, minds brimming full of wild thoughts, we start once more with that solitary task we know so well. Yet we also know that we contribute to something larger, and through our collaboration are able to create something that is, we hope, far greater than the sum of its parts.

7th June 2012, 00:38
Reading his update today I realized how much I want to be Aaron Dembski-Bowden when I grow up

7th June 2012, 01:07
Interesting to me is the fact that he mentions Skane wearing "Destroyer black" armor. Current World Eaters are red, and pre-Heresy World eaters wore white. So apparently there's a Death Company-like sect that wears black instead of the usual colors of the rest of the Legion?

8th June 2012, 02:10

Most people got the reference to who Kargos is, in the Betrayer prologue yesterday.

Obviously, like most 40K reference characters, he’s basically… no one. Most characters are guys or girls from images and/or quotes from 5-25 years ago, and just to have a little slice of continuity, their names get used as cute nods to old material. But there’s never any real detail. (I think that’s also a key detail between the varying levels of “tie-in fiction” that get tossed about. Using an old name for continuity is a different beast from using characters with several seasons of TV behind them.)

But anyway, Kargos started out as one of my favourite pieces of artwork from way back in 2nd Edition, and a great quote that shows a little of Chaos’ depth and appeal. The artwork is a little dated now – especially in regards to physique – but it still rocks. It’s also pretty charming that he lives on a planet made entirely of fire and skulls. His 3G reception is probably shit, and no, I don’t think that’s an unfair assumption.


“Though the gates that stand between the mortal world and the immortal Realm of Chaos are now closed to me, still I would rather die having glimpsed eternity than never to have stirred the cold furrow of mortal life.
I embrace death without regret as I embraced life without fear.”
– Kargos Bloodspitter, Champion of Khorne

A lot of people are asking who Skane is, too. And who the Legio Audax are. And why is an ursus claw on a Titan? And what’s a Destroyer? And and and…

Well, you’ll have to wait for all that. Jeez.

We're rocking 4G now, A D-B. Get with the program.

12th June 2012, 23:43

The Blood Angels are one of the most charismatic and adored of the Legiones Astartes, but they haven’t got their own Horus Heresy book... Until now.

For a moment, Sejanus thought he saw something dark pass over Horus’s face; then the instant was gone. ‘We have dethroned all the gods,’ said the Luna Wolf, ‘and you are only pale shadows of those things.’

The grey let off a hooting cry in its own language and the legion of nephilim advanced, each of them phosphorescing an angry yellow. ‘We will destroy you,’ it said. ‘We outnumber you.’

Horus gave a rueful nod and drew his sword, a massive scimitar-curve of oiled steel and adamantium. ‘You will try,’ he said. ‘But today you face the Emperor’s sons, his warriors. We are the Luna Wolves, and this Legion is the anvil upon which you will be broken.’

From high overhead there was a low crackle and a sound like distant thunder as sonic booms from the upper atmosphere reached the desert floor. Sejanus looked up, his acute eyesight picking out lines of white contrails, hundreds in number, flaring out behind great crimson tears and scarlet-hued hawks as they fell at supersonic speeds towards the silver sands.

‘We are the anvil,’ Horus repeated, pointing with his sword. ‘Now behold the hammer.’

The heavens screamed.

Ejected from the launch tubes of a dozen capital ships and battle-barges in low orbit, a rain of ceramite capsules tore through the outer atmosphere of Melchior and fell like flaming meteors towards the Silver Desert. Falling with them were diving hawks; Stormbirds and assault gunships turning and wheeling through the air towards the gargantuan nephilim encampment.

They were red as blood, red as fury, and within they carried company upon company of the warriors of the IX Legion Astartes. The speed of their assault was the key to victory; the alien invaders and their zealots had successfully been drawn out to confront the massed forces of the Luna Wolves, leaving the defences on their flanks thinned and permeable. But the xenos giants were not slow in their thinking, and the moment they understood that they had been duped, they would attempt to regroup and fortify.

The Blood Angels would not allow that to happen. The nephilim would be broken and cut down, their cohesion shattered by the brutal deep strike that even now was moments from point of impact.

Fear to Tread will be released in September, set a reminder now to make sure you don’t miss it. If you can’t wait that long to read more about the Sons of Sanguinius, there is an extended extract in this month’s Hammer And Bolter, available to download on Friday.

Be sure to join us tomorrow for more exciting Horus Heresy news.

12th June 2012, 23:48

13th June 2012, 00:48
i was literally just thinking about how the blood angels needed a book
i am so happy right now lol

14th June 2012, 00:44

Fantastic news! The Primarchs has just become the seventh of the Horus Heresy titles to make the New York Times Bestsellers list, joining Thousand Sons, Prospero Burns, First Heretic, Nemesis, Age of Darkness and Know No Fear.


To help celebrate this success, we’ve released Kryptos. This is a brand new Horus Heresy eShort written by Graham McNeill. It follows two Space Marines from the Raven Guard and Iron Hands Legions as they set off on a secret mission to infiltrate a Dark Mechanicum forge world. Two veterans versus an entire world full of the most twisted constructs the Mechanicum can imagine.


Bloodied but unbowed, the Raven Guard and the Iron Hands fight on. In the wake of the Dropsite Massacre, the shattered Legions are still prepared to bring the fight to Warmaster Horus and his traitorous allies. On the doomed forge world of Cavor Sarta, two veteran warriors of the Imperium strike deep into the heart of the Dark Mechanicum’s territory. With bolter and blade ready to cut down any who cross their path, they will seek out the enemy’s most valued asset: the mysterious ‘Kryptos’

14th June 2012, 02:58
So.. "whoo hoo, in order to celebrate our loyal readers who has rocketed the series into NY Best Sellers list we will allow you to buy an e-short that probably took all of a week to write" I enjoy the Black Library novels and love the Horus Heresy series but seriously.. I realize it's not selling for a whole lot of money and their primary purpose is to relinquish us of our money but still come on..

20th June 2012, 02:52
Every so often, James Swallow posts a list of his upcoming works. This time around, in addition to the stuff already announced, there's a new Horus Heresy audio drama scheduled for release in April. Here's the whole list:


Games Day USA - Games event in Chicago. 28th July 2012.
Stargate SG-1 audio adventures box-set #2 - I worked as script editor on this series of Stargate audio dramas. August.
Fear To Tread - A novel in the Horus Heresy saga. September.
Games Day 2012 - Games event in Birmingham. 23rd September.
Black Library Expo Canada - Books event in Calgary. 6th-7th October.
Black Library Weekender - Books event in Nottingham. 2nd-4th November.
Sword of Truth - A 2-disc Horus Heresy audio drama for Black Library. 6th December.
Fable: The Journey - fantasy action-adventure videogame for XBox 360 & Kinect. October.
Star Trek The Next Generation: The Stuff of Dreams - eBook novella for Gallery Books. 26th March 2013.
Burden of Duty - A Horus Heresy audio drama for Black Library. 9th April 2013

20th June 2012, 03:31
it seems I never tire of wanting more new things

22nd June 2012, 22:49
dont we all?

23rd June 2012, 02:29


Someone sent me this a couple of hours ago, prompting me to head on a very short Google search, for Noldofinve on Deviant Art.

I’m in love with this. It’s Cyrene and Argel Tal. It’s like… actually them. And it’s perfect.

It’s also now my desktop background while I write Betrayer, which is pretty apt considering where I’m at in the story, and what Erebus and Argel Tal are discussing. Ho, ho, ho…

It’s really, really, really strange to see your writing having an effect on people. In the handful of years since I started – I’m still pretty new to all this, remember – I guess I was prepared for some of the awesome comments online, and the reviews, and the chatter at signings and conventions. That doesn’t devalue any of them, it’s just that all that stuff was easier to imagine because it’s considered a perk of the trade. (Incidentally, I’m often cripplingly uncomfortable and anxious at signings, and do my best to disguise it, so I don’t consider it a perk. I consider it terrifying.)

Same with minis of my characters – I’ve seen so many killer conversions of Talos and co. but you almost expect it, given the passion of readers and hobbyists, when there’s a nebulous realm of overlap between the two.

But actual artwork of my characters? Someone cared enough about my head-mess to capture them outside of converted plastic? Sort of mindblowing. And this perfectly captures the soul of those two characters, at least as I imagined it. On a similar note, I’ve seen tattoos people got based on my work, like, in a language I freaking invented. That’s terrifying, too.

But in a good way.

26th June 2012, 11:46

Shadowhawk: Nathaniel Garro has taken on quite a life of his own through your audio dramas and more is on the horizon as recently announced. What has it been like to write a character who went from a nobody to being so popular among the fans?

Jim: I was discussing this very point this week with Toby Longworth, the voice actor who plays Garro in the audios. We both agreed that he’s really struck a chord with the Horus Heresy readership; he’s a “viewpoint” character like Loken, and through his eyes we can see the way the galactic civil war unfolds. But more than that, I think it is his noble bearing and innate heroism that the readers are attracted to. I feel like I’m just part of the group who brought Garro to life – with Toby giving him a voice, and artists like John Gravato and Neil Roberts giving him a face. I’m really please people have responded so strongly to him; I honestly didn’t expect to spin him off into his own stream of stories when I first wrote him in Flight of the Eisenstein. We have a plan for him; we know where he’s going, and how his story is going to play out – and it won’t be what you think.

Shadowhawk: What can we expect from Garro: Sword of Truth and its announced sequel?

Jim: Sword of Truth is a 2-hour tale, two CDs’ worth. Originally, my idea for the story was to make it a prose tale for a future Horus Heresy anthology, but BL wanted to make it an audio instead. Sword of Truth takes place between the audios Oath of Moment and Legion of One – it shows the introduction of the World Eater Macer Varren to Garro’s group. After that comes a half-hour story called Burden of Duty, where Garro will cross paths with Rogal Dorn and the Imperial Fists…and not on good terms.

Shadowhawk: How is Fear To Tread progressing and could you share some tidbits from the novel?

Jim: Fear To Tread is now done, delivered, and working its way up the production cycle. The short synopsis of the story is: the Blood Angels go to the Signus Cluster, and all hell (quite literally) breaks loose. As part of his plan to rebel against the Emperor, Horus sends Sanguinius and his legion to a remote star system on a fake mission – but it’s actually a trap for the Blood Angels, and there’s a huge army of daemonic creatures waiting to destroy them. Of course, this being the Heresy, there are plans within plans and internal conflicts on both sides. By the end of the story, the Blood Angels will be changed by their experiences and set on the road toward the Siege of Terra and that final reckoning between Sanguinius and Horus. Fear to Tread is the biggest book I’ve ever written for Black Library, and there’s a lot going on in there. It’s been very demanding, but I feel it’s all up there on the page…

Shadowhawk: Sanguinius will be the second Primarch you are writing about after Mortarion from Flight of the Eisenstein. How different is it writing a Primarch character compared to an Astartes?

Jim: All Space Marine characters have a mythic quality to them, but none more than the primarchs. When you’re writing them, it’s important not to lose sight of that; I always try to think of the primarchs as the modern-day avatars of the heroes of Greek myth, big, larger-than-life figures who are epic in and of themselves. But at the same time, you have to keep them grounded to a degree so that the reader can find a way to relate to them. Juggling those two elements and striking the right balance between them is the key to writing a primarch well, I think.

Shadowhawk: What are you currently working on, both for Black Library and outside of it?

Jim: I’m developing an as-yet-unannounced thing for BL, so the answer to that question is… I can’t say.

26th June 2012, 14:08
You post some of the best stuff Sour!

3rd July 2012, 02:37

Today, we’ve got an extract from Shadows of Treachery for you. This is the next Horus Heresy anthology, and it includes the novella 'Prince of Crows' by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, as well as a host of other short stories and audio drama adaptations by such seminal authors as Dan Abnett, Gav Thorpe and Graham McNeill.

This extract comes from the cover story, the novella-length 'The Crimson Fist' by John French:

I had seen countless servitors created by the Mechanicum, and had waded knee-deep through mutilated bodies, but there was something about the machine and the amputated torso that was utterly repellent. I had examined it before, when the search teams first brought it aboard, but without the crowding techpriests and labour servitors it felt different. It felt like going to a grave’s edge to look down at the remains of a secret atrocity.

Tyr let out a carefully controlled breath beside me. ‘What is it?’ he said, his voice echoing in the empty chamber.

‘We don’t know, at least not with certainty,’ I said. Tyr was moving around the edge of the stasis dome.

‘The search units I sent to Phall II found it floating in the oceans, but it has clearly been exposed to the void. The adepts tell me that the machine components have several purposes.’ Tyr gave a small nod, but was silent as I pointed to different portions of the wreckage. ‘Most of it is made up of high-gain augur arrays and broad spectrum sensors effective over a relatively short range. Then there is the human component. Apparently it would have been in a state of hibernation, kept alive with minimal power usage. Their assessment is that it was in orbit around Phall II, suffered damage and fell to the planet’s surface.’ Tyr was still staring at the grey remains of the human in the machine. I glanced at it then away; it made me want to shiver.
‘Some form of servitor-controlled sensor vehicle? An asteroid survey unit, perhaps?’

‘The adepts think it unlikely. In addition to the sensor equipment some of the systems seem to be a form of psy-amplifier.’
Tyr looked up. ‘This created the psy-attack?’

‘You are correct, but it was no attack. Look at it, brother.’ Tyr’s eyes flicked back to the machine, skimming over its broken form. ‘The sensors, the augur and communication sifters. The psychic screams we all felt were not attacks. They were a message.’

He looked up at me and I saw that he understood at last
‘It was no attack, brother. It was a prelude to one.’

Ever get the feeling you are being watched...?

Shadows of Treachery will be on sale in October. Set a reminder now to make sure you don’t miss out.

8th July 2012, 01:49

I’m coming close to being about halfway through Betrayer. This book is starting to feel like it’ll be long; about as long as The First Heretic. Maybe a little longer.

8th July 2012, 09:18
I got no problem with that! First Heretic was very, very good.

9th July 2012, 23:59

The journey from the outer reaches was nightmarish, leaving me drained and febrile on arrival. I should have been prepared for it: what else should I have expected of a mode of transportation that skirts the maws of Hell itself, using creaking, ancient vessels that should long since have been consigned to oblivion? I had taken such journeys before, and each time I shudder to recall them. But I survived, so that was something.

Those who had summoned me did not relish being kept waiting. Though I admonished myself for doing so, I found myself already dreading the cold stare of their pitiless, probing eyes. I went quickly through the crumbling cityscape, barely noticing the spires of decayed gothic majesty around me. A slate-grey sky hung heavily over it all, swollen with polluted rain.

The citadel’s entrance was dominated by a devotional statue of an Adeptus Astartes warrior, replete with snarling facemask and hefted bolter. Above the gates stood the Imperial Aquila, hewn from some dark metal and glistening from the downpour. Those things were familiar, reassuring. I took a little comfort from them. Those ancient symbols, I liked to believe, had always watched over me.

The chamber inside was hot and clammy, as if the climate units had long since given up. Pale sunlight angled in through grimy windows, illuminating a long table surrounded by austere seated figures.

I nearly lost my nerve then. Some of them, I knew, were absolutely ancient, steeped in power, twisted and wizened by the long employment of dark arts. Others were less obviously tainted, mere acolytes in comparison, their faces as yet unmarked by the cruel toll of ceaseless, secret labours.

I took my place among them. At first they conferred amongst themselves, discussing affairs of the Imperium in hushed tones. I heard them speak of things I barely understood: the destruction of worlds, the marshalling of legions, the twisting fate of immortal heroes. Amidst all the ignorance and superstition of the masses beyond, it seemed that they knew all the secrets of the galactic history. Sometimes they laughed among themselves, dismissing the fates of billions like capricious and merciless gods.

Eventually my time came. The eyes of the room swept toward me, and I felt my heart begin to beat harder. This was why they had summoned me. This was why I had come.

‘So,’ said the one who sat at the head of the table. He was small in stature, but he wielded the power of life and death over all of us. His name, in that place at least, was Nick Kyme. ‘What are you working on?’

I swallowed, and started to talk. I’d come to my first Heresy meeting with a pitch for a novella. I hoped they liked it.


Monday is...

...new book day!


(That is all.)

12th July 2012, 11:15
Graham McNeill posted a couple excerpts from his next HH novel today.

Warriors emerged from the hellstorm of explosions and scything fragments, searching for handholds beside him. They followed his example, knowing that where Kroeger led, the blood of the enemy was sure to flow. Fire and noise burst around him as he climbed higher and grenade dumpers ejected their payloads in tumbling cascades, but the enemy was running low on explosive ordnance and there were too few to do any real harm. Shrapnel whickered through the ranks of the Iron Warriors, but encased within layers of ceramite warplate, only a handful were blooded.

Vannuk climbed next to him, his burnished armour pitted with small arms impacts, and his helmet scored with heat burns. He had his bolter in one hand and loosed a short burst of fire. A scream, and a body torn up by mass-reactives fell from the wall.

'First blood to me,' grunted Vannuk.

Kroeger's bolter was still mag-locked to his thigh, and would likely stay there until he'd reached the rampart above.

'Who cares about first blood?' said Kroeger. 'So long as there's blood.'

Vannuk paused to take aim at another target, but Kroeger felt the wall beneath him tremble with substrate activity and punched his fist into a crack in the wall. He spread the fingers of his gauntlet to support his weight and swung out to grip a handhold over to his left as the wall ripped open in a leering slice, like the maw of a bottom-feeding ambush predator. Vannuk barely had time to scream before he was swallowed. Oozing tendrils of liquid rock webbed the gap in an instant, drawing the seams of the wall closed again.

'Idiot,' was all Kroeger had to say on Vannuk's demise, and pushed himself onwards.

He climbed with random leaps and surging effort, evading spikes of glistening rock and hails of gunfire with a mix of skill and luck. A turret slid down the wall in flames where he had been climbing only a moment before. The mangled wreckage trailed its cybernetic crewman on ropes of cabling before slamming into the rock below. Its armoured panels tore open like wet paper as it exploded. Flames belched, and corkscrewing contrails ripped in all directions as its shell hopper cooked off.

A shell burst hit the wall next to him, and Kroeger flinched as the impact caused his visor to darken momentarily. He looked up to see a long line of frightened faces looking down at him and grinned. They feared him and they were right to.

'Death is coming for you!' he yelled at them. 'This iron without will soon be iron within!'

Sporadic blasts of fire beat on his armour, a mixture of lasfire and solid rounds. The shots spanked from his pauldrons, but didn't penetrate. Kroeger reached down and freed his bolter from his thigh. He swung the weapon to bear and squeezed off a three round burst of shells.

One man's head simply vanished, the impact trauma enough to tear his skull from his spine. Another soldier exploded from the chest up as Kroeger's round detected enough mass to trigger the warhead's detonation. The third man fell back screaming, his face torn up by bone shrapnel from the dead men beside him. It was wasteful to expend mass-reactives on mortals, but the sheer mess it made of their fragile bodies was too satisfying to ignore. Clamping his bolter back to his thigh, Kroeger hauled himself up, hand over hand, grinning beneath his iron visor as he saw the chewed up battlements within reach. The wall's integral defences were dead here, and now there was nothing to stop him.

He took hold of a coiled length of protruding rebar and hauled himself up, rolling over the broken-toothed remains of the wall. Shell fragments were embedded in the stone, and even as he dropped to the rampart, he had his bolter unclamped again and was searching for targets.

Only two Iron Warriors came over the wall with him; Vortrax and Ushtor from the patterns on their helms and shoulder guards. Kroeger saw an Imperial Fists warrior turn towards them, a captain by the look of him. His face registered surprise, and he shouted a warning to another two Fists squatting in the midst of a company strength of frightened mortals.

'No helmet?' hissed Kroeger, aiming and firing in one fluid motion. 'Stupid.'

The captain went down, but Kroeger was irritated to see that his shot had merely grazed him. The other Imperial Fists rose to his defence, moving apart and firing at their attackers. The mortal soldiers loosed panicked shots at random.

Vortrax fell back against the ruined wall, his breastplate hammered by concentrated bolter fire. Spasming detonations and a crack of mashed bones told Kroeger the mass-reactives had pulped him inside his armour.

Ushtor traded shots with the Fists, but these warriors were too cool under fire to be caught out by such undisciplined salvoes. Kroeger took his time and pulled his gun hard into his shoulder. He sighed on the leftmost of the Imperial Fists and put two carefully placed shots though his helm. The warrior dropped instantly, the back of his head a hollowed out shell of dripping brain matter and scorched bone.

Where the mortal soldiers had turned their attention to the fighting on the ramparts, two Iron Warriors gained the wall. Bolter fire hammered the mortal soldiers, ripping arms from shoulders, torsos from legs like bodies caught in the flailing blades of a threshing machine. Their screams were pitiful, and Kroeger took little satisfaction in their meaningless deaths.

The Fists were the true prize here.

The fallen captain rose with a bared sword that blazed with a razor-edged golden light as he leapt towards the two Iron Warriors. First one, then the second died, carved up with powerful strokes aimed at the weakest points of their armour. The captain kicked them from the wall and turned to face Kroeger.

'Come at me and die, traitors!' he yelled, his face a mask of blood from where Kroeger's shot had torn a finger-deep furrow in his skull. Kroeger shook his head and and shot him twice in the chest. Beside him, Ushtor collapsed, his armour blown outwards by the force of shell detonations. Kroeger ignored the dying warrior's grunts of pain and loped towards the Imperial Fist who'd killed him.

Another warrior without a helm. Did Dorn's weakling sons want their heads blown off?

The Fist backed away, ejecting his bolter's magazine and slamming home a fresh clip.

'Nowhere to run, little man,' said Kroeger.

'I'm not running,' answered the Imperial Fist. 'I'm waiting.'

Despite himself, Kroeger's curiosity was aroused. 'Waiting for what?'

'For them,' said the Fist.

Hammering impacts spun Kroger around, and he felt the pain of lacerating tears and holes punched in his side. He dropped to one knee, seeing at least two dozen Imperial Fists charging towards him. They fired from the hip, but suffered no loss in accuracy. Two more shells struck him before he could scramble to cover; one in the shoulder, one in the centre of his chest. Warning icons flashed to life on his visor, and he coughed a wad of blood through the vox-grille of his barbican helmet.

Kroeger fought to get off a last volley, but his arm hung uselessly at his side and his bolter lay in pieces before him. He hadn't even realised he'd lost the weapon. He looked over the edge of the wall, seeing only a handful Iron Warriors clambering towards the rampart. Hundreds of mortal soldiers opposed them with explosives and massed fire. There would be no help from that quarter for now.

How demeaning to be kept out of a fortress by such dross.

Kroeger stared down at the dark blood pooling in front of him, its bright gleam and iron tang curiously pleasant even as it leaked from his numerous wounds.

A cold shadow fell across the bloodied ramparts, and a roaring blast of jet-hot air blasted downwards from screaming retros. Kroeger's spilled blood boiled in the heat and mortals screamed as their uniforms erupted in flames. The Imperial Fist with whom he'd traded words fell as the ammunition in his bolter exploded and transformed his wrists into charred stumps of flesh and nubs of fused bone.

Something fell from the sky, vast and iron, monstrous and cold.

It landed in the heart of the citadel with the booming clang of a funeral bell; the Olympian master of battle, a demigod in burnished warplate, a hammer-wielding avatar of thunder.

Perturabo, the Lord of Iron.

The forward elements of the capering host were drawing near, and coils of hallucinogenic fogs writhed between the legs of the riotous assembly. It moved with a life of its own, eager to explore its creators' bodies and taste their sweat, their breath and their dirt. The screams that reached to the skies were delirious and joyous, agonised and ecstatic, a braying wall of sound that echoed from the sides of the valley like the raving of a million madman.

Scarifier priests spun and leapt throughout the dancing horde, their hooked chains and envenomed blades whipping and stabbing with gleeful abandon to cause pain and excruciation. Where their poisoned tips pierced an artery, the grateful victim would be seized by mad choreomaniacal fits. Roaring observers aped their lethal convulsions and the dancing mania spread ever wider, becoming more and more elaborate until the original victim's madly-pumping heart emptied their body and a new dance began elsewhere.

Mass psychogenic hysteria gripped the thousands of men and women, who screamed and laughed and cried like mourners or celebrants. They fought, they fornicated; moving to the rapid, pulsing beat of a driving imperative that none among the Iron Warriors could know. They carried towering banners, streaming gonfalons and serrated pennants ablaze with imagery that was at once obscene and alluring, repugnant and inviting.

Forrix recognised none of the heraldry, feeling a gut-deep revulsion at the graceful sweeps of the symbols worked into the textured banners. A meld of curves and voluptuous arcs penetrated by hard lines with barbed arrowheads atop their length. Nor were all the members of the host equal; kings and queens and princes were feted in all their finery; silks and steel, velvet and leather. Their crowns were bone, their orbs the skulls of willing sacrifices, and the sceptres the woven finger bones of the handless handmaidens attending them.

And just as there were the gaudy courts of royal madness, so too were there regicides by the dozen as pretenders tore them down and took their bloodied crowns for themselves.

As degenerate as the dancing host's behaviour was, it was nothing compared to the physical malformations wrought on the flesh of its number. Some disfigurements appeared to be congenital, others the work of swords or maces in ritualised combat, but the vast majority appeared to have been engineered by scalpels, bone saws and genetic modification.

Men with anatomies reversed by horrific surgery capered on their hands, with legs sutured to their shoulders and faces in their bellies. Vat-grown cherub-grubs led packs of wild, spine-backed creatures, like the bastard by-blows of loathsome centipedes and giant scorpions. Women cavorted naked with scented oils slathering their bared breasts. Many of these women were gifted with breasts beyond the number decreed by nature, and these violet-hued individuals were attended by howling slaves and weeping devotees.

Amid the heaving, spasming march of the decadent host, some were content to dance, some to debase, others to violate, yet more to scream their throats bloody as they drove their bodies to lunatic extremes of excess. They howled with the hybrid monsters and the most desperate for sensation set themselves ablaze and laughed as the flames consumed them.

Forrix took his helmet from the mag-lock on his thigh as the rapturous mass of degenerates drew near and the acrid tang of perfumes began to discomfit him.

'I saw some strange things on Isstvan, but this is...' began Forrix, snapping his helm into the gorget seals as vocabulary failed him. No mere words could give name or reason to this behaviour, no codes of honour could reconcile this madness with the militaristic perfection and arrogant swagger the Emperor's Children had once possessed.

'What has happened to you, my brother?' wondered Perturabo, his face betraying no hint of the terrible anger that must surely be raging within his heart.

'Where are the legion warriors?' asked Falk.

Forrix scanned the heaving mass of frenetic humanity as they spilled over the outermost earthworks; cavorting through razorwire-edged killing grounds, across spiked ditches and past iron-faced gun emplacements. What would take months of bloody siege to break through was overcome in moments by the vanguard of the Emperor's Children.

At some unheard signal, the host fell utterly silent, halting in its maddened march a stone's throw from the Iron Warriors. Clouds of kicked up dust mingled with the twitching curtain of narcotic smoke issuing from hidden censers. After so cacophonous a din, the silence felt impossibly loud, and Forrix scanned the sweating, breathless host for some sign of what was coming next.

That sign came as the lunatics abased themselves on the sand, prostrating themselves as supplicant savages before burning flora. Soltarn Vull Bronn dropped to one knee, placing his palm on the earth.

'Get up, damn you,' snapped Forrix. 'Iron Warriors bend the knee to no-one.'

Vull Bronn ignored him and cocked his head to one side, as though listening to a voice only he could hear.

'He's here,' said Bronn. 'The Phoenician. He's coming.'

Forrix looked up as the flesh host before him parted, pushing themselves back with their bellies scraping the sand to make a wide corridor between them. Through the swirls of pink and mauve clouds, Forrix could see the outline of something huge and swaying approaching. Vague silhouettes of power-armoured warriors marched alongside it, their forms granting some hope that the III Legion had not abandoned all pretence of being a fighting force.

Fifty warriors in the shimmering purple of the Emperor's Children emerged from the smoke, and their appearance drew a gasp of shock from the assembled Iron Warriors. Slashes of vivid pigment were spattered over their armour, the myriad contrasting hues and clashing colours offending the eye with their garish disregard for the legion's heraldry. Jagged spikes jutted from pauldrons and their helmets were byzantine winged affairs, with amplification hoods and intensifiers worked into the visors.

They carried a banner of stiff pink that Forrix could tell was fashioned from human skin, its texture and stench all too familiar to him. A runic form was emblazoned at its heart, the recurring motif he had seen worked in various forms upon the armour and flesh of the maddened horde, but distilled into its purest form. Borne by legion warriors, the symbol offended Forrix less than it had before, and he found himself drawn towards its beguiling curves and graceful loops.

Anger touched him, and he threw off whatever glamours were worked into its form.


Where had that come from? A word of ancient usage that was meaningless in this age of reason and technological certitude. Whatever toxin burned in the censers was a powerful psychotropic indeed if it could drag such an archaic term from the mind of an Iron Warrior.

Like the mortals before them, these warriors parted to form an honour guard, and behind them came a screaming, wailing mass of legionaries whose weapons were unlike anything Forrix had ever seen in a battle barge's armoury. Like oversized axes they were fitted with all manner of amplification devices, tonal distorters and artefacts whose function Forrix could not even begin to guess.

Thrumming bass notes of raw kinetic force throbbed in their long necks, and Forrix wondered if such weapons might be employed in the reduction of a fortress wall. These warriors went without helms, and their faces were a horror of distended jaws with eternally screaming mouths and gaping wounds in the skull where their ears had been surgically adapted to collect and render sound into its purest elements.

And then the primarch of the Emperor's Children stood revealed, his entrance as dramatic and sudden and shocking as he had no doubt intended.

Atop a vast palanquin of living beings fused, sewn and warped together, the Phoenician emerged from the sentient clouds of fumes. A squad of warriors in Cataphractii armour bore this flesh palanquin on the vast shoulder guards of their armour, the spikes and sharpened edges of their pauldrons drawing blood and screams of pleasure in equal measure.

Fulgrim's frost-white hair spilled from beneath a helm of dazzling silver, and his entire body was wrapped in a cloak of shocking purple and golden feathers. Motion rippled beneath the cloak, like a metamorphic larva on the verge of hatching into the most beautiful creature imaginable. Fulgrim waited until his Phoenix Guard halted before throwing open his cloak to reveal his sculpturally perfect body. His elegantly curved pectorals, rolling deltoids and ridged abdominals were bare of armour and gleamed with fragrant oils. His limbs writhed and fresh tattoos of coiling serpents; tattoos that even now began to fade as his superhuman biology undid the damage to his epidermis.

Perturabo stepped towards the living platform as Fulgrim descended on a ramp of shields held out by his warriors. Forrix saw a warrior in perfect balance, who understood his body and its articulation to the highest degree. His every step was carefully placed, giving the lie to his flamboyant appearance.

'Brother Fulgrim,' said Perturabo, 'Welcome.'

13th July 2012, 00:42

I've just finished a novel called Angel Exterminatus, and I'm feeling that mixture of relief, sadness and unburdening that comes whenever I finish a long project. It's a relief, because the plot and characters I've had in my head for the last six months or so are finally on the page. The great scenes I imagined at the outset of the novel are now on the page and have (thankfully) lived up to the expectations I had for them. It's also a little bit sad because I'm saying goodbye to characters and settings in which I've invested a lot of time and effort. Handing the manuscript over to the editors is like seeing your kids to go off to school, like releasing a wounded bird back into the wild or watching the final episode of Deadwood and knowing there will never be any more...

13th July 2012, 16:49

Each year, Black Library produces a limited edition anthology for Games Day. The current edition is packed with exclusive short stories from both Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 by authors Andy Chambers, C.L Werner, Chris Wraight, Nick Kyme, Graham McNeill and Gav Thorpe. Check out the extract below from ‘Death of a Silversmith’ by Graham McNeill:


Even I, who had little taste for war or the tales of its waging, savoured the sound of that word in my mouth. It promised great things, glorious things, and my mind was awhirl with the great works I might fashion to commemorate the honour the Emperor had bestowed upon Horus Lupercal.

As the Warmaster was anointed, so too were we accorded an honour. The founding of the Remembrancer Order is one of my proudest memories, one that made me weep when I heard of its ratification by the Council of Terra. I remembered the white haired man who came to my workshop and raised many a glass to him in the liquor halls of the ship.

The day after the Triumph, a warrior came to me, a beautiful man encased in battle plate that gleamed white with lapping powder and smelled of scented oils. His name was Hastur Sejanus, and never have I been so captivated as I was by his countenance. He showed me his helm, cut with a crude marking just above the right eye. Without asking, I knew it was the crescent image of the new moon.

Sejanus bade me fashion four rings, each in silver, each set with a polished moonstone. One stone would bear the crescent moon of his own helmet, another the half moon, a third the gibbous and the fourth the full. For this work, I was to be paid handsomely, but I declined any remuneration, for I knew to whom these rings would be presented.

The Mournival.

19th July 2012, 00:02
The Mournival were not known to have rings... they only have the symbol of the moon phases on their helmets... this is why I don't like shorts, they add things which aren't necessary. Sure, more stories about Sejanus is good, but this just sounds ham-fisted to me.

21st July 2012, 09:57

23rd July 2012, 01:45
I've already finished off as many J.S. novels as I could in preparation... can't wait for this one!

24th July 2012, 02:00

This week, we have a new story every day for you to download to help you while away those lazy summer days. Today’s offering is The Crimson Fist by John French, a brand new Horus Heresy novella featuring the Imperial Fists and the Iron Warriors. Here’s John to tell you a bit more about it...

The Crimson Fist is about a battle, a really, really big battle, but it’s also about duty, loss, suffering and how the Horus Heresy starts to change the Imperial Fists. I wanted to show the choices they had to make, and the pain they had to bear. To me that is the essence of what it is to be an Imperial Fist: to pay the price others would not, no matter the cost. There are some surprises in there as well which have consequences...

Intriguing. You’ll just have to read it to find out what he’s talking about.

The Crimson Fist will also be available in Shadows of Treachery, a new Horus Heresy anthology, which is released in October.


Becalmed in the backwater Phall system, the Imperial Fists’ relief fleet originally headed for Isstvan III has been waiting out the warp storms that waylaid them so many months ago. Under the assumed command of Captain Alexis Polux and seemingly forgotten by the rest of the Imperium, they hope yet to complete their mission and report back to their primarch Rogal Dorn, so that they might return to the greater conflict. But destiny calls as old rivalries are rekindled, and the treacherous Iron Warriors await their moment to strike – the feud between Dorn and his wayward brother Perturabo promises now to erupt into open war.

27th July 2012, 12:47

“What’s ‘Prince of Crows’ About?”

I keep getting asked this one.

Along with “When will we see some Night Lords stuff in the Heresy?” and “Will we get to see any pre-Heresy Curze?”

Most of all: “When will we get to see more of Sevatar?”

The answer to all of these things is “Go away and leave me alo–” Uh, I mean, “Shadows of Treachery (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/shadows-of-treachery.html) is out in October.”



My contribution to this (which was supposed to be in The Primarchs) is Prince of Crows, which is a novella about (gasp!) Konrad Curze, Sevatar, and the Night Lords Legion after another run-in with the Dark Angels. It’s set just after ‘Savage Weapons’ and The Lion, and opens up with the VIII Legion devastated after the Dark Angels kicked their asses left and right across the Thramas Sector. The Legion lost the final battle, Curze is crippled after the Lion cut his throat, and the remaining Night Lord commanders are meeting up to decide just their options are. It also has a significant chunk of what I’d have sliced into a Night Lords novel, which is about Curze’s past and growth on Nostramo, and how he went from beggar child on the streets to their happy, happy king.

Oh, and it explains just why Sev is called the Prince of Crows. It’s really not why you think.

I kinda-wanna also add that this is a novella, not a short story. It’s about 3-6 times as long as a short story (depending on the story) and closer to 30-50% of a novel (depending on the novel). In short, it’s quite long, and took me fucking ages to do. It needed to tell a lot of backstory about Curze, show the Legion in its current state after getting mauled by the Dark Angels, and set up a future Night Lords novel which I’d obviously quite like to do in the relatively near future. But I write slowly, so hold your freaking horses on that score. I’m still doing Betrayer, then (probably?) the first Abaddon/Black Legion novel, still tentatively titled The Talon of Horus.

If any of this sounds remotely interesting, then… behold.

Black Library’s been publishing daily extracts in its newsletter all week, which I’m guessing will include today and tomorrow, too. I’m heading off to London today, and Chicago tomorrow (ooooh, such a jetsetting lad…) so I can’t link or post anything else past the first three extracts, which I was told about last night by some well-meaning soul on Facebook. But for convenience, I thought I’d spin these up here. For the rest, you’ll need to subscribe. Off you go.

Go on, now.

Go, go. (http://www.blacklibrary.com/newsletter)

(By the way, if you’re at Games Day US on Saturday, me and Jim Swallow will see you there.)

So, without further wordjunk from Yours Truly:


27th July 2012, 14:57
Uncool, we got beaten by some fancy pants 1st Legion :(

Aaron Dembski-Bowden writes the best stuff. Can't wait for all of his works. The Black Legion one sounds interesting.

27th July 2012, 15:44
I've enjoyed the HH series, but after 20 books plus the audio drama's I'm ready for Mars and Terra. I've enjoyed some of the aside novels, no doubt...but we're 20 books in now and I have heard/seen nothing from the BL regarding the real end game of the series which should definitely be on the horizon. Considering where we are at in the HH story line I would have thought we would be hearing rumors of the end game at the very least. After Fear to Tread if it just keeps going on and on (10 more books down the road? ugh) with minor story lines or "new" storylines I'm definitely going to lose interest.

27th July 2012, 17:44
^They won't/can't do that within the next 10 books, as they haven't even given every Legion it's own book. Heck some Legions are barely even mentioned so far (Blood Angels, White Scars, Iron Warriors, Salamanders) so I foresee this taking quite a long time to get to the actual Terra conflict although if you read Outcast Dead then you would know that the end game is already in sight and clearly mentioned with basically the entire thing spelled out in a vision with the Emperor.

4th August 2012, 02:03

On a distant world of the Imperium, an agent of Rogal Dorn finds himself the prisoner of a Legion whose loyalties may be divided. Shackled and bound, the former Luna Wolf must fight a battle of wits with his captor, lest the course of the Horus Heresy take an unexpected turn. Will his very presence drive his erstwhile allies into the arms of the Warmaster or will maintaining the status quo prevent another Legion from turning traitor? And just who is the mysterious Space Marine aiding him from the shadows?

Audio excerpt here (http://www.blacklibrary.com/Downloads/Product/MP3/g/grey-angel.mp3).

4th August 2012, 22:58
:O more alpha legion?

me like

7th August 2012, 01:32

Heresy teasers...? Well, there's... oh, wait, no. Can't tell you about that... or that. Hmmm, well, Fear to Tread is hitting the shelves any day now, and Angel Exterminatus won't be far behind (and, yeah, it'll be another A Thousand Sons-sized behemoth). Then there's my audio drama, ‘Wolf Hunt’ – featuring two of the survivors from The Outcast Dead – and another story called ‘The Thief of Revelations’. Will we see more of Magnus? Almost certainly. Rogal Dorn? Would I like to see more of him? Yes, please. But that's your Heresy ration for now. Plenty to be getting excited about already without going too far into the distance.

Some folk were asking about the Emperor's Children and The Cult Mechanicus; well, you need look no further than Angel Exterminatus or Priests of Mars to scratch those itches.

8th August 2012, 10:49