Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Don't worry. None of this blood is mine.

My Fave Interview Ever

I freaking loved doing this interview for BSC Review. Thanks to Phillip for asking in the first place.

http://www.bscreview.com/ – Here, for the novelty of seeing me on the front page.

http://www.bscreview.com/2010/08/aaron-dembski-bowden-interview/ – Here, if you’re lazy and just wanna click once instead of twice.

Apologies for vanishing, but Katie is making me leave my hermit’s ways behind for a weekend, as she forces me to see my friends.

Parties. Gah. Such decadence.

August 12, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Cool interview. Can’t wait for First Heretic. The Word Bearers have given me the low-down heebie-jeebies ever since I read the Dark Apostle series. I also just listened to Throne of Lies and was absolutely awestruck. I’m amazed at how you can make these characters who do such absolutely despicable things be so endearing.

    Comment by dethmunky | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’m up next right mate? you owe me… we haven’t talked in months! lol


    Comment by Commissar Ploss | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. Great interview! You nailed exactly one of the reasons I like 40K so much: “What if everything that could possibly go wrong in the future actually did go wrong?”

    In a real world where people who trust science and medicine sometimes end up horribly maimed, where hope and joy sometimes makes you the first victim, and where scientific advance usually seems to put us closer to Armageddon, this kind of statement has some real weight to it.

    Cool; can’t wait to see the Word Bearers in action!

    Comment by J-P Spore | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. you don’t half blather on with your words and answers, wasted a good period of time reading that and for what? Entertainment and insight? If I wanted that I’d have read an interview of someone I expected such things from.

    Comment by schafe | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  5. “The human race has reached out to explore the stars, but all we’ve found is a galaxy at the mercy of advanced alien races that are inexorably driving mankind to extinction. We’re capable of making interstellar cruisers the size of small cities, but they are born from forgotten technology, powered by thousands of slaves, and are all devoted to an endless war. Humanity is on the edge of evolutionary ascension, but it feeds its psychically-gifted souls into the tyrannical engines of the Golden Throne, to power the machinery – and the dictator – that makes space travel possible. Society spans millions of worlds, but most of them are hellholes full of nameless citizens living lives of indentured slavery and drudgery.

    We’ve raised unbelievably huge armies…yet we feed them into the ceaseless meat-grinder wars against the enemies attacking the edges of our failing empire. Most unique of all, mankind has perfected the most incredible genetic engineering, but this most precious of lore is used entirely on stolen children to create an autistic warrior caste that live their lives in war.

    I mean, it’s 38,000 years in the future, but invention – the very act of societal progress – is heresy.”

    ^^ THIS. There is no other universe bleaker than that of the 40k universe. That’s the best way I’ve seen it explained.

    Awesome 🙂

    Oh. I also listened to Throne of Lies last night. It has converted me to audiobooks.

    Comment by Raye Raye | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  6. Loved the interview!!! So often the case is that our revered authors are so out of reach, untouchable, and on another plane of existence.. But with you, you’re down to earth, you reveal yourself in your blog and interact with the fanbase, and make us love you more for it!! I bet Black Library shit a brick everytime they hear you’ve done another interview or posted another thing on your blog “Oh sweet Emperor, please don’t let him go to far this time!!” HAHA!! Love it!! Soul Hunter had me hooked on your writing style from the first couple of pages, and the first time I read your blog I knew that you were going to be a major feature in the remainder of my life… Don’t ever let them change you or tell you to “stop being” YOU!!!

    Good luck with Blood Reaver, it’s the first time I’ve been excited about a book OUTSIDE of the Horus Heresy series in such a long time…

    And enjoy the break with Katie, sometimes you have to go with the flow. Take good care.


    Comment by Danny "VENNgeance" Harrison | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  7. What a weird website. It’s quite nerdy, but also quite trendy. I don’t get it. I just followed the Facebook link earlier.

    Also, its odd to see you next to Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber in the recent articles list.

    Comment by G | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  8. You’re interview’s were why I bought and read your books – now your books make me read all your interviews! I look forward to continuing the cycle!

    Comment by Alexander Sawyer | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  9. Cool interview and great work. I have read two of your books – Helsreach and Cadian Blood – and loved them both.

    I am just about up to date with the Horus Heresy now and want to read your Night Lords series next.

    Could you please tell me where the various parts of the story can be found and the order they should be read in (including the audio)? (Perhaps a blog post with the list would be useful for others in my position).



    Comment by Vince | August 13, 2010 | Reply

  10. You should have totally called it “In Midnight Clad”

    After I read Soul Hunter I went about for about a week steadily pissing off my friends more and more by instead of asking if they were ready, asking if they were in midnight clad.
    Such a cool title. Such a cool thing.
    Also, gave a friend a loan of Helsreach, and he phoned me up after Chapter Three to shout at me for not having given him it before then.

    Comment by TheLieutenant | August 17, 2010 | Reply

  11. That pic makes you look like a mate o’ mine called Richie. He plays guitar and is a kick-arse Metal drummer. And totally a real person!

    Comment by Kodanshi | August 27, 2010 | Reply

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