Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Questions and Answers

Annnnd back from the Horus Heresy meeting. Which means: back at work on Betrayer, Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Edition, and The Lord Inquisitor.

With all the filming I’ve been doing of Alexander lately, I think I should probably make good on my claim to finally “Do a video Q&A, like Dan always does.”

If it fails due to time or club-fisted editing (and remember, this’ll just be me in my office, so don’t expect miracles), I’ll just answer stuff in a long post like I’ve done in the past. But if it works, it should be worthwhile.

So, ask questions.

Go wild.

We’ll see if this works.

May 11, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Here we go:

    1. Are we going to hear any more of Decimus in the near future?
    2. We all know you are secretly planning your Rise Of The Warmaster series – can you give us any hints on what it’ll be like?
    3. Did the Death Guard get talked about? Love them.
    4. So… how are you?

    Comment by VDOG | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  2. You have obviously given a great deal more depth to our understanding of the Night Lords legion, though the eyes of our protagonist Talos.How much freedom are you given by GW in advancing the background of the 40k universe and how much do you run by HQ in terms of fluff before publishing?

    Comment by Kris | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  3. When will you do the next Dark Angel story?!!! Since “Savage Weapons” was a piece of art, and probably the best piece of Dark Angel fiction to date, it would be utterly fantastic to have another piece. Perhaps even as part of the “Space Marine Battles”-series? Anything to fix the horror of “The Purging of Kadillus” / “Call of the Lion” / “Angels of Darkness” / “Sons of Fenris”…

    Best regards,

    Comment by Jørgen | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  4. I have a question, actually, Aaron. I’m a big fan – I’ve been into Games Workshop stuff (!) since I was 9 years old, way back in 1991, and I honestly think your writing in the Night Lords triology is some of the best fluff the company has ever put their name on. And therein lies my question (sort of) – how much freedom do you have with the fluff? Is there a strict history/political set up you need to adhere to set by GW or are you given relative artistic license with it? Does Jervis Johnson ever ring you up at 4.32am garbling something about Abaddon? I love the way you’ve punctured the whole Emprah-centric stuff with the Night Lords triology, by the way. So much more interesting than all those “for the Emperor” biffs.

    Comment by Philip Newton | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  5. Is there any chance of you writing a slightly-post Heresy book that revolves around Rogal Dorn, Sigismund and the formation of the Black Templar?

    Comment by Joe | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  6. What Limits do BL put on you when you write a book, What can`t you say or do other than sex and swearing.

    Comment by Scott shoot shoot wright | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  7. You mentioned “Nightfall” might be the long awaited Night Lords HH-story. What can you tell about it? Location? Characters? Setting?

    What are the most annoying questions you get a lot and dont want to get anymore?

    And so I got Void Stalker the other day and will begin to read it during my Greece-vacation nex week. My question is about the Authors note where you wrote about the time difference, in Soul Hunter it had only been 100 years since HH, but you wanted to change it, or something? What exactly in details did you change between the books?

    Comment by Forkmaster | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  8. I’ll throw you a couple.
    Obviously you’re constrained somewhat when writing the HH series by established continuity. If you could change 1 thing that’s already established what would it be and why ?

    Is there any chance of you writing any Warhammer fantasy stories ?

    Any chance of you using the Necrons in some way in a book soon ?

    Comment by Reds8n | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  9. I am really enjoying the 3rd Night Lords novel, how did you decide to write it like you did. I mean the way that they are short of everything but hatred. It was very very refreshing to see this, a nice change from the other traitor books I have read where they had everything. Did you get directions for the book from GW?

    Comment by Michael Byrne | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  10. How hard is it to write any scenes containing the Emperor? Considering he is so far above humanity, and his mind works on a level incomprehensible to us, how do you make him seem human enough to relate to, but aloof enough make the reader feel like he’s the Emperor of Mankind, and not just some douche with superiority complex?

    Comment by izarian | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  11. 1. The Lord Inquisitor? Please expand.
    2. Has your summer 40k tournament started yet?
    3. If so, how’s that going?
    4. If not, how’s the painting going?

    And a wild random one;

    5. What refreshments were available at the meeting?

    Comment by soundsbetterinanemptyroom | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  12. 1. You/Katie/Alex doing alright?
    2. Has your summer 40k tournament started yet?
    3. If so, hows it going?
    4. If not, how’s prep/painting going?

    Wild one –

    5. What refreshments were available at the meeting?

    Comment by soundsbetterinanemptyroom | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  13. 1. What… is your name?
    2. What… is your quest?
    3. What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

    Barring those, I actually can’t think of any serious questions right now.

    Comment by Fluxeor | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  14. 1. Are we going to see anything on the Night Lords during the 13th Black Crusade or post 13th?
    2. If you could write about any other Legion during the events of the Horus Heresy, which would it be? Any long-term plans?
    3. Your favourite character to write about?
    4. From all of the Horus Heresy series, which character and event to you find as most dramatic?

    Comment by Lothair | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  15. A few questions, my prince.
    In the Emperor’s Gift, there was mention of the wolves facing angron after his change to daemon prince … will there ever be a scene where Angron vs Russ in an epic battle of Daemon Prince vs Primarch (whether as a memory or the great scouring novel series)?
    Also, given Betrayer’s setting from Butcher’s prince, will we ever see the Gulliman vs Lorgar or Angron in daemon form or primarch form (either one would be good)?
    Would you write the siege of Terra in the future, cos i wanna know the epic duels of Malcharion the war-sage and his comparison to the other swordmasters of the legions…especially against the black knight of the fist???
    (ps. please consider writing a series on the Badab War… i have both imperial armour books of that, but they lack your artistic literature grace

    Comment by Hofai Chu | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  16. How would you have done Olianus Pious?

    Will you ever do any work on the Fantasy Flight 40K stuff?

    Who would win between Hyperion and Sevatar? Apart from the fans, obviously.

    Comment by edfortune | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  17. Is there any Xenos race that you’d _really_ like to write about? From the perspective of the xenos, I mean.

    Comment by Mike de Jong | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  18. 1. Will the history of Decimus, Variel and the others be continued?
    2. How do you plan on adding ‘complexity’ to the World Eater fluff?

    Comment by Jan | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  19. Hello Arron, I only just got Void Stalker yesterday and I’m loving every second of it!

    Many people ask what you’ll be writting about, so I want to ask as one fan of warhammer to another is what book you’re looking forward to the most to buying? I’m personally counting down the days to Fear to Thread (For the Blood of Sanguinius!)

    Comment by James Hodson | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  20. What’s your research process like when first tackling writing about a different legion? Are you still 40K obsessed enough to be reading everything that is put out by other BL authors andyou just go from memory mainly? Is there some vast repository of any and all fluff from codices and White Dwarf that you have access to so that you can “bone up” on a legion or do you just use the wikis that are already out there online and hope for the best?

    Comment by Krysskroz | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  21. Just the one question that’s always interested me.

    In your heresy meetings, how is it decided who picks up which stories, ie do people put forward story ideas which are then planned in or are stories set up and writers pick up what interests them? So chicken or the egg basically 🙂

    Comment by Daniel | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  22. 1. What is your favourite Horus Heresy book not written by yourself?
    2. What do you prefer dogs to cats?
    3. What kind of music do you like? You seem very into heavy metal to me.

    Not a question, but thanks especially for the night lords books they were the best 40k books I’ve ever read.

    Comment by Matt | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  23. Do you think you might be tackling any other legion than the Night Lords with your involvement in the Horus Heresy series? Any non-marine HH ideas swirling around in your head?

    Comment by Schevus | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  24. Let’s see now, since you already got asked about future NL stories to death I’ll just ask you about other stuff.

    1. How does it feel to be killing your own creations, 10th company and 1st Claw for example.
    2. I often found your human (non-augmented Imperials) are much more likable and, surprisingly, more interesting than the Astartes themselves, such as the Archregent from Voidstalker and of course Septimus and Octavia. Do you get that alot?
    3. Will you be branching out? Like writing independent stories where you get much more free roam for ideas?
    4. Do you get frustrated with any of BL’s or GW’s current policies? Price hikes, rulebook writing, appealing to younger audiences, and not using any forms of sexual imagery? (but chainsword disembowelment and ritual flaying is fine though)
    5. I have to say, your new blonde hair dye reminds me alot of neo-Nazi skinheads….
    6. If the NL omnibus ever comes out, would we be seeing any new stuff like closure?
    7. What was that last message in Nostramian (?) in 2nd epilogue?

    Thank you, LOVE Voidstalker *cries manly tears*

    Comment by Oscar | May 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Son’s of our father we stand in midnight clad. We rule the night.
      or something of that effect. It’s earlier said in Soul Hunter, and the first words of Nostroman that Octavia hears.

      Comment by Ian Hill | May 29, 2012 | Reply

  25. In the 40k Fluff the Emperor was born thousands of years BC and kept his identity secret until sometime in the far future. What is he doing today and why?

    Comment by Mholmes | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  26. 1. Is there a plan for a book about Decimus and the uniting of the 8th legion?
    2. When can we expect a Night Lords book in the HH series?
    3. Why can’t you write a book every month? ;p

    Comment by Wicced | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  27. Will you be turning your hand to the Alpha Legion in the Horus Heresy series at some point?

    Comment by Jordan J. Lloyd (@jordanjlloyd) | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  28. “How did you meet your wife?”
    (To explain a little, I saw you write for WtA 20Year-ed.
    Coincidentally I met my wife through those games and so, as one creative to another (and the rest of the world) I think it is interesting to know how you met your wife).

    “What happened to Nonus?”

    Comment by davidsondered | May 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Read Blood Reaver… for the Nonus explanation, not the wife…

      Comment by Konstantin | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  29. 1.Where do you buy your hats?
    2.The beards epic, assume your a Mach3 man?
    3. Octavia – would you?

    Comment by thedaveyb | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  30. Octavia – would you?

    Comment by thedaveyb | May 11, 2012 | Reply

    • probably not given she’s 8 months pregnant… sikko 😛

      Comment by VDOG | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  31. Describe, in single words, only the good things that come into your mind about your mother.

    Comment by Graeme | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  32. Are you planing a novel featuring Alpha Legion in near or distant future?

    Comment by Juraj | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  33. What makes Xarl such a badass? Is he the one who executed Sevatar?

    Comment by JDTAJCM3JEsq. | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  34. Ok, we know [if we’ve been paying attention] that there is not a huge amount of writing within fantasy and science fiction that you enjoy… Apart from Robin Hobb and Dan Abnett. Can you tell us a bunch of other authors that you enjoy and that those of us who are voracious readers should check out; if we haven’t already?

    And related, what [if any] are your opinions on the current big dogs in the scene; George RR Martin, Steven Erikson, Patrick Rothfuss etc?

    [And to help avoid potential internet related incidents, lets exclude any black library authors from the mix. Otherwise if you say you like one; this being the internet you’ll get a bunch of “oh, so you like X, that means you must hate Y and Z!” type nonesense.]

    Comment by Tom | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  35. 1. Do you plan to point at your headlong strides in Chaos lore, pistol-whip Matt Ward and usher in a new glorious age of the Chaos Codex?
    2. Well, about the II and XI legions… Is there any plans to reveal more about them and their fate?
    3. Has your newly found role in fatherhood changed your perspective of the 40k universe; do you find yourself writing and exploring concepts that would have felt absolutely alien to you a year ago?

    Comment by HarlotsEvisceration | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  36. Have you ever thought about writing non-Marine 40k book? Like the Inquisition, Adeptus Arbites or Imperial Assassins?

    Will the rest of the Primarchs get their novellas?

    Is there any part of Horus Heresy canon material that you would like to change?

    Will you write a sequel to “The Emperor’s Gift”?

    Comment by Raziel | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  37. Do you have any plans to delve into Warhammer Fantasy? I’d be intrigued to read how you’d write Empire, for example.

    Comment by Ead | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  38. How long do you think it will be before we read about a living breathing primarch in 40K? or is it ever going to happen at all. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    Comment by Saed Jafarov | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  39. Are you ever going to do a Space Wolf novel? Emperor’s Gift left me thinking you’d be pretty great at it.

    Speaking of Emperor’s Gift, what ever happened to Ulrik?

    Comment by Brian | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  40. In your opinion, how much culpability do space marines(Taken as adolescents and subjected to years of indoctrination/hypnotherapy) a have for their own actions?

    Comment by VTRC | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  41. What Heresy story that has not already been covered would you be most interested in writing?

    You mentioned a while back in a previous Q&A about the whole 40k premise of the heroes ‘holding the line’. Do you think that at the conclusion of HH there should be some glimmer of hope that victory over Chaos could be achieved (with im sure plenty of bells, strings and kittens attatched)?

    Will it be explained in any novels why the surviving turncoat Primarchs havent decided to pop out of the warp in the last few thousand years and flatten the galaxy?

    Comment by Bigyin | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  42. When you first entered the world of the Night Lords they were quite an unexplored chapter, how much of yourself did you put into the characters and how much say do you have of how Konrad Curze is portrayed in the HH series?

    And I read somewhere you were thinking of writing for the Red Scorpions, is this something we can look forward to in the near future?

    Comment by Ben | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  43. 1. If you get to write the HH books for Night Lords, will Talos make a cameo?
    2. When will you work on your own titles? I can’t wait to see what you can come up with when not bounded by constraints.

    Comment by Ken | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  44. Could you tell us more about Godblood?

    Comment by Deraj | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  45. Will there be a continuing series of the Night Lords series with Decimus and his war against Ulthwe?

    Comment by Konstantin | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  46. I like the idea of a video Q&A myself.

    Ok, shooting from the hip here;

    1) Any plans to do more Imperial Guard stuff in the future? And if so would you like to write more about Cadians, another established regiment or a unit of your own creation?

    2) Which of your characters have you most enjoyed writing? Und vhy?

    3) I’ve heard that if two Black Library authors want to write something about the same legion during the Heresy that you’re made fight by Prison Rules – naked – and the winner gets to write about them? Is this true? And if not then why not?

    4) Helsreach and Necropolis are the only two 40K books that have ever given me the chills (the good kind) and want to be actually be there to see the herosim. They both nailed what I imagine hive cities essentially being murdered would be like. Would you ever write another book about a ‘last stand’ type scenario like Helsreach?

    Comment by Kocktopuss | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  47. Miiiiiiisstttttttaaaaaaaaaake!

    1st. Don’t you think the HOT dungeons are ridiculously easy?
    2nd. Do you ever look back at manuscripts or submissions before your 1st published piece and wince? Would you revisit some of those concepts that may not have been taken up?
    3rd. Would you recommend trying to be a street prostitute author or a kept woman writer?


    Comment by Mark Grudgings | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  48. So many questions already. We all know you have championed the Word Bearers, (sort of Night Lords), and now World Eaters. I don’t want to put you in the spot as I know “hypothetically” you want to write a Heresy novel for the Night Lords after the Betrayer. But are there other legions that we may not know about that you have a vision to write about…. hypothetically of course.

    Comment by Charles Crawford | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  49. Thanks for opportunity to ask you questions. So here we go:
    – Will you ever get back to writing about Black Templars?
    – Any chances of working on some longer term story about loyalist forces (maybe trilogy?)
    – If you would be asked to write a book about xenos (from their perspective) which one would you pick?

    Comment by dzawor | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  50. Alright, so… this may be a weird question, but…. was Octavia raped on Crythe? It seems like either answer would change the entire trilogy in little ways.

    Comment by Deraj | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  51. 5) Can we request how you answer some of the questions? I would like to see you answer one in the club style ala Shooting Stars.

    Comment by Kocktopuss | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  52. 1. Are there any plans for HH spin off series or a scouring series? I think this way you (The BL HH Team) could satisfy both the fans who want to read about every Legion and every event during the Heresy an those that want to read about the Siege in the near future (like 2-4 years from now).
    2. Will the audio dramas appear in written form (e.g. as an anthology) and if they do appear, is there a rule when we can expect that to happen (like the limited novellas)?
    3. Will you write more about the Dark Angels Legion in the future?
    4. Any interesting news about The Lord inquisitor?
    5. Are you going to write a new SMB novel? And if yes, can you tell us anything about it?

    Btw. Void Stalker was all kinds of epic, thank you. You now have a permanent place in my Top 5 authors list. (Something your share with GRRM, Terry Pratchett, Walter Moers and Douglas Adams. if you dislike any of them just ignore the name (-; )

    Comment by apfeljunge | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  53. 1) The new necron fluff is amazing, at least in comparison to the old C’tan did it… yawn. What is your opinion of this as well as recent additions to 40k fluff? *cough draigo cough*

    2) If you were to do a book from a xenos POV, which would race would you go with and why?

    3) Which part of the heresy are you most lucking forward to writing/being written?

    4) Sadly black library characters are rarely made into special characters in 40k. What would your opinion be if the GW studio wanted to put Talos and/or First Claw into the new chaos codex as a special character/squad? Also what rules would you give them?

    Comment by Christopher Buckle | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  54. Is there any way, shy of assassination, of preventing Gav Thorpe writing any more Dark Angels?

    Comment by J | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  55. I was wondering, what happened to the Atrementar between Blood Reaver and Void Stalker?

    Comment by Adam | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  56. The question is about Sevatar. He was commander of the atramentar elite terminators, but in story ‘Savage weapons’ he seems to wear power armor, why?

    Comment by Elias | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  57. 1. Can you tell us more details about Godblood?
    2. Is a second Night Lords trilogy still possible?
    3. Are you still planning to write an Abaddon duology?
    4. Will Sevatar be in Nightfall?
    5. Any plans for future Grey Knights novels/short-stories/audio-dramas/etc.

    Thanks in advance ADB, and looking forward to seeing the Q&A.


    Comment by Lord of the Night | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  58. 1) Are you EVER going to write a novel that doesn’t prominently feature Space Marines and/or Chaos? I’m not complaining or anything, just curious.

    2) So far you’ve been writing very much within the existing 40k canon, about known events and groups. Do you have any plans to write something that basically involves making a whole load of shit up (e.g. new Space Marine chapters, new xeno races, etc.)? If so, any ideas as to what this could be?

    3) Has fatherhood and all the trials it entails given you a new-found sympathy for the Emperor?

    4) On a related note, is either the 2nd or 11th primarch named Alexander?

    Comment by Kasrkin | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  59. Just an easy one from me: Ass or boobs? 😛

    Comment by Jonathan Jonson McKeown | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  60. Does Space Marines use old school Shoulder-mounted heavy weapons in Horus Heresy, or did it changed to today’s backpack-feed/hand-held versions seen in 40K.

    Comment by lambdagod | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  61. 1) Can you list a few other names for your boy that you were considering naming him?
    2) Are we going to hear more of Decimus and his war on Ulthwe?
    3) Pie or Cake?
    4) What is the book of your dreams to write for Black Library? What army? What time period? and Why?
    5) Are you going to Games Day USA 2012 in Chicago?
    6) What is the meaning of life?

    Comment by Konstantin Mushkatin | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  62. 1) What’s the latest on writing The Battle of Terra (will it be covered several times over or piecemeal from different perspectives)?
    2) Will we ever find out who are/what happened to the two unknown legions?
    3) Will the series end with Horus’ death or the creation of the Codex Astartes?
    4) Any chance you’ll be writing about the creation of the Black Templars? (Helsreach is my favourite stand-alone 40k novel)

    Comment by Owen Lewis | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  63. You’be already got tons of questions so can I just ask you to be drinking green tea when you record the video?

    And wear a really BIG hat!

    Comment by mike raven | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  64. Hi Aaron,

    1. Is your painful dolphins chapter founding idea from the other day a complete non-starter then? It would have been awesome!

    2. How do you come up with character names?

    3. You mentioned a while ago that you were thinking of writing a non-warhammer/40k novel. is that still progressing?

    4. How long did you live in northern Ireland before you got used to the accent?

    many thanks

    Comment by Sean | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  65. 1. What is Your take on Ultramarines? Love? Hate? Indifference? Have You ever thought about writing anything smurf-related(other than them, getting the shit kicked out, by WB and WE)?

    2. Do You have any interest in producing anything for Warhammer Fantasy? What is Your take on that settign? Do You even like it?

    Comment by Adam Nguyen | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  66. Would you knife fight Gav if it meant you got to write an Eldar trilogy? I want you to write an Eldar trilogy. :3

    Comment by yogi | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  67. I’m a massive fan, ever since I picked up Soul Hunter. Soul Hunter is my favourite BL book ever, it’s absolutely brilliant. So:
    1. Are we going to learn more about Decimus and his war against Ulthwe and uniting the Eighth Legion?
    2. Are we ever going to learn about Talos’s and Variel’s history, like about Fryga(?)?
    3. Are you going to do another one about the Black Templars, like continuing on the story of Grimaldus?
    4. Is there ever a time when you won’t write absolutely brilliant books? (I hope this answer is no)
    Keep on being awesome.
    Death to the False Emperor!

    Comment by MegaSolipsist | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  68. I’ve got two more questions. Earlier you spoke that you would like to write Warhammer Fantasy story about Orion but Administratum Opressors did not allow you to do so. Now we now that Darius Hinks writes series about Orion. So 1) How do you feel about it? 2) Is there any other Warhammer Fantasy story that you would like to write?

    Comment by Raziel | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  69. What’s your opinion on tragedy and melancholy in fiction? Are we to believe that these are the tools given to you in the 40k universe and your ridiculous writing talent turns them into driving emotions behind your characters, or do you like to write (and read) along these lines for some other reason? Are there other basic human emotions that you try to base your characters around, or do you decide on characters’ “drive” after you have an idea of what you want them to do?

    Comment by Jason Weber | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  70. What is the time-frame for Betrayer’s release? Also, when you said; “Hypothetically, Nightfall will be [your] next novel after Betrayer.” did you mean next Horus Heresy novel, next BL novel, or actually ‘next novel’? Many Thanks.

    Comment by Karl MkVII | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  71. Heyas, just a couple of q’s for you to stare at/hum and haa/scratch your beard while thinking at:

    1. What warhammer fantasy race, if given an opportunity, would you write about?
    2. Did Gav ask for insight from you when he wrote the Lion?
    3. Would you like to pick up the DarkAngels story where Gav left at the end of the Lion?

    Comment by Warchild12 | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  72. Love your work, keep it up!

    1: Considering the changes Grimaldus went through in Helsreach, will we ever see how that effected him after in a new book?

    2: For the love of everything holy, why cant you write a blood angels book? You want to, I want to, the world want you to! ADB for president if that happens!

    3: In all the lore regarding grey knights, grand masters have been portrayed as living avatars of war, fighting foes no other space marine or mortal could. I loved the emperors gift, but when Lorgar (a chapter master i grant you) took a big dump over Joros without him even reacting, I almost put the book down. I know space wolves are fanboy material over at BL, but that was a bit much. I mean (insert youtube clip of peter griffin in family guy saying “come on!) 🙂

    Thanks for all the good books and your communication with your fans!
    Ps: i will name my unborn child Aaron if you write a blood angels book!

    Comment by Dante | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  73. How have you adjusted your writing time now that you have a wonderful child?
    How has the lack of sleep stymied your creativity?

    Comment by Chad Elstad | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  74. In Void Stalker, does Tolemnion’s helm end up getting used as a shitbucket?

    Comment by happothecary | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  75. Do you have any plans to write about loyalist space marines in the near future?

    If so, which chapter/legion?


    Comment by Chinh | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  76. What do you have in mind when you’re writing about a World Eater?
    Do you think of them as Gladiators in space or more as Legionaries that just happen to worship ruthless wargods and do bloody rituals to appease them, kinda like Galls serving in the Roman army?
    Thanks a bunch for writing great stories

    Comment by Flying_Dutchman | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  77. Does Angron go back to his slave/homeworld to kick ass and destroy the high riders?
    Where do all the World Eaters come from?

    Artmentar 10th Elite formally 1st …where did they go and how did they escape?

    Sevetar In a dreadnought? ,

    Comment by Anthony from Chicago | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  78. ‘Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Edition’
    Is it for real? Ah.. I should say something making sense instead of random gibberish.
    So, is it for real? And what part are you doing for the book?

    Comment by aasmirnov | May 12, 2012 | Reply

    • While I never get to do anymore than lurking around your blog, the thing about WtA 20th really interests me – so what’s up with that? +1 to the questions above.
      While I have grown fond of the new WoD ruleset *dodges all the stones* the old background just was perfect…

      Comment by ph03nIXx (@IIph03nIXxII) | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  79. What do you hate (or don’t like) about 40k fluff?

    What do you love/like/hate/don’t like about Warhammer Fantasy fluff?

    Comment by Rafał Lehnert | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  80. Is it true that your next Heresy novel is calledArgel Tal’s Day Off? The rumors I’ve heard is that Argel Tal and Talos meet up on the Hand of Vengeance and realize they need a day off from the besieging the Emperors palace to find themselves so they get the day off by telling Horus they’re off to find Alpha Legion sleeper agents and spend the day having fun. They go to art galleries destroyed by Emperors Children and even accidentally find themselves in the middle of a Martian thanks giving day parade where they dance on top of a Warhound Titan. So guess i was wondering if you could conform or deny any of that?

    Comment by Mr Roundtree | May 12, 2012 | Reply

    • You forgot when the Engineseers Jump the rhino over the bridge

      Comment by Bigwill | May 13, 2012 | Reply

  81. Any chance of seeing Argo and his boys around again (short novel “One Hate”)?

    Comment by Ludovic | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  82. Here’s my question: “What question do you wish someone had asked here?”

    Comment by Valtlord | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  83. In a fight betwen Dan and you…. who would win?

    Comment by Hobo | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  84. Okay so been away for a month on honeymoon and have to catch up on a hell of a lot so just a couple of questions that spring to mind.
    1. If the “powers that be” allowed you to create a new 40k species, what would they be and what would their strengths and weaknesses be?
    2. How many novels do you usually have on the go at any one time and do you find it easy to switch your mind set between them?
    3. As a lot of the people who follow you and other authors are wanna be writers (Inc me), and it seems that getting published by BL is a very very selective process (for good reason), can you suggest other routes into getting written work out into the public domain within the 40k universe that will help to develop writers and therefore maybe improve chances of getting published by BL further down the line with more experience behind them? (also roughly how many “new” authors do BL take on each year?)
    4. Has being a father influenced your writing style at all?
    5. Any book signings in the Leeds area on the horizon?
    6. Should Kate Beckinsale take advice from the Grange Hill crew and “just say no” next time some suggests it would a good idea to do another Underworld movie?
    7. Marmite, love it or hate it?
    Okay that was seven not two but hey ho! Keep up the good work Mr ADB.

    Comment by James Grunsell | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  85. My favourite character in Helsreach was the storm-trooper Andrej, an the end of the book there is an unanswered question about his relationship with a fellow trooper. Will the secret ever be revealed? Because all i’ve got right now is my imagination, and it’s perception is.. bleak. Will there be a short story/ blog post addressing this? Cheers

    Comment by Max | May 13, 2012 | Reply

  86. did you mean it when you said we’d be getting the betrayer prologue soon, or were you just toying with our emotions?

    Comment by VDOG | May 13, 2012 | Reply

  87. have you discussed at all the 2 ‘missing’ primarchs? were the legions meant for those primarchs incorporated into other legions? there have been allusions to them in the HH books which prove that the living primarchs at least know they existed (and that something bad happened). do you plan to leave it a mystery for the foreseeable future?

    Comment by Arvina | May 14, 2012 | Reply

  88. Grey Knights Founding.
    Please. Write. That. Book.

    Comment by EJ | May 14, 2012 | Reply

  89. Sorry. Has to be a question.
    Grey Knights Founding.
    Could. You. Please. Write. That. Book? Pretty please?

    Comment by EJ | May 14, 2012 | Reply

  90. Do you send a decoy out of your front door in case Ben Counter is on your roof ready to drop a safe on your head?

    Comment by Bigwill | May 14, 2012 | Reply

  91. Aaron, will you get to write about the 2nd and/or the 11th legion? Or will this just start a massive black library author bar room brawl? Also if the Ultramarines did pick up the leftovers of both chapters, does this mean there may be some Astartes kicking about with 2nd and 11th legion gene-seed still? Which means that the Ultramarines could actually be interesting…

    Comment by Thee Matt | May 14, 2012 | Reply

  92. Any plans on writing a sequel to Cadian Blood?

    Comment by Juan Santiago | May 14, 2012 | Reply

  93. 1. Can you confirm the identity of Decimus?

    2. What happened to Malcharion?

    3. Have you considered taking on the Iron Warriors? They need some loving too.

    Comment by jamesatlantic | May 15, 2012 | Reply

  94. The Night Lords series was fantastic, but I remember there being talk of it as a six-book series. Now that that ship has sailed, do you feel the books were complete even in a shorter form? Would you have liked to play out certain plots more, like Ruven or Cyrion’s curse? If so, how would those have run their course?

    Also, ditto on the sequel to Cadian Blood, or just another one-off. That book was intense, what with how much it didn’t give a fuck.

    Comment by Jim Goss | May 15, 2012 | Reply

  95. I just finished The Emperor’s Gift, I don’t even know what to say, ADB did it again. Electric Goosebumps during much of the reading and I still get it just thinking back on some of the events. I’m probably going to read this book at least 10 more times this year. The best book I’ve read and also one of the best experiences. Okay here comes the question even though I have no way how to put this. How do you approach writing 40K, what kind of relationship do you have with the lore. How important is it to you, do you get a huge kick getting to write these books or is it just a “job” (how much of a fan are you). I want to get in to that brain of yours, what makes you tick because your writing sweeps me away in a way that should not be possible. I don’t think there are many out there who enjoy your writing as much as I do.

    Now that was a lot of questions and I probably messed them all up anyway.:D

    and will we see anything more of Reclusiarch Grimaldus, God-Emperor he was Bad-Ass!

    I’m actually still high after finishing TEG so excuse my mad ravings.

    Comment by Daniel D | May 15, 2012 | Reply

  96. What are your opinions on the Troublesome Fourth?

    Comment by Toby W | May 15, 2012 | Reply

  97. Hi. i was also impressed by TEG. thank you for that great story. Would you possibly explore the Red Hunters chapter in a novel?

    Comment by jesse badillo | May 16, 2012 | Reply

  98. If you could make a chapter from either the Dark or Cursed Foundings, what would the basic premise for them be?

    Comment by InsanityRequiem | May 16, 2012 | Reply

  99. I was wondering if you had a list of set words or phrases in Nostroman that you had used for your Night Lords novels, and if you would be able to make that available to anyone. Also, if you could fight any historical figure, who would it be and why?

    Comment by Wege | May 16, 2012 | Reply

  100. What was your fav hang out in Liverpool when you were at Uni here?

    Comment by Crispin Ozz (@Skilledhandz) | May 16, 2012 | Reply

  101. Hey up,

    I’m a big HH fan and am really enjoying the Word Bearers story you have going. Is Betrayer part of the same story and is it a continuation or conclusion of it?

    When the High Lords of Terra meet is there an all encompassing document that has the HH timeline/key character background that everyone has to work from, or are the only limits what has already been published?

    Has the HH series grown beyond expectation and will we get to see background/endings for all the Legions/Primarchs before the finish?

    Did you find it different writing an audio drama to writing a book? And in your suggestions for how it should be read did you suggest that Angron should sound like Hitler from Downfall (only not German) or is that just my ears?

    Are you going to the BL Weekender?

    Do you collect and/or game with any armies, if so, which ones and do they relate to your books at all?

    I’m looking forward to Helsreach, which I have waiting on the shelf, do you plan to do any more SM Battles novels?

    Sorry for all the Qs!

    All the best,


    Comment by Jamie Nelson | May 16, 2012 | Reply

  102. 1) Do you think it’s possible to write a full-length novel from the point of view of the Orks (1st or 3rd)?

    2) Do you think it’s possible (sidebar: and has it potentially happened?) for chaos-worshipping traitor marines to come back to the Emperor, if not the Imperium? (your reformed recidivist in TEG got me thinking).

    3) What are your thoughts on the Badab War, and the Chapters therein? Who are your favourites, on both sides? (I’m an Executioners man myself, and am trying desperately to get BL to let me write about them!)

    4) You’ve done a bit of writing in both 3rd and 1st person perspective; which is your favourite, and why? What do you see as the pros and cons?

    5) Any plans to visit Australia?

    Comment by Tim Sweeney | May 17, 2012 | Reply

  103. at the heresy meeting did they say anything about a third dark angels book?

    Comment by VDOG | May 17, 2012 | Reply

  104. was decimus septimus and octavia’s son?

    Comment by VDOG | May 17, 2012 | Reply

  105. Hi,
    my oversized ego told me to write this question.
    Will You put me as a secondary (or even tertiary) character in one of Your future novels? Why me? here;s a couple of reasons:
    1.I’m from Poland, and my name ends with -ski
    2.’m really big and ugly
    3.but most of all, i have a mini of myself, which i hope might be a source of inspiration to You – here’s a link

    Cheers and really big, big thanks for writing such amazing stuff!

    Emeryt a.k.a Emerit

    Comment by Emeryt | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  106. are we ever going to get a short story – or even a novella – about Fryga? about the last time 10th company met the corsairs, talos and variel, and whatever they did to piss off huron sooo much…

    Comment by VDOG | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  107. will we ever see a dreadnought take a big role in a novel? Is there a chance we will se more red hunters?thanks.

    Comment by jesse badillo | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  108. Loved the night lords series and watched an old vid blog in which you mentioned you were originally planning 6 books. Are we ever going to see Decimus uniting the remnants of the Night Lords legion and their war against the Eldar or participation in the 13th crusade?

    Oh and the Siege of Terra which of the BL authors if any have thrown their hand up for that as personally I can’t wait

    Many Thanks

    Comment by Richard Sawyer | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  109. Is there going to be any Iron hands and White Scars novels for the HH ? And do you think that any Loyalist forces break with their legions to join Horus ?

    Comment by Daemon Weapon | May 21, 2012 | Reply

  110. betrayer??? when???

    Comment by VDOG | May 21, 2012 | Reply

  111. Alright, I’ve been coming up with a list of questions for a while, but then I thought, ‘Hm…You’ve probably been asked all these before.’, so I narrowed it down to one, very important, life altering, world destroying, hyphen annihilating, doomsday enabling question:

    Will you, or any other official fluff writer, at any point, include a chapter named Purifiers?

    Comment by Chapter Master Ignis Domus | May 22, 2012 | Reply

  112. Not sure if this question has been asked before, I didn’t read all the comments (yes I know I’m a slacker).

    Your acknowledgments in Void Stalker thanked Nick Kyme as your ever patient editor. This made me wonder, does Nick Kyme have a double role at BL both as editor and writer? Or is it regular practice at BL for writers to act as editors for each other?

    Comment by Nemesis | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  113. IIRC about 1+ year ago you had a meeting at BL towers with other authors, regarding a secret project. I think you said it had nothing to do with HH. Can you tell us anything now?

    Comment by Mortemer | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  114. Is it possible that you just stop writing for the next couple of years and spend that time teaching others how to be, think and write like you. With the purpose of creating a Army of writers that can write books like you (at ~95% of the quality). So we can get more releases …? Like, one every month or every two weaks?

    Comment by Jerry | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  115. Question #2 : is your WoW Guild Fluff for the general public ?

    Comment by Jerry | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  116. 1. Intentionally left blank
    2. Will any of your future protagonists be donning a dope winter toque like the one you sport from time to time?

    Comment by Jim A | May 29, 2012 | Reply

  117. 1 Will Apothecary Fabrikus make a presence in the upcoming Betrayer novel? Whether upfront or through mentioned association with Legion’s nerve-implants and the Butcher’s Nail and/or involvement with the transformations of his legion brothers that they would ultimately recognize as the feared World Eaters.

    2. How did the conception of First Captain Jago Sevatarion come about? Just his swordsmanship reputation across the legions and let alone begin first to utter that infamous Chaos battle cry made eternal in ‘The First Heretic’ makes him a delightful scoundrel to cheer for.

    3. Was Lucoryphus too wicked to kill off?

    4. Are there facets of the 40K universe that you have touch upon and would like to explore them further outside the primary POV of astartes? (e.g. Navigators, (Dark) Mechanicum, Imperial Navy, Inquisition, Daemons, Xenos etc.)

    Comment by MadFix | June 1, 2012 | Reply

  118. ditto on cadian blood too
    maybe they could be busted down for killing the commisar
    but the inquisitor seconded them as his private army

    Comment by Jimmy To | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  119. any chance any of the night lords from soul hunter will turn up in a horus heresy novel

    Comment by Jimmy To | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  120. Are you still working on Annabell’s Blood?

    Comment by JDTAJCM3JEsq. | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  121. If I send you a legally purchased physical copy of Butcher’s Nails with receipt, will you send be back a home printed copy of the story so I can read it instead? I’ll even provide a stamped addressed envelope!

    Comment by Sami | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  122. ha! looks like people have suggested enough book ideas to keep you going indefinitely…
    Anyway, do you receive more royalties from hard copy or ebook sales? If i’m going to spend money i want to support the man behind the novel, not BL.

    Comment by Max Ferguson | June 27, 2012 | Reply

    • I have heard first hand from other BL authors that they make more from eBook sales.

      Comment by Schevus | June 27, 2012 | Reply

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