Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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

Most Common Words in My Last Two Novels

For kicks, I ran my last two novels Void Stalker and The Emperor’s Gift through Wordle, which makes a word cloud out of the most frequently used words in any given block of text, taking out the really basic ones like “and” and “I” and “the”.

I have a feeling if I did this for Betrayer right now, it would look a little like this:

No points for working out that one.

No points at all.

July 14, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. you forgot “KILL MAIM BURN!”

    Comment by Josh | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  2. “Talos” and “Cyrion” being the most-used from Void Stalker seems right. I miss those guys.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  3. Hahaha a BAMF! Cyrion being most, more than the ot used was a shocker though.

    Comment by Forkmaster | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  4. I am excited for Betrayer I can say that.

    Comment by Theodore Schiro-Miller | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  5. man we need some skulls, the skull throne is just lookin a little rickity. can you get me some skulls? you know….for the skull throne?

    Comment by Edward Krupski | July 15, 2012 | Reply

  6. I wouldn’t have guessed ‘one’ would be the most…

    Comment by Chapter Master Ignis Domus | July 16, 2012 | Reply


    Comment by majestyk0012 | July 16, 2012 | Reply

  8. We need more Skulls! And some Kill Maim Burn! And we can’t forget Death to the False Emperor! now can we? 😀


    Comment by Lord of the Night | July 16, 2012 | Reply

  9. About “Talos” being the most common word in Void Stalker: is his name is a reference to the Bronze Man of Crete?

    Comment by IggySchekelburger | July 18, 2012 | Reply

    • I’ve been wondering that a lot, too. The flawed metal protector who becomes the destruction of what he is supposed to protect because of his Achilles Heel… Which has something to do with is heart.

      Comment by Liliedhe | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  10. I’m about to start reading Void Stalker. As of looking at the “special thanks” at the end of Blood Reaver, I’m wondering if you’ll manage to somehow work in a scene where Kharn is wearing a commissar hat. Honestly, even just some kind of fancy hat will do, we’ll all totally know what that’s about.

    Regardless of that, I haven’t looked forward to a Horus Heresy book this much since Legion.

    Comment by Mazed | July 22, 2012 | Reply

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