Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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





I’m 32 today! Join me on the journey towards the mighty 33, whereupon we shall:

  • Laugh Uproariously! As I try to lose 3 stone, and rediscover my cheekbones!
  • Giggle with Glee! As I try to finish Betrayer, write The Talon of Horus, and then start another Heresy novel!
  • Chuckle with Delight! As I try to get 1,000 points of Word Bearers and Traitor Guard painted!
  • Chortle with Wonder! As I try to pitch a series of monthly Crimson Fist stories to Hammer & Bolter!
  • Be Puked Upon! As I try to raise a baby into a toddler!
  • Make Our Mummies Proud! As I try to finish my first non-40K novel, which goes through new incarnations every time I get in a bad mood!
  • Grate on Everyone’s Nerves! As I use more exclamation marks in this one blog post than I have in over half a million words of text over the course of 6 novels!



August 3, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Have a very happy birthday and I hope you dont get puked on too much today!

    Comment by seph | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  2. Happy Birthday to you and thanks for the hilarious post lofl :p

    Comment by Mark-Anthony Fenech | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  3. I love you. Never change.

    Comment by Graeme Knott | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  4. Happy birthday dude!

    So this non-40k novel, will it still be scifi? Can you tell us more about it?

    Comment by Stefmanovic | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  5. Happy birthday, Mr D-B. Enjoy the vomit and physical exertion of the coming year.

    As an aside (because no fan comment would be complete without a good gush) I’m most of the way through The Emperor’s Gift, and its blowing my mind. It is no word of a lie to say that your novels are redefining the standard at which BL publishes, and for that we owe you thanks.

    Comment by Jon Beer | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  6. Happy Birthday!

    Comment by DarkChaplain | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  7. happy birthday mate. Thanks for writing awesome stuff, and thanks for signing my copy of The First Heretic for me. (don’t try to remember… you won’t) On this day of days, I think we can permit you a day off of Betrayer

    Comment by VDOG | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  8. You are ageing like you’ve been doing it your whole life. Colour me impressed. Well done.

    Comment by schaferlord | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  9. Oh man loved the article! Happy b-day and good luck with everything!

    Comment by Forkmaster | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  10. Mummy is already proud, non 40k novel or not. However, I would love to see your novel. Preferably before I meet my maker. 🙂

    Comment by vivienne dembski | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  11. Happy Birthday. Funny little article, it made me laugh.

    And as for the next Heresy novel after The Talons of Horus…hypothetically it would be called Nightfall…correct?

    Comment by Lysander45 | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  12. I think what I love most are the top 4 headlines in the bottom right hand corner. You, sir, are a legend, and easily 50,000 times cooler than I am.

    Happy Birthday.

    Comment by timkenyon | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  13. Happy birthday!

    Comment by Andreas Christensen | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  14. Happy Bidet, Aaron – that’s a LOT of “try”‘s… Have fun!

    Comment by Greg C. | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  15. This non-40K novel… is that the thing with the Northern Lights and the guy who wouldn’t let his sword touch the ground? Because that had promise. Or is it Warhammer? Because if you did for Warhammer what you’ve done for 40K I would swear eternal fealty to you, and you alone. Or is it… “something else”?

    Comment by bittermanandy | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  16. Hahahahahahahaha nice mate!

    Comment by John | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  17. Congrats! Happy 32nd! Would love to see what a non-40K ADB book looks like. You have me hooked with our loveable Night Lords and First Heretic. I’d totally read something outside of 40k/Black Library in general by you.

    Keep up the great work, and I hope we have many more years of ADB to read. 🙂

    Comment by Christopher Meyer | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  18. Y’know…I react the same way to my cat. So don’t worry, you aren’t alone in the random unbridled hatred of a family indentured feline

    Comment by Muttley Ready | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  19. You need help, Aaron…

    Comment by shavenwookiee | August 3, 2012 | Reply

    • And by help, I hope ^^ means encouragement.

      Thank god you don’t realise how popular you are, you’d be a world class douche, or worse. .. humble.

      Comment by baby-paramedic | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  20. have a fucking awesome birthday mate!
    I started the journey towards the mighty 33 myself 2 months ago 😉
    looking forward to your upcoming publications

    Comment by Wicced | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  21. That really cracked me up 😉 Happy birthday, ADB!

    P.S. Being a glacially slow painter myself, let me tell you: Traitor Guard is a blast to paint, once you’ve settled on a colour scheme that works!

    Comment by krautscientist | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  22. You and my husband must live on the wavelength! haha. I’m breaking all kinds of book rules and starting The First Heretic this weekend even though I should be reading Fulgrim.

    Comment by vud0olady | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  23. Happy Birthday Aaron!

    If you are successful (and why wouldn’t you be) at pitching the monthly Crimson Fist stories, you will make Hammer & Bolter a lot of money! I will subscribe just for your stories, and maybe even paint some Crimson Fists.

    Comment by Chinh Tran | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  24. I have a Hakeem Olajuwon jersey…no one gave shit in the comments…:(Happy Birthday! My wife said we’re on the same wavelength. See? That’s her in the comments…no privacy to admire you I swear!)

    Comment by theryanfactor | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  25. Naturally, Happy Birthday.

    Loken as “family cat” is funny, though. “Furred mujahideen” is a better description.

    Comment by G | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  26. Crimson Fists in a weekly format? Don’t be a cock tease bro! Feliz Cumpleanos and all that.

    Comment by dcbrave | August 4, 2012 | Reply

  27. Thanks for making me laugh out loud like an overexcited kid in the middle of my office.

    Now, we’re all agreed on how hilarious you are and on what a handsome young stud you are so be a love and get on with finishing Betrayer would you? Kthnx.

    Comment by G | August 4, 2012 | Reply

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  29. Can’t wait for your original novel ADB. Is is still called Annabelle’s Blood or is it Godblood now?


    Comment by Lord of the Night | August 4, 2012 | Reply

    • Oh and Happy Birthday. But the Duck is not the best animal ever, the snake is. 😀

      Comment by Lord of the Night | August 4, 2012 | Reply

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