Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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I’m Still Alive, Post-Canada (Mega Photo Update)

So here’s a photo of me touching Chris Wraight’s balls:

No, really. My knuckles bumped his balls. We had a Moment.

I was in Canada for a while, with a bunch of the other Black Library authors. Here’s Dan, Nik, Jim, Chris, me, Gav and Graham. Gemma, who actually organised the event, isn’t here for some reason. But many thanks to her for playing hostess with aplomb. As I’ve said before, I don’t travel well, but this was a pretty magnificent week away.

I had my usual pre-event (and indeed, during-event) discomfort that nothing short of growing a backbone will ever stop, but no one died. I consider that a net gain for humanity. I also got to meet the Chestermere town mayor dressed as a Sister of Battle (no, really) and ate Vietnamese food for the first time ever, which was life-changingly good. (Thanks, Nathan and his Lilliputian bride, Theresa.)

As always, I took no decent photos. You may recall my trip to Chicago? Yeah, where this pic from the Lego store was the only photo that made it back with me:

My photos from Canada are similarly useless and/or meaningless to anyone who isn’t me.

Here’s one of the Rockies that’s actually real and not fake:

This is a real place. I was actually there, and actually took this photo.

And here’s one at Banff, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life:

And as you can see, I used it to be mean to Houston, for beating the Suns in the 1993 playoffs. No, I won’t get over it. No, you shut up.

Also, Katie and Jim Swallow jazzed up my Chaos Raptors by introducing this… this Disco Madness or whatever:

And for some reason, I have this photo of me in a restaurant:

And (true story) that was taken by a Marines Errant player by the name of Jason, whose Chapter I killed off in Blood Reaver. 

He was very forgiving.

There was also this guy:

…who looked crazy-similar to my friend Nik. So much so, that I made him stand there while I texted Nik this very photo. “STAY THERE, MAN. OH MY FUCK, YOU LOOK JUST LIKE MY FRIEND NIK. HE HAS TO SEE THIS SHIT.”

My friends Nik and Rob (who I have, on occasion, been known to call my brothers in the most exquisite moments of bromance) came over to see me, Katie and Alexander while we were at my mum’s place for one night, pre-Canada:

…and as you can see, I was totally justified in my claims of clonehood. That guy looked just like Nik, man. I kept staring at The Clone for the rest of the day, which I hope he didn’t notice, as in a strictly legal sense, I was probably stalking him.

Also, here’s one of Rob and Alexander:

I’m pretty shit at taking photos, but the two ones above really touched me. They were great moments – but then, I cry at the end of How to Train Your Dragon, so I’m not really an emotionally stable human being. My word simply cannot be trusted.

For some reason, totally out of order, there’s also one I took on my last jog:

…which I stopped, breathless and disgusted, to take. Rural Ireland is a very rainy place, and it pulls shit like this on the countryside lanes all the time. It’s like it has a gentle grudge against the people that live here. Sometimes there are trees in the road, because Ireland just thought that would jazz the place up a bit. Sometimes the diesel freezes in your car, putting you at very real risk of death unless your father-in-law has a pimpingly huge 4×4 to get groceries. It’s the sort of place that resents human intrusion, and isn’t shy to let it show.

I ran through that puddle a moment later, and it was almost Geneva Conventions-breakingly cold. As I did it, I thought of all the soldiers who read my work, and all the cross-country training they do. I’d like to say I had a moment of unselfish perspective and realised my problems weren’t all that great after all, but that would be a lie. My feet were wet, cold, and fuck you because that was bad enough.

But I have no idea why that photo is there, completely out of order.

While we were gone, Alexander was playing at my mum’s house for the week. Every day, she’d update her Facebook with pictures and a blog of what he’d been up to that day, and some absolutely beautiful shots came out of it.

Here’s a couple with his great-granddad:

I want to get the second one blown up and framed for the hallway wall.

And, perhaps most importantly, Mum was good enough to start grooming my replacement. She says he was updating his blog, but I’m intensely sucky at that, so this casts his entire lineage into question.

Also, it’s finally, finally done. Betrayer went to the wire, being just as late as The First Heretic, Blood Reaver, and The Emperor’s Gift. Let it never be said that I’m not consistent, even if it’s consistency in the very worst ways.

But since none of you care about any of that, here’s a new infrequent feature that I’m sure to forget about. Desktop Watch! What I’m working on right now:

The Underworld War is my Gal Vorbak story in the Mark of Calth anthology, detailing the ins and outs of daemonic possession, and the Word Bearers left to die on Calth, hoping for reinforcements that aren’t coming.

The Lord Inquisitor, quite obviously, is WIP document for The Lord Inquisitor. I’ll restate for the bajillionth time: me and Erasmus are redoing the whole story, and the voice actor in the proof of concept trailer is long, long gone.

The Talon of Horus is the synopsis for, uh, a novel with the working title of The Talon of Horus. It’s the first in my (hopefully long-running) Sons of Horus / Black Legion series. But we’ll see. It’s just in the first tentative stages right now, and I’m a changeable creature.

So now you’re up to date.

Leave me alone.

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  1. Sweet. That is all.

    Comment by Mark Sayle | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  2. That pic of the Canadian wilderness looks like a great reference for Macragge. Good you got out of the cave for a little while, you have a awesome kid bro.

    Comment by dcbrave | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  3. Carry on, then.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  4. I’m so jealous….

    Comment by shavenwookiee | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  5. Oh man hahah the Disco Raptors cracked me up big time! I literally laughed out loud when seeing them!

    And nice to see the Betrayer being finished. Looking forward to it. I will be looking forward these future stories youve shown here as well. Is that the Tyranids infected strike cruiser from Chaos Rising you got as a background for the computer?

    Comment by Forkmaster | October 27, 2012 | Reply

    • You can’t properly see their smiley faces. There was another box too, the Rainbow Marines. I shouldn’t be allowed Sharpies.

      Comment by Katie | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  6. Looking forward to once again holding a book in my hands with the name Aaron Dembski-Bowden on it. Betrayer FTW!

    You should also find out if that Clone is not a clone but your friend’s doppleganger. Then make sure they never meet or the paradox will destroy the world. See Doctor Who for the details.

    Comment by Lord of the Night | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  7. My first thought when I saw the first photo – “What the f*** is Wayne Rooney doing standing next to Chris Wraight?!”

    I have also dubbed the Horus Heresy quartet of Mr Abnett, Mr McNeil, Mr Swallow and yourself as ‘3 Baldies and the Beard’. You guys just need some Barber shop outfits and you’d be set to sing some swingin tunes.

    Comment by Lysander45 | October 27, 2012 | Reply

    • I look nothing like Rooney, you terrible cunt.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | October 27, 2012 | Reply

      • Jimmies rustled. When he briefly grew that beard, and with this angle in the photograph…there is a small resemblance. But then I wear glasses and have impaired vision so what sort of fucking resources do I have in my favour?

        Comment by Lysander45 | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  8. What is that background?!?

    Comment by Tom Adkins | October 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Judgement of Carrion space hulk from chaos rising

      Comment by roguetent | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  9. Truly emotional photo with grandad. And in that restaurant , you look just like Talos would’ve looked if he was at that place, checking out the menu.
    Figured they have photosensitive retinas that glow as hell when in dim darkness.

    Comment by The Flying Dutchman | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  10. Glad you came over mate, otherwise I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet Katie. I am so glad we talked you into leaving the hotel long enough to look at the mountains. Next time we’ll try and get you here long before the deadlines go wooshing past. I am totally taking you guys dog sledding and up to see the frozen falls when you come back.

    Comment by Gemma Noon | October 27, 2012 | Reply

  11. If it’s one thing I’ve learned, is that there are universal archetypes about gamers. When I attend Gencon, I always see at least one person every day who looks nearly identical to a gamer I know back home. This year, I actually encountered a gender-reversed doppelganger of someone I used to play with. It was a little awkward.

    Comment by MythicFox | October 28, 2012 | Reply

  12. Use Sealskinz for your feet when running – goretex socks to keep them dry and warm, regardless of how wet it is outside!

    Comment by Thom Hobbs | October 28, 2012 | Reply

  13. Not up to date yet – one last item: what’s the desktop wallpaper image?

    Comment by TheSGC | October 28, 2012 | Reply

  14. Hope you enjoyed Canada. I don’t recommend dog sledding in the north unless you like hanging around a dozen piss stained dogs that kind of want to kill one another.

    Maybe just get drunk a hockey game instead. Far more fun and you score just as many “guess what I did in Canada” points.

    Comment by J.P. | October 30, 2012 | Reply

  15. I just read something you may find interesting.
    Disney just bought Lucasfilm including the rights to Star Wars.
    Disney flat out said 7,8,9 are being made continueing after Jedi.
    If I were you I would see if I could jam my foot in the door somehow.
    As heretical as it sounds Lucas got lucky with the original trilogy,his writing is awful,for proff watch second trilogy.
    Something tells me you can make the Empire so much more nasty.

    Comment by Will Wright | October 31, 2012 | Reply

  16. OK OK wait I see there is another Nik, the bearded gentleman holding Alexander in one of your photos, so maybe that is the Nik you mean in the caption and not Nick Kyme. But it is clearly is not the red haired woman in the photo. And why would you introduce a random personal friend by his first name in a line up of BL authors?

    Help me Aaron it is hurting my brain.

    Comment by Old dirty /b/tard | November 1, 2012 | Reply

    • Nick Kyme’s not there.

      Nik Vincent-Abnett is Dan’s wife.

      Nik Scott is one of my friends.

      I’m glad I was here for you in this trying time, man.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | November 19, 2012 | Reply

  17. Completely unrelated note: got my set of chainglaives from Anvil Industries, and they’re hot. If you get the chance in the foreseeable future, give Phil Kelly a bit of a kicking for me for making it impossible to recreate Sevatar as you’ve described him in a 40K-era CSM army. Hoping Heresy-era stuff is a bit more flexible when it comes to equipment acquisitions. The closest you can get with Sevatar with chainglaive and bolter is a Chosen Champ with a “power lance”, bolter and bolt pistol, but then he has to have a bunch of guys with him and I don’t think he likes a crowd.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | November 1, 2012 | Reply

  18. thanks for coming to the Expo, probably be the only time i ever get to meet the folks that write what i want to read. Glad you got go to the mountain parks, its a favorite place of mine to ‘get lost’ for a couple weeks.

    i’ve only had to explain the signing of ‘The First Heritic’ a few times now…..

    Comment by Chris aka the bumblebee guy | November 2, 2012 | Reply

  19. Your stalking went unnoticed and now I am slightly concerned at how easily I can apparently be stalked.

    Comment by Ben | November 6, 2012 | Reply

  20. Has there been any official background written about the planet Angron came from, eg; what happened to it after the primarch left. Not sure if this is the right place to ask it, but I thought I’d give it a go.

    Disco Raptors – beautiful.

    Comment by Chris | November 14, 2012 | Reply

  21. […] last Desktop Watch came at the end of my Mega-Photo Canada Update(TM), but with deadlines looming and Alexander’s first birthday party this weekend, […]

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