Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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The Weekender Arrives (plus, some Hallowe’en Curze Art)

The Black Library Weekender is mere hours away. So close in fact that me, Katie, and Shakes are flying over tomorrow for the traditional “Having dinner with Liz and John French on the night before an event” ritual. We were also thinking of taking up the McNeills on Graham’s offer of crashing at theirs, but Shakes has started a recent habit of getting up at 5:00am, so we’re trying to spread that delightfulness around as little as possible.

I love the Weekender. I love the atmosphere, I love the fast and loose feeling the authors get to have that disguises all the organisation the staff have put in,

Last year’s Weekender featured the Fifty Shades of Geek fellows (who can be found on their homepage, as well as Facebook, and Twitter) showing up wearing T-shirts with quotes from my novels running down the front, and I was so humbled and embarrassed, I dealt with this magnanimous gesture by hinting that I never wanted them to do anything like it again. Make note, people: try not to be such an uncharitable cunt when similar moments roll around in your lives. At one point, I actually fled from three of them in the T-shirts, in case a couple of the other authors thought I’d arranged it to make myself look special.

Here they are, saved for posterity. Tim (far left) recently joined our 40K campaign, The Thracian Caul, which I’ll have more details on soon. It’s undergoing sweeping changes based on me and John (French) trying to give it some more unity and purpose, rather than getting distracted and all momentum failing as they so often do with these things. It’s looking good; I’d be interested in your opinions when we start showing some of the datasheets, and stuff. Nikki (in the middle) looks half-asleep. I don’t know why.


Also of note, you may have seen this slice of lushness on various forums, but here’s David Sondered (from Studio Colrouphobia) ‘s freaking killer version of Konrad Curze. You might also remember his Talos, from a little while ago?

One of the things I love most about it is that he’s captured the primarch’s fundamental unhealthiness, which is something a lot of the more, uh, ‘badass’ artwork can ignore. For me, this is one of those images that becomes definitive the moment I see it, much like when I saw the cover of Aurelian, and made unstoppable sex noises for three days straight every time someone asked me about it.

David’s also one of the guys I’m musing over asking about doing some personal commissions in the near future, some based on my TOR character, some for a private project, and some for our games group. I mean, seriously. Just look at this. With the fact Jon Sullivan’s artwork doesn’t feature on the future Night Lords omnibus, I wish I’d discovered David earlier and pimped him, hardcore, to Black Library.


Last of all, I’ve had a bunch of requests for info on my Star Wars: The Old Republic character. I can’t be bothered to go into all the details (and I admit I’ve barely touched the game in about 3 months because of work, so most of my guild has forgotten me), but suffice to say, here he is:

"I always select the Tediously Neutral alignment wheel choices."

October 31, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I believe that your comment when I approached you with the t shirt which we had done for you was ‘Oh you MASSIVE NERD!’ I gathered from this that you were equal parts quietly chuffed and mind-numbingly embarassed. Don’t worry, somebody else is in the crosshairs this year… 😉

    Comment by Greg Smith | October 31, 2013 | Reply

  2. Dammit, now I’m curious about the quotes!

    Comment by Forkmaster | October 31, 2013 | Reply

    • Each person picked a character and their favourite quote. I had Talos “I saw your Emperor. A handful of times, back in the age before he betrayed us all.”
      Nikki had Cyrion “So, How are you?”
      Aaron’s was Malcharion “I have to finish everything for that boy”

      I’m afraid I forget the others. Still got mine somewhere. That quote is amazing.

      Comment by Greg Smith | October 31, 2013 | Reply

      • Oh thank you! 😀

        Comment by Forkmaster | October 31, 2013 | Reply

  3. True shame that Jon Sullivan didn’t do the Night Lords cover, wish we knew why.

    And that Curze…. I don’t think that anyone will ever be able to top that. He looks haunted, dangerous but also broken. I will also be picturing Curze like that from now on. And please please tell me that you are going to pimp this guy to Black Library, he may not be able to do the NL omnibus cover but he could still do others. I’d love to see this guy take on the Chaos Space Marines.

    Comment by Lord of the Night | October 31, 2013 | Reply

  4. Love the Curze picture. Is that a raven feather he is looking at? Possibly off of Corax?

    Comment by Aaron Stasinski | October 31, 2013 | Reply

  5. That take on Curze is awesome. For some reason, the face strongly reminds me of Conner from Angel, which makes sense because they’re similar characters in many respects.

    Comment by Tim Ward | November 2, 2013 | Reply

  6. Second that LotN. Why the hell couldn’t JS have done the Omnibus Cover? He didn’t even have to do a new picture for it – the picture of Talos on the cover of Blood Reaver, rendered in Soul Hunter Blue, with a few other different colours for his helm, eye lenses and sword would’ve made me want to sleep with that fucking book.

    And I don’t like to speak ill of people online, especially when they may be reading my comments… but the NL Omnibus cover artwork is, in my opinion, terrible. It’s better than a lot of other BL covers I’ll grant you that, but unlike Sully’s prints, for me, it really detracts from the nitty-gritty feel of Aaron’s prose.

    If the artist behind this is reading this, contradict me if you think I’m being unfair – I doubt I could do any better, but I suppose everyone has their views.

    Then again, maybe ‘terrible’ is too strong a word.

    Comment by Vijay | November 6, 2013 | Reply

  7. sup with master of mankind? haven’t heard anything about it, and the BL page is a POS and useless for upcoming novels, doesn’t list jackshit

    Comment by TheSGC | November 27, 2013 | Reply

    • you know I’ll keep asking here and on twitter

      Comment by TheSGC | December 17, 2013 | Reply

  8. Night Haunter is a deranged Frank Lampard. Who knew?

    Comment by dh1983 | February 10, 2014 | Reply

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