Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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

As 2013 Draws to a Close…

Just bolting online in a hurry to say thank you to everyone for another wonderful year. If you’re crazy enough to like my work, thanks for supporting it – whether you did so through buying it, through reviews online, or through the simple act of not throwing human waste at me if we met in public. I appreciate all three of those reactions, but perhaps the last one most of all.

Thank you – friends, family, publishers, guildies, and readers – for your patience and support, as well as your ability to tolerate my stalwart refusal to abandon the Oxford Comma.

To inject a personal note into proceedings in the spirit of Christmas, may I also take the time to say that I thought Pacific Rim was absolutely shit, and I was gutted when the awful, awful, unlikeable, awful, shallow, awful main character survived. This review is over. Personal note complete.

tl;dr —Thanks again from the Dembski-Bowden bloodline, as 2013 draws to a close. Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to you and yours. Please note that this is our second Christmas with the tiny heir (also known as ADB II in some circles, as well as Alexander, Shakes, and “Put that down, buddy, I’m begging you”) and he’d probably thank you too, if he wasn’t so small and largely focused on things like penguins, tractors, and books about dinosaurs.

He knows all and sees all. He is fire and he is doom.

He knows all and sees all. He is fire and he is doom.

Your money - and my royalties - hard at work.

Your money – and my royalties – hard at work on Christmas jumpers, kids’ books, and toys that needlessly require 500 AA batteries.

December 25, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I’m curious why you specify human waste? Is faecal matter from other species more acceptable to you? Just for future reference, really. I don’t want to get into one of those awkward situations where you meet someone whose kind of a bit famous for the first time and end up flinging the wrong sort of pooh. Red faces all round eh?! (Well, mine would be red, yours would probably be a bit brown. And cross looking.)

    Comment by Nick Smale | December 25, 2013 | Reply

  2. Merry Christmas. Enjoy fine food, friends and family…

    Comment by Anurien | December 25, 2013 | Reply

  3. Happy Holidays ABD and a big thanks to you for enriching my life with your fantastic additions to my beloved WH40K Lore. You’ve grown into being my favorite author and I’ve made a point of buying everything you make. I wish all the best for you and your family and I look forward to reading new ADB titles 2014.

    Comment by Daniel Demir | December 25, 2013 | Reply

  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I echo the words of Mr. Demur above – you rock harder than a very hard thing.

    Comment by Rob Perkins | December 25, 2013 | Reply

  5. Merry Christmas. Health and Happiness to you and yours in the New Year. I enjoy your work.


    Comment by Dan Eaton | December 25, 2013 | Reply

  6. Good thing they didn’t let you write the script for Pacific Rim. You would have probably wired them with Butcher’s Nails.

    Comment by BBF | December 25, 2013 | Reply

  7. Another crackin’ year. Blimey, eh, doesn’t time fly… It feels like only yesterday you were telling us about Inaros Khayon for the very first time.

    Merry, merry Christmas Aaron. Hopefully see you sometime next year (at conventions, just to clarify. I’m not going to track you to your house and stalk you like a pervert).


    Comment by Vijay | December 26, 2013 | Reply

  8. Master of Mankind?

    Comment by TheSGC | December 26, 2013 | Reply

  9. Merry Christmas you dashing bastard, you. At some point in the future we should share a pint either on your side of the Atlantic or mine.

    Comment by John D. Kennedy | December 27, 2013 | Reply

  10. It’s a little late from me, but Merry Christmas to you and your family too, Aaron!

    Comment by kiersparey | December 27, 2013 | Reply

  11. Merry Xmas, happy new year, and KEEP THE OXFORD COMMA!

    Comment by bittermanandy | December 28, 2013 | Reply

  12. Sir:

    I must inform you that your statements about Pacific Rim are factually incorrect and that you are a bad person.


    Comment by Tim Ward | December 30, 2013 | Reply

  13. I wish you a belated Happy New Years! 🙂

    Comment by Forkmaster | January 1, 2014 | Reply

  14. I, too, was desperately put out by how Pacific Rim failed as a subtle character study, and feel that Charlie Hunnam failed to compare with Anthony Hopkins’ masterly turn in “The Remains of the Day.”

    Comment by Nurglitch | January 20, 2014 | Reply

    • Fuck that. It was shit at what it was trying to do, and that’s bad enough. Shitty acting; awful, meaningless, characters; inconsistent in-universe rules.

      If robots fighting monsters is the be-all and end-all of what’s required to entertain, fine. Make a 40-minute animation of robots fighting monsters. Don’t attach bad characters and awful acting to it, then fall back on the excuse of “It’s an action movie”.

      Yeah. A *shitty* action movie. They don’t have to be bad.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | January 20, 2014 | Reply

    • (That said, I loved that comment and you win all the medals for it.)

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | January 20, 2014 | Reply

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