Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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

Look what I saw in the wild…

Actually, I’m lying. I didn’t see this in the wild, but it’s hit the desks at Black Library Towers, and I’m pretty much in love with how it looks.

"A book about baddies being bad."

I like how subtle and understated it is. It’s not wacky or cartoony, and credits the license with some intrigue and maturity. Admittedly, only in our beloved 40K license could you consider Hellpeople on Fire in the Shadows to be “subtle”, but let’s just say I’m pretty damn pleased with this one. The Night Lords Series has had some of the most consistently beautiful artwork BL has ever produced (Thanks, Jon Sullivan; look for your name in the Foreward), and even though it’s a change in direction, it’s one I’m dead pleased with.

As you may know, my sadfaced, lip-quivering rants about artwork are rare but, uh, “pointed” and “poignant”. I’ve never been afraid to sink to the lowest depths of unprofessionalism in saying I can’t stand a cover. But my last three have been this one, The Talon of Horus, and Armageddon. If it was BL’s intent to butter me up with lovely covers and shame me into hitting my deadlines, then… fuck, it might actually work.

Anyway, more details as they come in.

EDIT: Details have come in. Regarding the contents, here’s a l’il glance at what’s inside:

Literally everything I've written about Talos and co. so far.

Literally everything I’ve written about Talos and co. so far.

On another note, remember my Deathwatch Campaign? Brother-Intendant Deiphobus of the Minotaurs is rolling along with some slow painting progress. Better photos coming soon:


With Princess Leia in the background.

March 7, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Even though I own all three of the original novels, I still want this because it looks amazing. Add that to the copy of Armageddon I want to buy even though I already have Helsreach and the e-version of Blood and Fire and you start to get an idea of just how much I enjoy your stuff. Damn you…

    Comment by Greg Smith | March 7, 2014 | Reply

  2. very nice jon sullivan’s artwork is the best! and the stories are not bad too of course πŸ˜€

    Comment by dickiesworkshop | March 7, 2014 | Reply

  3. Miniature is coming on nicely πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Bigg | March 7, 2014 | Reply

  4. The sad part is that I already own all of that in one way or another. Would have been nice to own otherwise.

    Comment by Forkmaster | March 7, 2014 | Reply

  5. Does this include the short stories?

    Comment by Peter O | March 7, 2014 | Reply

    • Whoops, just saw the update! Must get!

      Comment by Peter O | March 7, 2014 | Reply

  6. I just came.

    Comment by Rob Perkins | March 7, 2014 | Reply

  7. This is awesome, I’m going to get at least two… I’m glad it contains the short stories (even though you had said at one point you wouldn’t include The Core πŸ™‚

    Comment by Chinh Tran | March 8, 2014 | Reply

  8. I think the only sad thing about it is that it isn’t in a hard cover 😦 The longevity of a soft binding on a tome that size is depressingly short.

    Comment by Dave | March 8, 2014 | Reply

  9. Did that dictionary/vocabulary of Nostraman get in there somewhere?

    “Those kalshiel Bleeding Eyes…’

    Comment by Vijay | March 8, 2014 | Reply

  10. Who is responsible for the sweet artwork on the Omnibus? I know it’s also in the Chaos Codex, but I have no idea who it belongs to.

    Comment by Quinn Yantha | March 9, 2014 | Reply

  11. Gorgeous cover. Even though i’ve got the NL books I will definitely be adding this to my collection for the aesthetics. Plus I want to read Shadow Knight.

    And good question Vijay, I do hope that Nostraman Lexicon is in there.

    Comment by Alex Walker | March 9, 2014 | Reply

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