Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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

That’s a wrap, folks.



It’s over. It’s done. The First Edition of The Talon of Horus has sold out, all 1,500 copies going in about four hours. To say that’s mega would be an understatement, even if you bolted words like “rad” and “killer” onto it, as well.

I hope everyone enjoys it. Please note that even if you think the story sucks, the First Edition makes for a glorious doorstop (it’s a chunky tome) as well as an effective leatherbound missile to launch at, say, cats that won’t fuck off out of the room. God, do I ever hate cats.

When you get your copies, send me back some selfies so I know an entire year of my life has reached you safely. There might even be (pointless and terrible) prizes for the best photos.

Some peeps and creeps had trouble with the traffic flooding Black Library’s website. Sorry to all concerned on that score – I know it sucks when the internet’s various cogs slip their gears. I once missed out on a signed copy of The Last Gunslinger for the same reason, and I kid you not that if I ever find the guy that got it instead of me, I’ll shiv him in the kidneys. And then I’ll eat the kidneys. And then I’ll make a Vine of me eating the kidneys, and post it to his Facebook wall so all of his friends know that justice is juicy and tastes oh-so sweet.

EDIT: For those of you asking when the standard hardback is out, the answer is “the 19th of September, I think” and a link to go here for info.

Thanks to the Black Library folks that lurked in the office today, dealing with the chaos, but on the slightly smug note of somehow managing to bring my publisher’s website to grinding halt once more (see also: Aurelian), please forgive me this small moment of Ozymandias-style childishness.


August 22, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I’d have been happier with a picture of you reenacting the scene above (in full costume), with an MS Paint version of the Alexander mural/fresco/whatever in the background. It would only be weird if you painted Dan Abnett blue and forced him to stoically stand off to the side.

    Comment by Φοίβος Λαζαρίδης | August 22, 2014 | Reply

  2. Cannot wait to get my hands on this book, once again any chance of an audiobook?

    Comment by Matt Black | August 22, 2014 | Reply

    • Good question. I sincerely hope so – I think it’d lend itself very well to a reading.

      I’m crossing my fingers for Clancy Brown.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | August 27, 2014 | Reply

  3. I got it finally :3 Will be eating less for a while, but it was such a lovely book I couldn’t resist~

    Comment by Lily Hall | August 22, 2014 | Reply

  4. Congrats on selling out so quickly but it was expected! 🙂 Can’t wait for the general release.

    Comment by Forkmaster | August 25, 2014 | Reply

  5. Master of Mankind update?

    Comment by TheSGC | August 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Is that a curiously terse way of asking for an update, by any chance?

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | August 27, 2014 | Reply

      • Have you been keeping track of how many times I ask you on every other blogpost of yours?
        /creepy stare

        Comment by TheSGC | August 28, 2014 | Reply

      • ಠ_ಠ intensifies

        Comment by TheSGC | August 28, 2014 | Reply

      • I’ll have news soon. Apologies for vagueness until then.

        I mean, I’d have replied anyway (it’s an important question!) but you earned many extra points by using the best meme ever.

        Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | August 29, 2014 | Reply

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