Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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

Who? Why?

My name’s Aaron W Dembski-Bowden.

Don’t ask about the W – let’s just forget it exists and forgive my parents for a bizarre choice of middle name. Y’know, I used to tell people it stood for Wolfgang, but no one ever believed me. I’m not a skilled liar.

I write a lot, and people pay me to do it. I argue a lot, but I do that for free. If you want to start paying me to argue, please apply within. My rates would be generous, and my cynical wrath without peer.

I have a cat, but I prefer dogs. Most of my clothes are black, but my favourite colour is orange. I was born in a really dark, grim patch of London, but I moved to the greenest parts of Northern Ireland. This last factoid arises from being in love with a beautiful Irish girl who foolishly agreed to marry me – and that it’s easier to write out here in the middle of nowhere with only fields, cats, and hot redheads for company.


  1. Hey, Aaron!

    It’s G (as in “G doesn’t DM enough” G)

    How do you get the RSS working in Chrome? I’ve clicked on “Entries RSS” and it brings up what looks like the source code of the page. Is it bust or am I dumb? Don’t answer that…

    Also, you’ll never guess how I found this page! So I’ll tell you.

    I’ve just finished listening to Raven’s Flight (Corax had Obsfucate, awesome) and was putting the CD away when I noticed that there was an audiobook called “Thunder From Fenris.” This lead me to Nick Kyme’s blog where I learned that it was Space Wolves vs. Zombies and to your Livejournal. My first thought was “wow, Aaron still has that LJ account from uni.” Until I saw the entry at the top and came here instead. The wonders of the internet!

    See you soon (I can actually say that now!) and say hello to Katie and Loken for me.


    Comment by G | January 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. I first picked up a warhammer book in 2002 on the USS George Washington ship library and it happened to be Hereticus by Dan Abnett. I started reading it and fell in love with the whole concept of Warhammer and Warhammer 40k i currently own well over 300 books. I consider myself a somewhat avid reader. I usually buy 40k and horus heresey because im more of a futuristic military kinda guy myself. Even though this is probably going to get dismissed or filed under other lol i just wanted to say Welcome and i look forward to reading all your books. You keep writing and ill keep ignoring my wife and reading =). I wish you health and a clear mind. Good luck in your endeavors. Thank you for your time.

    Mathew C. McCoy

    Comment by Mathew McCoy | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hey Aaron – just wanted to drop you a line to say just how much I enjoyed Soul Hunter. I actually wasn’t going to bother with it, on the basis that Lord of the Night is pretty much the single definitive 40K novel and nobody else could possibly write about the Night Lords without demeaning themselves… but then I read One Hate, which I thought was absolutely brilliant, so I figured, against my better judgement: this Aaron bloke also wrote Soul Hunter, so why not give that a go, too?

    I am so very, very glad it didn’t pass me by. I started it yesterday and only the damnable human requirement for sleep stopped me finishing it by this morning. Congratulations, you’ve just earned yourself a fan – and changed my opinion of the single definite 40K book to include both Lord of the Night AND Soul Hunter. Which is two books. Ho hum. Anyway – I can’t wait for more about Talos and co; and hopefully in full novel form please, not just audiobooks, which, yes, I will be buying but are no substitute for the real thing.

    Enough adulation (seriously, after what I’ve just read, I could write a novel’s worth of praise myself) so I’ll sign out here. Don’t keep us waiting too long for the next book!

    Comment by Andy P | April 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. Hey Aaron!

    You probably don’t remember, but I talked to you for a fair amount of time at Adepticon (and I know, I’m sure tons of people did) and I said I’d shoot you a line when I finished and reviewed Soul Hunter.

    Well, I’m doing that now. Hope you read it. Regardless, I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to more.

    Here’s the link: http://www.lounge.belloflostsouls.net/blog.php?b=178

    Feel free to email me if you hate the review and want to spam my inbox.

    Enjoy, and cheers!


    Comment by Sean Dooley | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hey Man i was the guy who was talking to you about the death guard on 40k radio. Just dropping you a line feel free to email any time. Im half way done with soul hunter and WOW great read man looking foward to youe next books.

    Comment by DJ | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  6. I run a 40k book club for the Imperial Voxcast, and our book for June is [i]Soul Hunter[/i] Having had success with asking Dan Abnett about this, can you suggest any discussion topics for our book club?

    Comment by Klarkash-Ton | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hi. I’ve just finised Helsreach and thought that you might like to know that it took me the shortest time to read of any Black Library novel ever (and I read a fair few of them). When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about what would happen next, and eagerly awaited the next opportunity to pick it up. The last novel I read that had that effect on me was The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I don’t know if you appreciate seemingly unblalnced, all-out praise but you write bloody good books and I thank you for them. Best of luck in the future.

    Comment by Stephen | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hey Aaron,
    I too have recently finished Helsreach and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I have but one simple request:
    I want more Andrej! I became a huge fan after a very short “how awesome is Andrej!” discussion with a friend of mine.
    I could ramble on but I won’t.

    Keep up the great work!

    Comment by Vernon | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  9. Aaron!
    Great job on Helsreach, loved it much. Like Vernon, I am a huge fan of Trooper Andrej. Why, you ask? I loved his little speech about his last remaining bomb, and how he would be sad when there was none. More Andrej!

    Comment by Impact | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  10. The Andrej coup has begun!

    Comment by Vernon | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  11. …. Helsreach is thee best book i have ever read … you better write something quick cause everything else sucks now.
    thank you for this masterpiece

    Comment by Cmy | July 1, 2010 | Reply

  12. Hi Aaron:

    I just wanted to say that I really liked Soul Hunter and Helsreach. Your writing shows a lot of maturity, so I was surprised to see your age. You are one of my favorites, along with DA, GM, BC, and SM. I dug Soul Hunter b/c Talos and the crew are cool. I dug Helsreach b/c Grimaldus is cool and I like siege books. Helsreach is a great siege book. I love WH40k siege books, like Storm of Iron and Helsreach. There is something about a nice siege that is exactly what I am looking for in a WH40k novel. I wish BL would do a whole series of siege books. I wish you would do a whole line of siege books for WH40k. And I wish BL would publish a book of your cartoon analysis. The Cobra rant is awesome.


    Comment by John Nowakowski | August 13, 2010 | Reply

  13. Hey man, just got Soul Hunter to celebrate earning my Eagle Scout Rank. I read and was blown away by Helsreach, especially that scene when Grimaldus gives his speech to the soldiers right before the first attack. It gave me goosebumps it was so thrilling! I look forward to Soul Hunter and to your next novels. Keep up the good work!

    Thy faithful servant,

    P.S. Death to the False Emperor!

    Comment by David Thoms | September 1, 2010 | Reply

  14. I picked up Helsreach after being impressed by Soul Hunter. It’s now one of my favorite all-time books (not just W40K). It was an emotional juggernaught akin to watching Gladiator or 300 for the first time. Your depiction of the W40K universe, the Imperium, its endless enemies, and its antagnostic factions was oppressive and grim-dark without being campy.

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful book, and I’m anxiously waiting for your next work.

    Comment by Ben | September 17, 2010 | Reply

  15. I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed Soul Hunter. Excellent book. I’m looking forward to read more about the Night Lords and Talos in particular. Your characters have a lot of depth to them which is something I admire. So far I enjoyed all of your books. While I’m still mourning the loss of Garviel Loken (probably my favourite WH40K character ever) you gave me another favourite character with Talos. Thank you! I’m still quite new to the Warhammer universe (started in April and have read 34 WH40K books so far)and probably not exactly the target audience of the Warhammer books due to being female but I truly love the dark and grim Warhammer universe. I’m awaiting The First Heretic, Blood Reaver and a few other books in anticipation. Keep up the good work!

    Ave Dominus Nox.

    Comment by dorian | October 24, 2010 | Reply

  16. Just finished The First Heretic. Easily one of the best in the series ( up there with Legion and A Thousand Sons )
    Going to ask a question now but dont want to be seen as an ass, but in Ravens Flight by Gav Thorpe Corax and his company appear to be shot down in their thunderhawk and Corax has different equipment ( no jumppack a whip and a heavy bolter!? ) Now i like both interpretations of Corax ( Badass ) but i do prefer your rendition ( more in keeping with fluff ) Did yor book come first or his audio drama and was any cross-referencing done.
    God i’m an ass.

    On a final note, i love it in Soul Hunter when Talos headbuts the Blood Angel Sgt. Keep your bloody helmet on!

    Comment by A Reilly | October 26, 2010 | Reply

  17. according to hadith, one of the decievers(dajjal) that muhammad warned us/them/u/me/who ever, about was one eye will be sunken and the other protruding like a grape….nice how you worked that in there. when the demon came to lorgar in the caves, then also had him send his boys to the warp gellar field down to intiate the first possesions…i personnally love it when theoligical books surfaces in any form of work, nice job weaving a tail that could rival any that robert jordan could have spun.

    Comment by joshua envy | November 17, 2010 | Reply

  18. Hey Aaron,

    I just wanted to say thank you for an incredibly awesome time with “The First Heretic.” I had to write a term paper for my Literature seminar on Angels and Demons, so I chose the Horus Heresy. I was about to get started when I picked up your book and realized I needed to finish the whole thing before I got started, which was this afternoon… Anyway, yes, thanks again, it was an excellent Horus Heresy novel and I couldn’t have written as convincing a paper without it!

    Comment by Stephen | November 20, 2010 | Reply

  19. OK, so I’m a nerd. I don’t dispute that. I read the 40k books mostly because I dig Dan Abnett’s work. The rest ain’t so hot.

    But I’m about to close the cover on The First Heretic, and I wanted to tell you that it is without a doubt the finest Black Library book ever published. You have the hinge of the Horus Heresy swinging from both sides and it is glorious!

    Fine work, my friend! Enjoy your success, you deserve it!

    Comment by Daniel | November 20, 2010 | Reply

  20. Just had to let you know, after reading first Heretic and I am just about to finish up Soul Hunter… I have never been a fan of a Chaos Legion other then the Alpha Legion until reading your books. Keep up the wonderful work. Looking forward to more of your works.

    Comment by Marc | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  21. I saw your interview the other day. And I noticed your interest in writing a novel for the World Eaters. Do you think that the short story done with them would interfere with writing a whole novel on them. I ask because Graham McNeill also discussed writing a novel on a legion that apparently will have a short story now in Age of Darkness. It just seems that some legions will be covered very lightly.

    Comment by Charles | December 6, 2010 | Reply

  22. Where to begin? Its a strange thing to try to reflect on more than just the novel I burned through in one day, the First Heretic. The reason I start with that sentence is because I have played the Glorious Army of the Word Bearers since I was 14.

    I remember reading the White Dwarf Article, these Chaos Marines had *Chaplains*, and not only that, they had high invulnerable saves! Oh, and hey… I saw them in a Video Game… Chaos Gate.

    After that I was hooked. I built my first 1,500 points and its expanded into 6,000. I recall during the Eye of Terror Campaign fighting three dozen glorious battles for Chaos, in the name of the Word Bearers of course with the Dark Apostle Armigad at the head of the group, winning 32 of 36 games in favor of Chaos. (Mainly against Grey Knights too! Take that you loyalist wimps!)

    Now, what does this have to do with your book, The First Heretic? To be it has everything to do with it. I’ve loved the Word Bearers, and what little information they had on their Primarch for ten years. Ten years I’ve been glad to give of course. 🙂

    But you have certainly put a take on the Word Bearers which to me makes me feel all the more conflicted. I got First Heretic because I am a Word Bearer first, I have YET to read any of your other titles, though am now intent on doing so. What I expected to be a rather large, but routine look at the Fall of the Word Bearers, certainly became more.

    Lorgar, a figure I always had respect for, for very little reason mind you, has become questionable to me. His actions in the book had me swaying one way then the other with him, his own fall, through damning his own men, and his miserable excuses to himself, steeped in uncertainty over his treachery to those who would serve him, had me reading through with a grief for my Legion, for my marines. It sound strange, but even though I knew they’d fall, even though I knew the Word Bearers were arguably the most evil of the evil, it hurt to see their Primarch and Legion fall.

    Argel Tal’s story is all the more tragic. Especially how human you made him compared to so many other marines I’ve read. Even if his mannerisms are that of a marine, his mind is of that of a man. He is a decent, honorable man who wants nothing more than to serve his brothers and Legion, and serve his ‘father’. He is driven to Hell by the masters’ of his chapter. If any man did not deserve such a fate it was him. The last engagement between himself and Cyrene, another excellent character, had me in tears. And the end of the book? It was equally as grieving.

    I had intended to continue to paint after completing your book, but I found I could not. My pity for Argel Tal, Cyrene, and others was too great. Of all those who have fallen so far, Argel Tal certainly deserved a better fate than that which he received. But what is to become of him? Does he die in the Heresy, to receive some level of ‘peace’? Well, it wouldn’t be peace because of what has happened to him, he’d likely be pulled through the warp and tormented by demons until one bargained for his very soul from others… Or does he continue to live, and suffer with what he’s done and those he cared for, yet lost along the way?

    So, where does this leave me to finish?

    I want to thank you, personally Aaron, for writing a story worthy of the Legion, for writing a story worthy of being read, and for driving me through emotions as the characters interacted with one another.

    I honestly hope that you do another Word Bearers title, from the Heresy or in regular 40k.

    For now? I intended to purchase Soul Hunter. Even though I am not the biggest fan of the Sons of Konrad, you’ve impressed me enough to say that Night Lords be damned, I wish to see what you put them through.

    Best of luck in your future writings.


    Comment by Dylan | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  23. Hey there Aaron, I was just wondering about your short story “The Core” and where that fits in with the Soul Hunter Timeline. I assume its after Blood Reaver, but for all I know it could be after Throne of Lies (havnt bought it yet).

    Cheers, lindsey

    Comment by Lindsey | February 13, 2011 | Reply

  24. Hey there,

    Just finished “The First Heretic” and I must say – I’ve never read such a great depiction of hurt and betrayal in the series! And as you’re well aware – that’s a tall order!

    Just passing on my absolute joy of the book.

    Comment by Jye Smith | February 20, 2011 | Reply

  25. Aaron,

    I just finished ‘The First Heretic’ and am about 2/3 through ‘Soul Hunter’. At the risk of sounding pandering, thank you. I grew up on dark fantasy, and while the 40k universe has always fascinated me, I have found the majority of the published material to read more akin to adolescent fantasy than really solid dark fiction.

    You are a wonderful exception to the rule. Alongside Dan Abnett, the work you are putting out for the Black Library is just stunning and sits proudly on my book-shelves alongside my other favorite writes (Stephen King, Steven Erikson, Ian Esslemont).

    Please just continue to do what you love, and I guarantee there will be those of us happy to do our part to fund the endeavors.

    Comment by Robert Cochran | February 23, 2011 | Reply

  26. First heretic was beyond awesome, you Sir are a genius.

    It’s my favorite Horus Heresy book so far and that’s saying a lot!

    I actually read it in one day, I just couldn’t put it down. There where some extremely epic moments!

    Cheers, Daniel from Sweden.

    Comment by Daniel D | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  27. I read on your Ask the Author section over at the Bolthole that you want to do a long running Black Legion series? This would be neat, but why not a long running Night Lords series, ala more and more Talos!

    Comment by Lindsey | April 15, 2011 | Reply

  28. First time I’ve ever written something to an author I admire. Damn. First Heretic was just amazing to me, a step above the vast majority of Spare Marine fare. The humanity imbued into Argel Tal, into Lorgar, made them seem so much more alive than most attempts to render the Marines and the Primarchs. I almost feel sorry for all these loyalist Primarchs and their boring ‘paragon-ness’:)

    Please keep up the good work, and any time you wanted to put up a few posts about how you go about this whole writing malarkey (for those of us who still daydream about becoming authors ourselves, plus a little more insight into your head) feel free.Once more cheers, looking forward to more novelage in the future.

    Comment by Mukluk | April 15, 2011 | Reply

  29. ATTENTION Aaron / Mr. Dembski-bowden!

    please read my review of your Soul Reaver book so that you may bask in the praise I heap upon you ;>

    Reg. Soul Hunter –
    Excellent; so much better than you could hope for – a real Dan Abnett contender!

    I just reviewed my copy for Amazon uk as I do with all my Black Library books and Soul Hunter really stood out from the crowd!
    I was so pleased that there is already a sequel and I instantly bought it and while i’m waiting I am rereading FEAR THE ALIEN bridge short story by AAron.

    Comment by chris newton | May 31, 2011 | Reply

  30. I’m writing to inform you that your book, First Heretic, has been voted Best Roleplaying Game Novel of 2010 by our fans, and yours. You can see the full awards show on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/user/FourthdayUniverse. We wish to thank you for all your writing, and for keeping us entertained. We hope to read much more from you in the future.


    Stephen Monteith,
    Creator of Fourth-day Universe

    Comment by Stephen Monteith | June 6, 2011 | Reply

  31. Think you remember who I am, gave you quite a headache over at dakka a while ago.
    Read Blood Reaver with lets say a negative expectation buy boy was I wrong.
    You have outdone yourself and I was blown out of my socks, just wanted to be honest and tell it as it is, you were right, I was wrong.
    You are one of my favorite authors now and I just cant wait till the next thing you release is out for reading.

    The language used is perfect, it speaks of intellect contrary to the to-simplistic writing styles of to many other authors while at teh same time your knack for inventing new and shocking little things rivals that of Abnets. Granted, I still see to much bias there with much of the excitement being unnecessarily taken away by the guaranteed survival of the first claw members, knowing nothing will ever happen to them takes away some tension but I guess if you write about the adventures of your favorite small group things need to be in a certain way although Abnett kills of quite a few of his tightly knit ghosts and thereby creates a tremendously nail biting reading experience he has quite a few more characters to work with then you do.

    Well, just wanted to say that the book rocked as does your writing, there is always room for complaints in every work so dont take it as a bad thing since overall you rocketed through my wildest expectations and then some more. Be happy to know such talented authors like yourself are writing novels that I like to read.

    Comment by Pyriel | June 22, 2011 | Reply

  32. Hello Master Aaron I just finished reading the first Heretic for what seems to be the 5th time and I love your books especially helsreach as I love the black Templars, your interpretation of them is the best I have read!!
    But I did have a question on the first heretic when the word bearers are in the ruins of the perfect city all of the captains are called up. I was wondering why they didn’t call up the chapter masters I just don’t get the concept of the captains being higher than the masters because after the heresy the masters are in complete control. If you could help me understand the concept. Thanks in advance!

    Comment by Austin Wright | July 8, 2011 | Reply

  33. Just read through the interview section. It warms my heart to learn that you are a Faith no more fan 🙂

    Comment by Pontus | August 9, 2011 | Reply

  34. Hi Aaron
    just wanted to drop this message to say that Soul Hunter and Blood Reaver are the most Epic novels i have read. and i cant wait for the third installment. Becoming a Night Lords fan after Soul Hunter, i decided to paint Kurze as my second Primarch in the series of painting am working on, and though you would like to see it 😀


    hope you like it.

    and am really looking forward for Void Stalker 😀 cant wait

    Comment by ibrahem swaid | August 11, 2011 | Reply

  35. Dude… Thanks for turning what I thought was one of the ugliest, pussy traitor legions into the most awesome stuff. My friends and I agree… If you write it… It must be the shizzle

    Comment by Martin DeVold | August 29, 2011 | Reply

  36. Excellent novels, thankyou for reigniting and old fucks imagination through you wordmanship, I’m sure thats something like swordsmanship but with a heavier focus on vowels.

    Comment by Bigyin | September 3, 2011 | Reply

  37. Which book was your favorite to write? Which of your characters is your favorite? If given a choice, what would be number one on your wish list to write about?

    Comment by Adam R. Kramer | September 13, 2011 | Reply

  38. Hey Aaron, I just finished your two Night Lords novels and I loved them. I read blood reaver first as I picked it up on a whim to help me decide the flavour of the CSM army i’m painting.. Talos is an awesome character and I can’t wait for the third book. I’m an aspiring author myself, and I had an idea I wanted to submit to the Black Library. How’d you get started, did you just contact them with your idea and ask them what part of the background they needed fleshed out?

    Comment by Tim Roberts | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  39. Aaron,
    I met you at BEA in NYC in May and you gave me a signed copy of Soul Hunter. It’s a terrific read. I just finished Helsreach and it’s just as good. What I was especially impressed with was the real humanity of the characters, even the darkest ones. You made me feel for their plights, for their losses and their inability to stop bad things from happening. This is a dark universe you write about and you have brought small points of light to it’s ugliest patches. That’s an impressive skill and one that has me looking for more of your books. Thanks again for taking the time to talk with me at the conference and sign my book. All the best,

    Comment by Joe Lunievicz | October 14, 2011 | Reply

  40. when are you going to be in NYC man? I need to get my silver Aurelian signed, thought it came that way… Sigh, it’s cool, I’m a loyal fan of your work and I’m sure you’re getting this all the time, sooo, I’m not going to stress all the time LOL

    James Crichton aka HorusReborn on Heresy Online

    Comment by James Crichton | December 19, 2011 | Reply

  41. Hello Mr. Dembski-Bowden! I just wanted to take a second to say that I love your books, Ive read every one of them, a couple times lol. I know your a very busy man and all, but I also have a word press that Ive just recently started about modeling and painting. Itd be really really cool if you’d check it out and maybe give me your opinion on my work… It would literally mean the world to me, completely and totaly lol. Anyways, Id appreciate it alot. Thanks! Cory

    Comment by lepermessiah2012 | December 29, 2011 | Reply

  42. Make sure they make a Talos special character for the next Chaos codex!

    Comment by Caleb | January 6, 2012 | Reply

  43. Mr. Dembski-Bowden,

    Just wanted to drop a line to say how much I enjoyed Soul Hunter and Blood Reaver. Never been a huge sci-fi fan (not even sure if these books really fall into that category anyway, but… Either way, I am more of a sword and sorcery type, grew up on old school Conan books. Yah, I am an old fart.), and never heard of Warhammer anything before I picked up Soul Hunter. Let me just say that I don’t think I have ever before, with any other book, stopped as frequently to literally say out loud “Whoa, COOL!!!”… Can’t wait for the next Night Lords book. Nice… Job… Mike

    Comment by Mike | February 29, 2012 | Reply

  44. Hello Aaron,

    I just wanted to write and say thank you for the seminar you just gave at BL Live, and to apologise for asking the unanswerable ‘how does you take on Blood Angels differ’ question. Well, when I say apologise…I mean explain myself.
    After hearing you have tried a very many times to have a go at them and been turned down, I really wanted to hear your thoughts on how you might have done them. Having met Mr Swallow recently and not entirely agreed with his approach, I was doubly interested. I do appreciate it was perhaps a bit cheeky to ask that in that public seminar though…

    That said, I will be pushing the BL staff here as much as reasonable for yourself – and the Flesh Tearers for Mr Smillie, as I agree with you, he is awesome.

    Thanks for your time today, hope to hear from you. And it is suprisingly threatening to be told “I’ll get you.” even via Skype. 😉


    Comment by Howard Tee | March 3, 2012 | Reply

    • No sweat, dude. Next time our paths cross, I’ll get you a drink, and we can argue it out like the cultured fools we are.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | March 3, 2012 | Reply

      • Your too kind sir; fine beers and better conversation over the sons of sanguinius would be most awesome.

        I’m sad to discover there is no edit post function here though – having just got back from BL Live and re-read my hasty post….urgh.

        Comment by Howard | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  45. Hey Aaron i have a great idea for a Horus heresy book and i would like to give to you, is going to be crazy stuff, how i can send that to you?
    i could pm you on warseer but an email will be better i guess..

    Comment by Hernan (motley) rodriguez | March 21, 2012 | Reply

  46. This man is a GOD of 40K fiction. Everything he’s touched thus far has turned to gold. Please, PLEASE write MORE!

    Comment by Clay | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  47. Hello dear Aaron. I was wondering if you could perhaps do a small post about your wife´s chapter, the Shadow wolves? I just found out about this chapter and it seems very intersting with a final stand and a very cool looking armour. Anything would be great 🙂 I know with a baby and much writing (and a game or two at the computer) takes time so no hurry. But if you find time, I (and I guess many more) would love to hear more about the Shadow wolves. Btw, did she ever have time to finshed her army?

    Best regards Ulfast

    Comment by Ulfast | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  48. Hello Aaron, will we ever heard anything more about the prophet? It would be relay good to read more about him. Sorry for my english….

    Comment by Peter | September 11, 2012 | Reply

  49. Hey there Aaron. I just wanted to thank you for the multitude of Night Lords fiction you’ve written. I was wondering if there are any plans for some pre-heresy Night Lords stories. I want to know how Naraka earned his nickname.

    Comment by Todd | November 14, 2012 | Reply

  50. Hello Aaron,
    I really enjoyed all the night lords novels, thank you!
    Though the last one had some editing issues and inconsistencies but overall a brilliant arc and a nice change from Dan’s equally excellent work.

    I recently had to under go some operations after over 7 years of disability and like Variel’s fate I have mobility issues but while recovering I choose to read Dan Abnett (and your among others) Sabbat worlds as well as DA latest GG novel and some giant 2nd omnibus of the ultramarines but it was Void Walker which I choose first to tackle and relished the most, helping me get through those long painful days while recovering.

    Some thoughts I had while reading for your interest:
    The book really exploded at the end with the new prophet and I really hope you find away to extend the trilogy to a ??? (what the hell comes after tetralogy?)
    I would like you to expand on the horror aspects of the darkness and warp corruption which taints the Night Lords (at points it was like a clive barker novel!)…your short story in the Alien Fear the alien felt like a slasher film or like Alien 1 instead all the rest are more akin to aliens.
    Start a new book series about Eurydice & Coreth(names 4 those in the know lol) about their child and Variel and becoming a space marine etc. having good parents and evil masters, life as a refugee in the imperium etc. learning to be a pilot from his dad and also how to maintain his own stuff (4 once) and maybe having a 3rd eye (?!) and the prophet ability making him super powerful and messed up in the head lol Maybe he could have a best friend like Xarl but who is actually a warp taint demon who lives within him who isn’t nec. evil? (be great to have Golem like conversations and personality changes?
    OR new story following a navigator from birth, through the academies and the imperium of man only to be stranded before training is complete and have to make (her?) way across the galaxy, using the power for ruthless means, hiding it, developing it? Experimenting with the warp and maybe battling it?…..I have yet to come across this perspective of the 40K universe and while we seen Gods and Demons and Space marines and Chaos and even some eldar and even orks and Tau, Necrons, Tyranids and of course the imperial guard / inqusition /Adeptus Titanicus but what about the Adeptus Mechanicus or the navigator houses…surely there are some original and interesting stories waiting to be written by a talented chap like yourself?

    Oh well food for thought, keep up the good work! ;>



    Comment by chris newton | January 11, 2013 | Reply

  51. Hey Aaron,
    Kind of random but I wanted to let you know that I just recently stumbled across your Shadow Wolves and loved the look of them so much I immediately made two decisions.
    1. I’m going to have to give Helsreach a read.
    2. I’m going to have to include a Shadow Wolf in a special project of mine, if it’s cool with you.
    I recently got my hands on the Space Hulk 3rd edition and I’m working on making some custom Terminator figures to use with the game. I had decided to go with Deathwatch, because they loves killing them some Xenos and it gave me an excuse to get a bunch of different shoulder pads from various Chapters and use some of my favorites all together.

    Needless to say, your Shadow Wolves quickly made the list. I have a Space Wolves Terminator shoulder pad from Forge World that I’m waiting on, and with your blessing I’d love to paint it in Shadow Wolves purple and silver. I thought it was actually kind of fitting since the Shadows were overrun by Tyranids according to what I read – imagine if one of them happened to be off serving in the Deathwatch at the time this happened. Now he longs to join his brothers in glorious death taking Tyranids down with him, so I may just make him first squad Sergeant so that he’s at the forefront of things on every game of Space Hulk we play.

    Anyway I’d be more than honored if you or your wife wanted to give the good Sergeant his name, and I’ll shoot you a pic when I have him finished. Cheers!

    Comment by Brett | February 25, 2013 | Reply

  52. Hey Aaron, heard you will be writing a novel about the Emperor. Will this novel explain why the Emp did what he did, his reasons for his actions, the logic behind them, etc? You see, all the books in the HH series have done is propose that the Emp is either a complete and utter retarded idiot. So basically people state that the books make him incompetent.

    Make no mistake, I don’t mind the ambiguity about whether the Emp actually is acting to save humanity and may simply be a warmonger but all the things the HH books have done is make him(Emp) look idiotic

    Other sources such as the Horus heresy collected visions state that the Emp’s GC rescued worlds from alien oppression or obliterated worlds overwhelmed with Chaos or even was welcomed by worlds and helped them rise from the horrors of the age of strife and yet we are shown none of this. Instead the HH books make it seem that humanity survived the Age of strife just fine. What gives?

    Thanks for reading this(hopefully), take care and have a great year :-)!

    Comment by a curious 40k fan | March 10, 2013 | Reply

  53. Aaron, I have only one request, and after that I can finally be at the Emperors side: MAKE ANOTHER NIGHT LORDS TRILOGy!

    Comment by Attila | April 2, 2013 | Reply

  54. Hey Aaron! You ROCK!! Im a 40’s family man in the US who loves reading a good SCI-FI/FANTASY/HISTORY/MILITARY book. Back in 2004 I picked up a used copy of Hereticus by Mr. Abnett. OMfriggenG!!! Ive been hooked to Black library ever since! My top novels that I read over and over again are the Gaunts Ghosts series, Ravenors, Eisenhorns, Word Bearers, and my FAVORITE series…..THE NIGHT LORDS!!!
    I Love the way you write and HOPE that you continue to expand (the Night Lords especially) the WH40k universe with your incredible prose! I am not a very good writer myself so Ill make his brief and painless as possible. I was wondering if it is at all possible to get your autograph in any way shape or form? I wrote Dan A a few years back and he sent me great one that I keep laminated in my Esienhorn trilogy.
    Anyway, I am a huge fan and just thought Id ask, Please keep up the OUTSTANDING work my friend!
    Mike D

    Comment by Mikele Deziell | September 27, 2013 | Reply

  55. Hey Aaron,

    First of all, well done on writing the best books I have ever read. I have been a hardcore Horus Heresy fan from the very beginning of the series, I loved every book released but nothing hit me quite like The First Heretic. The depth of the characters was immense and it’s what made me love the book so much, I felt such connections and emotions while reading it! You also created without a doubt my favourite character in any book ever, Argel Tal. Just wow. I jumped at the sight of his name in every book after that, the pure excitement of hearing his story again. Now comes the point of this whole comment. I have just finished reading Betrayer, and as soon as I saw what had transcribed with him, I instantly felt the need to try to find a way to talk to you because I need to know more than anything, what of Argel Tal’s future? Events in the heresy are never as clear or as definite as they ever appear, I don’t want some kind of spoiler, I would just like some validation, some hope that this character can continue in some way. I have never done such a thing as contact an author like this but I have never felt the urge for a character more than I do now.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, I hope to hear something back soon, it would be hugely appreciated and would very much settle my mind!

    A huge fan,

    Comment by Reuben O'Sullivan | October 21, 2013 | Reply

  56. So I did a bit of thinking…and after I put out the fire it caused in my ill used brain I came up with the following. I see you have done work for White Wolf in the past. I like your work that I have read so far. White Wolf is now owned by CCP, the makers of EVE Online which I also like. Have you ever been asked to work with CCP/EVE Online or even thought about it? I may just squee like a school girl if you make some awesome sauce novel or ten for EVE.

    Comment by poeticpathetic | October 23, 2013 | Reply

  57. Dear Aaron,

    Loving “The Emperor’s Gift” so far. Quick question, just for speculation – do you think that Russ would have approved of Jarl Grimnar’s actions vis a vis The Inquisition after Armageddon? It’s interesting to contrast Russ’ actions and outlook in 30k with Grimnar’s in 40k. It seems that Russ himself (in going against Magnus and all of Prospero as unquestioningly and wholeheartedly as he did) behaved very much like a sort of proto-Grand Inquisitor. It seems that 10,000 years have written a bit of a role reversal and a bit of a change in institutional outlook among the wolves – or is there a certain consistency of character that I’m missing?

    Anyways, loving your work as always.

    Comment by Blue Ringed Cephalopod of Chaos | November 13, 2013 | Reply

  58. Hey Aaron,

    I just want to say thank you, even though my bank account dislikes you. Your writing in Helsreach, Emperor’s Gift, and The First Heretic is what has drawn me back into the hobby. I’m about to start Betrayer over the weekend. Keep up the good work and best wishes to you and your family.


    Comment by Eric McEntire | March 28, 2014 | Reply

  59. Mr Bowden…..your great!
    I really enjoy all your works but more particularly betrayer.
    Anywho, I heard a emir a while back about you writing a hh novel called master of mankind…. Can you confirm this and give me a rough release date?!!
    With thanks, sean

    Comment by Sean | April 2, 2014 | Reply

  60. Hey Aaron. I know you’ve done a lot with Night Lords, so I was wondering: do you think it’s possible to have plausible and compelling fluff for Loyalist Night Lords? I’m trying to pick a Legion for 30K, and while I can think of a idea of my own, I’d like to see what your input regarding loyalist Night Lords.
    Thank you

    Comment by David | November 8, 2015 | Reply

  61. Dear Aaron,

    if you’ll excuse the unexpected fanboy attack, there is something that I would like to share with you: After reading “The Talon of Horus”, it was instantly clear to me that I would need a model representing Lheorvine Ukris in my World Eaters army at some point, if only as a special guest star of sorts, and I managed to complete the model shortly before Christmas. It only seems appropriate to show it to you:


    Including a link here will probably send this comment straight to the spam cue, but anyway: Who dares wins 😉

    The model was based on your description of the character as well as the illustration included with the first edition of the novel, although I have to admit I made some small adjustments here and there. I really hope you like him, as Lheor was basically my favourite character from the book and managed to steal every scene he was in — how is it that your “Khornate” characters are always so very compelling when they should have no right to be? It was the same with Uzas and Angron, of all people, for instance. On a related note, it shouldn’t surprise you that I am more than happy that the XII legion finally has some narrative depth, mostly thanks to you!

    So thanks for the amazing books and all the inspiration! Have a great 2016 and keep doing what you’re doing!

    All the best,


    Comment by krautscientist | December 30, 2015 | Reply

  62. Dear Aaron,

    I have read all of your novels in both the Horus Heresey and Space Marine Battle Series. I just purchased your Night Lords Series, and after your tale of Sevatar, I look forward to them greatly. I am in fact writing og your tales in the Book “Armageddon” which included “Helsreach” and “Blood and Fire”. I loved Grimaldous, I truly enjoyed the way you wrote him. Frankly, I wish Blood and Fire was novel length, though I did enjoy this story immensely.

    I would look forward to a whole series following Grimaldous exploits to various crusades. He truly is amongst my favorite characters in the universe.

    Comment by Dave Olsen | February 5, 2016 | Reply

  63. Hey Aaron,
    I recently read betrayer. You are my favorite black library author.
    I was thinking about how the imperium tried to stop the world eaters from using the butchers nails, wouldn’t it be cool if they put some world Eater gene seed aside and made a second founding chapter that had no idea Angron was its primarch.

    Comment by Reuben Johnson | February 20, 2016 | Reply

  64. Hey there Mr. Bowden,

    After finally getting a chance to read Talon of Horus recently (absolutely cracking book, by the way), I knew that I wanted to take a crack at adding a heresy-era version of Khayon and Gyre to my burgeoning pre-Rubric-but-post-Prospero Thousand Sons army, and thought you might get a chuckle out of it:


    Keep up the fantastic work, and thanks so much for all the enjoyment your books have provided – Cheers!

    Comment by Mordian7th | April 23, 2016 | Reply

  65. Hi there buddy! I just decided to google you because you seemed amicable and stumbled upon a rant about writing in licensed fiction. It was old but it aged well, I have to say. Good reading.

    Quick favour to ask, since I’m here – when you next see anyone from the Black Library Authors Team, could you be a gem and punch them really hard in the face? I would appreciate it, because in telling me they didn’t have time to provide feedback they repeated the sentence twice, which implies they did in fact have the time to say something like – “Good but needs work.” or “It was a bit shit.” or “Don’t bother submitting anything again – your work reads like that of a dyslexic infant” or you know, just a mono-syllabic critique they could dredge from the depths of their godless soul to give a brother a fighting chance against the crushing rejection of an abiding love for the lore of a publishing house that puts out submission windows annually at best.

    So yeah, that would mean a lot to me. Love your work with the Grey Knights, The Emperors Gift puts me in mind of David Gemmell, which I hope you find as complimentary as intended. I am envious, truly. One day I’ll be like you, I’ll reach that hallowed height and I’ll owe you one. See? There’s something in it for you too.

    Also, a quick question if you find you have the time/inclination to answer – do you and your fellow authors in the 40k Hall of Heroes have calm, measured debate that leads to one of you coining a particular Chapter for a piece or do you go at it with replica chainswords until only one of you is left standing to claim it? If it’s not the latter, why not?

    Have a great day/week/life mate. Can’t wait for your next piece.

    Comment by Damian | May 4, 2016 | Reply

  66. Hey Aaron, I have a burning question for you. In your novel “betrayer”, where kharn and argel tal are discussing mercy, weakness and following orders… was this all your creation or a reworked quote from someone in time?

    I would really like to find out!


    Comment by Jesse Bronson | November 6, 2016 | Reply

  67. Aaron,
    no questions – just wanted to say thanks.

    You’ve got skills, brother…great skills.

    Thank you for the novels (especially ones with Space Wolves).


    Comment by Jon W. | November 30, 2016 | Reply

  68. Hey Mr. Dembski-Bowden,

    I think I have all your 30k and 40k books and short stories. They are brilliant. You are brilliant. I can’t wait for the next Black Legion novel.

    Will you be writing an eldar or dark eldar book or short story someday? I’m looking forward to the Black Legion rampage through Commoragh…even though Nefertari’s future death makes me cry.

    …on the inside…like a man.


    P.S. The Lion’s statement that “loyalty is it’s own reward” in Savage Weapons may be my favorite loyalist moment in the series. It really touched me, especially after watching so many of other marines and primarchs get corrupted. Somehow knowing the Lion and his legion’s dark fate made it even more powerful.

    Comment by mil09035 | December 15, 2016 | Reply

  69. Greetings, sire!

    I was wondering after reading the beautifully written Master of Mankind, whether the warriors of the Ten Thousand use bionics or any kind of limb replacement, or if the Emperor has preserved some tech that allows them to grow limbs back or similar things!

    Comment by ofterranbloodandmartianiron | January 15, 2017 | Reply

  70. Well Howdy, Aaron! I am behind these fortunate souls and am catching up on my Horus Heresy addiction, finally. Yeah, I work…..a lot. Anyhoo, I just finished reading your story, “The Long Night” from Eye of Terra. Dude, you are killing me. I frikkin HATE the Night Lords so bad……and here you go with your insane words and make me like Sevatar. It goes without saying…..nah screw it I’m saying it. Any author who can make a reader feel that way, turn around a like a totally despised character, well Sir, I raise my flagon to you and salute! Huzzah!


    Comment by Daniel Crisp | May 18, 2017 | Reply

  71. Hello mr bowden! i live in sweden and i’m completely addicted to your work! You are the best wh40k author by far! I have purchased everything possible but sadly some of your older books are unavailable in my country. is there a way for me to purchase what i miss from somewhere?

    Cant wait for Black legion part 3!

    Comment by christian albertson | September 4, 2017 | Reply

  72. G’day Aaron,

    I kind of sparked a discussion about the fates of certain non-Astartes Heresy era personnel.
    Eventually a character came up and the same question was posed: ‘Well, what happened to her?’.
    As the only World Eater enthusiast in my local community, I found no decent sparring partner to philosophize with about the fate of the shipmistress.
    So now I turn to you regarding the matter, seeing how you brilliantly portrayed Lotara Sarrin.
    Multiple theories float around out there, the most logical (and deserving) being that Lotara became the Conqueror (like the pilot of a Heldrake but with a Gloriana-class Battleship rather than a regular Astartes aircraft). Another being her own apotheosis into a Khornate Daemon Princess (which would be a bit over the top if you ask me, but an awesome excuse to kitbash around with the Valkia model). A third is of course an unfortunate demise, though to write off her death with a mere paragraph somewhere would be undeserving.

    Anyway. I’m leaving this thought bubble in your capable hands seeing how ultimately none but the author can actually have a say about the matter.
    Looking further to more XII Legion writing.

    Have my interpretation of Lotara and Lhorke for the tabletop.

    Comment by M.R.R. | September 20, 2017 | Reply

  73. Yo, ADB. Love your books, enjoyed bunches of ’em. I don’t do Facebook (I get why you do, just not my thing) but I just ran across your FB post on /r/40klore and want to say in solidarity, “Go fuck yourself,” too, you sack of racist, sexist shit. (in reference to: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1619359914792560&id=225662387495660 )

    Comment by keylaeris | October 11, 2017 | Reply

  74. Just finished “Black Legion.” Terrific book. Last time I wrote you I was working on my MFA in Fiction. My thesis was “Crafting Villains in Modern Literature.” I wish this series was around when I was working on it. I remember chatting with you on Bolter and Chainsword. You’ve definitely gotten better, and I cannot wait for more of your work. Kudos.

    Comment by DST | December 19, 2017 | Reply

  75. From when I used to collect books from Black Library (the only reason why I stopped was not because I no longer liked them but because I would have literally run out of space), you were and are my favourite author (apart from Gav Thorpe, Andy Chambers, Dan Abnett and several others). I now pose a question, if you were given a choice to use the immense creative ability at your disposal to contribute to the lore of another franchise, for example World of Warcraft (please be WOW), what would it be?

    Comment by Phil | October 11, 2018 | Reply

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