Whispers from the Warp
Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone for the positive response to my last blog post. Whilst writing it I worried that I was alone in my fascination for the subject, but it appears that I was wrong. Special thanks to Angel of Blood, who posted up additional information around the discoveries of Lorgar and the Lion. There’s more information than I had collated, and this might lead to a reappraisal of my discovery order.
This is a quick blog to bring you up to speed with some of the rumours of what is happening in the world of the Horus Heresy, information that has been made available through mostly unofficial channels, hence the title of the blog.
It would be remiss of me not to start with the special Black Library announcement due tomorrow (or today depending on when this is published and you read it!). Sat here waiting, it would be easy for me to say nothing, but I’m going to hazard a guess that this is the announcement of the Horus Heresy audio script book. This was mentioned at the Black Library Weekender and is due out around Christmas, so the timing fits. The script book will contain the following audio books;
- Raven’s Flight by Gav Thorpe
- Butcher’s Nails by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
- Dark King by Graham McNeill
- The Lightening Tower by Dan Abnett
- Garro: Oath of Moment by James Swallow
- Garro: Legion of One by James Swallow
To hedge my bets, it could also be an announcement of some new 10 minute audio dramas, which I believe will be available on download only. These were discussed at the Black Library Weekender, but I’m afraid in amongst all the hectic scribbling I may possibly have made an error with the titles. I certainly believe one will be called Warmaster, written by John French (of The Crimson Fist fame), and it goes without saying will feature Horus quite heavily! The other two will focus on the ‘shattered legions’, although I don’t believe this will be the title of either. These will be penned by Guy Haley and David Annandale, both Horus Heresy newcomers, and it will be interesting to see some new creative input into the series.
The ‘shattered legions’ denomination refers to the three Loyalist Legions that were ambushed at the Dropsite Massacre on Istvaan V, namely the Iron Hands, Salamanders and Raven Guard, so expect one or more of these legions to feature heavily. Of the three, I’m expecting to see the Iron Hands and Salamanders, partially because the Raven Guard have already received a lot of coverage in their own novels, but mostly because this was strongly hinted at by CZ Dunn (Author and Black Library Editor whose credits include the Age of Darkness anthology) on twitter. He also confirmed the recording of 4 new Horus Heresy audio dramas, which means a 4th one that I have no idea about (possibly one of the 2013 released included in my Black Library Weekender day 1 update here.
Next up, we have the customary Black Library advent calendar. This year, we’re being treated to a new short story each day. These stories are going to be set in all of the various worlds and timelines that Black Library cover, so as well as the Horus Heresy we will also get regular 40K, Warhammer and Time of Legends. Given the massive coverage of 40K novels, I would expect half of the 24 stories to be in that setting, so at best I hope to see 4 Horus Heresy shorts. As yet, we haven’t had one, but it can’t be long now. Another Black Library Editor, Graeme Lyon, tweeted that, “the Horus Heresy stories will be something a bit different and interesting…” and, “all the Heresy stories share a common link. They all deal with the consequences of a certain massacre”. The obvious guess would be Istvaan V, but there are numerous other possibilities (apparently there’s an abundance of massacres during the Horus Heresy). At £0.79 each, I’m sure these short stories will be popular! You can find them here.
It’s been a busy week on twitter! Whilst the Black Library website has remained tight lipped on when we can expect the next full length Horus Heresy novel, Betrayer by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, their twitter feed has confirmed it will be available for pre-order (in Hardback format) on the 7th December. I’ve already waxed lyrical (or at least, as lyrically as I can manage) about ADB’s previous Horus Heresy work, so it should come as no surprise to say I really am excited about this one! Betrayer follows on from Butcher’s Nails, and even has links to Battle for the Abyss, and is set running almost parallel to Know No Fear. We’re going to see Angron, Lorgar and their Legions destroying several (many?) of the worlds of Ultramar, the homeworld system controlled by the Ultramarines Legion. 40K fans should really like this one too as it will heavily feature Kharn, a senior captain of the World Eaters Legion, and no doubt explain why he became known as ‘the Betrayer’.
So that’s all of the Whispers from the Warp for this time. I’m sure I’ll be returning to this at some point in the future though!
Competitions and Book Share
The competition to win a signed copy of Dan Abnett’s Horus Rising Audio Book are now closed. I’ll be drawing the winner of this competition with Ben Curry later this week, so listen into the Bad Dice Daily podcast to find out if you’ve won. Lupercal!
I’d also like to plug something new I’ve started, the ‘Horus Heresy book share’. As I upgrade my collection of novels to the new hardback format, I will be giving the paperback versions to anyone who wants to read the series, provided they promise to hand it on once read. I’ve already started with False Gods, which will be heading to Ian Brown as soon as I find a suitable envelope. Next up I’ve got a copy of Galaxy in Flames that needs a new home, and this is available to send me a direct message on twitter with their address to post it to.
Well, that’s all from me folks. As ever, if you have any comments about anything I’ve written, please drop me a message on here or on twitter @Marcoos14
All the best,