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Summary

A Warhammer Horror portmanteau.

Drawn together by mysterious circumstances, three strangers meet in the mists of a desolate cemetery world. As they relate their stories, the threads of fate are drawn around them, and destiny awaits.... 

Read it because: It's a classic horror portmanteau comprising three Warhammer 40,000 novellas, each with its own distinct feel - a ghost story, a monster saga and a psychological horror tale - that all draw together through the terrifying linking story.  

The story: On a misty cemetery world, three strangers are drawn together through mysterious circumstances. Each of them has a tale to tell of a narrow escape from death. Amid the toll of funerary bells and the creep and click of mortuary-servitors, the truth is confessed. But whose story can be trusted? Whose recollection is warped, even unto themselves? 

For these are strange stories of the uncanny, the irrational and the spine-chillingly frightening, where horrors abound and the dark depths of the human psyche is unearthed.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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One to watch...

“Warhammer horror” was something I saw on a Warhammer community post a while back that really caught my eye. As a huge horror book fan, and an avid Warhammer 40k player the concept excited me. The two world mesh so perfectly together when you consider how truest terrifying the 41st millennium truly is.

My recommendation is only pick this one up if you’re a true 40k fan who just loves being immersed in the world. It’s got some rough edges and a lot of stuff i’d change but it’s a true promising start to the venture that’ll hopefully lead to some really impressive stuff down the line. A successful step into the world of 40k horror from black library.

It took me a while to get into, I’m so used to the scale of 40k being focused on such big characters, battles, unbelievable numbers, sizes and scope that it was difficult, but refreshing to be given the perspective of some (relatively) inconsequential mortals. However I feel like this is also where it slipped up. It fell too easily (on the last story in particular) to the trope of this supposedly helpless and weak characters overcoming unbelievable odds in the face of horror. In a world where ridiculous 8ft tall power armoured supergene monster soldiers and regularly munched down by nasty space critters without so much as a second to swallow, it all felt a bit too forced to me. However this all makes sense come the end (no spoilers don’t worry), but it’s just odd that a setting that coins the term “grim dark” and consistently likes to show us how ultimately f**ked humanity is when facing the terrible things out there in the universe, and yet rarely shows it on an individual level.

The sense of TRUE horror just wasn’t there. It was too optimistic, had some lovely lovecraftian elements and often reminded me of something from a Blackwell or James if you’re a fan of horror, but didn’t have enough of that special depressiveness that I love about the 40k setting.

I did enjoy the listen but I’m more excited about what’s to come in the future.

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3 stories of horror and psychology and the first two are exciting the last one is more lackluster and brings down the overall experience

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simply amazing

interesting take on the grimdark universe that is actually grim and dark. audio is not well levelled in the interludes, but performance in the main chapters are captivating.

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Interesting start

I enjoyed the three short stories though they didn't quite hit the 'horror' mark. The stories had a nice Lovecraftian horror style to them which is a very fitting style for the 40k universe. Though the stories where a bit to on the nose to really pull of the style. In all they are good stories and an interesting start to the 40k horror setting.

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Fantastic set of three stories

Masterfully performed. Three really interesting stories woven together, full of twists and turns. Highly recommended.

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good stories let down by the end

the premise sets up in chaucerian/hyperion style,
first 2 of the 3 stories are really good, but the story gets let down by the last story and the overall ending.

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A genuinely good psychological horror collection

I initially thought that a 40k horror story collection would be a bit bonk considering we all know what's behind the curtain regarding lore and the grimdark genre. It was pleasantly surprising to experience some more cerebral takes on horror however - the first two stories really convey a great sense of paranoia in their characters and while not set in combat as per the typical 40k narratives, they manage to bring the inner turmoil and motives of the characters to bare.

Overall a nice change from the typical bolter porn of the black library.

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  • 09-04-21

brilliant performance but really poor story lines

The voice actors were brilliant. Fantastic production.

The story lines were...quite boring. I hate to say it but I found myself really struggling to get through some of the plots.

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Bradley & co are Great, but GW needed Barker

an easy listen, some interesting elements, but even to someone who's horror experience is action movies, and dates with a few goth chicks, its wrote in one key place which rather undermines its value as fiction religating it to 40k lore, and is obvious from the outset only the performance makes it better thank reading a wiki page on it

Its almost an audio drama, with each character given a distinct voice, and as a painting companion its adiquate, but the writing lets it down

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Good stories great narration

I enjoyed this but not as much as I had hoped, in particular I felt the second tale was the weakest but the narration saved it for me, saying that I liked the last tale but don’t like Richard Reeds as a narrator and yet again he left me cold and disappointed

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  • Dylan
  • 05-04-19

A Respectable Start for Warhammer Horror

When if first saw the announcement that Black Library would begin producing horror pieces I was immediately skeptical. Warhammer is known for being over-the-top action, for Space Marines who biologically know no fear, for immortal Stormcasts who are reforged upon death. These traits do not lend themselves strongly to horror. But I was pleasantly surprised to see the authors going in what I think was the correct path with these stories.

Each of the three stories in this audiobook are interesting narratives, and each tries to capture a different element of horror. I found the second story “The Woman in the Walls” to be notably frightening, and actually lost some sleep over it. The first story works better as a mystery or drama than as a traditional story. While the final story is more reminiscent of a classic monster tale, with its own very Warhammer twist.

Overall this was an excellent first entry in Warhammer Horror, only enhanced by excellent narration and the diverse and interesting stories.

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  • 28-09-20

Great

Great stories, great performance.
Could imagine it would be hard writing a horror story in a universe that is already so horrible, but they managed it well.
Especially the last story!

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  • Steve Ray
  • 07-05-20

Everything Just Gets Worse

But the Emperor protects!

At least, He protects all the people who deserve to be protected.

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  • Amazon-O
  • 16-01-20

Meandering and Long

If each story was condensed down to 10 minutes, it would would be excellent. As it is, it’s too long, and only the first story is ever actually fully resolved.

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  • A.Dix
  • 06-11-19

Amazing!

One of the best 40K stories written and performed! I can't wait for the future of this genre of Grimdark Horror!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-19

Warhammer 40k horror is great!

I loved this audiobook.
near the end I started to understand what was coming but it was still a blast all the way through.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 22-04-19

Loved it

I barely put it down after i startes, and enjoyed every minute of it

Now i dont usually do horror, as my mind is a fragile thing, so weather this makes my review an indorcement, or not is up to you
Or maybe just a reflection of my love of 40k

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  • Sid
  • 01-04-19

good psychological stories. not horror

hard to write horror in the 40K setting, which is inherently dystopian horror. the ending was predictable and unimaginative. three short stories. first is excellent. the second is okay. the third, the worst.

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  • Sean
  • 31-01-22

Good Horror, but a little bit predictable.

Found this to be a passable horror story. it had a tough task, as trying to bring horror to a long time 40k fan in the 40kverse is not easy, considering how jaded we all are. Of the three stories, I felt that each had at least one genuinely unsettling moment, with the third doing the best, and the second falling short most. Still, solid stories, lore compliant, and for the most part very clever.

Really, the only gripe I have is that the "twist" at the very end is visible from the end of the very first short story. Made it kind of an anticlimax, especially as the third story had an ending that was genuinely creepy. Then again, if you don't see it coming, would probably be pretty good.

Overall, a fun enough listen, but I have to hope other entries will do better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-22

Worth a read

It's was okay, it's split up with 3 different stories but I personally think that the last one was best overall. The reader did a great job!