I’m baaaacccckkk…

Posted: July 11, 2014 in Fiction, The Black Library
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I’ve moved. I’m back in Yorkshire, and after a week of waiting I finally have the internet.

I’ll write something about the great relocation soon, but for now here’s notice of a bunch of Black Library stories I have out this week!

First up, Evil Sun Rising, a Red Suns Meks novella (those cheeky green tinkerers from Engine of Mork). Is this the longest ever Ork POV story? I think it just might be…

But wait! Uggrim and Snikgob’s adventures continue in ‘The Klaw of Mork’, the world’s only Ork audio drama (so far).

And we also have ‘Season of Shadows’, the first in a series of Black Templars stories I have been writing. Expect much more of these.

It’s raining Haley! Er, forget that. It sounds weird.

  1. tsuhelm says:

    In Yorkshire even in summer is often raining hail! 🙂

    I had planned to be back in York by now…stay in Argentina continues…

  2. redfox4242 says:

    I’m glad to see you’re back on the Internet. 😀 I missed you during your absence.

  3. Alex Walker says:

    Loved Season of Shadows. Brusc felt like a real Templar Knight in the 41st millennium. I don’t suppose you could tell us if some of those future Black Templars stories are novels, rather than only short stories?

    • guyhaley says:

      Thanks! I tried very hard to capture the religious and chivalric elements of the chapter. Of all the Space Marines, they are the true ‘warrior monks’ of the 41st millennium. It was trickier than I thought.

      There’ll be a number of stories of every conceivable length coming over the next couple of years. I’m not going to say yes to your question, but I’m not going to say no either…

  4. Chris S. says:

    Guy, I’m really liking Evil Sun Rising and The Klaw. Was impressed by Broken Sword as well. You’re rapidly becoming a favorite must read author. I hope to see more ork related adventures in the future, you really breathe them to life!

  5. captainparty says:

    Hi guy, enjoying Evil Sun Rising so far, one question though, why is Grukk called Face Eater in your book but Face Rippa everywhere else in the Red Waagh?

  6. captainparty says:

    Hi Guy, really enjoying Evil Sun Rising so far, just wondering, in your book, Grukk is called Grukk Face Eater, everywhere else, he’s called Face Rippa, is there any reason for this?

    • guyhaley says:

      Are you sure you want to know? It might kill the magic a bit….

      Here goes: When I wrote Evil Sun Rising, I was given an early version of the Sanctus Reach book. In that he was called Grukk Face-eater. His name will have been changed later in the production process (it’s the first I’ve heard him called that), by which time my own novella had probably already been printed.

      • captainparty says:

        I see! Well, I would guess a big scary Ork with his predilections would have many nicknames!

      • guyhaley says:

        The way I see it, ‘Face Rippa’ might well just be an alternative translation to ‘Face Eater’ from the original Orkish.

      • captainparty says:

        Well, I won’t let it distract me, just wondering if there was any reason beyond the design studio not telling you and your editors of changes they’d made!

  7. Hi Guy, have just read your latest novella, The Eternal Crusader, and wanted to say that I loved it. Your Black Templars feel and read the most distinct from other Astartes that they ever have. Especially liked the continuous repetition of “Praise be,” as it really gives them the sense of religious devotees (or fanatics, but the Templars still feel logical,) and feels really atmospheric. Also very much liked your quasi-hedonistic depiction of a Navigator, mansion-like chambers and army of concubines and all.

    The only thing that I thought odd is the depiction of chapter numbers. Helbrecht and the narration talk a lot about the Chapter only being “slightly” bigger than most, whereas all lore about the BTs depict them as having 5000-6000 marines spread across the galaxy. Has that changed or is Helbrecht simply referring to the aspects of the chapter under his command?

    Also in Chapter 3 Helbrecht mentions having been defeated by Trazyn the Infinite, but I remember it being Imotekh that bested him quite handily (Pun intended.) Is that another typo or a hint of further battles between Helbrecht and the Necrons?

    • guyhaley says:

      Morning! That was quick, it was only out yesterday 🙂 Thanks for the kind words. In answer to your query, the number of Black Templars has now become just over a thousand, sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s a change in the lore. In order to accommodate the older mentions I have their numbers being more flexible than that of other chapters, but not to such extremes as in the past.

      As for Trazyn, that’s my bad! I was thinking about him as a character for another story while I was writing this, must be narrative bleed-over. I’ve asked to see if it can be corrected.

      • Huh that is… interesting. Not really liking the idea that the Templars numbers have been decreased, it lessens their devotion and awesomeness in my opinion. Plus it doesn’t make sense how they could carry on as many Crusades as they do with reduced numbers. Might I ask where this change has originated, the new Space Marine Codex perhaps?

      • guyhaley says:

        Well, I understand it is a company decision, not the decision of the codex writers. They could just about manage that number of crusades, as some of them are very small, a squad or two. As you’ll discover later. I am writing a lot of Black Templar fiction, and that will be addressed in there. And personally I think it only increases their devotion – they’re trying to conquer the galaxy with a thousand men! Bear in mind too that they have only been explicitly stated to worship the Emperor as a god, the only chapter to do so, in the new codex. That makes them super awesome, and gives them a very individual character. The lore evolves over time.

        Have you read Only Blood, by the way? It and Season of Shadows make one longer story (Only Blood coming first).

      • Oh I agree that their outright worship of the God-Emperor gives them a nicely evolved character, though according to the Forge World books there is actually one other Chapter that does so as well (The Fire Angels). I like the larger numbers because it made them so much more powerful, plus the thought of 5000+ Black Templars kicking ass across the galaxy is a cool one.

        I have and quite enjoyed it. Osric’s upbeat attitude was amusing, and I liked the Sister’s speech on humanity’s equality before the Emperor. Personally Eternal Crusader is my favourite thus far of your BT works, since it delves into all the stuff that makes them unique in more detail. I especially liked Vosper and the nature of the Emperor’s Champions, made me think that perhaps the BT’s might have psykers after all, just a different kind of them. It did seem strange that a neophyte freshly elevated fought as well as Helbrecht, perhaps some kind of warp-gift fuelling it, or the Emperor’s will whatever you want to call it.

        That said I very much liked the confrontation between Brusc and the Daemon in Season of Shadows. The descent to him felt very creepy atmospherically, and the Daemon’s verbal back and forth with him felt almost like a medieval fable, the stalwart knight tempted by darkness and the knight resisting.

        I also thought calling the Space Wolf a heathen was funny. I don’t think Helbrecht would have said that to his face though.

      • guyhaley says:

        No, I don’t think he would!

      • guyhaley says:

        And Angels of Fire eh? I’ll have to check that out.

  8. JaredDM says:

    Just wanted to say you write Ork perspective so well! Engine of Mork and Evil Sun Rising both had me laughing and yet taking the Orks quite seriously all at the same time.

  9. Rhys V. says:

    Hey Guy,
    Is there any chance that Eternal Crusader and Season of Shadows will be collected in a physical format? Like, say, a nice pretty hardback…
    As an aside, I’ve recently read The Laurel of Defiance and The Death of Intergrity, and they were both excellent. I especially hope to see more from Lucretius Corvo in the near future.

  10. Max says:

    The only chapter to worship the Emperor as a god? Now I’m confused. 😦 I just read Blood and Fire by Dembski-Bowden, and in it we got this:

    ‘Blasphemy,’ said another Lion with an amused snort. ‘Blasphemy and lies, compelling enough to sound like truth to a society weary of their prayers going unanswered.’ The Lions nodded. I wondered how true that was, across the galaxy. The Emperor was immortal and mighty beyond reckoning. But he was no god. Mankind – in its blessed ignorance – worshipped him as one. Yet false gods cannot answer prayers. How tempting it must seem to those sects and societies far from Terra to seek other answers when pleading with the Emperor brings only silence.”

    Is their religiosity also a new thing, like their reduced numbers?

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