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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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GW's foray into horror?

The meeting of strangers was a great concept to start most horror tropes. In this foray by gamesworkshop three such strangers meet on an eerie world, each with their own story to tell. An imperial guard commisar, a commander, and a priest meet and try to decide what twist of fate had brought them together... before it's too late. The one thing, if anything that got me hooked on this was the concept of horror. warhammer 40k is rife with tales that can be horrific of told in a horror slant. this the conglomeration of authors have pulled off really well. the second piece of this audio drama is just that. the drama. the voice acting is unlike anything I've ever heard. well acted. well voiced. for hours the tales spun held me as I drove on in my roadtrip. lastly was story. the stories seemed like normal warhammer fare yet gone are the grandiose theatres of war, space marines, and foul xenos. replacing them are horror elements slotted into 40k skin. a bit clumsily at times the authors did well enough to keep my interest as I drove. but there seems to be a bit more room needed to flesh out the story(s). maybe an epilogue? final words that would wrap up the trinity of terrible tales? I would recommend this to any warhammer 40k fan if you are looking for a different take on our favorite universe.

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Dark Trio of Tales

I am not a Warhammer 40K fan. I was led to this book searching in the Horror genre on Audible. There is little in this book that would qualify as frightening (or even very creepy).."Horror" is subjective. The three short stories within definitely would qualify as "dark", however, and the gore is striking. This book has three strangers show up on a mysterious mortuary world (the planet Silence)..each bewildered character has a strange story on how they wound up there. It's a tried and true vehicle to bring together three short stories and it works here, too. The Warhammer universe provides an interesting backdrop, but isn't integral to the episodes. The first story is a very good paranormal possession mystery, the second has startling imagery and a veangeful ghost, and the third is a fairly decent 'found derelict spacecraft' tale with a horrific monster. The ending is too abrupt, unfortunately - an epilogue would have been more satisfying. Still, pretty good. The performances from Doug Bradley, Richard Reed, Emma Gregory, and John Banks are professional and enjoyable. Doug Bradley is particularly impressive - great accents. This compilation is worth 4 stars out of 5, though it might be disappointing for a Warhammer fan looking for battle descriptions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-05

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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  • Sid
  • 2019-04-01

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-28

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
  • 2020-05-07

Everything Just Gets Worse

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

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  • Jeremy S Walker
  • 2020-03-12

worth the listen

good story, i only gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because the sound levels can be distracting between whispers amd screaming.

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  • Skerfrigma
  • 2020-03-05

Half the book is good.

The book starts out good but I felt the stories got weaker as the book went on. I wanted to like this one more but and would recommend the first and second story to most people but the final one was kind of dull and the repeated dialogue annoyed me more then build dread. The books wrap around story was weak and i remember thinking by chapter 3 wouldnt it be dumb if it ended that way... it didn't make a lot of sense with the 40k universe.

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  • Amazon-O
  • 2020-01-16

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
  • 2019-11-06

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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  • Kaitlyn
  • 2019-09-15

Bored in the 41st Millenium

I was anticipating the horror of a cold necron advance, the terror of the dark gods minions warping an imperium populace, or a detailed tyranid invasion. Instead I got an incredibly slow story about imperial guard. After wasting three hours bored about a guardsmen losing his marbles, I turned it off.

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  • Los
  • 2019-08-15

pretty ok

It was interesting to see 40k from this angle, the gritty problens of humans and not fantastical transhuman gods of war. My only complaint is just how predictable it all was. The narrator's were ON POINT, some parts of the 2nd story really communicated pure DREAD. Loved it.