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The Eightfold Path and Chris Fairbank

Posted in 40K, Horus Heresy, World Eaters with tags , , , on December 10, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

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Yesterday, a new short Horus Heresy audio drama I wrote was released – The Eightfold Path. It features everyone’s favourite blood-drenched berserker, Khârn, before he became ‘the Betrayer’ (and before he became the utter, utter psychopath we all know and love.)

It was great to once again write about Khârn – I really enjoy writing about him. He’s such an iconic character, and he’s been so well written by ADB, that it’s a real honour to step into his blood-drenched shoes. This one was a little different from Chosen of Khorne, set as it is during the Horus Heresy. It takes place just after the end of Betrayer, and shows a small glimpse into how the XII Legion, and specifically Khârn, are dealing with the ending of that (freakin’ rad) novel.

Once again, Khârn is read by the brilliant Chris Fairbank. Chris also voiced Kharn in Chosen of Khorne, as well as in Butcher’s Nails and Christian’s Trials of Azreal. The Germanic accent that Chris gave him is really chilling – I can’t read any of Khârn’s dialogue now without hearing that voice.

He's the Eightfold Path, don't ya know.

He’s the Eightfold Path, don’t ya know.

For those of you don’t instantly recognise the name Chris Fairbank (shame on you), I guarantee you already know him. He was in Tim Burton’s first Batman film (the guy at the start: “What are you?”), was in Alien 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (which I haven’t actually seen) and The 5th Element (” as well lots of TV (such as Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and games (he’s a voice actor in Fable 2 and the Killzone games), among many, many other credits. Check out his page on IMDB.

Seriously, he’s like a proper, grown-up actor. And he’s been reading words that I’ve written. And they’ve like, recorded them and everything. Yes, I’m geeking out a little about that. Image untitled

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Entering the Black Library

Posted in Horus Heresy, Word Bearers, World Eaters on August 27, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

So, I’ve been in the UK now for almost two weeks now. It’s been great catching up with old friends and family – even if it started off rather poorly with Australia losing the Ashes on the day I arrived in London. Hopefully that was just a coincidence. Stupid bloody game.

It feels a little odd being back in Nottingham. It’s been seven years since I was living here and was working in the Design Studio. Much has changed (trams, friends’ situations, my own attitudes to some things, etc) yet lots of remains much the same (friendships, chavs, the weather, etc). The best thing about being back is definitely seeing old mates and meeting the new little people many of them have spawned in the last half a dozen years. It’s wonderful, though all very grown up.

Robin is still wearing a poncy hat.

Robin is still wearing a poncy hat, it seems.

On Friday I ventured in to Games Workshop HQ (where I impressed by the Rhino in the carpark) and met up with my editor, Laurie Goulding. I’ve been working with Laurie for the last couple of years now, but never actually met him face to face, so it was great to finally sit down and chat with him. It was also great to see random old friends and colleagues passing by (although this did make our meeting much longer than intended – but Laurie was a good sport about that, thankfully).

Nom nom nom nom nom.

Nom nom nom nom nom.

SO… I’ve had a number of people asking me, either in person, on Facebook or on Twitter, about what I’ll be working on next, and what I have coming out in the foreseeable future. This is what Laurie and I spent much of our time chatting about, but unfortunately there’s not a whole hell of lot that I can actual tell to you lovely people, sadly. I’d love to spill the beans and tell you all about what Laurie and I were plotting, but, well, I’m not allowed to. What I can say (or at least, I hope I can and will not have a kill-team smashing the door in within minutes of my clicking ‘publish’) is this:

  • While I do intend to come back and write more 40K Word Bearers at some point – Vox Dominus really does leave things on a bit of a cliff-hanger, so needs a follow-up – it’s not gonna happen in the foreseeable near future. To be honest, I’m keen to write some other things for BL before coming back to Marduk.
  • Horus Heresy – yes, I’d love to do more writing for the Heresy. I really enjoyed writing Dark Heart (the Word Bearers short-story I penned for ‘Mark of Calth’), and while I can’t say much, but some more Heresy work IS on the cards. Nothing as grand as a full novel, mind, but something that I reckon is pretty neat. It’s a little daunting to think about writing for the Horus Heresy series, but it’s very, very exciting.
  • People have been really complimentary about my audio drama, Chosen of Khorne. I’d love to write more Kharn, as I’ve really taken a liking to the psychotic nut-bag. I’ve been pestering Laurie about getting to write more about Kharn – I will keep everyone posted about any developments there.
  • I’m working on pulling a new novel synopsis together, and all going well, am looking to get started on this new book in the next couple of months. It’s a 40K book. It’s got lots of Chaos in it. It’s not a follow-up to my Word Bearers work. More will be revealed when I get the green-light to speak more about it.
Kharn: 'You have a combi-melta, you moron, why are you throwing a helmet at them? Oh whatever... KILL! MAIM! BURN!'

Kharn: ‘You have a combi-melta, so… why are you throwing a helmet at them? Oh whatever… KILL! MAIM! BURN!’

That’s all a bit vague, I know. Sorry ’bout that, but I can’t really say much more at the moment. Right, I seem to have gone off rambling much more than I’d intended when I started this blog, so I’m gonna sign off now. Cheers all, and I hope everyone survived their Monday and has a good week.

And we have a winner!

Posted in Competition, World Eaters with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

There were some great entries into the competition I put up last week.

Matt’s suggestion of “A Pig” made me laugh the most, though Chris’s suggestion of Scout Sergeant Cyrus from Dawn of War II certainly made me chuckle (I played way too much of that game). I loved Boltorange’s idea of wanting to see Kharn take on the Skulltaker – I think there is definitely a story in that.

But there can be only one, and while I’ve deliberated back and forth, and loved all the entries… The winner is Gil Fuhr, with this suggestion:

“Lucius the Eternal! Not only because they make up 40K’s dichotomy of violence, but because they both have such personal tales of betrayal; so much in common & so different. And there is such backstory with Fabius Bile and Angron’s Legion wide implants. Then again, Fabius Bile would be a fun fight. What would his Rod of Torment feel like to Kharn?”

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Kharn vs Lucius, huh. I like it. You sir, are the winner! I’ll be in contact with you shortly!

Thanks to everyone who entered!