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The House of Night and Chain

Warhammer Horror
Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer Horror novel.  

An Astra Militarum colonel, broken by war and loss, returns to his childhood home to take up the mantle of Planetary Governor - but horrors await in the House of Malveil that will make his experiences of war seem like child's play.... 

Listen to it because: Haunted house stories are a staple of the horror genre. In a grim, dark future where much worse things than ghosts can anchor themselves to reality, a haunted house can do more than just scare you…  

The story: In a bleak corner of the city of Valgaast, the House of Malveil awaits. A place of darkness, its halls throb with a sinister history. Its rooms are filled with malice. Its walls echo with pain. Now it stirs eagerly with the approach of an old heir - Colonel Maeson Strock of the Astra Militarum has returned home to his ancestral mansion. He is a man broken, both by the horrors of war and by personal loss, and he has come home to take up the mantle of Planetary Governor. He hopes he can purge his home world of political corruption and reforge connections with his estranged children. He hopes he can rebuild his life.   

Malveil will feast on these dreams. Strock believes he has seen the worst of the galaxy’s horrors. Malveil will show him how wrong he is.  

Written by David Annandale. 

Running Time 7 hours 51 minutes.

Narrated by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart.

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

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  • ClothingMonster
  • 01-11-2019

Got so into it!

Really loved this book. The writing is super cool and the narration is great. Perfect creepiness for the Halloween holiday.

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  • James S
  • 09-02-2020

Decent

So the story was decent, a good horror narrative. Yet the narrator was not the typical Black Library standard. He mispronounced crucial things, lacked emphasis on important parts, and generally I had to work to pay attention to the story as it tended to meld together into background noise at the slightest distraction. Disappointing considering the importance of subject as it helps us understand what happens on some of the million worlds of the Imperium.

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  • Jack Aubry
  • 30-01-2020

Excellent addition to the collection

This was one of the first true Warhammer Horror books that GW has produced that was not a rehash of some older authors work “I.e. sad copy of masque of the red death renamed” a re-release of some 80s novel (those were good, but hardly original) or did not just come out and say what the horrific creature (or chaos god) was involved. This actually captured the fear of the unknown, even at the end you are questioning what was going on and what was the outcome. Excellent read.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 09-01-2020

To predictable

I dont usually read horror, as I generally dont gele well with horror media in general, so im no expert, but the story in this book is to predictable for my tastes. Except for 1 or 2 small twists i could almost see where the story was going the whole time. I guess there is a sense of cosmic horror in that "no matter what you do, the end will be the same" kinda thing, and the base story is entertaining, but ultimately forgettable

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  • jontelw98
  • 15-12-2019

Best Horror Book Ive Read

Ive never left a review before but this is one of the best horror books ive read and it beeing set in the warhammer universe is just a bonus

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-2019

A surprisingly strong horror story

The tone of this book, like several people have mentioned does come off like The Haunting of Hill House, but it really nails a creepy atmosphere and a strong story. The protagonists loss of reality twists how the story comes off, and it leaves the listener questioning what really happens until the end! A great listen.

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  • Taylor
  • 04-12-2019

Great story; bad performance

This is a great story, but I’m just not a fan of the narrator. He does a decent job for the main character, but every other character was awfully done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2019

Intriguing than terrifying

This book scared me. I had some hope but I should have cast that aside. The narrator does an excellent job of performing this book and making you feel terrified by the end.

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  • Maxwell J Oss
  • 05-11-2019

It’s good

If you like things like house on haunted hill or Hell house you’ll find it enjoyable but can’t recommend it for every horror fan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-11-2019

Great horror story

David Annandale brings a Lovecraftian vibe to the 40k universe with his tale of a descent into madness brought about by the machinations of a daemonic house.

Brilliantly narrated by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart who manages to capture the essence of each character perfectly.

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  • Mr. Kyle Hutcheson
  • 24-02-2020

Too long

I enjoyed this but, at times, it was like wading through treacle. These sorts of stories should be audiodrama rather than audiobook, with multiple actors playing the multiple parts. Having the same person (sometimes badly) doing different accents for different characters is sometimes jarring and laughable and cringe-inducing and great all at the same time. Have females playing the female parts and males playing the male parts-even two actors would be able to do it, but having a man trying to portray a female's voice then suddenly cut to a male's voice then a different male's voice with a different accent then a different female with a different accent from any of the previous voices is very distracting.

The story itself drags on way too long and could very easily have been a short story or even novella. The characterization is excellent, though, and the slip into insanity is well written, though the ending is telegraphed long before it arrives-a bit like an episode of the 70s TV show Tales Of The Patently Obvious.

Overall it was good, but it would have been better with multiple voice actors, and shorter.

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  • Chris
  • 22-11-2019

My favourite Warhammer Horror novel to date!

VERY GOOD! Creepy. Brutal. Twisted! My favourite Warhammer Horror novel to date! GIVE. ME. MORE!

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  • Edgar
  • 07-11-2019

Not bad but not great

Book is solid but just nothing special, vocal range of the reader is too small

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  • Matthew walker
  • 04-11-2019

Good story

The story was fantastic but the performance from duglad bruce-lockhart was bland and drab in my opinion

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