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The Wicked and the Damned

Warhammer Horror
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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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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A great start.

a wonderfully written and performed entry into the horror of the 41st millennium. keep going

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A fantastic foray into the horrors of the Imperium

Three very well constructed stories, tenuously connected by a narrative device that doesn't quite pay off. Even so, well worth a listen as the individual tales are extremely well crafted and deliciously horrible.

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Great Warhammer stories, lacking in horror.

Although fantastic stories, and marvellously read, for the most part the horror aspect is severely lacking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-2019

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
  • 01-04-2019

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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  • Quentin Westcott
  • 10-05-2019

Horror is still possible in universe at war

I love 40k, and have for decades. The setting is pretty horrific on it's own- plenty of unsettling elements or far far worse.

When I heard about this new venture I was hopeful, but unconvinced, because of what I'd already read in the book. However, this book was an incredible start to Warhammer Horror venture! The stories that I've read were inevitably broad scaled events, set in huge looming cities, with expansive themes, that could make or break planets.

Warhammer Horror took the 40k universe and made it intensely personal- distilling the setting down the experiences of one person, and it was fantastic. It did everything a good horror setting should- alienate the character, isolating them further and further as the situation gets worse.

An absolute must listen! Big thumbs up!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2019

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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  • Nicholas
  • 06-05-2019

3 great stories

3 amazing short stories that all come together. the ending was a bit easy to see coming but was still great. It's hard to make the 40k universe more horrifying then it already is, but it definitely worked. look forward to more.

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  • Jeremy E
  • 03-05-2019

first two stories are wonderful

I like a little dark in my #grimdark. this is a great start to the warhammer horror. it often felt a bit theater of the absurd, in a great Camus inspired way. strongly recommend.

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  • JenLCPLS
  • 25-04-2019

fin

it was good . i had fun listening to rge stories. the end oz a bit of a let down

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 22-04-2019

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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  • So Jung, Yoon
  • 14-04-2019

pretty good. well worth the credit.

not entirely scary though. lol

gruesome and more grim dark than usual, but that's just 40k for you! 😎🤓

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  • ODA doc
  • 12-04-2019

not my preferred Warhammer story.

I struggled to finish this story. Out of all the audio books that I have heard, this one left me wanting more. I think having the first person narration actually ruined a bit at the story. It seemed to miss vile aspects. I'm not entirely certain what it was missing, it just seemed not to grab me as many of the other stories have in the Warhammer 40,000 world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-2019

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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  • Iain Johnstone
  • 02-04-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-2019

Decent enough...not really horror though

If i was reviewing this as simply short stories then I'd say they we're decent enough 40k stories, but with the exception of the 2nd story, the horror aspect was a little lacking for me. That said, Doug Bradley brilliantly narrated the first story and the 2nd story had a decent horror feel to it. Overall, not a bad listen, but one that i could havr missed.

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  • 451
  • 20-05-2019

The Emperor's House of Horrors

I'm surprised Warhammer hasn't tapped the classic horror portmanteau to date, so it's pleasing to see its been done right. Much like Dead of Night or Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, the individual tales are held together by a framing story that will ultimately reveal the connection between them, and of course the reason for them being there.

The stories themselves are extremely good: predictable to be sure but a true pleasure to saviour. Leading the descent into madness is Doug Bradley, who brings the story of a Commissar struggling to do his duty to vivid and unforgettable life. Its a fascinating introduction to a new and rich seam of 40K and I'm excited to see where this will head. For those who are dreading the coming end of the Heresy series, here's hoping the Black Library will continue to develop this series for years to come.

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  • Justin Illusion
  • 17-05-2019

Almost the best Warhammer Book I've listened to.

The first two thirds and the framing story were great. Brilliant stories and performance.

Sadly the third story of this compilation of sorts was atrocious, despite the incredible job the VA did with the material.

Had to force myself through the last third, loved the rest.

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  • Josh
  • 09-05-2019

Grim dark and quite spooky

So I’d say the book is overall a 3.5, leaning forwards 4. The stories are nicely narrated and all loosely tied together. The first tale is excellent, the second quite spooky and the third wasn’t my cup of tea but objectively a reasonable story. I’d recommend the book which is a good, quick read if not a tad predicable. Am looking forward to seeing more of Warhammer Horror for sure.

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  • S. Howden
  • 29-04-2019

Good short story's

The first story was really good, probably my favourite warhammer short story, would have loved more of this character. the others couldn't match it but were passable. Performance was soild.