The Wicked and the Damned

Warhammer Horror
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (305 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 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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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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Everything Just Gets Worse

But the Emperor protects!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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really good idea but the storyline was rather unappealing, nice try though
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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-19

One to watch...

“Warhammer horror” was something I saw on a Warhammer community post a while back that really caught my eye. As a huge horror book fan, and an avid Warhammer 40k player the concept excited me. The two world mesh so perfectly together when you consider how truest terrifying the 41st millennium truly is.

My recommendation is only pick this one up if you’re a true 40k fan who just loves being immersed in the world. It’s got some rough edges and a lot of stuff i’d change but it’s a true promising start to the venture that’ll hopefully lead to some really impressive stuff down the line. A successful step into the world of 40k horror from black library.

It took me a while to get into, I’m so used to the scale of 40k being focused on such big characters, battles, unbelievable numbers, sizes and scope that it was difficult, but refreshing to be given the perspective of some (relatively) inconsequential mortals. However I feel like this is also where it slipped up. It fell too easily (on the last story in particular) to the trope of this supposedly helpless and weak characters overcoming unbelievable odds in the face of horror. In a world where ridiculous 8ft tall power armoured supergene monster soldiers and regularly munched down by nasty space critters without so much as a second to swallow, it all felt a bit too forced to me. However this all makes sense come the end (no spoilers don’t worry), but it’s just odd that a setting that coins the term “grim dark” and consistently likes to show us how ultimately f**ked humanity is when facing the terrible things out there in the universe, and yet rarely shows it on an individual level.

The sense of TRUE horror just wasn’t there. It was too optimistic, had some lovely lovecraftian elements and often reminded me of something from a Blackwell or James if you’re a fan of horror, but didn’t have enough of that special depressiveness that I love about the 40k setting.

I did enjoy the listen but I’m more excited about what’s to come in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-19

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
  • 04-02-19

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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  • charon
  • 01-16-20

Good start to the series

Good stories, and the series has great potential. As others have said, you probably need to be pretty familiar with the world of 40K to get the most out of these

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  • Cassiesaurus
  • 01-06-20

I was hesitant but wow

Exceptional. I was a little wary about how well horror would work in the Warhammer universe since it's already just a horrifying place day to day, but every aspect of this was chilling and perfect. The performanc of the narrators is also peerless, can't recommend this enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-19

A Spooky good time

My first real look at the new Warhammer horror books and I have I say I was very happy.
Seeing “normal” people dealing with the things that go on in this universe was very interesting.
I’m excited to see what comes next

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-19

Outstanding

Made sci-fi real, shades of Alien in terms of building fear and tension. Highly recommended

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  • Matthew walker
  • 09-11-19

Amazing stories

The stories themselves where fantastic but the voice actors where annoying and didn't do the characters justice at one point I was confused if a character was male or female

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  • jack cf
  • 09-01-19

Thoroughly gripping

The narrator's did amazing work. I loved how they conveyed the feel of the characters. The stories were amazing and I look forward to more warhammer horror.

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  • alan
  • 08-22-19

Great Read

loved the stories. a big fan of the universe and to hear how bad things can get gives a new appreciation to what they can face

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  • Borchard
  • 04-13-19

A great start.

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

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  • Scott
  • 08-06-19

I love 40k but this missed the mark on Horror

These 4 stories were entertaining though the characters were too unlikable to feel invested in their plights. Also the horror they face is too overt. It's easy enough to read between the lines and see what's really going on and for this reason the confusion our characters experience isn't tranfered to the reader and we don't end up with anything scary when it's easily explainable. I think 40k horror should focus on the unknowable horrors of the 40k universe rather than the things that simply kill. The final story touches on this but the character is already a heretic when we start the story so he only further sinks into the arms of Chaos. The fact that all of the characters must be present for the final story kind of takes some of the fear away that they may not make it in their own arcs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-19

something different

some of the story lacked excitement. need more clarity to the ending. but the narration was really good

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  • Chris
  • 05-21-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-19

Great Warhammer stories, lacking in horror.

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