Cover by Ignacio Bazan-Lazcano
Recently I’ve been listening to a host of audiobooks on Amazon’s Audible service. I’ve enjoyed Craig Davidson’s The Saturday Night Ghost Club, Martha Wells’ All Systems Red, Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim, and the first two volumes of S.K. Dunstall’s terrific Linesman trilogy. But the best one so far, an audio drama that kept me absolutely riveted for four days, was Dan Abnett’s Warhammer 40,000 novel The Magos, narrated by the great Toby Longworth. Half story collection, half novel, that damn thing absolutely transported me to into a future of superstition, terror, and dark sorcery.
Naturally, it also spurred my interest in the career of Dan Abnett. He’s written dozens of Warhammer 40,000 books, including 16 novels in the Gaunt’s Ghost military adventure series, the Eisenhorn and Ravenor Inquisitor trilogies, several novels in the bestselling Horus Heresy series, and others.
During that time he’s produced numerous short stories set in the war-torn galaxy of the 41st millenium. And now Black Library has issued Lord of the Dark Millennium: The Dan Abnett Collection, a massive 668-page hardcover containing all of his Warhammer 40K short fiction. It’s a gorgeous feast of a book, continuing 37 stories and a brand new introduction. Some of them, including “Regia Occulta,” “The Curiosity,” and “Thorn Wishes Talon,” are some of my favorite science fiction stories of the past two decades.
Lord of the Dark Millennium: The Dan Abnett Collection was published by Black Library on January 21, 2020. It is 668 pages, priced at $27 in hardcover and $16.99 in digital formats. The cover is by Ignacio Bazan-Lazcano. Get the complete details — and download free digital samples — at the Black Library website.