If you have any questions about anything Josh has written, be it novel, short story, or something else, this is the place to ask it. Simply leave a comment below, and he’ll endeavour to answer it in a timely fashion. You can also ask him questions via a number of social media outlets, including, FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr.

That said, while he’s happy to answer any questions you might have about something he’s written, he cannot read your fan-fiction, unpublished novel or short story. He also won’t give you writing advice, put you in touch with his editor or introduce you to another author. Beyond that, go nuts.


  1. Can you read my fan-fi… Hang on. Two questions, good sir. One: what would you consider to be a good day, in terms of word count? Two: how do you come by so many wonderful writing opportunities? Do you have a system? That should get you started. : )

    1. I think it’ll get me started nicely, thank you. 🙂

      1) I aim to do 2000 words a day, per project, so usually between 4-6000 a day. If I’m only working on one project, I tend to aim for between 3000 and 5000. I consider anything over 2000 to be a good day, though.

      2) Luck, mostly. When you’ve worked with editors a few times, and they like your work, they’re more likely to give you a ring when they need a story. I also keep an eye on publishers I’m interested in working with, just in case they put out an open submission call. Too, checking out market resources like, Duotrope and is a good habit to get into.

      Hope that answered your questions!

      1. It did. Writing is such an isolated activity. It’s cool to find out how other writers do their thing. Follow up, question – if you will. Do you find it more motivating / easier to work on several projects at once or one at a time? Cheers. : )

      2. Depends on the project, usually. If it’s something that needs to be done in a fairly short time-frame, I work on it and ignore everything else. If I’ve got time, I prefer to work on multiple projects. I’m a bit of a workaholic, and working on more than one thing helps alleviate stress.

  2. How much research do you like to submerge yourself in when you write a book, such as ‘The Whitechapel Demon’?

    1. It depends on the project, really. For The Whitechapel Demon, for instance, I’d already done most of the research in the process of writing the Royal Occultist stories. In general, I like to make sure I have at least three or four project-appropriate reference books to hand, and the necessary web pages, online images, videos etc., bookmarked, just in case I need to refer to something (which I inevitably do).

      That said, sometimes I need to do some research on the fly, as an idea occurs to me, which is where a working internet connection comes in handy. You wouldn’t believe how long I spent looking up information about music in 1920s Britain for a few throwaway references…

  3. Hi there Mr Reynolds,

    You mentioned in an earlier blog post that Bernheimer’s Gun might the last short story in the Knights of Manann series. I really enjoyed the novel, and Dubnitz’s short stories – is there any chance of another novel?

    1. Hi Adam,

      It’s not likely, I’m afraid. Due to some things I’m not allowed to discuss quite yet, the likelihood of me writing any more stories or another novel is sadly slim to none. I’m glad you enjoyed the ones that managed to see the light of day, though. Of all of the stories I’ve written for BL, the Knights of Manann stories were the ones I enjoyed most.

  4. Hi there, Mr. Reynolds!

    The Return of Nagash was excellent! With that project complete, is there any chance of us seeing that final novel from The Blood of Nagash series?

    Also, I found Erikan Crowfiend from The Return of Nagash really interesting (Mannfred von Carstein and Arkhan the Black were awesome too)! Any chance of seeing more from him, or has his story come to a close?



    1. Hi Aaron!

      Glad you enjoyed Return of Nagash. Unfortunately, Blood Dragon will not be on the schedule anytime soon. Or ever, I’m afraid. Though, if you’re interested in knowing what the book might’ve looked like, story-wise, here’s a link where I discuss it (scroll down, second set of spoilers):

      And glad you liked Erikan! He was fun to write. You might see more of him (and Elize) along and along, but probably in no more than a cameo role, unfortunately. The Drakenhof Templars have played their part in the larger story, and now its time for other characters to step on stage…

  5. Hi, I’m a big fan of your writing and just had a quick question. I have to read a novel from a non-american author for a world lit class and I was wondering, since you write for Black Library which is lots of British authors, are you from Britain, America, or somewhere else even?

  6. Hi Josh, just discovered your work through the Return of Nagash and about to start your back catalogue (man you have a big back catalogue) and I was wondering how you got into freelance writing? How did you get your first job and how did it go from there?

    1. Hi Saren,

      It’s kind of a boring story. I needed extra money to make rent while in college, and I wrote a few short stories, submitted them to open markets I found in a Writer’s Market Guide or online, and sold ’em. Mostly Lovecraft pastiches or Twilight Zone-type horror stories-with-a-twist, which were, for me, fairly easy (and quick) to write. After that, I just sort of followed the money. I wrote a story, submitted it to places that offered the most money, and then worked my way down the market lists until it sold. Wash, rinse, repeat, ad nauseum. Along the way, I learned how to tweak a story for certain markets (if they seem to accept a lot of urban fantasy type stories, write an urban fantasy story) and how to craft a story to hit a particular editor’s sweet spot (if s/he has a blog, read it, get a feel for what they like then give them that), and then how to sell a story despite not doing either of those things (hint: it needs to be good. Took me awhile to figure that one out).

      Mostly, it was a trial and error, self-educational slog. Like I said, not very interesting. I hope that answered your question, though!

  7. Dear Josh,

    I just came across Whitechapel Demon and I LOVE it so much! How did you come up with the idea?! You really brought the story to life with Jack the Ripper and really tied it together with him feeding off the psychic’s ectoplasm, pretty much draining her life away from her and then BAM! Here comes St. Cyprian to the rescue! This is one of my all time favorite books and I’m so happy I found it just by browsing Amazon! I’m referring this to all of my friends and family. You are a seriously amazing author and I can’t wait to read more of your books!! Would you add me on Facebook so I can follow you?! Thank you for writing such an amazing book, I can’t put it down!

  8. Sorry it took me so long to reply, thank you! I finished it! Omg it was amazing! I’m hoping I have enough money to order “The Jade Suit of Death (funny how it’s only $3.99 but yet I’m worried about breaking the bank :P). I’m sure I’ll love it as much as I love “The Whitechapel Demon.” I can’t wait!!!

  9. Hello, Mr. Reynolds!

    I’ve just received my copy of the Jade Suit of Death and burned through it in one sitting. I honestly thought it might not live up to its predecessor- but I loved it! And as a reader who also dug your Dracula Lives! novel and was disappointed the sequel was scrapped, I loved that you seem to be bringing in “your” Dracula for the next follow-up.

    Just a question about the Royal Occultist series- is it meant to be fiction set in the “real” 1920s (well, you know what I mean) or does it fit more in the genre of an “alternate past” like the stories of Mr. Brass, Ulrich Popoca, etc.?



    1. Grant,

      Glad you enjoyed it! And as to your question–it’s meant to be the 1920s of Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster stories. So, fairly ‘real’, but places like Ruritania and Grand Fenwick exist, as do characters like Sherlock Holmes, etc. So not an alternate history per se.

      1. AH! Thanks for clarifying. That’s what I’d pretty much assumed, but given that St. Cyprian and Gallowglass don’t interact much with average types who HAVEN’T had a brush with the occult, I was afraid that the series was going to eventually turn out to be set in a sort of magicpunk universe where “magic is real” is taken pretty much as a given by the public, like in Hellboy or Susanna Clarke’s novel. (Come to think of it, St. Cyprian does have a book by Strange in his library…)

        Thanks again,


  10. Hi there. Really really digging your work. Ever since reading Gotterdammerung Gavotte, have been hooked on the Royal Occultist stories. Have tried to track down as many as I can. Thankfully you’ve been so kind in giving away freebies and the recent ‘Holidays’ bundle. Much appreciated.

    Also loved your story “Swine of Gerasene” in the Tales of the Shadowmen, vol.10. Really awesome work. Keep it up, good sir.

  11. Greetings Mr. Reynolds,

    A question about that other great series your known for…..when is the next Jim Anthony Super Detective due out? Soon I hope. I was also wondering if your Jim Anthony story from Tales of the Shadow Men will be available as a Kindle short in the future?


    1. Anthony,

      Regarding the first question, sometime soon, I believe. I’m not entirely certain what Pro Se Press’ schedule looks like, but I know the book has been edited and signed off on. As to the second question, not for the foreseeable future, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about.

  12. Hmm almost wish I hadn’t read the Blood Dragon spoilers…so damn good! And that was just the first third of the book. Such a shame it is in possible permanent limbo. Ever thought of changing the character names and publishing it outside the Black Library dominion? S.E. Hinton did that with a Dark Shadows project that got canceled (published as Hawkes Harbor). Just at thought…

  13. Hi Josh,

    I am working for Sandbox Interactive – the makers of the new MMO Albion Online.

    We want to develop our lore and write a novel about the medieval world of our game.

    As we are great fans of your previous work, I would like to get in touch to see if you may be interested in working with us on the above.


  14. Hi Josh,

    With the end of the “End of Times” novels, is there a possibility that the trilogy Blood of Nagash is finished with the third book of Absorah “Blood Dragon” ?. In my case I loved the previous books and the mention of Absorah in the ebook “The Lord of the End of Times” leaves open more questions about the fate of the founder of this bloodline.

    Thank you and congratulations for your work, it is always a pleasure to read your books.

    1. Carlos,

      I’m sorry to say that there will be no third book in the series. It has been indefinitely delayed, and will likely never be written, at least by me. I’m glad you enjoyed the others, however.

  15. Hi Josh,

    Quick question for you – what’s the name of the vessel featured in the beginning of “Lords of the Marsh”, as every instance of it has been redacted from my copy of Hammer & Bolter…

  16. Hey Mr. Reynolds! I was recently doing some reading on the Warhammer Fantasy End Times series for the Lizardmen and you apparently accredited with finishing the stories for Gor-rok and Nakai the Wanderer? Is this true? And if so what book do I need to buy so I can enjoy the ending of two of my favorite characters?

    This is the website that mentions it, last bullet on the Lizardmen section:

      1. Thank you so much. I know this may be a tad bit cheesy or annoying, but you taking the time to end their stories meant a lot to me. Provided some closure to get a cool little snippet about them, wish the Thanquol writer had been so kind!

        So thank you very much, I really appreciate it.

    1. Not really. If you’re already familiar with the WHFB universe, you should be good from the jump. My only real suggestions are to read Rob Sanders’ Archaon duology and Phil Kelly’s Sigmar’s Blood novella. Everything else is window-dressing.

  17. Hi Josh. I loved your short story “A Cask of Wynters” from the Gotrek and Felix anthology. A shame we’ll never get to read more Snorri stories. Anyway, there are some references that are (or seem) contradictory to me: the adventure happens in 2521, as it explains the brewery fell during the orc invasion the previous year that killed Marius Leitdorf, and the various Empire army books establish Leitdorf died in 2520.

    But when Snorri is thinking about Gotrek he reflects three years have passed since his disappearance in a tunnel in Sylvania. This happened at the beginning of “Giantslayer”. We know from the introduction of “Orcslayer” and various other references that nearly two decades have passed since they disappeared, and that they returned to the Old World around the Storm of Chaos, so 2521 or 2522, ¡the same time “A Cask of Wynters” happens! So there is no way Snorri has missed Gotrek just for three years. Also, he should have more than three nails in his head at this point, as “Shamanslayer” is at most 2 years away and there Snorri has dozens and dozens of them (in fact, in “Bloodforged”, Ulrika finds him in a tavern in Praag where he’s having more nails pounded in his head. “Bloodforged” happens some weeks after “Vampireslayer”, so even if we go by this three year gap you mention, he should definitely have more than three nails in his head. This is a minor issue, though).

    Now, I know there are three writers involved, a timeline that was never set in stone and the SoC is no longer canon (although the story is from 2012, the End Times wasn’t a thing yet…), but something seems definitely off.

    Can you give an explanation or it’s just an error? Thanks in advance and excuse me for the lengthy comment, I just love this series and love your contributions to it, and want just to make them compatible 😉

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. The explanation for those discrepancies is quite simple: I only had two books for reference when I wrote “A Cask of Wynters”–an old Empire army book (7th, or maybe 6th edition–I don’t recall) and Giantslayer. I hadn’t read any of Nathan Long’s G&F books yet (mainly because BL hadn’t sent them to me), was told to ignore the Ulrika books, and had around three days to write the story. So, basically I was working with what I had, and none of what I had implied that there were timeline issues.

      Or, if you prefer, Snorri is an unreliable narrator and probably has no idea what day it is, let alone how many years it’s been.

      1. Oh, I see. It’s quite a feat you actually managed to get most of it right, then! Thank you for being brutally honest, much appreciated.

      2. Was I brutally honest? If so, I apologize if I came across as unusually blunt. I enjoyed writing “A Cask of Wynters”, and I’m glad you enjoyed reading it.

  18. I just finished reading the first End Times Omnibus and I have to say Return of Nagash is one of my favorite Warhammer, and overall fantasy books of all time. Whilest reading it I fell in love with Erikan Crowfiend and I can’t find anything online about wheter or not he is/will be in any other books. I would like to know what happens to him. Does he die defending Sylvania or does he live his life as just a head Drakonhof with Elize? Also if he does appear in any other books could you please give me the names. Thank you for your time and keep up the absolutely fantastic writing my good sir.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Erikan and Elize appear (very) briefly in Lord of the End Times (which will be in the third End Times Omnibus, I think). They’re last seen riding towards La Maisontaal Abbey alongside the Red Duke and the surviving knights of Bretonnia, where they intend to join Abhorash and Gilles le Breton in defending the remaining populace of Bretonnia from the looming apocalypse.

  19. So if the Blood of Nagash series hadn’t been cancelled how were you going to deal with Vlad’s origins? In End Times Archaon he claimed to really be Vashanesh like in Liber Necris, but Vashanesh doesn’t appear in your story or the Rise of Nagash books and doesn’t really fit. I had always assumed Vlad made him up and Mannfred believed him.

    Was it Ankhat, maybe using Vashanesh as a fake name?

  20. Hello Josh! I’ve listened to one of your Audio-dramas, it is called the Master of the Hunt and I loved it! I just have one question, How do you pronounce the name of the planet upon which was the battle between the White Scars and the Doomrider, Shaka VI? Shaca VI? Chaka? Thanks in advance!

  21. Hi Josh, I am a bit more curious about the Master of the Hunt, your audio drama. You see, I am a wiki contributor of the Warhammer 40k wiki. I am interested in adding all the data, but it is much harder with the audio dramas since you don’t know how to pronounce it right. So the planet is Sha Kah, but how do you prounce the the name of the system in which the planet is? Thanks again!

  22. Josh, what was it like to work on the Gold Eagle books – I have “Murder Island” – I bought it in a Walmart in Toronto. Sadly, “Final Assault” was sitting there for months and I never picked it up but I know it’s still possible to get them on Amazon. I know Gold Eagle under Harlequin is now defunct…

    Do you mind telling the story about how it all worked out? The day-to-day aspect, I mean… I’m just curious how that type of writing life is like – did an agent help you secure the gig? Did you send in work on spec? I imagine there must have been a “cookbook” or “bible” you had to follow to keep in line with the Mack Bolan formula? How much leeway did you have? Was there a lot of back and forth with the editors? The short “Executioner” ones versus the longer “Mack Bolan” ones – how do you keep your story for “Murder Island” to the prescribed word count/page count? They all tend to be around 180 pp. How long did something like “Murder Island” take to do?

    This is an interesting realm of writing you just don’t hear about too much in places like Writer’s Digest. I know on line there’s some people who give a negative association to the Gold Eagle setup – I’m not looking for you to dish any dirt. I am genuinely interested in how that writing life might have been – I wanted to submit work for consideration to Gold Eagle because I live in Toronto before the Harlequin line was sold off by Torstar to Murdoch’s group.

    For instance, had the series continued, could a writer actually make a living writing Mack Bolan’s? Give or take? Was it flat fee? Did they pay advances? Did the stable of writers have to “compete” for books to be selected? What was the turnaround like from you being hired for say “Murder Island” and it actually hitting the bookstands?

    Hoping you can share some insight on this fascinating world of this type of “ghost writing” – I don’t know what else to call it – is there a more appropriate term? Much thanks for your blog. I love your writing style in the Bolan books. That’s all I’ve read so far by you.

    1. Well, it started easily enough. I don’t have an agent, but I knew another writer who’d submitted a proposal to them, and asked him if he wouldn’t mind passing along the contact information. He very kindly did, and I sent off a query letter, to see if they were hiring. They were, so I read a few of the books and then sent off a handful of pitches of around 250-300 words apiece for the Executioner series.

      After about four or five months, there was a turnover in that division, a new commissioning editor came in and contacted me, asking for a longer version of one of the pitches – a 1,000 words or so – which I whipped up and turned in. They accepted it, re-titled it Border Offensive, and sent me a contract and a series bible, which included all the basics – what sort of weapons Mack used, his associates, favourite books (Don Quixote), etc. Beyond making sure I kept to the basics, I had a fair amount of leeway in writing that book and the subsequent ones. There was no real back and forth, after a pitch was finalised. I really just needed to make sure Mack killed the bad guys and was never on the defensive for very long – he’s a wish fulfilment character in a lot of ways, so he needed to be the one driving the story, rather than simply reacting to the villains. The hard bit was keeping him from being too competent.

      As far as keeping to the word count, that’s easy – the books are around 50,000 words, and I just break them down into three acts of 15,000 words or so apiece, consisting of set-up, follow-through and reversal/climax. Within those 15K chunks, I tend to spitball various appropriate set pieces that I think might make for exciting moments, erring on the side of ‘rule of cool’. All told the four books I wrote – Border Offensive, Arctic Kill, Murder Island and Final Assault – each took around three weeks to write (2,000 + words a day/7 days a week = 1 15K ‘chunk’ per week), so about a little less than a month apiece.

      As far as I know, there were writers making a living at it, though they were all writing across the range, rather than sticking to one title. For me, it was a flat fee, with no royalties, paid in two instalments: one on acceptance, the second on completion. The money was pretty fair for three weeks work, in my opinion. By Murder Island, I was making more per book than when I started, and had actually signed a contract for five more books, of which only Final Assault got written, sadly. Though I got to keep the advance, which was nice.

      I was never in competition with anyone that I was aware of, though I did have a few pitches scrapped because they were too close in concept to stuff already in production. Turnaround from turn-in to hitting the stands varied book to book – Murder Island was about five months, I think. Some were less, others were more. The books were being slotted into a schedule, so they tended to go wherever there was an opening, and that dictated production times, somewhat.

      All told, I enjoyed working with Gold Eagle, and I’m sad it ended. The editors were professionals, and they treated me as a professional, both in terms of communication and payment. They were easy to work with, replied quickly, paid well, and sent me a Christmas card every year I worked with them. Which is about all you can ask, really.

      Hope that answered your question!

      1. thanks for your reply – that’s tremendous. What an amazing story. I’m a fan. You’re living the dream life I’m dreaming of! Am writing at nights while going to work in sales… wish I could be doing it full time I need to write faster. Your output is amazing – you’re a true pro. Thanks for taking the time to tell the story. Best wishes for continued, future success Josh! Wish I could write at “John Creasey” pace!

        Josh – do you dictate? write longhand? type directly? what’s a workday like for you? much thanks. How do you keep going if you feel bogged down – do you just churn the words and fix later? confident you’ll come up with better wording in editing? or do you have the acquired skill/talent that you’re mostly getting it right the first time?

        do you write out of order? out of sequence? I’ve found lately writing the last chapter first has been a big plus for me… e.g. a “destination” that’s real that I need to get to…

        much thanks!

      2. No problem! Happy to answer questions. I wish you luck in your own writing – it took me many years, and many graveyard shifts, to get to where I am now.

        I tend to type directly, for the most part, though I will do bits and pieces in longhand, if the mood strikes. I start work at 8:00 am and continue until 6:00 pm, with a thirty minute lunch break. On an average day, I’ll write 2,000 + words on my primary project before lunch,and then spend the afternoon working on my secondary and tertiary projects – usually a short story and a book pitch. In the evenings, I answer any emails that didn’t need an immediate reply, work on blog entries and other assorted scut work. I usually do this at least 6 days a week, every week.

        I just churn through any blockage. I can mostly get it right the first time, as my projects often have 6-8 week deadlines. It helps that I write out of sequence – if I get stuck at one point, I jump to another. I tend to write a random assemblage of scenes Monday-Friday, and work on the connective material over the weekend. Working out of sequence also helps me make word count quickly, and helps me get to grips with the characters and themes of the work more easily.

  23. Josh thanks – genius! I’m definitely writing out of sequence to keep the word count going – I need to plot out better and devise better outlines as the project I’m on now originally I thought would be tough to get to 64,000 target but now I’m at 60k and it’ll be 70,000 probably before all said and done – and there will be a book 2 to continue/finish the overall story arc — so I need to work on that!

    But I see from some of your posts that it’s something that’s sometimes just part of the game…

    I’ve just switched to scrivener and realize I like the workflow/environment. I was using ywriter6 by spacejock. Novel Factory seems good, too. I’m in Canada and it’s interesting the best novel software seems to be UK or Australian… Can’t type directly into Word. Seeing that big blank whitespace staring back at me…

    I really like your weekend idea to tie up loose ends/connect – that is a very structured, diligent approach and it’s really amazing you’ve figured out a good way for you to work. Thanks kindly for taking the time to answer these queries here.

    I played with Dragon dictation last summer – but found I’d get tongue tied and just sit there, waiting for words to come that never came! I compromised by writing longhand on my Samsung tablet, then dictating. Dragon’s accuracy is excellent, but there’s still revising that has to be done… It just felt like doing the same work all over again and again…

    I’m back to touch-typing directly into scrivener – that I’ve got synched via google drive to my desktop and laptop. So I can keep output seamlessly up to date, no matter where I am. I used to worry about losing work. I know some writers worry about the “cloud” but I find it reassuring. I’ve had hard-drives fail and it’s scary when you just have one little USB key for backup…

    And thanks for your encouragement. I’ve “favorited” your blog and look forward to reading your updates on your work and your anecdotes, etc.

    On good nights, I can do my 2,000 words in 3 or 3.5 hours… Sometimes faster if it’s a lot of dialogue. Some nights it’s a real struggle and I push myself to hit – I’m drinking too much caffeinated energy drinks. I’m a recovered alcoholic – I haven’t had a drop in over 18 months. My brain is working so much better sober and despite my wacky hours, my sleep has improved drastically. Caffeine and fiction are my only addictions now!

    Thanks for being so generous with your time and sharing your insights, your tips/tools of the trade.

    I like your craftsmanship/workman approach… I’ve read Steven Pressfield’s War of Art and while I originally was inspired by “romantic” notions of the writing life, I realize “going pro” is a much more fulfilling path.

    Thanks for sharing your “pro” insights!

    Happy writing – you’re a true inspiration. Thanks!

  24. Josh – Harlequin is still releasing Mack Bolan’s/Executioner’s mostly in kobo/ebooks format here in Canada… I saw the updated titles scheduled through dec 2017… maybe it’s still the titles they had already contracted… it’s now under Worldwide Library catalog…

    Omega Cult is March 2017 “Executioner”

    anyway, just a head’s up for you – in case they’re still somehow at it! cheers!

    There’s a chapters indigo store 6.8km from me that has one copy of “Final Assault” in store! hard copy! book odyssey! my chance!

    sadly “Arctic kill” is now kobo only.

  25. Big fan! Really enjoyed your work on the End Times in particular. The scenes with Vlad and Manfred were some of my favorite moments.

    Two quick questions/comments:

    1. What did Vlad’s message to Abhorash mean? Was it in reference to another book? (I really enjoyed the Blood of Nagash series btw).

    2. Just finished Black Rift. Excellent read. While I Have never really rooted, I found your characters really interesting. I was surprised to find myself actually hoping for Volundr and Anhur to succeed. I know Volundr popped up The Road of Blades. I was curious if we will ever see Anhur again?

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them.

      1. It’s a reference to the unfortunately cancelled third novel in the Blood of Nagash series. There would have been a point in it where Abhorash confronts the proto-Von Carsteins about certain matters, relating to power, duty, etc. Vlad’s message was me waving goodbye to that book, as I’d just been informed that it was cancelled.

      2. It’s possible, I suppose. I don’t have any plans for it at the moment, though. Anhur pretty much got the best ending he could, under the circumstances.

  26. I am working on a project for my high school Freshman English class where I have to choose an author to research and I chose you because i loved your work on The Lords Of Hellstone, and on Knight of The Shining Sun. I was wondering if you could email me at so I could ask you some questions.

    1. If you can’t email me here are my questions that i need to ask
      1. Where did you get your ideas for your book/characters.
      2. How long have you been writing?
      3. Has your work been turned into a film or a video game?
      4. What kind of people buy your books?
      5. What was your life like before you became an author?

      1. 1. Everywhere and anywhere, really. I do a lot of research, using various sources, and make notes on anything that catches my fancy.

        2. I took it up as a hobby in 2003. Professionally, since 2007. So little over a decade, all told.

        3. Nope. Came close, once or twice, but it hasn’t happened yet.

        4. All kinds, I assume. I’ve never really looked into the demographics, as such.

        5. I worked a variety of blue collar jobs – repairman, photo-technician, loading mail trucks, etc. I prefer writing, all told.

      1. Do you have an auto/biography? I need to do research and I can only find things like blogs. I just want to be thorough and get that A paper. I am a writer myself. And I have found that I get writers block easily? How do I lower the amount of times this happens? Thank you once again for replying to me.

      2. Other than the bio on my ‘About Me’ page on this site, nope. And working on multiple projects is what helps me with a block. When I get stuck, I just switch to another project for a little while.

  27. What place do the wood aelven ‘Wanderers’ have in the mortal realms? Did any survive the age of chaos besides those that fled to Azyr? How does Alarielle view them, and are any truly loyal? With the Everqueen in her current warlike aspect, can they/will they be forgiven and redeemed? Is there any mention, even in passing, of wood aelves in any the AoS books so far?

    I’m a long time fan of the Total War series just now discovering Warhammer and diving into tabletop wargaming with Age of Sigmar. I’m looking for some details to frame and help fill out the fluff I’m sketching out for my Wanderers army, but I really love the essentially endless storytelling possibilities of the mortal realms.

    1. That hasn’t been revealed yet, actually. We know that they’re *there*, we just don’t know what they’re up to yet. Some obviously did survive, in hiding, but as to how and where – it’s a mystery. We know that Alarielle doesn’t like them very much, though not why – it might simply be that she prefers the Sylvaneth, it might be that she blames them for something – again, its a mystery. There are mentions of them in the lore, but they’re few and far between, as yet. I don’t know that the Stormcast or the forces of Azyr have even encountered them – they’ve heard about them, but I don’t think they’ve actually *seen* them.

      That will change, but I don’t know when. I know we’re gradually being allowed to mention aelfs more, in the fiction, so that’s probably a sign that something is coming.

      Basically, it’s all a big mystery at the moment. In my opinion, the Wanderers will turn out to be the shattered remnants of the Aelfen kingdoms that *didn’t* make it to Azyr, and instead have been living a nomadic existence in the Mortal Realms. So while their kin have been safe in Azyr, they’ve been living rough, one step ahead of Chaos.

      Hope that helps answer your questions!

      1. Thanks! All this fits in with what I had in mind for my Wanderers. Having so much of the setting shrouded in myth and mystery is really part of what makes it so intriguing, and allows players’ imaginations to really go wild. I am excited though for more aelven (aelfin?) lore and background to be revealed, especially for my beloved wood aelves (aelfs? Is that the agreed upon spelling?).

        As for us knowing that Alarielle not liking them so much, is this mentioned in the books? I just finished listening to Wardens of the Everqueen and was a little disappointed to only hear about the humans who had once fought in Ghyran’s defense but no mention of any Aelves. I believe Alarielle is featured in part of the Ghal Maraz book right? Any other recommended reads for someone looking to learn more about the Everqueen?

  28. Hi Josh,

    I just wanted to leave quick comment to let you know that I just finished Plague Garden and it was a great read. I really enjoy the Steel Souls and hope you have many new adventures for them to go on.

    Also, I wanted to let you know that your novels have really got me into the Age of Sigmar setting and I am also looking forward to reading the Eight Lamentations series. I will be ordering Spear of Shadows when it goes up for pre-order and hope that the audience for AoS fiction continues to grow.

    Thanks for all the hard work!

  29. Hello, mr. Reynolds!
    I’m don’t understand one scene in the book “Kharn: Eater of the Worlds”
    When the World Eaters approached the Skalathrax, one of the Emperor Children’s ship (well, it’s captain, of course) said something like “Get out, it’s our world”. And looks like the Word Eaters attack it. But I not sure. Tell me, please:
    1) Are they really attack that ship?
    2) If so, what did the Emperor’s children?
    3) That ship’s captain was too brave or stupid to tell same words to World Eaters?
    4) Did she survived?

  30. Bonjour Josh (I’m from France),
    I want to start to read your book “Fabius Bile: Primogenitor”, but I have a little question to ask before.
    Well, I’m a very fan of the Emperor’s Children legion, but Fabius Bile appears into many books, novellas, etc… I think about, for example, “Red Fury” and “Black Tide”, “Lucius: The Faultless Blade”, and your stories of course : “Fabius Bile: Repairer of Ruins”, “Fabius Bile: Primogenitor”, “Fabius Bile: Clonelord”… Can you give me the exact chronology of those stories please ?

    1. Okay, lessee…it goes “Fabius Bile: Repairer of Ruin”, Talon of Horus, “The Howling Ship”, “A Memory of Tharsis”, Primogenitor, “Prodigal”, Clonelord, The Faultless Blade, and then the BA stuff. Hope that helps!

      1. Thank you so much for your answer Josh! Very complete. Can I ask the same question for Fulgrim’s chronology ? I’d like to know when is your next book “Fulgrim: The Palatine Phoenix” in the Horus Heresy series. Is it before all the books, novellas and audio dramas about the Emperor’s Children ?

  31. Hi Josh! How are you? A big fan of your work! I have just read your new novel — Fabius Bale: Clonelord. And it is awesome! But I have to wonder, is there more information regarding the Space Marines of the Red Scimitars Chapter? Founding? Name of the planet? War cry? I just love to discover new Space Marine Chapters, yet there is not much data concerning them. What I’ve understood is that they are a hybrid (made from a number of various gene-seed of different first founding chapters. Is Blood Angels is one of them? They are kind of poetic after all). And that they come from a Feral World. Their Captains are called Kings. Saha is a sergeant, I guess? Oh and they have some space-hooks on their ships like the World Eaters used to have.

    So is there is something more than that? Any other data would be really appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Hi Erik, glad you enjoyed it!

      As far as the Red Scimitars are concerned this is all the official lore there is:

      Blood Angels could well be one of their founders. I expect White Scars were one as well. I imagine them as coming from a feral world with a culture similar to that of the Sassanian Empire, if that helps. But that’s as far as I’ve gone with them, I’m afraid!

  32. Hello, mr. Reynolds!
    It’s me again and this time my questions are exactly for you.
    I finished to read your book “Fabius Bile: Primogenitor” and have a few questions now.
    1) That guy, who rule the broken planet. Is he Perpetual or just can reborn like all daemons?
    2) Fabius, why he is so brave? Sometimes he speaks with powerful warlord and with daemons like with stupid children, but it’s not so hard for them to kill him, if they will want to. Especially when he is on their territory.
    3) He have the recordings of music, written by Bequa Kynska, he helped to create Kakophonies, and they are sincerely respecting him. So, would it be correct – to count him one of them? Yes, I know, how ridiculous it sounds, but his love to music is the most conspicuous demonstration that he can to take pleasure of something sencitive.
    4) And if he have the recordings of music written by Bequa Kynska, can he have a Maraviglia’s notes or something more creepy – the Bequa’s corpse? You know, when the Marius Vairosean and others was collecting the musical instruments, he could saved the notes and takes the Bequa’s body. If so, he can have the most epic Slaaneshi music and priceless artefact for Kakophonies – the corpse of their creator. As you said in the book: he doesn’t like when something vanishes in vain.

    1. 1) Neither. The Chaos gods won’t let him die. He’s essentially the 40K analogue of Count Mordrek the Damned (

      2) Hubris. He’s not brave, so much as he’s too proud to back down. Too, he knows he’s too valuable for most warlords to kill out of hand. Also, he’s been killed before. That’s what the clones are for, after all.

      3) You could, certainly, if you wanted, but I don’t think so. There’s a difference between enjoying something, and giving yourself over to it completely.

      4) That is a distinct possibility.

  33. Hello (again) Josh,
    I also finished to read your book “Fabius Bile: Primogenitor”. Such an incredible book!
    I’d have a question about something that really interested me much in your book : you talk about a secret conclave where the captains and commanders of the Emperor’s Children meet : Kasperos Telmar, Eidolon, Lucius… Julius. I’m very interested in the character of Julius Kaesoron. Can you tell me a bit about him at this time of the history ? Does he have a warband ? Who follows him ? Is he already become a daemon prince of Slaanesh, like it is said in Chris Wraight’s novel “Wrath of Iron” ? But I guess “Wrath of Iron” is much later…

      1. Thank you very much for your short answer Josh. Such a mysterious character so… do you know when he became a daemon prince ? The moment of his ascension ? I didn’t find this information… It’s a bit strange to think that a space marine who became a daemon prince could meet again his brothers captains and commanders from the Legion in such a conclave… And except Kasperos Telmar, Eidolon, Lucius and Julius, can you give me other names of captains and commanders of the Emperor’s Children who were at this conclave ? Your Fabius Bile books are sooo interesting for the fluff!

  34. I don’t, unfortunately. I assumed it was either during, or just after the Heresy, but that was just a guess. And why is it strange? The Emperor’s Children, like the Death Guard, have a mutually beneficial relationship with the servants of their patron. They *like* daemons, and enjoy their company. To serve a daemon-prince is probably considered a pleasant experience.

    I cannot, sadly. I don’t actually know (I kept it vague both for IP reasons and because I’m very lazy), and I assume that it changes regularly. It would be all those Eidolon considers worthy of inclusion, but lacking in the influence to unseat him – so, the infamous war-leaders and commanders, with victories to their name, but little else. Warriors like Lucius, with his one ship and status as Slaanesh’s chosen, or those like Telmar, who have a fleet, but aren’t bright enough to be a long term threat.

    1. Ow, such a pity than you can’t say more about this conclave and the captains and commanders who meet there… I didn’t know that you could have problems with IP… ?
      Maybe one of them was Hellespon… ? In your book, there is the character of Merix, a former Hellespon’s squire. I have read that former captain Hellespon became Lord Commander. It’s a very important rank in the Third Legion, just behind Lord Commander Primus Eidolon, isn’t it ? I remember reading his name in the HH book “Fulgrim”, when he was captain of the ??th company. Unfortunately, I don’t know any other names of captains or commanders (maybe few daemon princes ?) of the Emperor’s Children who lived at the time of “Fabius Bile: Primogenitor” book… It’s pretty frustrating because I’m very interested in the EC fluff…
      BTW, do you plan to write another novel about Fabius Bile soon ?
      Sorry for all these questions Josh!

      1. Hellespon is dead, unfortunately. Killed by Eidolon. But he could well have been a member, prior to his death. One of the reasons I kept the membership vague was to allow folks to imagine whoever they wanted as a member.

        I should be working on the third book later this year, possibly. And no problem. I don’t mind answering questions!

  35. Heya Josh! Loved your work with the Eight Lamentations! I just wanted to ask, I noticed you keep mentioning Furnace Kings, and the figure in Auction of Blood seemed to be very much implied to be a Chaos Dwarf in secret. Is this foreshadowing of future Chaos Dwarf shenanigans and plots?

      1. Well I definitely appreciate the reference, those Chaos stunties don’t get enough love ahah, thanks for the reply and keep up the good work!

  36. Hello! This isn’t a question exactly, but as I don’t use social media much, I hope it’s OK to leave a comment here! I just wanted to thank you for your amazing work. I got into 40k a few years back through the Black Library, and recently started playing the game proper. I love your Fabius Bile series so much. You’ve created everything I ever hoped Fabius could be as a character, and I can’t wait for the next installment. Thanks again for the great stories and fantastic writing.

  37. Hello Mr. Reynolds! I just read The book Shield of Baal and loved it! I was wondering though, did you have any inspiration while writing your story? Something that lead to how the story was written, or is there nothing you can exactly remember?

    1. Honestly, I mostly just followed the game-book. Deathstorm is the narrative of the boxed set of the same name. I tweaked the characters a bit, and tried to make them distinct, and my inspiration for that was really the other Blood Angel books that BL had released previous. I read a good many of them to try and capture the ‘feel’ of the Chapter. Glad you enjoyed the story, though!

  38. Hello, mr. Reynolds! I have one more question about Fabius Bile. Why he didn’t grow the absolutely new body? Much better than his own, without any problems in the gene seed? It would better than to live in his ruined husk again and again.

      1. Thank you for your answer, but I wanted to ask why he didn’t grow the another’s body? Not his own clone but a something new, with another appearance, internal organs, bones or even another colour of skin?
        Sorry if you already asked it in the Clonelord. I read only the first book, in my country Warhammer is not translated, I’m buying the WH books in Russia and they are translated only the first your book.

  39. Heya matey.

    Just picking up your novels dealing with Nagash after finishing Mike Lee’s Time of Legends trilogy.

    I’ve seen the old blog post about what to read before book 1 of the end times but I’m wondering what to read afterwards to bring me up to date novel wise with Nagash, as you’ve wrote a good number more books on the subject.

    Thanks for your time.

    1. After the End Times stuff, it’s Age of Sigmar…so, I’d suggest reading Hammerhal and Other stories to get an understanding of the new status quo if you don’t know it, followed by, in order, Nagash: Undying King, Mortarch of Night, Lord of Undeath, Neferata: Mortarch of Blood, and then Soul Wars. I think that’s the Nagash storyline thus far.

      Oh and thanks for picking up the books! I appreciate it.

      1. Also a quick one, would reading The Lord of the End Times be beneficial, I’ve heard the big good guy necromancer is featured?

      2. Could be. Nagash is in it, as is Arkhan, Mannfred et al. and they’re all fairly major characters. It brings an end to their story in the Old World, for the most part.

      3. Right O. Just need source a hardback copy.
        Where Warhammer fantasy is concerned I’m really only interested in the tales of Nagash, and maybe the Skaven, I’m always rooting for the good guys.

        Will go away now and get the other books you’ve mentioned.

        Again, thanks Josh for taking the time.

      4. If you can’t find one, let me know. I might have one floating around somewhere that I can send you. And no worries. That’s why this page is here.

  40. Hi Josh; I’m trying to put the royal occultist chronology together with surprisingly good results…I have about 95% of it completed in one format or another. Anyway there are a few items I’m having a difficulty locating. “The Charnel Hounds”…Patreon Backer Story #5. Although I’m a current backer of yours I can’t find the story anywhere on Patreon….any suggestions? And your three novels..i.e., Whitechapel Demon, Jade Suit of Death, and Infernal Express…are very elusive. I finally found a used copy of Whitechapel Demon for under $100…most go for between $200-$400 on the secondary market. Jade Suit of Death is way out of reach right now, starting at $300…and Infernal Express is nowhere to be found. No one in the U.S. has them as ebooks anywhere…. they have disappeared….Any thoughts, suggestions? And if you can’t tell I’m a HUGE fan of the Royal Occultist. I hope he’s around for awhile….Cheers…Gary

      1. Thanks Josh! Hope you can get them back into print. If not, serializing them would be great!

  41. Hello Josh, I have been and player/fan of Necrons since I first started 40K, Trazyn in particular. I really enjoyed seeing my favorite character in Clonelord. I also really enjoyed how you brought the undead “to life” in your WHFB and AoS novels. Do you know if I will have any more Necron content to look forward to in the near future?

  42. Hello, I enjoy your work, just wondering if we’ll be getting Eight Lamentations: War Claw in paperback at some point?

  43. Hi Josh,

    I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed both Primogenitor and Clone Lord recently. I love the characters you’ve created, Arrian and Igori in particular. Looking forward to reading more of this series as you write them.

    Basically, keep up the good work!

  44. Mister Reynolds,

    Just finished Clonelord and Primogenitor back to back and “wozer, Bozwer!” would scarcely begin to cover my admiration for your work. To actually make me feel sympathy for a grizzled old monster like Bile? To humanize abominations like Khorag, Arrian, Igori, and even Oleander? Not to mention fleshing out being suchs as Trazyn and Veilwalker in ways that so much of the BL books have not.

    This is Chaos! You’re not supposed to DO THAT, you madman!

    Far more than that, to create a brilliant pair of stories with philosophical themes that never feel forced or haphazard. Biles’ intentions, his flaws, his hopes and his fears… I could gush for pages, but clearly the word count won’t allow for that. So all I will say is that I am waiting on tender-hooks, waiting for the next installment to Fabius Biles’ saga, and rest assured there are thousands of fellow Gland-Hounds like myself doing the same.

    Bravo, Primo. Bravo.

  45. Hi Josh,

    I’ve read Lord of the End Times multiple times, it’s a great send-off. In particular I enjoyed the character of Canto Unsworn, he was a very unique and all around fascinating guy. Just picked up Road of Skulls and was pleasantly surprised to see him again.

    Does Canto appear in any other stories besides the two above?


      1. Ah, that is a major bummer.

        For what it’s worth, I hope that tortoise is still looking.


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