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The Wulfen

For Russ!

For Russ!

Anyone early-adopter who’s got to the end of Blood of Asaheim will notice a couple of adverts for more Space Wolfy (and Deathwatch-y) things right at the back. One of these is Wulfen, a short story featuring… well, probably best to read it before making your mind up on what it features, but the title is a fairly strong hint.

The Wulfen are a fascinating element of the 40K mythos, and a large chunk of what makes the Space Wolves so interesting for me. I’d written about an individual Blood Claw succumbing to the curse (or is it?) in Battle of the Fang, but I’d always wanted to write more about them, preferably in their own tale. To my mind, the Wulfen are more of a ‘horror’ concept than a straight SF or fantasy trope, and I think anything featuring them should have that vibe in it.

I had the pleasure of discussing this a bit with Dan Abnett at the recent BL Live seminar on the Wolves of Fenris. Dan made the point that the Wulfen, like so much about the Space Wolves and their origins, need to retain an air of mystery, of ambiguity and speculation. We should never have a definitive account of where they come from, what causes the change, and indeed what exactly it does to them. Like the werewolves of legend, the Wulfen should be forever just on the edge of the camp-fire, their eyes shining in the dark, never fully coming into the light.

Hopefully Wulfen captures this side to them, as well as also fleshing out one of the coolest stories from the Codex. It was originally penned for one of the event-only chapbooks, but with the release of its big brother it’s now emerged as a standalone e-story. I’ve added it to the 40K page – to anyone who gives it a try, hope you enjoy the read!

  1. TheSGC
    14 March, 2013 at 16:40

    Got the ebook a couple days ago. Loved the novel, definitely looking forward seeing Jarnhammar in action again…and we will be getting more, right? BL page says it’s a series?
    Is the Wulfen thing in the ebook version?

    • Chris Wraight
      14 March, 2013 at 16:43

      Thanks for the kind comments! I hope there’ll be more, but that depends (as ever) on how well BoA does. I’d certainly like to continue the story. As for Wulfen, that’s actually a separate download from the BL site. The link is here: http://bit.ly/10C1Olx

      • TheSGC
        14 March, 2013 at 17:39

        awesome thanks

  2. Liliedhe
    15 March, 2013 at 19:10

    And done. Very awesome. I think Damietta (what a nice name, is it a reference to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damietta ? Would be fitting, considering what happens in the story…) is missing something at the end… Because I don’t think the Wulfen merely wanted to silence the guardsmen, so I guess they won’t come for her.

    Also, is the big one who I think it is? If so, he is certainly unique in showing up in 40K. Twice.

  3. Graeme
    3 April, 2013 at 23:47

    Hey Chris. Just finished reading Kraken and must say its my favourite short story and the strongest space wolf fiction I have read so far (and that is praise indeed considering Battle of the Fang was nigh on perfect).

    Out of interest will you be producing more Space Wolf books as I really enjoy your writing style and feel you have nailed the feel of them (feels like a blend of what Dan did with Prospro Burns and William Kings earlier novels but more gritty and black humour).

    Keep up the good writing.

    • Chris Wraight
      5 April, 2013 at 11:05

      Hi Graeme! Thanks for this, and glad you enjoyed Kraken. My next Space Wolf book is Blood of Asaheim, which is out now in hardback (and ebook, I think), and will be along in paperback in a few months. If you pick it up, I hope you like that too!

  4. steven
    5 August, 2013 at 20:27

    Chris, I see that your serialized White Scars material is coming out soon. I’m looking forward to it. The caption is very intriguing.

    • Chris Wraight
      7 August, 2013 at 09:07

      Thanks Steven! Hope you enjoy. Really must find time to blog about this one…

  5. TheSGC
    7 August, 2013 at 22:34

    I’m sorry, I’m really disappointed with Scars.
    I mean, really. Tell me what happens to Torghun and Shiban NOW. I NEED TO KNOW. My very soul depends on it. Why, BL publishing authorities, why would you make it serialized??????????????

  6. TheSGC
    14 August, 2013 at 22:44

    Yay, part 2!

  7. TheSGC
    2 October, 2013 at 17:57

    So, appx how long will Scars be?

    • TheSGC
      2 October, 2013 at 18:03

      also, do you have the entire thing written, or do you write it as you go, on a generally week-by-week basis?

    • Chris Wraight
      10 October, 2013 at 14:46

      Hi. Scars is finished and currently heading off to the printers. I can’t tell you exactly how long it is, due to the final copy-editing still being done, but from memory the ms was about 105,000 words, which is more or less the HH average.

      • TheSGC
        14 October, 2013 at 17:56

        awesome stuff man, loving it so far

        • TheSGC
          16 October, 2013 at 19:52

          the upcoming primarch fight for next week is gunna be AWESOMMMMME

  8. TheSGC
    23 October, 2013 at 19:36

    Scars was awesome, awesome job. It ended too soon though :(. I daresay we’ll be seeing a sequel, whether in form of a full novel/novella/short story soon?

    • Chris Wraight
      24 October, 2013 at 12:34

      Ta! Cheers for the comment, and glad you enjoyed the read 🙂

      As for a sequel, I can’t say…

  9. Ty
    24 October, 2013 at 17:44

    Really enjoyed Blood of Asaheim. I’m curious what language you used for the base of the Space Wolf names. Did you study old Norse or any particular Nordic language?

    • Chris Wraight
      27 October, 2013 at 11:03

      Thanks, Ty. Glad you enjoyed. The Space Wolf names are a mix of old-school 40K-style names and Icelandic/Norse names from the sagas. They’re normally altered slightly to give a more Warhammer feel.

  10. dorian
    16 March, 2014 at 16:58

    Hello, Chris. Just finished reading BoA. I love it. The Rout are my favourite chapter and you write them so incredibly well. I was immediately sucked into the story. Man, now the looooooong wait for the paperback version of Stormcaller will be even more torturous.

    Great job, Chris!

    • Chris Wraight
      26 March, 2014 at 11:01

      Dorian: belatedly, many thanks for this! Glad you enjoyed, and appreciate you getting in touch.

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