As many of you know, I recently wrote a novella for Privateer Press called Instruments of War, set in the universe of the Warmachine/Hordes universe. It was pretty good, and I had a lot of fun writing it.
While I was writing IoW I mentioned to Privateer Press that there were some other really good authors that I was friends with, who I also played Warmachine with. So I introduced them. One of these authors was Dan Wells, who many of you know from his I Am Not A Serial Killer series and Partials.
So Dan, who is known for writing thrillers about sociopaths and psychopaths and murderers was asked to write a novel about a famous character called the Butcher. Appropriate. 🙂
The thing is, I got to read the rough draft of this novella, and I’ll be honest, it totally blew me away. Honestly I think this is one of the best stories I’ve ever read. Not game fiction, any fiction. Dan took a character that could have been one dimensional, Mr. Ax to the Face, Psycho Kill Machine, and made him real, amazing, interesting, tragic, and still utterly freaking murder nuts.
For those of you not familiar with the Warmachine universe, this is a really good one to jump in with. It is set in a place that’s not too weird (compared to the torture/pain/murder world I got to write with the Skorne). Think of it as magic steampunk Imperial Russia and you’ve got Khador.
Trust me on this one. This story rocks.