The Wicked and the Damned
A chilling mosaic novel by masters of their craft.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.

The Wicked and the Damned Details

TitleThe Wicked and the Damned
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 2nd, 2019
PublisherWarhammer Horror
ISBN-139781784969394
Rating
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Science Fiction

The Wicked and the Damned Review

  • Nicole Woodward
    January 1, 1970
    I did enjoy this but unfortunately like the Maledictions short story collection, it linked a lot to 4k warhammer universe, which I haven't read. So I think it would have enjoyed it more if I had read some of those books first.However, fantasy and war isn't my thing. I much prefer classic horror but this wasn't that at all. It was nice to branch out into something different but ultimately it wasn't my cup of tea.I liked how this book was set out, three separate stories which kind of linked togeth I did enjoy this but unfortunately like the Maledictions short story collection, it linked a lot to 4k warhammer universe, which I haven't read. So I think it would have enjoyed it more if I had read some of those books first.However, fantasy and war isn't my thing. I much prefer classic horror but this wasn't that at all. It was nice to branch out into something different but ultimately it wasn't my cup of tea.I liked how this book was set out, three separate stories which kind of linked together at the end.If you've read some of the books from the 40k universe I think you will like this but if you're looking for some classic horror, I don't think this will do it for you.
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  • Tepintzin
    January 1, 1970
    What a disappointment! I was looking forward to the Warhammer Horror line, but wondered how it could be any more horror-esque than the normal 40k. In 40k I've encountered weird stories (The Strange Demise of Titus Endor) ghost stories (The Killing Ground) and zombies (anything with Papa Nurgle and his crew).The stories are decent, particularly "The Beast in the Trenches" but it was ....nothing special. They were all very average 40k tales.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Three stories, interconnected briefly - the first had a nice style akin to Poe's telltale heart, but the ruthlessness of the character felt gratuitous, same with the violence of the second story, though it did set it up for a chilling haunting-type tale. But it was edge third that really caught me, an everyman in the grimdark world of 40k, swept up in a profession he does not feel fit for and a duty so distant from him that still again and again imposes its destiny... This was the most real and Three stories, interconnected briefly - the first had a nice style akin to Poe's telltale heart, but the ruthlessness of the character felt gratuitous, same with the violence of the second story, though it did set it up for a chilling haunting-type tale. But it was edge third that really caught me, an everyman in the grimdark world of 40k, swept up in a profession he does not feel fit for and a duty so distant from him that still again and again imposes its destiny... This was the most real and haunting character, struggling with the flaws and failings and human needs for security and love and the madness that comes when you're just a cog in a relentless machine. This story was worth the book, for me.
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  • Darkcharade
    January 1, 1970
    So a priest, a soldier, and a commissar walk into a cemetery.....no really! This may sound like the opening of a joke but this is actually one of the flagship novels in the new Warhammer horror universe and if you are anything like me you have be anticipating this for awhile. I will try and keep my review light on spoilers but be forewarned. The novel features three characters meeting on a cemetery world with no knowledge of each other, how they got there, or even why they are there. This is a So a priest, a soldier, and a commissar walk into a cemetery.....no really! This may sound like the opening of a joke but this is actually one of the flagship novels in the new Warhammer horror universe and if you are anything like me you have be anticipating this for awhile. I will try and keep my review light on spoilers but be forewarned. The novel features three characters meeting on a cemetery world with no knowledge of each other, how they got there, or even why they are there. This is all a pretense to introduce 3 short stories in the universe. Each takes a turn telling their story so that they might piece together why they are there. The stories are...The commissar chases a phantom enemy hiding among his troopsThe soldier is haunted by a recently deceased rivalThe priest struggles with his faith and self identity when confronted with an unholy horrorRight off the bat this will be a tough sell for varied readers. While all within the horror genre they each represent very different sub-genres namely slasher, lovecraftish horror, and supernatural haunting. For the most part the stories pull it offProsFast pacedeasy to follow (few events and characters) engrossingtruly horrific in some casesConsThe ending sufferssince it is fast paced it is easy to miss fast sequencesThe writing is cramped and breaks are few (no chapters or page breaks)So the pros are pretty self explanatory. I liked the stories. The soldiers was the best followed by the priest and last the commissars. I looked forward to this for so long because the Warhammer universe is just perfect for the genre. Sure there's great action but just the basic elements of the universe lends itself to any type of horror and even has made showings in other novels like Eisenhorn's. The cons come from a design aspect. The ending twist was lackluster and lazy. Vague endings leave it to the reader to fill in and there are cases where this may work, but this isn't it. I for one didn't see the twist coming. This is entirely because I expected more from it than this "simple" tie together. The commissars tie makes sense the others.... I mean I can fill it in but they're less direct and the more you try to find the "jump off" point (i.e. the point where the characters imagine endings instead of what actually happened) the more you come to the realization that... well... yea this can work but then really ANY story can be tied in and it ends up being lazy. I said this was due to design because each story is penned by a different author. What likely happened is each was had notional ideas of their stories and told Josh the basics and he wrote it in vaguely so that no matter what it would work. This could have been solved by having just a basic 4th character come in and perform some sort of investigative wrap up so that you the reader could know the story and not feel as cheated. All that being said though I still like it. The tie in issue is small relative to the rest of the novel. Each story is roughly a third of the book so this over arcing connection takes up all of like 10 pages. This is a good opening for the universe and I would recommend it for cross over horror warhammer fans.
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  • Jennifer Bosier
    January 1, 1970
    Greatly enjoyed this collection. Horror fits so well within the WH40k universe that the horror line felt like a natural next step. Unfortunately the book comes out with a bang with the fantastic "Beast in the Trenches," but the rest of the stories never quite reach that level of enjoyment. They're good, but not great, which wouldn't be so bad had the first story not been so far beyond the rest.
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  • Andrew Bass
    January 1, 1970
    I like that Warhammer is branching into a "new" genre, what they are calling "Warhammer Horror." Of course, the entire Warhammer universe is already pretty horrible. So it's not a huge departure. But I enjoyed the story. Basically three separate tales that tie together in the end. If you are looking for heroes, look elsewhere.
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