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The Black Library is a section of BL Publishing, itself a division of Games Workshop, devoted to publishing novels, art books, background books, and graphic novels set in the Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 fictional universes.

The Games Workshop fiction publishing company took its name from a famous location in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, where the Craftworld known as the Black Library that was hidden in the Webway contains all the knowledge of the Aeldari species concerning Chaos and the foul Necrons.

Some of the Black Library's best known Warhammer 40,000 titles include the Gaunt's Ghosts and the Eisenhorn series of novels by Dan Abnett, The Horus Heresy series and the Gotrek and Felix series of novels set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe by William King and Nathan Long.


The Black Library was founded in April 1997 to publish INFERNO! magazine, a bi-monthly digest-sized anthology of short stories, comic strips and features from the Warhammer worlds. INFERNO!'s success spawned Warhammer Monthly comic books, and then from September 1999 a lengthy series of fantasy and science fiction novels. Their first art book, Inquis Exterminatus was published in May 1999. Black Library's catalogue now runs to well over two hundred titles, with a Warhammer or Warhammer Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 novel appearing every month.

In October 2003 BL Publishing started a sister imprint, Black Flame, which applied the same pulp styling to novels featuring New Line Cinema characters such as Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, and 2000 AD comics' Judge Dredd and others. In 2006, Black Flame produced the novel for the New Line Cinema's hit feature film Snakes on a Plane. In the summer of 2005 BL Publishing announced another fiction imprint, Solaris Books, that will publish original science fiction and fantasy.

Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy Novels


From 1997 to 2005, Black Library published INFERNO!, a magazine of short stories, artwork, and other features set in the various fictional universes of Games Workshop's fantasy and science fiction games. These initially included Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000, and Necromunda, and later added the Mordheim and Gorkamorka settings.

From 1998 to 2004, Black Library published the Warhammer Monthly comic book based on the Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000 fictional universes. The comics were republished as a series of trade paperback comics.

Black Library discontinued the two periodicals because their sales were meagre compared to their novels.

External links


  • Black Library Catalog
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