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A Warhammer Horror audio drama On a world cut off from the Imperium, towering spires are lashed by endless rain. As citizens flee from the drowning city, a sadistic Imperial interrogator seeks a lowly data-drone with a terrible secret. But when disaster strikes, the pair must rely on each other for survival as the Watcher in the Rain awaits them. LISTEN TO IT BECAUSE Hear a w A Warhammer Horror audio drama On a world cut off from the Imperium, towering spires are lashed by endless rain. As citizens flee from the drowning city, a sadistic Imperial interrogator seeks a lowly data-drone with a terrible secret. But when disaster strikes, the pair must rely on each other for survival as the Watcher in the Rain awaits them. LISTEN TO IT BECAUSE Hear a world in peril, with a magnificent soundscape acting as the backdrop to a thoroughly frightening tale of two enemies forced to work together against a darkness that will consume them both. THE STORY In the far reaches of Imperial space, a ferocious warp storm approaches an Administratum world, cutting off the entire planet from the rest of the Imperium. As their towering grey spires are punished by endless rain, countless administrators, tithe-masters, and book-keepers are forced to evacuate. Among them is Greta, a lowly data-drone with a terrible secret, wanted for questioning by the sadistic Imperial interrogator Stefan Crucius. As disaster strikes and the pair are left stranded in the depths of the drowning city, captor and captive must co-operate to stand any chance of escaping. But a mysterious presence stalks them through the abandoned, flooded towers, a dread entity each must confront but which neither dare acknowledge, a Watcher in the Rain.


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A Warhammer Horror audio drama On a world cut off from the Imperium, towering spires are lashed by endless rain. As citizens flee from the drowning city, a sadistic Imperial interrogator seeks a lowly data-drone with a terrible secret. But when disaster strikes, the pair must rely on each other for survival as the Watcher in the Rain awaits them. LISTEN TO IT BECAUSE Hear a w A Warhammer Horror audio drama On a world cut off from the Imperium, towering spires are lashed by endless rain. As citizens flee from the drowning city, a sadistic Imperial interrogator seeks a lowly data-drone with a terrible secret. But when disaster strikes, the pair must rely on each other for survival as the Watcher in the Rain awaits them. LISTEN TO IT BECAUSE Hear a world in peril, with a magnificent soundscape acting as the backdrop to a thoroughly frightening tale of two enemies forced to work together against a darkness that will consume them both. THE STORY In the far reaches of Imperial space, a ferocious warp storm approaches an Administratum world, cutting off the entire planet from the rest of the Imperium. As their towering grey spires are punished by endless rain, countless administrators, tithe-masters, and book-keepers are forced to evacuate. Among them is Greta, a lowly data-drone with a terrible secret, wanted for questioning by the sadistic Imperial interrogator Stefan Crucius. As disaster strikes and the pair are left stranded in the depths of the drowning city, captor and captive must co-operate to stand any chance of escaping. But a mysterious presence stalks them through the abandoned, flooded towers, a dread entity each must confront but which neither dare acknowledge, a Watcher in the Rain.

30 review for The Watcher in the Rain

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Lüthi

    A little conflicted about this one. There are moments where I think The Watcher in the Rain is brilliant, and find myself fully immersed in the world created by Alec Worley and the cast. As usual, the team behind Black Library's audio productions have outdone themselves. From the seamless blend of audio FX, to the subtle, tension building score, there is little more one could ask for in terms of sheer production value. The cast performed their roles admirably, and I was particularly impressed wi A little conflicted about this one. There are moments where I think The Watcher in the Rain is brilliant, and find myself fully immersed in the world created by Alec Worley and the cast. As usual, the team behind Black Library's audio productions have outdone themselves. From the seamless blend of audio FX, to the subtle, tension building score, there is little more one could ask for in terms of sheer production value. The cast performed their roles admirably, and I was particularly impressed with Deeivya Meir's performance in the role of acolyte. I have some minor gripes with the prisoner scenes - which were more comical than actually scary, but it is a minor gripe. Now, the trick with the medium of audio drama is to create a world without having the voice of a narrator telling you what it is the characters are seeing. I understand that this is incredibly difficult, particularly in a fast-paced story such as those Black Library is known for. For the most part, the author did a great job. However, at times the dialogue between the characters, as well as Greta's monologues, felt forced. It was just a little too obvious to me that the point of certain lines was to inform the listener, rather than the natural back and forth between characters. At these points the immersion fades, which is regrettable as the story is quite compelling otherwise! If you're into Black Library's audio dramas then you'll certainly enjoy this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joakim Rollin

    This was an amazing audio drama published by the Black Library and taking place deep inside the imperial administratum. It’s in the Warhammer 40K settings but most of all it’s a sci fi horror story. I really loved listening to this short story

  3. 5 out of 5

    AA_Logan

    BL have been on an absolute roll with their audio dramas of late, especially their Horror ones and this may well be the pick of the lot. Great performances, fantastic script combine to produce a genuinely unsettling hour of audio. It features perhaps more running down tunnels and corridors than I’d like, but we do it in the company of two very compelling characters. Chaos is an ever-present and vague threat as the characters race against the clock, but without wanting to give too much away so mu BL have been on an absolute roll with their audio dramas of late, especially their Horror ones and this may well be the pick of the lot. Great performances, fantastic script combine to produce a genuinely unsettling hour of audio. It features perhaps more running down tunnels and corridors than I’d like, but we do it in the company of two very compelling characters. Chaos is an ever-present and vague threat as the characters race against the clock, but without wanting to give too much away so much of the threat and tension derives from the banal tyranny of life in the Imperium and the impact the army of faceless bureaucrats can have on the happiness of others. Absolutely essential.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marco Baier

    I have to say, I am starting to really enjoy that new Warhammer Fantasy line. This here is a nice little audio drama just right for one of these days where rain is battering against your roof and windows like some malign entity trying to get in. The question is, will you let it? A question the characters in this book are asking themselves as well... Beware the Watcher. ;)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zeki Czen

    Thoroughly entertaining if short audio drama. Super grim in a great way. My primary complaint was how short it was. If the characters and overall atmosphere had more time to develop, it would have been better. But Alec Worley manages to write a lot of punchy content in a tight space.

  6. 5 out of 5

    untitled lullaby

    Listened to this on a road trip and it was pleasantly enjoyable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    great quick little audio drama. ending is excellent.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deryk Allan

    My first Warhammer read, and to be honest i'm very surprised at how good it was, the narration and audio SFX were superb, a great short horror story with a delightful twist. My first Warhammer read, and to be honest i'm very surprised at how good it was, the narration and audio SFX were superb, a great short horror story with a delightful twist.

  9. 4 out of 5

    nooker

    A little cheesy, but the ending made it for me despite being obvious.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    “Through procedure do we achieve purity.” Audiodrama

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    That was a heck of a ride with a great ending.

  12. 4 out of 5

    NephriteON

    The following review was originally published in the online newspaper The Orkney News in October 2020. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/10/10... Warhammer Horror: The Watcher In The Rain by Alec Worley Hello again to one and all! Those of you who read my reviews on a regular basis will be aware that I’ve been somewhat missing in action for the last while. I wish I could say I had planned this and there will be a Halloween deluge however that is not the case. I am fine and I will review The following review was originally published in the online newspaper The Orkney News in October 2020. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/10/10... Warhammer Horror: The Watcher In The Rain by Alec Worley Hello again to one and all! Those of you who read my reviews on a regular basis will be aware that I’ve been somewhat missing in action for the last while. I wish I could say I had planned this and there will be a Halloween deluge however that is not the case. I am fine and I will review or discuss what I can when I’m able however my appearances will be more sporadic in nature than I initially hoped mostly due to my mindset. As you will all know this time of year is the spooky season usually full of ghosts, vampires, dullahan and other similar creatures and I do intend to visit some spookiness upon my corner of this website. However…how do I begin? With the Watcher In The Rain? A certain Doctor Frankenstein? Or…something more of a potluck? The Watcher In The Rain by Alec Worley – writer of Dredge Runners which I praised to the moon and back recently – is an audio drama part of the Warhammer Horror range. Warhammer Horror is also reasonably new having been newly formed during last year’s October and November period with sporadic releases ever since. Some of the releases currently available under the name Warhammer Horror are in fact rereleases of classic Warhammer stories from the late 1980s by Anno Dracula author Kim Newman whilst others such as Watcher and The Colonel’s Monograph by Graham McNeil are new stories designed solely with the purpose of sending chills down the reader or listener’s spine. But I think it’s time I discuss the plot. The plot is as follows: Our tale is on a world of the Administratum, cut off from the remainder of the Imperium by an enormous warp storm. The citizens of this world are all attempting to flee before their world is eaten by the storm. Among the tithe collectors, archivists and endless streams of bureaucrats our story focuses on two such individuals as they are deluged by the world’s rain. On one side we have Stefan Crucius, an…unpleasant Imperial Interrogator searching for answers to his questions. On the other hand we have Greta a mere data menial but one who is not all she seems. Due to circumstances beyond their control the two are forced to work together in an attempt to escape their doomed world. However they are not alone. The Watcher In The Rain is always waiting. The Watcher In The Rain is…disturbing. The horror throughout the seventy-five minute tale is a creeping and growing sense of never ending dread. The storyline makes you as the listener share the character’s senses that something is as it should not be. That something undefinable is filling you with your own personal horror. The characters are all excellently portrayed ranging from Crucius and Greta to an incredibly blunt soldier type trying to get on with his job…as unpleasantly as possible no doubt and a small selection of other side characters I can’t exactly give away. Between the wonderful portrayals, Worley’s unsettlingly good storytelling – the man can do horror just as well as he can comedy – and the perfect sound effects which I feel I MUST mention in this review due to the fact that they add so much to the atmosphere of the story this story genuinely got to me on first listen and utterly terrified me. That’s quite the endorsement when you are trying to write horror. Matthew Hunt as Crucius and Deeivya Meir as Greta are brilliantly cast and I hope to hear from them both again some day in other Warhammer audio drama releases. I will however in brief mention a few potential negatives. Firstly the final reveal although very well done does feel like it goes on just a little too long for my taste. Secondly if horror as a genre is not to your taste? Stay FAR AWAY from this one. I am somewhat of an oddball when it comes to horror as I frankly love all things freaky, depraved and unnatural in my entertainment however I cannot stand much visual horror or what would nowadays be termed jump scares. As such despite being something of a horror weakling I LOVED Watcher In The Rain but it is not for the fainthearted. Know that going in! I’m being somewhat intentionally vague in my return to article writing as I don’t want to give away that which awaits those who join me on this doomed world. I have been waiting for almost a year to discuss this nightmarish tale and I hope should you listen that it won’t give you nightmares. However the Watcher is not my only tale this year. Next time you hear from me it shall be to discuss a classic. Not a certain vampire but something made famous many moons ago by Mr Karloff. I know I can be prone to…foolish promises…but this is one I must keep. Sayonara! Nephrite

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Forgot how many times I've listened to this, but it's such a good story. Oh the hardships of filing paperwork and don't forget to appease the machine spirit. Forgot how many times I've listened to this, but it's such a good story. Oh the hardships of filing paperwork and don't forget to appease the machine spirit.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    One of the better audio dramas that Black Library has done. I bought this and The Way Out at the same time, expecting to like this less, as it turned out, this was sooo much better.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richard Clegg

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bedor

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Kirsch

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy-Lee Gruszczynska

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ross

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Wilkinson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anne Tuley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christa

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eldorankin

  24. 4 out of 5

    EvanMorgans

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lenny

  26. 4 out of 5

    the snake

  27. 4 out of 5

    MRKW

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ignas

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