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A Warhammer Horror story Two disturbed souls are linked by a chain of events that can end only in blood, death, and terror… READ IT BECAUSE Read a new tale of darkness from Peter Fehervari, where no one is quite who they appear, and nothing is as it seems… and the darkness awaits. THE STORY In a dark and desolate city, Chel, a disgraced former medicae works by night, and by day A Warhammer Horror story Two disturbed souls are linked by a chain of events that can end only in blood, death, and terror… READ IT BECAUSE Read a new tale of darkness from Peter Fehervari, where no one is quite who they appear, and nothing is as it seems… and the darkness awaits. THE STORY In a dark and desolate city, Chel, a disgraced former medicae works by night, and by day the horrors she witnesses seep into her dreams. Down on the streets, Skreech plies his bloody trade, bringing revelation about True Night to those he chooses to receive the truth. When Chel steps into his sights, their fates are entwined in ways neither of them could imagine – for True Night draws ever closer, and all will be held in its dark embrace…


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A Warhammer Horror story Two disturbed souls are linked by a chain of events that can end only in blood, death, and terror… READ IT BECAUSE Read a new tale of darkness from Peter Fehervari, where no one is quite who they appear, and nothing is as it seems… and the darkness awaits. THE STORY In a dark and desolate city, Chel, a disgraced former medicae works by night, and by day A Warhammer Horror story Two disturbed souls are linked by a chain of events that can end only in blood, death, and terror… READ IT BECAUSE Read a new tale of darkness from Peter Fehervari, where no one is quite who they appear, and nothing is as it seems… and the darkness awaits. THE STORY In a dark and desolate city, Chel, a disgraced former medicae works by night, and by day the horrors she witnesses seep into her dreams. Down on the streets, Skreech plies his bloody trade, bringing revelation about True Night to those he chooses to receive the truth. When Chel steps into his sights, their fates are entwined in ways neither of them could imagine – for True Night draws ever closer, and all will be held in its dark embrace…

30 review for Nightbleed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alina Zabiyaka

    ‘Will you, won’t you rise to fulfil the Fall?’ Part of this year’s Warhammer Horror Week, this chilling, bizarrely macabre story by Peter Fehervari unweaves on an Imperial hive world Sarastus... some time before the Certain Events. As we well know, in the grimdark galaxy of the far future, countless trillions of sentient beings asleep or awake produce quite real monsters on a near-industrial scale. So Hive Carceri, a domed megalopolis with its mix of insatiable modern-day corporations (Quantity O ‘Will you, won’t you rise to fulfil the Fall?’ Part of this year’s Warhammer Horror Week, this chilling, bizarrely macabre story by Peter Fehervari unweaves on an Imperial hive world Sarastus... some time before the Certain Events. As we well know, in the grimdark galaxy of the far future, countless trillions of sentient beings asleep or awake produce quite real monsters on a near-industrial scale. So Hive Carceri, a domed megalopolis with its mix of insatiable modern-day corporations (Quantity Over Quality), dogmatic tech-priesthood (The Balance Above All), canonical fanatic clergy (say Malachi Tythe from “Requiem Infernal”) and the teeming masses of dross living in eternal, primal fear of the cosmic night shrouding their world (a reference to Nostramo?), is an ideal backdrop to the forthcoming events that will unstitch both its fabric and its folk... The integrity of the ancient city is indomitable – why, to think otherwise is to harbour heresy – but the spirit of its inhabitants has been steadily eroding, heralding doom for all. And in “Nightbleed”, such two irrevocably twisted souls gravitate hard and fast towards each other’s fates while, unbeknown to the ignorant multitudes, Brave True Night draws ever closer... for as above, so below, and as without, so within. There she had wandered her city as its lights expired one by one, leaving hungry shadows in their wake. And its protagonists are quite a pair of samples in the Petri Peter’s dish! The first is Chel, an embittered, prematurely-aged woman stuck in a sickening relationship with a pompous drunkard, a job of highly questionable morality, and nightmares that feel more real than waking life. The second is young Skreech, formerly Kristopher – another broken noble of that name ensnared by the Dark Coil – and his demise is rather tragic, though it’s damn hard to summon the littlest bit of compassion for the guy... and little does he guess that even if he may speak with the voice of a god, his exploits are but a pale imitation/precursor of the real night-bound terror to walk the streets... And still, while the two Carcerians may believe they’re shaping reality, it is their destinies that shape them in turn, for whatever inscrutable aims. Did they forge their fates themselves or were being forged by fate all along? This is a question that often surfaces in other Warhammer stories (Guy Haley’s “The Witch’s Fate” as the most recent example), but here it acquires a darkly ironic, welcomingly… Fehervarian twist. ‘You are nothing,’ she judged. Picturing his mask’s cord, she tore it free with a twist of her will. ‘Let me make something of you.’ And both Chel and Skreech go gently – willingly – into the long night... for once you start, you’re unable to stop. Run, hide, weep or fight, it’ll all end the same way, for where’s there’s one, there’s always more, waiting right inside you and wanting out! This relatively short but masterful story works equally great as both a standalone urban scary tale and a thrilling addition to the Fehervari sub-universe within the greater setting, its mutually intertwining narrative serving as a parable of the attempts of those daredevil souls who Try to descry, but for an instance, A cryptic Coil’s infernal paths That has long poisoned all existence With oft-appalling aftermaths... “Nightbleed” with its witty, poignant view of day-to-day life in the «civilized» Imperium not just explores some important themes of our own reality but also offers new teasers, hints at further revelations, contains a whole basket of Easter eggs, riddles and many more besides, for an attentive reader (like designating various population groups by Gothic letters – remind you of something?) Once again the text demonstrates Peter’s mastery of the genre as he deftly explores our deep-seated fears, integral parts of human psyche and the unwanted repercussions of past misdeeds, from an original and spookily delightful angle, all the while indulging the thrill of murky mysteries best left unrevealed – especially if they are hidden too well… Moreover, no matter their actual contents (always unfailingly superb as they are), Peter’s literary works with their baroque and poetic style are simply a pleasure to read on their own merits, for his command of the English language is of the highest possible standard, the finest in the entire Black Library, while each rereading gradually yet inexorably deepens our comprehension of the overall coiled and thorny picture – a metaphysical tapestry where each thread/skein/tenet «reveals itself in congruence with the others, disclosing more of the whole». All components of the story (except one little acronym, probably) present a real treat for the regular Coil-divers, as well as a generous helping of dread for everyone else. The Needlesong strongly resembling certain lines from the self-writing book of Jonah Three-Eyes from “Requiem Infernal” plus the mad ravings of Inquisitor Mordaine’s crew in “Genestealer Cults”... Thornflower, this grand metaphor of a Coil whose dark threads perpetually tighten and multiply, drawing – or hurling – yet more desperate seekers, unwary pilgrims and human monsters (or all of the above) in its baleful embrace, making them drink deep of its mistruths... And of course, every brewing catastrophe needs a catalyst of one sort or another; in this case – a mystical substance reminiscent of both the Phaedran treat zoma from “Fire Caste” and the sable kiss of Conteza Esseker (“The Thirteenth Psalm”). As let us not forget one ghost commissar’s special mantra... Oh, and that Needlewoman’s gonna have so much fun ahead of it... I do wonder where else might I meet it after/before?..

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Dodd

    This is a great example of what the Warhammer Horror range can do so well - tell a ground-level story illustrating just how bleak 40k can be, but one that works on its own without needing any prior knowledge of the setting. Fehervari emphasis the horror in everyday life – the hab corridor where the lights are always out; the sterile lab contrasted with the sample of oozing black liquid that just can’t be natural; the old myths of nightmares in the dark – and weaves a story in which dreams and re This is a great example of what the Warhammer Horror range can do so well - tell a ground-level story illustrating just how bleak 40k can be, but one that works on its own without needing any prior knowledge of the setting. Fehervari emphasis the horror in everyday life – the hab corridor where the lights are always out; the sterile lab contrasted with the sample of oozing black liquid that just can’t be natural; the old myths of nightmares in the dark – and weaves a story in which dreams and reality are sometimes hard to tell apart. Fehervari fans might feel they know what to expect, but this is dark and disturbing even for a story of the Dark Coil. Read the full review at https://www.trackofwords.com/2020/10/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tim Van Lipzig

    Peter Fehervari's entry to BLs Week Of Horror, the short story Nightbleed, is set on Sarastus, one of the recurring worlds of his cycle of stories. Appropriate to Sarastus' night-shrouded nature it's a story about darkness - the darkness without, the darkness within, and the things that lurk in both. This is the first story that Fehervari officially pens under the Warhammer Horror label, and it's a fittingly bleak and gruesome piece at that. Beside the obviously scary aspects on the surface, ther Peter Fehervari's entry to BLs Week Of Horror, the short story Nightbleed, is set on Sarastus, one of the recurring worlds of his cycle of stories. Appropriate to Sarastus' night-shrouded nature it's a story about darkness - the darkness without, the darkness within, and the things that lurk in both. This is the first story that Fehervari officially pens under the Warhammer Horror label, and it's a fittingly bleak and gruesome piece at that. Beside the obviously scary aspects on the surface, there's more going on beneath it, as is the rule with Fehervari's stories: The recurring motif of "As Within, So Without" encapsulates what the story does so well, as every aspect of the story - the setting, the protagonists, their individual conflicts with what's going on Sarastus, the "normal world" and the "supernatural other" - reflects, parallels or otherwise meshes together with the whole. It's a nice little story on it's own, but I like that there's more to it once you give it the time to settle in after one has finished it. Of course, this has links to other stories of Fehervari's 'Dark Coil', which further enhance the reading experience if one is inclined to look for them. Tips for further reading: If one wants to revisit Sarastus after the prophesied True Night has finally fallen, both the short-stories Nightfall and The Walker In Fire as well as some parts of Fehervari's brilliant novel Requiem Infernal are set on Sarastus at later points in time. Addendum: For anyone seeking guidance among or easier access into the perhaps daunting number of stories of "The Dark Coil", the book blog Track Of Words has an extensive article titled "A Traveller's Guide to the Dark Coil", including an overview over factions and places as well as a recommended reading order and links to various interviews with the author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rostislav Markelov

    While I am usually very fond of Fehervari’s writing, surprisingly, with this particular story I found myself a bit disappointed. At least it was my initial impression. I had to think long and hard trying to pinpoint what exactly rubbed me the wrong way and by doing so found a lot of things that I appreciate here, but even still. In the end I concluded that I enjoyed it on an intellectual level, but wasn’t able to fully appreciate it emotionally – and that impression contrasted strongly with what While I am usually very fond of Fehervari’s writing, surprisingly, with this particular story I found myself a bit disappointed. At least it was my initial impression. I had to think long and hard trying to pinpoint what exactly rubbed me the wrong way and by doing so found a lot of things that I appreciate here, but even still. In the end I concluded that I enjoyed it on an intellectual level, but wasn’t able to fully appreciate it emotionally – and that impression contrasted strongly with what I felt after reading his recent novel, Reverie. [Spoilers ahead] However, let’s talk about positive moments first, even if it isn’t quite an appropriate word when you are describing such a bleak story. What is always great about Fehervari it is his indirect approach to horror. Looking a bit ahead, I wasn’t scared by the events themselves but the atmosphere of stagnation and decay, the imagery of the city where just by walking out of your room into the lift hall or (Emperor forbid!) the staircase you stop being safe was just perfect. It is even better when you know about the bigger picture and that this place is one-step away from damnation and people are no wiser about it. Peter Fehervari was always a master of applying dramatic irony and this story is not an exception. There were also a lot of clever findings and ideas. I really enjoyed the moment when the dark corridor and the horrifying possibility of going through the staircase were used in the final part of the story. The “Tin-can god” was just brilliant, the depiction of “corporate culture” and psychotic maniac as opposite forces, but both chaotic in their origin, just bred from different human weaknesses was superb. Another one is the topic of food for low class citizens of the hive. The revelation that “Soylent Green is people” is nothing new for wh40k, such is the grimdark reality of the setting that something like this is a trivial thing among everything that happens and many planets in the Imperium just don’t know any better and people here accept it as norm. But it took Fehervari to explore the fact that such practice should have spiritual consequences. It was a nice twist. And speaking of twists, the one during the climax, while a bit predictable (it is not like we never see how the hunter became the hunted) it was still a clever resolution of the conflict. The form that resolution took to be precise, “the baton pass”, huh. There were a lot of moments that I’ve clearly liked. As for the things that I didn’t like… The obvious one that prevented me from appreciating this story in full is my inability to catch a rhythm of the Needlesong, but this one is clearly on me. The others are more complicated. First, I found myself disconnected from the characters. I wasn’t able to fear for their fate. The more I read the more it felt that they lack any agency, that they are moved through the story without much impact from them. It is not like the inevitability of certain results is something new to the Dark Coil, but the characters always struggle with it, even if this is futile, even if they don’t put much of a fight they at least acknowledge it and confront it. After thinking about it for a bit, I understood that actually, it was the point, it was their fault. How Chel allowed herself to end up on the bottom of life, how she allowed herself to get stuck into unhappy relationships, how she accepted the situation that lead to her tragic mistake or how she accepted her current position where she “approves” Emperor-knows-what to be added into people’s food – as she allowed circumstances to take control of her life, the same way she allowed something much darker to take control of her soul. I understand all of it, but still it felt wrong. I mean, in all descriptions Chel’s defining feature was her desire for something unusual, for some wonders. It was her only trait that felt truly alive, the rest of her personality had already worn off due to hard life. And when it all comes to the turning point, the moment when she drank the flask it happens just because it happens, without any input from her. It is not like is something entirely wrong with that, the concept itself that as Night bleeds through little cracks in the dome the daemons bleed through the cracks in human souls and your neighbor or colleague could became possessed by something from the depth of unreality or from the depth of their souls at any moment is pretty horrifying. But at that moment I just stopped caring about her and nothing I can do about it. And my final complaint – sadly I wasn’t able to enjoy the language of the story as much as my fellow Coil Pilgrim Alina. It doesn’t apply to the whole story, mind you, but more about Skreech and text that followed him. Once again, I think that contrast between how Screetch sees himself as a herald of The Night (with all self-glorification and pompousness), and his true pathetic self that was revealed later was brilliant. But the same self-glorification and pompousness made the text too unpleasant to read and wasn’t worth the payoff for me. It felt a bit unbalanced. But overall it is a solid story and with it we got another point of Sarrastus timeline. With the addition of Requiem Infernal, Walker in Fire and Nightfall we got rather detailed picture of the tragedy that happened here and could fill almost all blanks, so it is important moment for the Dark Coil, regardless of my impression.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Nightbleed is one of the newer short stories to come from the world of Warhammer Horror. Specifically, it was released as part of the Warhammer Horror Week 2020, and is written by Peter Fehervari (one of the main reasons I really wanted to check it out!). Chel is was once a proud medicae, but now she lives in disgrace, stuck working at night due to lack of options. That is, until a horror sweeps into her life, changing the streets of her city. Skreech is a man (perhaps) who has taken to living Nightbleed is one of the newer short stories to come from the world of Warhammer Horror. Specifically, it was released as part of the Warhammer Horror Week 2020, and is written by Peter Fehervari (one of the main reasons I really wanted to check it out!). Chel is was once a proud medicae, but now she lives in disgrace, stuck working at night due to lack of options. That is, until a horror sweeps into her life, changing the streets of her city. Skreech is a man (perhaps) who has taken to living on the streets, writing the word he knows to be true on the walls, hoping to wake up others alongside him. “As is so often the way with dreams, her words go unspoken, but not unheard.” Needless to say, Nightbleed is every bit as twisted and disturbing as one could hope for. Arguably, it's quite a bit more than that. Peter Fehervari certainly has a way with words, and with warping the worlds of Warhammer. It's a macabre tale, with plenty of dark implications woven throughout (hints can be found in the description itself, for those that are curious). It was fascinating seeing how these two very different souls ended up revolving around and interacting with one another. Perhaps fascinating isn't quite the right word. It's more like watching a horror that one cannot look away from. You know things are going to go catastrophically wrong, and yet your eyes remain glued to the page. That is, in essence, what it feels like to be reading this short. Once again, I must give full credit to Fehervari for what he has managed to create here. Check out more reviews over a Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  6. 5 out of 5

    AA_Logan

    Fehervari’s books are a perfect for for Warhammer Horror, they said. Why wasn’t Requiem Infernal on that imprint? They asked. They were right, but also wrong. In this short he ups the unsettling qualities that are so prevalent in his other works. Not just in terms of gore- though there is plenty of that- but in terms o ambiguity and darkness. Based on what he’s written here, presumably explicitly for this imprint, I’m a little scared to start the Reverie, if I’m altogether honest. One of those rare Fehervari’s books are a perfect for for Warhammer Horror, they said. Why wasn’t Requiem Infernal on that imprint? They asked. They were right, but also wrong. In this short he ups the unsettling qualities that are so prevalent in his other works. Not just in terms of gore- though there is plenty of that- but in terms o ambiguity and darkness. Based on what he’s written here, presumably explicitly for this imprint, I’m a little scared to start the Reverie, if I’m altogether honest. One of those rare BL shorts that’s totally worth the price- don’t wait for it to be included in an anthology, read it now.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Антон Скнарь

    В 2020 году молодёжь многих развитых стран начала ощущать на своей шкуре Пришествие Конца. Коронавирусная пандемия наложилась на Третью волну экономического кризиса, который начался в 2008 году. Стремительное протекание болезни с летальным исходом, длительная социальная изоляция, нехватка лекарств, массовые сокращения, ухудшение криминогенной обстановки, бунты и войны где-то за границами обыденного мира — вместе эти тенденции и события давят на психику и взаимоусиляют друг друга. Спустя почти 50 В 2020 году молодёжь многих развитых стран начала ощущать на своей шкуре Пришествие Конца. Коронавирусная пандемия наложилась на Третью волну экономического кризиса, который начался в 2008 году. Стремительное протекание болезни с летальным исходом, длительная социальная изоляция, нехватка лекарств, массовые сокращения, ухудшение криминогенной обстановки, бунты и войны где-то за границами обыденного мира — вместе эти тенденции и события давят на психику и взаимоусиляют друг друга. Спустя почти 50 лет после кризиса 1974-81 годов мы можем на эмоциональном уровне ощутить то, что чувствовали создатели Warhammer 40,000. Рассказ Петера Фехервари «Источник Ночи» бьёт по страхам, которые возникают у людей сейчас. Хел держится за неприятного ей мужа и сомнительную работу, так как это не худший выбор. Коммунальные службы отдали на откуп судьбе целые зоны многоэтажки, в которой живёт Хел. Коридор возле лифта потихоньку обрастает хламом и бомжами, так что будет болезненно знаком жителю многоэтажки в небогатом районе. Даже одинокий трамвай, в котором посреди ночи героиня едет на работу, воплощает собой надвигаещееся на город запустение. В это самое время Висг, сынок верхушки среднего класса на Сарастусе погружается в пучину безумия. На фоне упадка экономики у Висга начинала проявляться шизофрения. В его распоряжении оказывается полный набор бедовой башки: бред, диссоциация, маниакальность, повышенная агрессия. Он считает, что несёт Ночь. Он убивает своих родных, ведь считает это правильным. Он начинает охоту на обычных граждан, ведь это тоже позволит Ночи наступить чуть раньше. Сытые времена снижают социальное напряжение, но не решают назревшие противоречия. Голодные времена обостряют противоречия, обнажают их словно рану. Первыми изменения начинают ощущать «пограничники», они словно бы подключаются к ноосфере бытия, становятся проводниками настроений. Своими действиями они начинают заражать других. Так работают массовые психозы, просто в Вархаммере они питают варп. Можно сравнить события на Сарастусе с тем, что происходит под лозунгами BLM в США. Можно провести аналогии с выступлениями в Германии, Польше или Беларуссии. Но важно не конкретные события, а ощущения, которые складываются в тренды. Петер Фехервари живёт в Великобритании, работает монтажёром на телестудии. Он лично ощутил на себе падение количества заказов из-за коронакризиса. Как ощутили и миллионы людей помимо него. Петер облёк ощущение Скорого Конца в художественную форму. И мне кажется, что ему удалось это сделать. https://gonerpach.ru/nightbleed-review/

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Peter Fehervari’s first “official” Warhammer Horror imprint release but (let’s be honest) all his previous work has been keenly horrific and beyond the pale of what passes for “grim dark” in 40K and yet that horror is of a literary and psychological value beyond pure gore and puerility. That said, this story certainly amps up the gore factor and is the first Fehervari story that I feel lacked a certain originality. It is Candyman 40K. And that’s okay, it worked, was well-written, and (as always) Peter Fehervari’s first “official” Warhammer Horror imprint release but (let’s be honest) all his previous work has been keenly horrific and beyond the pale of what passes for “grim dark” in 40K and yet that horror is of a literary and psychological value beyond pure gore and puerility. That said, this story certainly amps up the gore factor and is the first Fehervari story that I feel lacked a certain originality. It is Candyman 40K. And that’s okay, it worked, was well-written, and (as always) unspooled more of the Dark Coil mystery. Still, given his pedigree, I hold higher hopes for the forthcoming novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    “ ‘We keep ‘em topped up so they don’t start chowin’ down on each other.’ Her new boss had winked conspiratorially. ‘Or on us!’ “

  10. 4 out of 5

    Larda Cheshko

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter Shapland

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jon

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Quinn

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hakan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jakub Sládek

  16. 5 out of 5

    Phil Warwick

  17. 5 out of 5

    David

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Hall

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wildstar

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam Colclough

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yeoman

  23. 4 out of 5

    Warsmith Scotty

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ian

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ignas

  28. 4 out of 5

    highmarshal

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ogbaoghene

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mr R

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