David Annandale writes fiction in a number of genres. He is the author of Crown Fire, Kornukopia and The Valedictorians (Turnstone Press), thrillers featuring rogue warrior Jen Blaylock. 2012 saw the publication of Gethsemane Hall, a horror novel, by Dundurn Press and by Snowbooks in the UK. Most recently, David has begun writing novels, novellas and short stories set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe for The Black Library.

David also writes non-fiction, contributing academic articles on movies, video games and other aspects of popular culture to such collections as Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film: Essays on Belief, Spectacle, Ritual and ImageryHorror at the Drive-InThe Meaning and Culture of Grand Theft Auto; and Performance and Identity: The Music of Lady Gaga. He writes film reviews for The Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope.

David holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Alberta, where he specialized in horror literature and film. He teaches film, creative writing and literature at the University of Manitoba. 

For more information about David, visit www.davidannandale.com


New Titles

Mephiston

MephistonThe Black Library, 2015

The Blood Angel once known as Calistarius is no more. In his stead lingers a remnant of that proud scion of Sanguinius. He is a wraith, a dark tale to chill blood, an inscrutable enigma. He is Mephiston, Lord of Death. As Chief Librarian of the Blood Angels Chapter, his powers are formidable, his legend terrifying. Powerful as he is, Mephiston is sorely tested when he descends with his brothers to Pallevon following a rumour about their slain primarch. But there are secrets on this world, secrets that will shake the fabric of everything Mephiston is and challenge his understanding of the darkness lurking within him...

Mephiston represents hope for the Blood Angels Chapter: the only warrior to face the Black Rage and emerge from the other side. At the same time, he is a terrifying figure, the very embodiment of death. Perhaps no character better represents the twin aspects of the Blood Angels than Mephiston.


Earlier Titles

Sanctus Reach: Maledictus

David Annandale Sanctus Reach MaledictusThe Black Library, 2014

The elite daemon-hunting Grey Knights arrive at the world of Squire’s Rest, their prognostications showing that a daemonic presence will soon erupt upon the quiet planet. But their careful plans are disrupted by another threat—the Red Waaagh! that engulfs the Sanctus Reach has come to Squire’s Rest. As the Grey Knights engage the savage orks, they find that their very presence may have set events in motion that will drown the world in Chaos…

 


The Horus Heresy: The Damnation of Pythos

David Annandale Damnation of PythosThe Black Library, 2014

In the aftermath of the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V, a battered and bloodied force of Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders regroups on a seemingly insignificant death world. Fending off attacks from all manner of monstrous creatures, the fractious allies find hope in the form of human refugees fleeing from the growing war, and cast adrift upon the tides of the warp. But even as the Space Marines carve out a sanctuary for them in the jungles of Pythos, a darkness gathers that threatens to consume them all…
 


Overfiend

David Annandale OverfiendThe Black Library, 2014 

For many long years, the ork warlord known as the Overfiend of Octarius has bedevilled the Imperium, ruling his alien empire in the heart of the Emperor’s realm. Now, at last, three Chapters of Space Marines come together to destroy the greenskin menace and restore Imperial rule. The Salamanders, White Scars and Raven Guard, together with their allies from the Astra Militarum and bolstered by the aid of the mercurial alien eldar, fall upon the worlds of Octarius system with chainsword and bolter, bringing death to the orks.

 


Yarrick: Imperial Creed

David Annandale Yarrick Imperial CreedThe Black Library, 2014

Yarrick: the very name carries the weight of legend, of great deeds and of wars won for the Imperium. But Sebastian Yarrick, who fought on Armageddon, who Space Marine Chapter Masters show their fealty to on bended knee, was not always Lord Commissar. He was once just a man, a newly minted officer from the ranks of the schola progenium.

His first mission under the tutelage of Lord Commissar Rasp was on Mistral. Here, an uprising of barons had upset the delicate balance of power. But, as Yarrick was soon forced to learn, Mistral and Imperial politics are often murky, the truth seldom clear cut. As war engulfs the world, a plot unravels that pits old friends against one another and fashions unusual alliances. Chaos cults, the fanatical Adepta Sororitas and clandestine inquisitors all stand between Yarrick and his mission. Here is where the legend began. In this crucible was Lord Commissar Sebastian Yarrick forged in blood.


The Tribute of Flesh

David Annandale Tribute of FleshThe Black Library, 2014

In the depths of interstellar space, the freighter Absolution has been boarded by vicious dark eldar, eager on sating their twisted appetites on the crew and passengers. But salvation has arrived in the shape of the Black Dragons Space Marines. Captain Volos and his force engage their foe, intent upon destroying the xenos—but what of the humans on board the ship? Will they survive as the Black Dragons unleash their savagery upon the vile aliens, or will they be caught in the crossfire?
 


Forge Master

David Annandale Forge Master

The Black Library, 2014

As the war against the orks of the Octavius system grinds on, the Fifth Company of the Salamanders are assigned a dangerous—and critical—mission: to kill the Overfiend himself. But as they prepare to annihilate the beast’s ship, they discover a startling secret: that a valuable—and dangerous—alien prisoner aboard the ork warship may be the key to ending the conflict.

 

 


Shadow Captain

David Annandale Shadow CaptainThe Black Library, 2014

On Lepidus Prime, the beleaguered Space Marines have an unlikely ally—the eldar of Craftworld Saim-Hann. With these ancient enemies of mankind engaging the ork invaders, Shadow Captain Krevaan of the Raven Guard sees a chance to strike back against the greenskins. Forging a fragile alliance with the eldar, Krevaan prepares to stop the orks before they can despoil the vital city of Reclamation. But the Raven Guard, no strangers to hidden agendas, suspect a sinister motive to the eldar actions…

 


Stormseer

David Annandale StormseerThe Black Library, 2013

The green-skinned hordes of the Overfiend of the Octavius system have long been a thorn in the Imperium’s side—and now, with human worlds caught in the crossfire between the orks and eldar, that thorn will be removed. Temur Khan and his brotherhood descend upon Lepidus Prime to cleanse it of the green taint. The swift and brutal hammer to the Imperial Guard’s anvil, the White Scars strike hard and fast—but when the orks reveal a super-weapon, it may take more than just power to win the day.

 


Yarrick: Chains of Golgotha

David Annandale Yarrick "Chains of Golgotha"The Black Library, 2013

From the ashes of the Second War for Armageddon, a hero of the Imperium emerged. War-torn and bloody, Commissar Yarrick swore vengeance upon the beast that escaped his righteous wrath, the despoiler of Armageddon—Ghazghkull Thraka. Tracking down the ork warlord to the desolate world of Golgotha, Yarrick leads an armoured company to destroy the beast but does not reckon on Thraka's cunning. Ambushed, his army all-but destroyed, Yarrick is captured and awakes to find himself aboard the beast's space hulk facing a fate worse than death...

"David Annandale has tackled the iconic Commissar in Yarrick: Chains of Golgotha, and it is everything you wanted in a Yarrick tale. . . . Perhaps where Annandale's work truly shines is in his simplicity of description. The Epilogue of Yarrick is one of the most chilling, dynamic conclusions I've read in a long while and it accomplishes so much in straightforward prose.
. . . It's a solid story from a promising new author, and it is guaranteed to leave you wanting more." Forbes


The Death of Antagonis

"Death of Antagonis" David AnnandaleThe Black Library, 2013

The Black Dragons fall upon the world of Antagonis, summoned to combat the plague of undeath that has engulfed the planet. Allying themselves with Inquisitor Werner Lettinger and a force of Sisters of Battle, the Black Dragons endeavour to save the souls of the Imperial citizens who have succumbed to the contagion. But there is more than a mere infection at play—the dread forces of Chaos lie behind the outbreak, and the Black Dragons stand in the way of the Dark Gods' victory.

"Overall, The Death of Antagonis will delight those who like the setting. Annandale has a real talent for the cinematic and the strange, and this will appeal to fans of both. 8 out of 10." Starburst Magazine


Gethsemane Hall

"Gethsemane Hall" David Annandale

Dundurn Press, 2012

Gethsemane Hall is a house of great darkness, and of even more terrible illumination. It is a place where the dead walk and suffer, and where illusions die. To this house comes a group of people with conflicting agendas. A disgraced CIA Station Chief is trying to shut down a scandal. A spiritualist plans to prove that the Hall is the site of a haunting as real as it is holy. A physicist thinks he's going to debunk the legends of the house. They are all about to discover that their beliefs and dreams count for nothing at Gethsemane Hall. Only a grieving husband, desperate to know the truth of the afterlife, might see his prayers answered, but in a way that goes beyond his worst nightmares.

"Spikes of tension. Strong characters. Methodical pacing. . . . Horror writing is not for everyone, but a truly great horror novel needs these well-balanced aspects in order to make the plot really unsettling. Unsettling is often worse than frightening because unsettling sticks with you after you're done reading. Gethsemane Hall achieves that." The Winnipeg Review

Interview in Civilian Reader


Eclipse of Hope

"eclipse of hope" David AnnandaleThe Black Library (eBook), 2012

When Mephiston and the Blood Angels discover a world slain in a massacre that defies reason, they must unearth the cause of this mass killing but risk their own sanity to do it.

 

 

 


Evil Eye

"evil eye" David AnnandaleThe Black Library (eBook), 2012

A tortured prisoner on an ork warship is protected by a fellow captive. But what manner of man dares to stand up to a mighty ork? Only one man: Commissar Sebastian Yarrick.

 

 

 


The Valedictorians

"The Valedictorians" David Annandale

Turnstone Press, 2010

Revenge should be easy. A multinational corporation kills your family. You raze it to the ground. When it rises again, you blast it to pieces.

But Blaylock made a mistake: she showed mercy. Now, deputy CIA director Joe Chapel has gathered an army of graduates from the School of the Americas to shape the United States into his own fanatical vision. And he will stop at nothing to succeed.

However, Blaylock has more to worry about than just Chapel. Her lover Michael Flanagan, once a touchstone of humanity, now craves destruction almost as much as she does. And her mercenary allies are as stable as rabid dogs. Like it or not, they'll be needed as Blaylock and Chapel charge Capitol Hill for the most epic showdown the US has ever seen.

In this third episode of the Jen Blaylock series, Canada's most fearsome rogue soldier finishes the job she started.

This time she won't make the same mistake.

"Jen Blaylock will kick your ass!" Susie Moloney, author of The Dwelling

"Sit back and enjoy the ride." Prairie Books Now


Kornukopia

Kornukopia David Annandale

Turnstone Press, 2004

Jen Blaylock, David Annandale's Canadian-Forces-soldier-gone-rogue, is back with a new globe spanning mission, a bigger arsenal and another head-spinning body count. When Blaylock discovers that the New York mob is paying crooked cops and anarchists to cause disturbances at an Ottawa anti-globalization rally, she sees a chance to rev up her war machine once again, and heads for the Big Apple.

 

 


Crown Fire

"Crown Fire" David Annandale

Turnstone Press, 2003

When Canadian Forces soldier Jen Blaylock's father- an investigative journalist- and the rest of her family are murdered in an attempt to cover up illegal arms sales, Blaylock abandons military life to plan her revenge against Integrated Security, the multi-national conglomerate she deems responsible.

"A top-notch read—complex and as intelligent as it is entertaining." Christopher Hyde, author of The Second Assassin and A Gathering of Saints

". . . whiz-bang, high-body-count combat and a forest fire so scary it's liable to discourage tourism in the Canadian Shield." Winnipeg Free Press

"David Annandale's savvy and savage first novel announces a top new talent in thriller fiction . . . it will keep aficionados reading late into the summer night." Edmonton Journal


Media

"David Annandale's Unabashed Guilty Pleasures," The Winnipeg Review, July 15, 2011.

"David Annandale—Night Table Recommendations," McNallyRobinson.com, March 11, 2011.