Inferno! #1


Writer(s)William(Bill) King
MediumPrinted, Magazine
PublisherBlack Library


  • Published by Black Library in July 1997.
  • RePrinted as Classic Inferno! #1 in September 2018.
  • The 3rd magazine to include a Gotrek & Felix story.
  • Edited by Andy Jones.
  • An anthology of stories. From these only The Mutant Master is a Gotrek & Felix story.
  • The 1st ever Black Library publication!
    • This is mentioned in page 2 : Editorial by Andy Jones.
  • Page 2 : Editorial : Gotrek & Felix (along with William King) are mentioned.
  • Page 3 : Contents : The Mutant Master novella by William King. Of course, Gotrek & Felix (along with William King) are mentioned.
  • Pages 5-15 : The Mutant Master novella.
  • Back Cover : The Mutant Master novella is mentioned. So, Gotrek & Felix along with William King are mentioned.
  • Notes : 
    • The 1st ever story of the 1st ever Inferno! issue is a Gotrek & Felix story!
    • 1st novella of Gotrek & Felix in a Black Library magazine.
    • Cover is NOT Gotrek & Felix so the artist is not mentioned.
    • The Mutant Master story is included in numerous other (printed and digital) omnibus, collections, bundles, etc. For more details check its tag.
    • Black Library rebooted the title in 2018, so the first ‘run’ was renamed Classic Inferno! #1.
  • In his introduction to the 2013 edition of Trollslayer(Black Library Classics), William King revealed that :
    • He wrote Geheimnisnacht as a one-off story, in 1988, in which Gotrek was meant to die at the end, but later revised it based on his liking for the characters (Gotrek’s fake death in the story was initially written as permanent) . The story led to the commissioning of another by Games Workshop, and then another, which led to Wolf Riders and The Dark Beneath the World.
    • The success of these three stories led to King being commissioned to write a full-length novel, which he approached by writing three novella-length stories in episodic format, which became The Mark of Slaanesh, Blood and Darkness, and Skaven’s Claw.
    • However, Games Workshop Books closed unexpectedly, and the publication of the novel was delayed until 1999, when it also included The Mutant Master and Ulric’s Children, which had previously been published in Inferno! magazine. The novel also added the prefacing excerpts from Felix’s journal.
    • The Mark of Slaanesh and Blood and Darkness were eventually published as part of Trollslayer, while Skaven’s Claw became the first chapter of the subsequent novel Skavenslayer.
  • In his introduction from the 2019 edition of Trollslayer(20th Anniversary Edition), William King revealed that :
    • 1998 (I think), and Andy Jones approached me at a convention in the US with the news that GW was returning to the fiction business and would be producing a new magazine, Inferno. That’s where ‘The Mutant Master’ and ‘Ulric’s Children’ come from.
  • Note :
    • This post includes only what has to do with it and not the whole interviews, intros, etc.