The Shira Calpurnia series

The story of Shira Calpurnia, a commander of the Imperial Adeptus Arbites in the vast fortress-system of Hydraphur, her adventures and her turbulent career.

crossfire_coverCrossfire (The Black Library, 2003) is the first novel in the series.  Newly arrived at Hydraphur, Calpurnia is still grappling with her new command and a bewildering new world when she becomes the target for a deadly assassination plot.
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legacycoverLegacy  (The Black Library, 2004) is the second in the series.  Calpurnia must adjudicate over the succession of an ancient Rogue Trader charter, a sacred document that bestows such wealth and power that neither prospective heir is willing to play by the rules to get it.
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blindcoverBlind (Black Library, 2006) is the third Shira Calpurnia novel.  Disgraced and beset by self-doubt, Calpurnia must solve the murder of a master Astropath in a psyker-haunted fortress, deep in space and far from help.
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Enforcer coverEnforcer: The Shira Calpurnia Omnibus is a collection of the three individual novels Crossfire, Legacy and Blind along with a new introduction and a new section of in-universe artefact material for each book.
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Standalone novels

Strange Flesh, A cyberpunk crime thriller set in Fantasy Flight Games’ Android milieu.  (Fantasy Flight Games, 2012.)

strangefleshOrder it from Fantasy Flight

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Read the first chapter for free… (PDF)

…and the second chapter too!  (PDF)


Survival, intrigue and adventure set in Games Workshop’s Necromunda Underhive.  (Black Library, 2005.)
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Novellas and Short stories

DIGITAL-Sabbat-Crusade-Cover“The Inheritor King” in the Sabbat Crusade anthology edited by Dan Abnett (Black Library, 2015).  This novella follows and intertwines with “The Headstone and the Hammerstone Kings”, telling the story of Heritor Asphodel’s strange and deadly legacy in the machine graveyards of Ashek II.

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Vorax“Vorax”, a Horus Heresy e-short from the Black Library 2014 Advent Calendar.  Hunters, prey, madness and traps within traps in Mars’ Ring of Iron during the Heresy.
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memory-flesh“The Memory of Flesh”, a story of the Iron Hands Space Marines, originally published in the Games Day Anthology 2012 from the Black Library.
Buy the e-short from the Black Library site

(And to get the complete tale, get its prequel too, Anthony Lenne’s The Blessing of Iron!)



“The Masters, Bidding”, Treacheries of the Space Marines, editor Christian Dunn, Black Library, 2012

headstone“The Headstone and the Hammerstone Kings” in the Sabbat Worlds anthology edited by Dan Abnett and Christian Dunn, Black Library, 2010.  Prequel to The Inheritor King.
Head to the Black Library and get the e-short, or the whole anthology.



Faces“Faces”, Fear the Alien, editors Lindsey Priestley and Christian Dunn, The Black Library, 2010.
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“A Troublesome Day for Jacky Midnight”, New Ceres Nights, Twelfth Planet Press, editors Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely, 2009

(An e-book edition of New Ceres Nights is available from Smashwords in a variety of formats.)

“After Desh’ea”
, Tales of Heresy, The Black Library, editors Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley, 2009

uhlguth“Seven Views of Uhlguth’s Passing” from Planetkill, edited by Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley, 2008
Get the e-short or the whole anthology from Black Library.


“Liberation Day” (with Edward Rusk), INFERNO! Issue 31, July 2002, reprinted in Crucible of War, The Black Library, editors Marc Gascoigne and Christian Dunn, 2003

jahama“Jahama’s Lesson”
, a story of the treachery among the Dark Elves of Warhammer’s Old World.
First appeared in INFERNO! Issue 24, May 2001, reprinted in Way of the Dead, edited by Marc Gascoigne and Christian Dunn, 2003
Get the e-short from the Black Library



“Tales from the True Desert”, Nor of Human, CSFG Publishing, editor Geoffrey Maloney, 2000  (Shortlisted for the Aurealis Award in the Fantasy Short Story category)

“Snares and Delusions”
, INFERNO! Issue 13, January 2000, reprinted in Dark Imperium, The Black Library, editors Marc Gascoigne and Andy Jones, January 2001, and in Let The Galaxy Burn, The Black Library, editors Marc Gascoigne and Christian Dunn, 2006

“Badlands Skelter’s Downhive  Monster Show!”
, INFERNO! issue 11, March 1999, reprinted in Status Deadzone, The Black Library, editors Marc Gascoigne and Andy Jones, August 2000.

Game books (as contributor)

The Book of Judgement (an Adeptus Arbites sourcebook for the Dark Heresy roleplaying game), Fantasy Flight Games, 2011

10 thoughts on “Bibliography

  1. While not without some occasional flaws in pacing and accessibly, Matthew Farrer’s stories tower head and shoulders over the deluge of Warhammer 40K fiction. With a vivid imagination, a brilliant grasp on what makes the background attractive and a real talent for finding new angles and perspectives his stories are a superb contribution to the Warhammer 40K universe. Please keep it up Matthew!

  2. Love your work Matthew, been a little too quiet though. Am rereading the arbites series, relief to read some fiction that makes use of more of the 40k universe than just marines. Hope to see your name some more!

    1. Thank you for the kind compliments, Peter. It’s always a pleasure to hear that people enjoy the stories, and especially to hear of people re-reading them. I’m plugging away at new stories at the moment – I hope you enjoy Urdesh when it comes out!

  3. Hello Mr. Farrer!
    Let’s see if comments on these older blog posts still reach you… I’ve been trying to find a place to buy “Android: Strange Flesh” as an ebook. It seems none of the links either here or on the FFG website still work. Google wasn’t og help either; and ebooks of Strange Flesh, same as the other Android novels btw, only the novellas are still available, seems to have disappeared from DriveThruFiction, Amazon, Google Play Books, … .
    Is there still a way to acquire a copy of the title?
    Best regards,
    Alexander P.

    1. Hey Alexander, thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately I’m not sure I can be of much help to you – all the places I would have suggested are ones where you’ve already tried unsuccessfully. I know that Asmodee (FFG’s current owner) now has a deal to release fiction through Aconyte Books but that may not extend to their backlists, at least not yet. If I can find out anything further about that I’ll come back and post it here.

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