Where Do Fantasy Authors Get Their Inspiration?


As I was reading The Horus heresy “a galaxy in flames” I felt a lot of connections to both other works of literature and to ideals that are plucked from today’s society. This book is based in a fictional future around the 40th millennium and is part of a series that covers the fall of the great general Horus and his attempted coup against his father the emperor of mankind.While at a first glance the two seem very different, I believe this book takes the majority of it’s story from the Bible.

“I believe this book takes the majority of it’s story from the Bible.”


In the story of the Horus Heresy, there are many characters that share similarities to people from the Bible. The Emperor can be most easily related to God, and he even is referred to as a living god many times throughout the story. Horus can be related to Jesus since he is the son of the emperor just as Jesus was the son of god. To further relate Horus to Jesus, Horus was created using the Emperors genes just as Jesus was “Created” from God. Abbadon was once Horus’s most trusted friend, but he eventually was corrupted by chaos and eventually led Horus down the path to becoming evil. This is very similar to the story of Lucifer and how he corrupted others onto his path. These are just a few of the plethora of characters that hold similarity to those in the bible.

Quotes From the Bible

In the Book The Horus heresy “a galaxy in flames” there are direct quotes taken from the bible. An example of this is when Garviel Loken (the main character) responds to a question with “I seek only combat and righteousness for I know all other things will be given as well” This is almost a direct quote from the bible from Matt 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”. Another example of quotes being taken from the bible comes from when Horus say’s “On this day of judgement I will account for every ill word spoken against me or my legion, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” This quote is extremely similar to Matthew 12:36 “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”. These quotes are two out of literal dozens that come directly from the Bible, Proving that The book gets it’s inspiration from the Bible.

“Proving that The book gets it’s inspiration from the Bible.”

Themes Taken From the Bible

The Book certainly has a theme of betrayal and corruption as the entire plot focuses around General Horus’s attempted overthrow of his fathers galactic empire. But as I looked to the earlier section of the book, I found myself being reminded of the Bible. In the beginning Horus and The Emperor (His father) fought side by side claiming new lands for the human empire. The Emperor then tells Horus that he has to lead the armies of humanity while the Emperor stays home on earth and guides Horus through psychic powers. This sounds very similar to the idea of Jesus Christ being sent down from heaven by God to lead humanity. Another theme taken from the bible is the idea of a great fall. Just as Lucifer been corrupted and rebelled against god with his angels, Horus became corrupted by chaos, and led a campaign to earth to fight the emperor for the right to rule the galaxy.


In conclusion I believe that The Horus heresy “A galaxy in flames” got a lot of inspiration from the Bible, almost to the point of plagiarism. Despite how negative my writing may seem, I really believe that getting inspiration from the Bible is a great idea. The Bible is the number one selling book  of all  time so borrowing a few quotes and characters is fine. The Bible is one of the most fascinating pieces of literature ever written with twists and turns and random acts of god that no one could have seen coming, and the book reflects this. There are many plot twists and descriptive scenes that keep you gripped. While I cannot condone plagiarism, if you have to rip off something, it might as well be the best selling book ever.


Workshop, Games . The Horus heresy “A galaxy in flames”. Edinborough: Games Workshop, 2015. Print.

New International Version. [Colorado Springs]: Biblica, 2011. BibleGateway.com. Web. Mar. 2011.

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