The Black Library is a section of BL Publishing (itself a division of Games Workshop) devoted to publishing novels, art books, background books, and graphic novels set in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles and Warhammer 40,000 Fictional Warzone games. The publishing company took their name from Warhammer 40,000, where the Black Library stored knowledge of the Eldar race, the sinister Chaos, and the haunting Necrontyr. Some of Black Library's best known titles include the Gaunt's Ghosts and Eisenhorn series of novels by Dan Abnett and the Gotrek & Felix series by William King and Nathan Long.
The authors of these novels, graphic novels, and comics created original storylines and characters that are based on playable armies in the main Warhammer 40,000 game and its many spin-offs (such a Inqusitor an Epic).These works are then promoted with contributions of stories, plot synopses, and rules in the White Dwarf Magazine and at the official Games Workshop website. The result is a fusion of tabletop gaming with science fiction writing.