Drake is surprised to find three Horsemen of the Apocalypse playing snakes and ladders in his garden shed. He’s even more surprised when they insist that he is one of them. They’re missing a Horseman, having gone through several Deaths and they think that Drake is the boy for the job. At first he’s reluctant to join them, but does being in charge of Armageddon have to spell the end of the world?

An apocalyptic blend of riotous comedy, heart-stopping action and a richly imagined fantasy adventure.

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The Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2012 – Winner, Older Readers Category
The Grampian Children’s Book Award 2012 – Shortlisted
The North East Book Award 2012 – Shortlisted

Praise for The 13th Horseman

“The logical successor to Pratchett.” – Philip Ardagh

“Of course there are comparisons to Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin, but Hutchison matches them laugh for laugh.” – The Scotsman

“I really liked it.” – Neil Gaiman

“It’s firmly aimed at children of all ages, and those new to reading will find it a delight, filled with silly gags, clever turns of phrase and a very, very daft plot. More experienced types will get exactly the same experience, though perhaps be a little surprised at some of the genuinely laugh at loud moments.” – Starburst Magazine

“I’m just left hoping that this is the start to a new series because I haven’t laughed so much in ages.  If you’re a fan of comic fantasy then The 13th Horseman is a MUST read for all ages and one I can’t recommend highly enough!” – Feeling Fictional

“Hutchison’s work is not only hilarious; it contains a high degree of wit and intelligence. He delights not only in the apparent endless idiocy of humankind, but in the describing of it. This delight is infectious, his ability impressive.” – Books For Keeps

“Never have I laughed so much at the idea of an apocalypse!” – The Kooky Toon Book Corner

“It’s a very nearly perfect book.” – Bookwitch

“Call off the search, we’ve found the new Terry Pratchett.” – Joe Craig, the Independent

Book Details

  • Published: 1st March 2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • Format: Paperback, 368 pages
  • ISBN: 978-0007440894
  • Price: £6.99
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The 13th Horseman

13 thoughts on “The 13th Horseman

    1. Hmm, tips… tips…

      Never punch an owl, don’t trust people with tattoos on their face, and eat more cabbage.

      Oh, tips on the project, you mean? Hmm, maybe I can help. What exactly do you have to do?

    1. Hey Isla,

      Sorry, just realised I missed this. I actually came up with the idea years ago while sharing a flat with people I didn’t really get on with. We had nothing in common and they slowly drove me mad, to the point I wanted to smother them with a pillow while they slept.

      But I decided not to kill them all horribly, because I only had to spend 9 months living with them, then I was free. It wasn’t like I was stuck with them for the rest of time.

      Then I thought… what if I was? What if I was stuck with these three people, being driven insane for thousands of years? Thinking about what that would be like got me thinking about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – created at the start of the world with the sole purpose of ending it, and they’ve got nothing to do in between except bicker and play board games.

      So that’s where it came from. Um… sort of.

    1. Sorry, Saif, I missed this comment. Well, I’ve wanted to be an author since I was 9, and my first book was published when I was 31, so I’ll leave you to figure that out…

  • Dear Barry,
    Hope you got some more brilliant ideas under Famine’s roll of flab!
    Please don’t go as slow as Famine’s mobility scooter at writing your next book.
    I am now in the middle of reading ‘The Book of Doom’ and am trying very hard not to trespass. However, with all my excitement and laughter, I am one millimetre away from being ignited!

    Please keep on writing Afterworlds!
    BIG fan of yours and look up to you.

    Will DEAN
    Aged 10
    from Scotland 🙂

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