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The 13th Horseman

The first hilarious book in Barry Hutchison’s AFTERWORLDS sequence. Drake Finn has just met the Horsemen of the Apocalypse but is that really the end of the world? Pratchett meets Python in this dark comic fantasy with plenty of action, perfect for 11+ boys

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 usher in Armageddon but does being in charge of the Apocalypse have to spell the end of the world?

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


Where to buy:

From a bookshop! If you’re lucky enough to have a bookshop near you, go buy the book from there. If they don’t have it, look disapprovingly at them and insist they order it in quick smart.

If you don’t have a bookshop near you (boo!) then you can order online from these places and others:

Hive (Network of independent booksellers)




WH Smith

Praise for The 13th Horseman:

“Really enjoyed it.” – Neil Gaiman

“Think Terry Pratchett, Monty Python and Neil Gaiman and you’ve got Barry’s style. He combines the fantastical with a healthy doze of reality and comes up with absurd hilarity…or is that hilarious absurdity? I don’t know, either way, this book made me laugh out loud so much that I got strange looks on the bus.” – Cat Anderson, Bookseller

“Funny, heartwarming, thrilling, you name it, it’s got it. Kids should not be allowed to keep these books to themselves!” – Rhian Evans, Waterstones bookseller

“I have found myself re-reading this book already and I’m still smiling.” – Sharon Ansdell Miller, Waterstones bookseller

“Pure brilliant fantasy with a dash, more than a dash, more a dollop, of humour – Hutchison’s style reflects the fact he has chosen to write for children when in fact adults will also love this story. Bordering on the insanity of Monty Python, the concept of three of the four horsemen existing in a shed only Drake can see is inspired lunacy.” – Books Monthly

“I adored this, it was laugh out loud funny (and I don’t say that lightly).” – Emma Pennell, Bookseller and blogger


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