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K. Griffiths, author
The end of the world is well underway. You can stop looking for signs in the sky or bowls of judgment. The Four Horsemen have been loose among us for twenty centuries, which may explain any number of incidents in world history since ancient times. Exposure to the human race, however, has crippled the Horsemen nearly as much as they have hamstrung us. They have lost their mounts, most of their weapons, and nearly any element of surprise, thanks to what Petey (Pestilence) calls 'humanitis'. The gifts that this ailment has given them is consciousness, reason, even the ability to dream. Thanks to these, they've learned that the last trump is about to sound. They've also learned their reward for millennia of faithful service; enraged, Petey, Dave (Death), Frank (Famine) and Willie (War) decide that the Remorseful Days will never come. Something far worse will take their place. And that's not the only plot they've hatched; MYRRH, narrated by the Four Horsemen themselves, is humanity's fair warning. The irony, they point out, is that the more they tell us, the less we'll believe it. Just fair enough.
The first installment in Griffiths’s Ceremonies of the Horsemen series chronicles the misadventures of the humanized Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Pestilence, Death, War, and Famine are now Petey, Dave, Willie, and Frankie, respectively, and they decide to hold a press conference to answer questions about the havoc they’ve wrought throughout history and the eventual apocalypse. The novel is as much a fascinating fantasy romp as it is a cutting-edge work of contemporary fiction with a challenging and captivating narrative. With a darkly comedic style, Griffiths creates unique characters in the Horsemen, each with his own distinctive voice and perspective on the state of the world. Sometimes the plot is obscured by the transitions in perspective and tone, or by wide-ranging explorations of the meanings behind the Bible, the difficulties of morality, and the nature of religion. It’s nonetheless an entertaining and immersive novel, and the future installments are worth watching for. (BookLife)