The End of the World
The End Of The World
The End of the World
Author Derek Landy
Cover Artist Tom Percival
Date Published February 23rd-24th 2012
Date Set In Early 2012
Publisher HarperCollins
No. of pages 128
ISBN 0007458207 (10)

978-0007458202 (13)

Publication Order
Preceded by
Death Bringer
Followed by
Kingdom of the Wicked

The End Of The World is a novella released on the 23rd- 24th February 2012(depending on the country), although it was originally intended to be released on March 1st for World Book Day. It is set between the events of Death Bringer and Kingdom Of The Wicked. The story is 15,000 words, which is about 90 pages relative to Mortal Coil. The novella included two short stories, as well. Just Another Friday Night featured two of the winning characters from an Australian/New Zealand exclusive create-a-character contest. The winning characters were Hayley Skirmish and Tane Aiavao. [1] This story only appeared in the Australian/New Zealand versions of the book. What Might Have Been, a collection of three deleted scenes rounded of this collection. The End of the World (and Just Another Friday Night) was collected in Armageddon-Outta-Here.


The book started off with a boy named Ryan who was looking around a library after having run away from home. Near him he saw a group of four suspicious strangers, shortly before he noticed a tiny silver circle on a shelf. After Ryan picked it up, it burned him, leaving a mark on his hand, and the group of four came up to him. They revealed themselves as Samuel, Obloquy, Mercy Charient and Foe, the leader of the gang. They threatened him to go with them, but then Valkyrie showed up to save him. They ran through the library throwing fireballs, before getting outside to the relative safety of the Bentley. Skulduggery then got in and drove them away. During the drive Valkyrie explained some things about magic and the magical community to Ryan before having arrived at an apartment building. She also explained that Foe and his friends needed the imprint on Ryan's hand to activate a Doomsday Machine, a bomb that was initially meant to destroy the Faceless Ones. Deacon Maybury was a sorcerer who used to belong to Foe's gang, but he betrayed them and stole the key, planning to sell it on.

They searched Deacon Maybury's trashed apartment looking for clues about his murder. While searching a woman came to the apartment, Francine, looking for Deacon.  They explained to her that Deacon had been killed and asked if she knew anything about it. She said she was very close to Deacon and loved him deeply. Ryan returned with her to her apartment. When he told her it was no trouble at all, Francine responded that there will be trouble. Suddenly, Foe appeared and kidnapped him. It was revealed that Francine was just an illusion, and she was really Mercy in disguise. Fortunately, Valkyrie and Skulduggery saved him, and they escaped by jumping out the window.

Skulduggery explained that the only person able to create an illusion on that magnitude was Robert Crasis. They drove to Crasis' house, and he explained that Foe threatened his family so he was forced to disguise Mercy as Francine. Skulduggery asked for a map, and he found the location of the Doomsday Machine.

After Ryan repeatedly delayed them, they arrived at a shopping mall and entered a room, where they planned to stay until all of the shoppers left. Skulduggery asked Ryan why he didn't miss his home, and Ryan explained that he was initially planning to run away from home. But Skulduggery told him that he doesn't have a home. Crasis created Ryan. Ryan is an illusion. And beneath the illusion lies Deacon Maybury. Ryan told him that he was crazy, but Skulduggery insisted that he was telling the truth. Deacon disguised himself, so he could hide from Foe's gang, as an average teenage boy. Ryan eventually gave in, and he sat away from the others and wept. Valkyrie comforted him, and told him that by dismantling the Doomsday Machine he would make Deacon mad.

They found the activation panel, but Foe's gang arrived. After Skulduggery attempted to stall by bluffing that there were Sanctuary agents surrounding the building, the two groups fought. Skulduggery defeated Mercy and Samuel and Valkyrie defeated Obloquy. Foe fled the scene when Samuel unleashed his vampire form. However, it was defeated when Ryan helped distract it. He dismantled the machine, and Valkyrie comforted and kissed him. But then the illusion faded, and Deacon was revealed. Valkyrie pushed him away in disgust after he attempted to continue kissing her. Skulduggery told him that he may escape, but only because Ryan was their friend.

Just Another Friday Night

Main article: Just Another Friday Night
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Just Another Friday Night is a short story, exclusive to the Australian edition of The End of the World. It was re-published in Armageddon-Outta-Here.

Derek Landy announced on his blog that the novella would feature a short story about two of the winning characters in his latest create-a-character contest, exclusive to Australia and New Zealand. One female character from the Australian winner and one male character from the New Zealander winner. The winners were Sparky Braginski in Australia and Josie in New Zealand. Sparky created the character Hayley Skirmish and Josie created the character Tane Aiavao. The contest ended on New Years Eve.[2]


The two main characters in the story are searching a mansion inside a graveyard with a large hole, where they are awaiting the arrival of the Doherty clan, all of whom existed as zombies, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie. After the Doherty clan appear, Hayley asks Tane for 'the amulet' - an item suspected to lift the curse from the clan. After it is revealed that Tane does not actually have the amulet on him, the zombie horde attacks and they attempt to fight back. They become quickly outnumbered before Skulduggery and Valkyrie appear, brandishing a staff. Skulduggery tells them that the curse has been lifted and that the staff is there's to destroy before tossing it into a hole, containing "assorted things" where the zombies are supposedly trapped or destroyed.

Skulduggery continues to explain that if they do not make it out of the Graveyard by midnight, then they would inherit the curse. A Hound begins chasing them as they run for the exit, but they make it and the Hound vanishes.

What Might Have Been

Main article: What Might Have Been

What Might Have Been is a non-canon short story featured in the Australian tour edition of Dark Days and the non-Australian edition of The End of the World. It contains three removed scenes from the original version of Skulduggery Pleasant, selected by Derek Landy. He said that in order to prevent spoilers, he selected scenes from Valkyrie's home life.

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