Skip to the content

Greg Buchanan

Greg Buchanan was born in 1989 and lives in the Scottish Borders. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD at King’s College London in identification and ethics. He is a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA.

'A dark, ambitious, and highly intelligent thriller' Publishers Weekly 

'Unlike anything else you’ll read this year, 16 HORSES is a deeply disconcerting ride. Irresistible.' Val McDermid

Dark, visceral and disturbing, this highly suspenseful and beautifully written thriller is totally gripping from start to finish. A hugely impressive debut -- Alex Michaelides

Original, beautifully written, terrifying and haunting. I won't forget this novel -- Sophie Hannah

Utterly brilliant. Poetry and cinema at once. If this isn’t one of the biggest titles of 2021 I’ll eat my hat -- CJ Cooke

Poignant, chilling, eerie, and gruesome, Sixteen Horses is a thriller with a literary soul, perfect for fans of Netflix's Dark or BBC's Top of the Lake. Buchanan impressively balances horror and empathy, showing real evil while also exploring the human cost of economic collapse. A unique, ambitious debut that left me shocked and enthralled -- Sara Sligar

His debut literary thriller Sixteen Horses was pre-empted on a 16,000-word partial by Macmillan in the UK and US, with the American deal going for six-figures. Seventeen foreign languages have been pre-empted or auctioned so far. The novel is to be published in 2021 by Macmillan in the UK and US.

 “She thought of the horses, of the eyes in the earth.
She thought about that number, sixteen. That strange number . . .”

Near the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses' heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After forensic veterinarian Cooper Allen travels to the scene, the investigators soon uncover evidence of a chain of crimes in the community – disappearances, arson, and mutilations – all culminating in the reveal of something deadly lurking in the ground itself. 

In the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightening and insidious mysteries – no matter the cost.

A literary thriller from a stunning new talent, Sixteen Horses is a story of enduring guilt, trauma and punishment, set in a small seaside community the rest of the world has left behind . . .

“It is far too soon to call a book of the fair, but one early contender has to be Greg Buchanan’s debut literary thriller.” – The Bookseller

'Utterly brilliant. Poetry and cinema at once. If this isn't one of the biggest titles of 2021, I'll eat my hat' C.J. Cooke 

'Original, beautifully written, terrifying and haunting. I won't forget this novel.' Sophie Hannah 

Greg Buchanan Titles