Jamie Thompson's ' The Dark Lord' Wins Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012

Press Release

06 Nov 2012

Orchard Books is thrilled to announce that Jamie Thomson, author of Dark Lord: The Teenage Years is a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner 2012 in the 7-14 category.

Dark Lord: The Teenage Years follows thirteen-year-old schoolboy, Dirk Lloyd, who has a dark secret - in fact he is a dark secret. Dirk is the earthly incarnation of a Dark Lord, supreme ruler of the Darklands, intent on destruction and bloody devastation. Dark Lord was hurled by his arch-foe's spells into the Pit of Uttermost Despair. At the bottom of the Pit lies...a supermarket car park in modern day England.

And so begins Dirk's battle to recover his dignity, his power, and his lands... He faces being fostered by the Purejoie family; endless hours of drudgery at the Whiteshields Brainwashing Centre (aka school); two interfering Psychotic Persecutors (psychotherapists); and constant disrespect when he attempts to marshall his lackeys and lickspittles (friends) to do what he wants them to…

Jamie Thomson says: "I'm thrilled to win the Roald Dahl Funny prize, especially considering the quality of the other books on the shortlist! Many thanks to the judges and voters. I defeated so many dark lord characters in games throughout the years, and I decided I needed to tell the Dark Lord's point of view - is he misunderstood?"

Dark Lord adds: "This is only what I deserve. Bow down and worship me, you wormlings"

Megan Larkin, Publishing Director of Orchard Books, says: "Winning the Roald Dahl Funny Prize will, I hope, save me and all the other minions at Orchard Books from being sent to the rendering vats to be turned into sausages. Such a great honour should appease even the mighty Dirk Lloyd. We are all truly thrilled."

About Jamie Thomson: Jamie Thomson is the minion and slave of the Dark Lord, Dirk Lloyd. He’s an author and games developer who has written numerous choose-your-own-adventure style gamebooks, including some titles from the Fighting Fantasy series and The Way of the Tiger (six linked adventures about a ninja hero: each title sold more than 60,000 copies in the UK alone). The software version of The Way of the Tiger from Gremlin Graphics went straight to number one. While working at Games Workshop, he was one of the developers of the computer game The Tower of Despair.

The Dark Lord series is written under Jamie Thomson’s 2007 start-up company, Fabled Lands LLP. Fabled Lands also published its own titles to be launched as iPhone comics or novels; Jamie is currently turning some of his gamebooks (which have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years) into apps.

Jamie Thomson lives in the dungeons below his Master's Iron Tower in East Sussex, chained to a desk, where he spends every day writing for his overlord. Or else.