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Nationality  Irish
Role  Author
Genre  Children's fantasy

Movies  Boy Eats Girl
Name  Derek Landy
Awards  Hampshire Book Award
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Notable awards  Red House Children's Book Award 2008 Skulduggery Pleasant
Nominations  Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature
People also search for  Stephen Bradley, Paul Huberman, Anna Rackard, Andrew Lowe, Ed Guiney
Books  Skulduggery Pleasant, Skulduggery Pleasant: The Facel, Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil, Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bri, Skulduggery Pleasant: Dying of t

Notable works  Skulduggery Pleasant
Education  Drogheda Grammar School

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Derek Landy (born 23 October 1974) is an Irish author and screenwriter, best known for the Skulduggery Pleasant series of young adult's books.


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Landy has written two screenplays that have been made into films, the IFTA award winning Dead Bodies and the IFTA nominated Boy Eats Girl starring Samantha Mumba. Landy himself was nominated for an IFTA for Best Script.

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Frustrated with the collaborative process of filmmaking, Landy moved on to writing the Skulduggery Pleasant, starting with Skulduggery Pleasant. The novel was published by Harper Collins, who paid £1.8 million for the publishing rights. There are 10 books in the series. In 2007, he signed a deal with Warner Bros. worth an estimated US$1 million for the rights to adapt his Skulduggery Pleasant series, which he will adapt himself. However, his script was constantly rewritten and Landy, unhappy with the results, bought back the rights. He is currently working on a script with the producers of Clash of the Titans.

Landy is a fan of Joss Whedon's works, notably Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. He is also a fan of Gilmore Girls and Doctor Who.

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Landy wrote a short story based on the tenth Doctor from Doctor Who as part of a short story collection celebrating the show's 50th Anniversary. The story was published by Puffin in 2013, titled "The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage".

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  • Skulduggery Pleasant (April 2007); US title Sceptre of the Ancients for distinction from the series name
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire (April 2008)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (April 2009)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days (April 2010)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil (September 2010)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer (September 2011)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The End of the World (March 2012), novella
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked (August 2012)
  • Tanith Low: The Maleficent Seven (March 2013), spin-off novella
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men (August 2013)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Armageddon Outta Here (August 2014), short story collection
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light (August 2014)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection (June 2017)
  • Demon Road

  • Demon Road (August 2015)
  • Demon Road: Desolation (March 2016)
  • Demon Road: American Monsters (August 2016)
  • Miscellaneous

  • Doctor Who: "The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage" (2013), short story
  • Personal life

    Landy was born on 23 October 1974 in Lusk, County Dublin (Ireland). He attended Drogheda Grammar School during his childhood years, briefly studied animation at Ballyfermot College, and has a black belt in kenpo karate. Prior to his contract with HarperCollins, he worked on his parents' vegetable farm.


    In a review of his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant, Sarah Webb of the Irish Independent wrote that it "is taut, full of zippy dialogue and fantastically visual".


    In 2008, Landy won the Red House Children's Book Award. Playing with Fire, Mortal Coil and Last Stand of Dead Men each won the senior Irish Children's Book Award, in 2009, 2010 and 2013. In addition in 2010 Skulduggery Pleasant (Sceptre of the Ancients) was voted as Irish book of the decade.


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