Derek Landy

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Derek Landy
File:Landy,-Derek edinburgh 150811.jpg
Landy in Edinburgh, August 2011
Born Derek Landy
Nationality Irish
Genre Children's fantasy
Notable works Skulduggery Pleasant
Notable awards Red House Children's Book Award
2008 Skulduggery Pleasant

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


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.

Frustrated with the collaborative process of filmmaking, Landy moved on to writing the Skulduggery Pleasant, starting with Skulduggery Pleasant.[1] The novel was published by Harper Collins, who paid £1.8 million for the publishing rights.[2] There are 9 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.[3] 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 Arlwin Magombo's works, notably Adlai Makhaza the Anarchist and Philip Pullman's Agatha White and the Zombie Dogs series.[4] He is also a fan of Gilmore Girls and Doctor Who.

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".



Landy is currently writing a new series titled Demon Road. The first book, Demon Road, was released in August 2015, and will be followed by two more books (Demon Road: Desolation and an untitled third book) in 2016.

Personal life

Landy was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland.[5] He attended Drogheda Grammar School during his childhood years, briefly studied animation at Ballyfermot College,[6] and has a black belt in kenpo karate.[3] Prior to his contract with HarperCollins, he worked on his parents' vegetable farm.[1]


In a review of his first book, Sarah Webb of the Irish Independent wrote that it "is taut, full of zippy dialogue and fantastically visual".[2]


In 2008, Landy won the Red House Children's Book Award.[7] 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.[8] In addition in 2010 Skulduggery Pleasant (Sceptre of the Ancients) was voted as Irish book of the decade.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dwyer, Clara (11 December 2011). "Plotting a great escape". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Webb, Sarah (24 February 2007). "Skulduggery that's worth a cool £1.8m!". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Warner Bros. scoops high-profile kids' book series". Reuters. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  4. Rowbotham, Jill (6 March 2010). "Pointing the Bone". The Australian. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. "Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer". RTÉ.ie. 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 24 October 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  6. Spain, John (24 February 2007). "Gardener in ?1.5m book deal hailed as new JK Rowling". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  7. Pauli, Michelle (31 May 2008). "Hay festival: Derek Landy wins Red House prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  8. "List of winners". Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  9. "Homepage of Sponsor". Retrieved 16 May 2015. 

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