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Derek Landy is an Irish writer, screenwriter and author of the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant books series.

He went to Drogheda Grammar School as a child, before later studying animation at Ballyfermot College.

During his free time, Derek loves playing video games, reading comics, and watching far too many movies.

He currently lives in Ireland with a German Shepherd, two geriatric Staffordshire Bull Terriers and a variety of cats.

More about Derek Landy

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Born: 1974

United Kingdom



  1. The Hero of Drumree (2014)

Short Stories

  1. Haunted (2011)
  2. Doctor Who: 12 Doctors 12 Stories (2014)

Skulduggery Pleasant Series

  1. Scepter of the Ancients (2007)
  2. Playing with Fire (2008)
  3. The Faceless Ones (2009)
  4. Dark Days (2010)
  5. Mortal Coil (2010)
  6. Death Bringer (2011)
  7. The End of the World (2012)
  8. Kingdom of the Wicked (2012)
  9. Tanith Low in the Maleficent Seven (2013)
  10. Last Stand of Dead Men (2013)
  11. Armageddon Outta Here (2014)
  12. The Dying of the Light (2014)
  13. Resurrection (2017)
  14. Midnight (2018)
  15. Bedlam (2019)
  16. Seasons of War (2020)

The Demon Road Trilogy

  1. Demon Road (2015)
  2. Desolation (2016)
  3. American Monsters (2016)

Detailed book overview


The Hero of Drumree

Fleece may be among the foot soldiers of the brave Hibernian Army, but his timidity is a continuous source of guilt.

However, when he is sent to face the demons of the Fomorian Empire, he fortuitously becomes the Hero of Drumree.

But given that his strengths have always been words, rather than swords, Fleece soon realizes that his newfound status puts him in a position where he soon faces the most challenging decision of his life—defining to him what it really means to be brave.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00LZGJWQ6
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Short Stories


This is a tremendous collection of ghost stories from some of the most recognized children's authors.

It features:
Derek Landy (Scepter of the Ancients)
Philip Reeve (Mortal Engines)
Joseph Delaney (Revenge of the Witch)
Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising)
Eleanor Updale (Montmorency)
Jamila Gavin (Coram Boy), Mal Peet (Keeper)
Matt Haig (Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest)
Berlie Doherty (The Goblin Baby)
Robin Jarvis (The Dark Portal)
Sam Llewellyn (Little Darlings)

Some of the tales will make you scream and shiver. All of them will however haunt you a tiny bit way after you're done with the book.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1849393218
Publisher: Andersen Press
Doctor Who: 12 Doctors 12 Stories

"Twelve bestselling authors. Twelve Doctors. Twelve exciting adventures."

This book is a collection of all twelve original Doctor Who short stories, touching on every single one of the twelve Doctors.

The collection is written by a selection of twelve of the best children's authors.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0141359885
Publisher: Penguin Group UK

Skulduggery Pleasant Series

Scepter of the Ancients

"She’s only twelve years old. He on the other hand is dead. Yet the two are meant to save the world together. Hopefully."

Gordon, Stephanie’s uncle, is a writer of horror fiction.

When he however passes on, she inherits his estate.

Soon enough, Stephanie discovers that even though her uncle was a writer of horror, it for sure wasn’t fiction.

Chased after by dark forces, she surprisingly finds help from a wisecracking skeleton and crackerjack sorcerer named Skulduggery Pleasant.

NB: This book is also known as Skulduggery Pleasant.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0061231179
Publisher: Harper Trophy
Playing with Fire

With Serpine no longer a problem, the world already feels safe again—at least that’s what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think.

That’s however until the infamous Baron Vengeous engineers a daring and bloody escape from prison.

Soon afterwards, dead bodies and vampires are discovered all over Ireland.

Given that Baron Vengeous is chasing after the lethal armor of Lord Vile, while everyone else is baying for Valkyrie‘s blood, the brave detective pair could very well be going up against their biggest challenge yet.

Could Valkyrie’s biggest threat however be much closer to home than she thinks?

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0008248796
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
The Faceless Ones

“Valkyrie screamed, running toward Skulduggery. He looked up and tried reaching out to her, but it was too late…”

If you've read the any Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy, then you probably already know that things are about to get dangerous for our skeletal hero and his young apprentice.

If you by any chance still haven’t read the previous Skulduggery books, you should probably go back and read them right now, because things are about to get exciting.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0061240935
Publisher: HarperCollins
Dark Days

Skulduggery Pleasant is stuck in a parallel dimension infested by the Faceless Ones.

With no formal, Sanctuary-approved rescue mission, there are no plans of saving him.

But even if Valkyrie’s had a plan of bringing him back, there might not be a place for him to return to given how the band of villains is hell-bent on tearing down the Sanctuary.

Some sinister figures with immense power seem determined to kill Valkyrie.

What’s worse is that a sorcerer named Darquesse plans on destroying the whole world and all its inhabitants.

With Skulduggery gone, the fate of the entire planet rests solely in Valkyrie’s hands.

The dark days are truly here.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0008266349
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Mortal Coil

"Skulduggery Pleasant is many things: a detective, a sorcerer, and a warrior. Oh yeah. He is also dead."

Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain have made it back, only to find their world tilted on its axis.

Valkyrie is struggling to hide the fact that she could very well be the sorceress destined to obliterate the planet.

And the real problem begins when she opts not to tell Skulduggery about her shocking discovery.

With Valkyrie on a mission of her own, Skulduggery and the gang find themselves exposed now more than ever, just as a plague of body-snatching Remnants are unleashed into the world.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0008266363
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Death Bringer

“Skulduggery Pleasant is many things: a detective, a sorcerer, and a warrior. Oh yeah. He is also dead.”

It’s a Good Thing that the Necromancers don’t need Valkyrie to be their Death Bringer anymore.

But that’s only the case because they have already found their Death Bringer, the one person that will disintegrate the doors between life and death.

And from the mere sound of it, that could never be a good thing.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0008266387
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
The End of the World

Desperate for an adventure, fifteen year old Ryan runs away from home.

But the thing with wishes is that sometimes you get exactly what you want.

Before he even reaches far, Ryan crosses paths with a cabal of sorcerers who want him to set off a doomsday device that will wipe out everything and everyone on the planet.

A certain sharply dressed skeleton detective and his teenage apprentice however won’t let that happen.

But Skulduggery and Valkyrie have just a few hours to not only understand what on earth in happening, but also save Ryan and the entire world.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0007458202
Publisher: World Book Day
Kingdom of the Wicked

Magic is a disease.

Normal people all over the land are suddenly developing fierce and uncontrollable powers.

Infected by an unusual strain of magic, they are not only riskings their own lives but also the lives of others around them.

Frightened and befuddled, the Sanctuary is their only hope.

Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain have never been needed as much as they are now.

There’s also another problem. A normal teenage girl named Kitana, and her friends, become incredibly powerful and corrupt after being infected.

Possessing the might of gods, they won’t rest until they tear the whole city to shreds.

Is there anyone who can stop them before it is too late?

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0008266400
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Tanith Low in the Maleficent Seven

"This time round, it’s time for the bad guys to hog all the headlines."

Taken over by a remnant, Tanith Low now recruits a band of villains in a desperate bid to search and steal the four God-Killer level weapons that could destroy Darquesse when she finally surfaces.

They are however not the only ones after the weapons.

An untold group of Sanctuary sorcerers is also after it, whereas Mister Ghastly Bespoke is struggling to not only keep up, but also protect Tanith.

Given the race at hand, Tanith must stay ahead of her teammates and foes, for she’s a villain herself…

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0007531943
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Last Stand of Dead Men

“War is finally here.”

But unlike a war between good and evil, this war is between Sanctuaries.

The Irish Sanctuary has for the longest time been on the verge of collapse, and the rest of the Sanctuaries across the planet just can’t take it anymore.

When allies turns to enemies and friends turn to foes, Skulduggery and Valkyrie must join forces with the other Dead Men in order to stand a chance of maintaining the balance of power, and understand the source of the extensive conspiracy that has been building up for years.

As the war begins, another war flares within Valkyrie.

Her dark side is on the brink of surfacing. And if she lets her guard down, Darquesse—the incredibly powerful being—will burn the world and everyone in it.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0008266424
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Armageddon Outta Here

This book is the ultimate story collection for those who love Skulduggery Pleasant.

Complete with two amazing novellas and fourteen enthralling short stories, the book also comes with three new stories written specifically for this edition.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0007559527
Publisher: HarperCollins
The Dying of the Light

“Valkyrie, Darquesse and Stephanie: the world simply doesn’t have enough room for the three of them. The end will come…”

Although the War of the Sanctuaries was won, it came with its fair share of casualties.

After suffering the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant has to find a way of not only tracking down Darquesse, but also stopping her before she burns the whole world and everyone in it.

And to do that, he’ll have to assemble a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers and criminals—not forgetting Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.

As much as the war may be over, the final battle is just about to start.

And not everyone makes it out alive!

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0008266448
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Much has changed. Roarhaven is now a mystical city where sorcerers operate openly while Valkyrie Cain has been inactive for years, as she recovers from her inner darkness that is Darquesse, which almost tuned the world to ashes.

The one thing that however hasn’t changed is that bad people still endeavor to do bad things, and it’s Skulduggery Pleasant’s job to stop them.

When he learns of a ploy to resurrect a frightening evil, Skulduggery convinces Valkyrie to be part of the mission for just 24 hours.

They will however need someone who’ll go undercover, and that’s where Omen Darkly, a student at the new Corrival Academy, comes in.

One skeleton in a bespoke suit. One grieving young woman. One unremarkable teenage boy. 24 Hours.

No way is this going to end well.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0008266462
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Valkyrie Cain has for the longest time been fighting to protect her loved ones from danger, often winning the battle by Skulduggery Pleasant's side.

A merciless killer however abducts her little sister as a way of drawing Valkyrie into a one final battle.

With the help of Skulduggery and young sorcerer Omen, Valkyrie has only twelve hours to find Alice.

Racing against time, she simply cannot afford to be late.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0008303938
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

On a determined journey to recover her sister's lost soul, Valkyrie Cain faces the High Sanctuary itself. And not even Skulduggery Pleasant can do anything to stop her.

With Abyssinia now on the verge of unleashing a sinister plan, all hope lies in Omen Darkly.

Thousands of innocent lives are at stake.

Valkyrie is however on a desperate mission of her own.

So when the chaos unfolds and enemies are revealed, Omen will have to step up to the plate and play the role of hero that he never signed up for—or die trying.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0008303969
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Seasons of War

“War is on the horizon.”

In a bid to prevent a disaster, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are deployed on a secret mission that takes them from the world they know, to an abandoned land of magic and unyielding terror.

While there, Valkyrie will have to fight like never before—not just against the foes who would love to see her dead, but also against her own self-destructive side.

Sometimes, one has to crawl through the darkness in order to stand in the light.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0008386160
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

The Demon Road Trilogy

Demon Road

Sixteen years old, sharp and vibrant, she’s the average American teenager—until the mask of lies is pealed back and the demons show themselves.

Forced to run for her life, she moves from one threat to another, exposing a web of terror that is part of her life.

Her only hope is her fellow travelers. But they aren’t really what they seem to be…

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0008156923
Publisher: HarperCollins

Still fresh from their intense encounter in New York City at the end of Demon Road, Amber and Milo head north.

Hot on their trail are the Hounds of Hell–the five demonic bikers who will do whatever it takes to capture their quarries and take them back to their unholy master.

To overcome their latest threat, Amber and Milo’s only hope is in Desolation Hill–a tiny town hiding a huge secret.

The town has a dark side, where evil percolates through the ground, until the day that it spreads all over the streets, unleashing the full fury of hell.

That only happens once a year. And it’s almost that night of the year.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0008156992
Publisher: HarperCollins
American Monsters

Bigger. Meaner. stronger.

Amber draws closer to her vicious parents as they make one final hopeless attempt at power play.

Her final hope of salvation is however beyond the ruthless killers.

Amber's future is in her family's past, in the siblings she never knew, and the terrifying events that fell upon them.

Author: Derek Landy
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0008157111
Publisher: HarperCollins