Derek Landy

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Derek Landy
Notable work(s) Skulduggery Pleasant

Derek Landy (born October 23, 1974) is an Irish author and screenwriter, best known for the Skulduggery Pleasant series of children'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] He plans to write 9 books in the series.  In 2007, he signed a deal with Warner Bros. worth an estimated $1 million USD 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 Joss Whedon's works, notably Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials 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 also planning a second series due September 2014.

Currently, Landy writing the last book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. The book's release date has been confirmed as August 28, 2014. He has also written three new short stories and one new novella for a short story collection entitled "Skulduggery Pleasant: Armageddon Outta Here", which was released on July 3rd, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Landy was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland.[5] Landy attended Drogheda Grammar School during his childhood years and briefly studied animation at Ballyfermot College.[6]  Landy 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 and Mortal Coil both won the senior Irish Children's Book Award, in 2009 and 2010.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Dwyer, Clara (2011-12-11). "Plotting a great escape". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b Webb, Sarah (2007-02-24). "Skulduggery that's worth a cool £1.8m!". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Warner Bros. scoops high-profile kids' book series". Reuters. 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  4. ^ Rowbotham, Jill (2010-03-06). "Pointing the Bone". The Australian. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer". RTÉ.ie. 2011-10-13. Archived from the original on 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  6. ^ Spain, John (2007-02-24). "Gardener in ?1.5m book deal hailed as new JK Rowling". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  7. ^ Pauli, Michelle (2008-05-31). "Hay festival: Derek Landy wins Red House prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 

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