Joseph Delaney

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Joseph Delaney
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Delaney at Salon du livre 2008 (Paris, France)
Born Joseph Henry Delaney
(1945-07-25) 25 July 1945 (age 69)
Preston, Lancashire, England, U.K.
Alma mater Lancaster University[1]

Joseph Henry Delaney is a British former teacher and currently an author of science fiction and fantasy books.

Life and career[edit]

On first leaving school, Delaney started work as an apprentice engineer. When he finished school, he became an English teacher, with his initial literary specialisation being in the area of vampire lore. In his capacity as a teacher, he worked to establish the Media and Film Studies department at Blackpool Sixth Form College.[2]

Delaney's writing career began with the release of a sci-fi book, written under the pen-name of J.K. Haderack. This was followed up by releases under his real name, including his first children's novel, which was in part based upon actual experiences and memories he had as a youth. Additional works were produced to expand that single work into a series of titles tailored primarily at Young Adult and Adult Fiction audiences. The books that he wrote after his first pen-name book were The Wardstone Chronicles.

Delaney stepped down from his position as a teacher in order to devote his energies to a full-time writing career. He has three children and nine grandchildren.

The Wardstone Chronicles (UK) / Last Apprentice (USA)[edit]

The Wardstone Chronicle Series is an examination of a Master / Student relationship particular to the supernatural.

"The County", as written about in the books, is based on Lancashire in the North of England. The locations concerned are also largely based on those known to Delaney, for example: the town of Priestown is based loosely on Preston, where he was born; Lancaster becomes Caster; Blackpool is now the Black Pool; and Chipping is Chipenden. He still lives in the same area that "The County" is based on.

The film adaptation of the Spook's Apprentice, titled Seventh Son, is currently in production and is due out in February 2015.[3] Ben Barnes will star as the main protagonist, Thomas Ward. Along with Jeff Bridges as John Gregory, the Spook, Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin, Alicia Vikander as Alice Deane, Kit Harington as Billy Bradley, Djimon Hounsou as Radu, an original character, and Antje Traue as Bony Lizzie.[4]

The Wardstone Chronicles[edit]

  1. The Spook's Apprentice (Reprinted in the USA as: The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch) - 2004
  2. The Spook's Curse (Reprinted in the USA as: The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane) - 2005
  3. The Spook's Secret (Reprinted in the USA as: The Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer) 2006
  4. The Spook's Battle (Reprinted in the USA as: The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend) - 2007
  5. The Spook's Mistake (Reprinted in the USA as: The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye) - 2008
  6. The Spook's Sacrifice (Reprinted in the USA as: The Last Apprentice: Clash of the Demons) - 2009
  7. The Spook's Nightmare (Reprinted in the USA as: The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress) - 2010
  8. The Spook's Destiny (Reprinted in the USA as: The Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen) - 2011
  9. Spook's: I Am Grimalkin (Reprinted in the USA as The Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the witch assassin) - October 2011
  10. The Spook's Blood (Reprinted in the USA as : The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead )- June 2012
  11. Spook's: Slither's Tale (Reprinted in the USA as : The Last Apprentice: Slither) - 2013
  12. Spook's: Alice (Reprinted in the USA as : The Last Apprentice: I Am Alice) - September 3, 2013
  13. The Spook's Revenge (Reprinted in the USA as : The Last Apprentice: Fury of the Seventh Son) - April 15, 2014

Joseph Delaney has also written spin-off novels set in the world of the Wardstone Chronicles;


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