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 author of science fiction and fantasy books.

Life and career[edit]

Delaney was born in 1945 in Preston, Lancashire, England. He attended the Regent House Grammar School in Newtownards, Northern Ireland and graduated from Lancaster University. Following graduation, Delaney worked as an apprentice engineer, but eventually became an English teacher at Blackpool Sixth Form College, where he helped start the Media and Film Studies Department.[2][3]

His first works were written under the pseudonym J.K. Haderack. Beginning with the publication of the first book of The Wardstone Chronicles in 2004, published under his real name, Delaney achieved international success chronicling the adventures of his lead character, Thomas J. Ward. The Wardstone Chronicles are published in 24 countries: UK, USA, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and Turkey. Sales of the Chronicles have exceeded 1 million copies. [4]

Delaney retired from teaching following publication of the second of The Wardstone Chronicles books and now writes full-time.[5] He identifies J.R.R. Tolkein and Frank Herbert as two authors who were his biggest inspirations.[6]

He has three children and seven grandchildren.[7]

Delaney shares the same name (including middle name) with the late Joseph H. Delaney, an American science fiction author of several books and short stories.

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

The Wardstone Chronicles (published as The Last Apprentice series in the USA) follow Thomas "Tom" Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son who is apprenticed to John Gregory to become a Spook - a master fighter of supernatural evil. John Gregory is the Spook for "the County" and gives Tom practical instruction on tackling ghosts, ghasts, witches, boggarts, and all manner of other things that serve "The Dark". Tom soon discovers that most of John Gregory's apprentices have failed for various reasons, including being killed in the process of learning how to be a Spook. As the Chronicles progress the focus expands to other characters such as the assassin Grimalkin and the young witch Alice Dean; overall the series develops the plot line of Tom being destined to either save the world or destroy it.

"The County" referenced in the Chronicles is based on Lancashire in the North of England. Various County fictional towns are thinly-veiled modern day cities; for example, the town of Priestown is based on Preston (where author Delaney was born); Caster is Lancaster; Black Pool is Blackpool; Chipenden is Chipping.[8]

The film adaptation of The Spook's Apprentice, titled Seventh Son and directed by Sergey Bodrov, is currently in production and is due out in February 2015.[9] Ben Barnes will star as the main protagonist Thomas Ward. Other actors cast are 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.[10]

The Starblade Chronicles[edit]

The Starblade Chronicles are a planned trilogy following the continued adventures of Tom Ward, who has finished his apprenticeship and is now a Spook in his own right dedicated to fighting an unparalleled evil threatening the County, and the world. However, unlike past Spooks, Tom is only seventeen, and he is met with doubt and distrust by many in the County owing to his age. Complicating matters is his interactions with Jenny; the fifteen year old girl seeks to be his "apprentice" notwithstanding that females have never been Spooks before.

The Wardstone Chronicles and The Starblade Chronicles are jointly referred to as The Spook's Series.[11]

The Wardstone Chronicles / The Last Apprentice[edit]

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

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

  • The Spook's Tale / Interception Point - This short story was combined with Mark Walden's Interception Point as part of a small (128 pages) special publication for World Book Day UK 2009 which could be purchased at that event for a £1 coupon.[12] - 2009
  • The Last Apprentice: The Spook's Tale And Other Horrors - A collection of four short stories [The Spook's Tale; Alice's Tale; Grimalkin's Tale; A Gallery of Villians]; this is a USA-released compilation incorporating the earlier published The Spook's Tale. - 2009
  • The Spook's Stories: Witches - A collection of four short stories [Meg Skelton; Dirty Dora; Alice And The Brain Guzzler; The Banshee Witch]. Published in the USA as The Last Apprentice - A Coven of Witches. - 2009
  • The Spook's Bestiary - A guidebook to the creatures found in The Wardstone Chronicles universe. Published in the USA as The Last Apprentice - The Spook's Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark. - 2010

In 2014, Stephen Delaney, Joseph Delaney's son, adapted The Spook's Apprentice into a 160-page play script; it is published under the title The Spook's Apprentice - Play Edition.[13]

The Starblade Chronicles[edit]

  1. A New Darkness - 2014

Other Novels & Works[edit]

  • Mysterious Erotic Tales (writing as J.K. Haderack - Contributing author of Elvara Should Be Easy to this short story anthology) - 1996
  • Mercer's Whore (writing as J.K. Haderack) - 1997
  • Half-Minute Horrors (Contributing author of All Fingers and Thumbs to this short story anthology) - 2009
  • Haunted (Contributing author of The Castle Ghosts to this short story anthology) - 2011
  • The Ghost Prison (The book occupies the same world as The Wardstone Chronicles, but with different characters and story lines) - 2013

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