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Derek Landy
Landy in Edinburgh, August 2011
Landy in Edinburgh, August 2011
Born Derek Landy
23 October 1974 (1974-10-23) (age 46)
Lusk, County Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Genre Children's fantasy
Notable works Skulduggery Pleasant and Demon Road series
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 book series.


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 series, starting with the novel of the same name. The novel was published by Harper Collins, who paid £1.8 million for the publishing rights. There are 13 books in the series with 3 spin offs. 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. 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. 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".

Personal life

Landy attended Drogheda Grammar School during his childhood years, and later studied animation at Ballyfermot College. He also has a black belt in kenpo karate. Prior to his contract with HarperCollins, he worked on his parents' vegetable farm.


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

Skulduggery Pleasant series

First series

Second series

  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection (June 2017)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Midnight (June 2018)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Bedlam (May 2019)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Seasons of War (April 2020)

Skulduggery Pleasant: Dead or Alive 2021

Demon Road

  • The Demon Road Trilogy: Demon Road'' (August 2015) (also titled ''The Demon Road Trilogy: Hell and Highway''Demon road hell and highway)
  • The Demon Road Trilogy: Desolation (March 2016)
  • The Demon Road Trilogy: American Monsters (August 2016) (also titled The Demon Road Trilogy: Infernal Finale)


  • Doctor Who: "The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage" (2013), short story
  • The Black Order (2019), comic series
  • Marvel Comics #1000: "Deadpool Locked" (2019),
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2020), tie-in comic series
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