|Born||October 23, 1974|
Lusk, Dublin, Ireland
Derek Landy is the author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series.
Derek Landy was born in 1974 in Lusk, County Dublin. He went to art college but left after a year. He has written two screenplays that have been made into films. The IFTA award winner Dead bodies and a IFTA nominee Boy Eats Girl. (In a biography he refers to them as "a zombie movie and a slasher thriller where everybody gets killed")
He himself was nominated for an IFTA for Best Script.
Later he moved on to writing the Skulduggery Pleasant novels. The first novel of the series was Skulduggery Pleasant (Later re-titled as Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients for the paperback release in the USA) was published by HarperCollins (which according to The Sunday Times paid €1million for the publishing rights).
He currently lives on the edge of Dublin with his many cats and dogs.
He wrote two stories that are not set in the Skulduggery Pleasant Universe: One for a Hallowe'en anthology and another for the Doctor Who Universe, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who. A story he wrote on Twitter may or may not be canonical to the Skulduggery Pleasant Universe.
Nothing much is to be found about Derek Landy's history as his autobiographies are very vague (In most of them he writes "The reason Derek writes his own biographical blurb is so he can finally refer to himself in third person without looking pompous or insane". He also mentions that for the earlier part of his life, he was raised by foxes. But presumably, this is not true). He said that he, prior to writing the Skulduggery Pleasant series, foiled a giggling maniac's citywide crime spree, wrestled a grizzly bear, and found the lost city of gold, also saying that he promptly lost the lost city of gold, because he was unable to remember which big tree it was next to.
He attended Drogheda Grammar School and that he is also a black belt in kenpo karate. (In an autobiography he wrote that "he has taught countless children how to defend themselves in the hopes of building his own private munchkin army".)
Many other videos can be found at HarperCollins Children's Books
- Red House Children's book award (2008, book 1)
- Hampshire book award (2008, book 1)
- Bolton children's book award (2008,book 1)
- Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction award (2008, book 1)
- Portsmouth book award (2008, book 1)
- Kernow Youth award (2009, book 1)
- Grampian book award (2009, book 1)
- Senior Irish Children's book award (2009, Playing With Fire)
- Senior Irish Children's book award (2010, Mortal Coil)
- Irish book of the decade (2010, book 1)