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The Skulduggery Pleasant series is a series of books written by Derek Landy, with ten main books in total and two spin-off books. Originally the books of the first series were released every April, but Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil was released in September and since then, the books were released in late-August or early-September. The last installment of the first series was released in August 2014, and a second series starting with a new book that was released in June 2017. The series is illustrated by Tom Percival.

When the new paperbacks were released, they came with several bonus short stories which are all set a few months after the story line of each book. They also came with new covers. The short stories were later removed and published in a collection in July 2014.

Derek has also started writing a number of feature-length novellas, starting with The End of the World in February 2012. The Maleficent Seven, starring Tanith Low, was released in March 2013. Armageddon-Outta-Here, a collection of every previously published short story and new content, was published July 3rd 2014. It also included a short story that manifested into a full-length novella: Get Thee Behind Me, Bubba Moon.

Derek's second series is Demon Road. The first book in the series was released in 2015.

The Series

Main Books

# Name Picture Release date
First series
1 Skulduggery Pleasant Book1 April 3, 2007
2 Playing With Fire Book2 April 1, 2008
3 The Faceless Ones Book3 April 6, 2009
4 Dark Days Book4 April 1, 2010
5 Mortal Coil MortalCoil September 2, 2010
6 Death Bringer Death Bringer September 1, 2011
7 Kingdom of the Wicked 100px-Kingdom of the Wicked Front Cover August 30, 2012
8 Last Stand of Dead Men Last Stand of Dead Men Cover August 29, 2013
9 The Dying of the Light The Dying of the Light Cover August 28, 2014 
Second series
10 Resurrection Skulduggery Pleasant Resurrection June 1, 2017

Novellas

Name Picture Release date
The End of the World
The End Of The World
February 23, 2012
The Maleficent Seven
Maleficent Seven
March 28, 2013
Armageddon-Outta-Here
Armageddon-Outta-Here Cover
July 3, 2014
Get Thee Behind Me, Bubba Moon
Armageddon-Outta-Here Cover
July 3, 2014

Short Stories

Name Collected In Release date
The Lost Art Of World Domination
Skulduggery Pleasant (book) (Paperback), Armageddon Outta Here
2007
Gold, Babies And The Brothers Muldoon
Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire (Paperback), Armageddon Outta Here
2008
The Slightly Ignominious End To The Legend Of Black Annis
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (Paperback), Armageddon Outta Here
2009
The Wonderful Adventures of Geoffrey Scrutinous
Mortal Coil (Paperback), Armageddon Outta Here
2010
Myosotis Terra
Mortal Coil (German and Australian/N.Z Editions only), Armageddon-Outta-Here
2011
Trick Or Treat
Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress, Armageddon-Outta-Here
October 31, 2011
Just Another Friday Night
The End of the World (Australia/N.Z Editions only), Armageddon-Outta-Here
February 23, 2012
What Might Have Been
The End of the World
February 23, 2012
The Button
Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress (Formerly), Armageddon-Outta-Here
December 21, 2012
Across a Dark Plain
Armageddon-Outta-Here
July 3, 2014
The Horror Writer's Halloween Ball
Armageddon-Outta-Here
July 3, 2014
Friday Night Fights
Armageddon-Outta-Here
July 3, 2014
Death and Texas
Armageddon-Outta-Here
January 29, 2015
Eyes of the Beholder
Armageddon-Outta-Here
January 29, 2015
Theatre of Shadows
Armageddon-Outta-Here
January 29, 2015

Other Media

Name Picture Release date
The Quest
SPTheQuest
2007
The Munchkin Army
SPTheMunchkinArmy
2008
Skulduggery Pleasant
(Unreleased)
Theatre of Shadows
PRISONER
September 27, 2014 
Skulduggery Pleasant Invaders
ImageProxy
March 3, 2015 

Merchandise

Timeline

Main article: Timeline
SP Timeline 1
SP Timeline 2

Book Covers

Tom Percival has designed every cover for the Skulduggery Pleasant series, as well as drawing the back cover artwork, the alternate paperback artwork and many character portraits. He reprised his role as artist for the three spin-off novellas: The End of the World, The Maleficent Seven and Armageddon Outta Here.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light
  • Skulduggery Pleasant Paperback
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire Paperback
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones Paperback
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark days Paperback
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil Paperback
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer Paperback
  • Slukduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked Paperback
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men Paperback
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light Paperback
  • Skulduggery Pleasant - Resurrection.png Skulduggery Pleasent: Resurrection
  • The End of The World
  • The Maleficent Seven
  • The Maleficent Seven Paperback
  • Armageddon Outta Here Cover
  • Last Stand of Dead Men Back Cover
  • The Dying of the Light Back Cover
  • Skulduggery Pleasant American Cover
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire American Cover
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones American Cover

The first nine images are the original front covers. The next nine are the new covers for the paperbacks. The next one is not yet revealed as a paperback or hardback The next four are the novellas: The End of the World, The Maleficent Seven, the paperback of The Maleficent Seven and Armageddon-Outta-Here. The next are seven of the back covers (without text) for the new paperbacks. The last three covers are the US-exclusive editions, also drawn by Tom Percival.

Trivia

  • The books are divided into three trilogies: The Faceless Ones Trilogy, the Necromancers Trilogy and the Darquesse Trilogy.
    • Each book has a theme. (e.g. Horror, Sciene Fiction, Super-hero, War, etc.)
  • Playing With Fire is the only book to end with a fight about to begin.
  • Dark Days is the only book to open from the antagonist's point of view, excluding the prologue to Last Stand of Dead Men.
  • Dark Days and Mortal Coil are the only books to be released within the same year (2010). However, the novellas were released in the years 2012 - 2014 a few months before the main books were.
  • Death Bringer is the first book in the series to have a prologue.
  • As the book series progresses each book expands in length, with each one having approx. five chapters difference. The difference between the first book and the fifth being ten chapters. This is similar to the Harry Potter series, where each book's length from 1-5 increased.
    • In terms of individual words, Last Stand of Dead Men was the longest.
    • The Maleficent Seven is one-third the length of the first book.
  • The Australian, New Zealand and Spanish versions of the books have their book height changed every trilogy.
  • The original cover of every Skulduggery Pleasant book has the main protagonist(s) on the front cover and the antagonist on the back cover. The first book had a protagonist on both the front and back covers.
    • The paperbacks had Skulduggery on the front cover and Valkyrie (and/or Darquesse) on the back.
    • The 2017 paperbacks had an assortment of characters on the front and no artwork on the back.
  • All main books in the series depict Skulduggery holding fire, except for Mortal Coil, Kingdom of the Wicked, Last Stand of Dead Men and The Dying of the Light (although fire is present in the background).
  • The Faceless Ones and Necromancer trilogies end with a major cliffhanger.
    • Every main book except the first, the second, the fifth and the ninth end with a cliffhanger.
    • The Maleficent Seven ends with a number of unresolved plot points.
  • Kingdom of the Wicked is the only book in the series to have an epilogue.
  • While Last Stand of Dead Men doesn't have a designated prologue, it has two chapters set before the events of the book.
    • While it doesn't have an epilogue, it has two chapters that deal with the immediate events after the War, leading into The Dying of the Light.
  • Every main book from Death Bringer onward has a quote after the prologue.
  • Armageddon-Outta-Here contains every Short Story ever printed, along with a new novella, three new short stories and a chapter from The Dying of the Light.
    • It also contains a new timeline with updated setting dates for the short stories (See above).

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