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Skulduggery Pleasant: Who Is Derek Landy? How and When Did The Series Start?

by Conor O'Brien

Skulduggery Pleasant is a series of, to date, 12 fantasy novels written by Irish novelist Derek Landy.

The first book, published in 2007 was also titled Skulduggery Pleasant and effectively built the world that has become familiar in the many sequels. We also met many of the key characters, such as our title character and his partner, then 12-year-old Stephanie Edgley, who becomes sorcerer Valkyrie Cain.

Derek Landy

Derek Landy, a Dublin native and black belt in Kenpo Karate, is the writer behind all twelve books. The famous story is that while in London for a meeting regarding a screenplay, which he also dabbled in, the name Skulduggery Pleasant appeared in his mind. The kind of epiphany the all writers hope for.

A common misconception is that the character of Gordon Edgley, an author of fantasy books, is based upon Landy.

However, this is not the case. It was later revealed that Saracen Rue, a member of the Dead Men, is Landy’s representation in the books, allowing the character to know things that others do not.

The most recent novel, Bedlam, was released in May 2019.

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