The Skulduggery Pleasant series has been popular in our library since the debut of book one! Today we have a few questions for author Derek Landy and info on his super hot series!
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant. Sure, he may lose his head now and again (in fact, he won his current skull in a poker match), but he is much more than he appears to be—which is good, considering that he is, basically, a skeleton. Skulduggery may be long dead, but he is also a mage who dodged the grave so that he could save the world from an ancient evil. But to defeat it, he'll need the help of a new partner: a not so innocent twelve-year-old girl named Stephanie. That's right, they're the heroes.
Stephanie and Skulduggery are quickly caught up in a battle to stop evil forces from acquiring her recently deceased uncle's most prized possession—the Sceptre of the Ancients. The Ancients were the good guys, an extinct race of uber-magicians from the early days of the earth, and the scepter is their most dangerous weapon, one capable of killing anyone and destroying anything. Back in the day, they used it to banish the bad guys, the evil Faceless Ones. Unfortunately, in the way of bad guys everywhere, the Faceless Ones are staging a comeback and no one besides our two heroes believes in the Faceless Ones, or even that the Sceptre is real.
So Stephanie and Skulduggery set off to find the Sceptre, fend off the minions of the bad guys, beat down vampires and the undead, prove the existence of the Ancients and the Faceless Ones, all while trading snappy, snippy banter worthy of the best screwball comedies.
Valkyrie Cain-once known to the world as twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgely-has learned a great deal since beginning her apprenticeship to Skulduggery Pleasant, the well-dressed living-dead wizard-detective. But she hasn't learned nearly enough to defeat the horrors massing against her and her friends:
An old foe of Skulduggery's, Baron Vengeous, is bent on bringing back to life the horrible Grotesquery-an unkillable monster assembled from the most fearsome beasts of legend.
It's up to the ingenious, fearless, and hilarious Valkyrie and Skulduggery to stop the Grotesquery from coming fully to life. Because once it is alive, it will call to its masters, the evil Faceless Ones whose return will mean the end of the world.
Valkyrie screamed, sprinting toward Skulduggery.
He looked up and reached out to her, but it was too late.
f you've read the other Skulduggery books by Derek Landy (and you really should have read them by now), you've seen it all before: Some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie fight valiantly to stop it from happening. A few people get hurt, sure, but everything's all right in the end.
Well, not this time.
Now Mr. Landy we have a few questions for you!
I read on your website that you used to use to write screenplays for zombie movies..considering zombies (among other paranormal things) are all the rage right now, what is your favorite zombie movie and/or book and why?
My favourite zombie movie is probably… eeep, I don’t know… “Dawn of the Dead,” maybe. I used to love that when I was a teenager! The remake isn’t bad at all- I was quite impressed. I’m pretty sure, actually, that I cannot answer this question! “28 Days Later” is terrifying! “Shaun of the Dead” is hilarious! “Zombieland” is brilliant! See??
The first Skullduggery Pleasant book is a Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Nominee for 2010 (http://www.pnla.org/). As a writer, does this kind of recognition of your work help fuel your writing goals or would you still be writing if only your relatives were reading your work?
Writer’s WRITE, regardless of whether or not anyone is reading. It’s what we do. If I had never come up with Skulduggery, if I had never made it this far in my career, I’d still be writing in my spare time, TRYING to make it. Really, I wouldn’t have any other choice. Writing is like a sickness that you just never recover from.
As a published writer, awards and nominations and this kind of recognition is astonishingly important. Books are written in a vacuum, away from normal people, where the writer lives in his head for months on end. To be nominated for the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award lets me know that there are actually people out there who are reading these things…! You have to understand, before Skulduggery, I had never won anything in my life! Being nominated for these things still kinds of freaks me out…!
BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE!
Derek Landy is visiting more library blogs all this week. Read more about him and about Skulduggery Pleasant at these great blog sites: Essex Library Teen Space, Green Bean Teen Queen, Read Kiddo Read, and Wondrous Reads.
You can also read Derek Landy’s hilarious new personal blog, “Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress.”