Derek Landy (born 23 October 1974) is an Irish author and screenwriter, best known for the Skulduggery Pleasant series of young adult's books.
Skulduggery Pleasant series, started with Skulduggery Pleasant which won the Red House Book Award. It was published by Harper Collins, who paid £1.8 million for the publishing rights.There are 13 books in the series, with a 14th said to be in the works. 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. However, his script was constantly rewritten and Landy, unhappy with the results, bought back the rights. He is currently[when?] 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.