Derek Landy’s original skeleton detective is coming back to life… again! HarperCollins Children’s Books are proud to announce the tenth triumphant book in the phenomenal Skulduggery Pleasant series, publishing in June 2017, following a re-release of books 1-9.

He’s the storyteller you can always trust… to surprise you. The 9-book story arc of Skulduggery Pleasant is done. But the story lived on in Derek Landy’s wonderful imagination – and now it’s back.

The new book, known for now only as Skulduggery Pleasant X, sees Skulduggery and Valkyrie team up with beloved characters from the first 9 books as well as an all-new cast, including new teen co-star Omen Darkly, for an adventure that takes the story to truly global proportions… while answering questions that go right back to the beginning. This will be an incredible day for the legions of fans Derek has amassed around the globe.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy burst onto the publishing scene in 2007 with a colossal splash and a new children’s fiction superstar was born. The last three books have been number-one bestsellers in the UK, Ireland and ANZ, global sales are in excess of 5 million copies and the series can now be read in 36 languages. The awards heaped upon the epic adventure series include the Irish Book of the Decade and the Red House Children’s Book Award. Derek Landy has become a ‘golden god’ to his 80k Facebook followers, a fandom unparalleled for its feverish devotion, and already hungry for the next Derek Landy adventure.

Derek himself says:

“I was halfway through Last Stand of Dead Men, I think, when I realised that I had more stories to tell. I told myself that if Skulduggery and Valkyrie survived the series, I would leave the option open of returning to their world. There were still secrets I need to reveal, after all, and there were still horrors they had to face. They survived the first series. But they’re really going to wish they hadn’t.”

On the deal, Nick Lake, Landy’s editor since the very first Skulduggery Pleasant book in 2007 said:

“It has been an incredible honour to work on Skulduggery for the last ten years, seeing the characters develop along with Derek’s always-growing skills, and most of all his constant desire to find new ways to tell this most epic of stories. Now, Derek is taking his most ambitious step yet, delivering a second installment of Valkyrie and Skulduggery’s journey that brings into focus the vast extent of his vision, and reveals the mind-blowing truths hidden in this remarkable series from the very first page.”

Derek Landy will celebrate the news at YALC, the UK’s first literary convention for Young Adults as part of London Film and Comic Con this weekend. Fans can tweet the hashtag #SPX, from the start of the conference, to be in with a chance of winning one of five signed, first edition copies of the new book upon release.