HC Children’s acquires Derek Landy trilogy

HC Children’s acquires Derek Landy trilogy

HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired a YA trilogy from Derek Landy, the author of the Skuldugerry Pleasant series.

The first book, Demon Road, is about a 16-year-old teenager called Amber and her friend Milo who undertake an epic road trip, encountering killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers and demons along the way.

Demon Road will hit bookshops in hardback in September 2015 and books two and three, which are as yet untitled, will follow at six-month intervals.

“Having completely indulged myself whilst writing Skulduggery Pleasant, I needed my new series to be as frenetic, as frightening, and as fun. I am having an indecently splendid time writing about Amber and Milo and the 1970 Dodge Charger they drive (that may or may not have a murderous mind of its own),” said Landy. “I am excited that our six-month publishing schedule means that the books will be moving almost as fast as the car itself, as we get them into the hands of our voracious readers.”

Nick Lake, publishing director at HarperCollins Children’s, acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to the series from Michelle Kass at Michelle Kass Associates.

HarperCollins Children’s is also the publisher of the Skuldugerry Pleasant. The first book in the series, also called Skulduggery Pleasant, was released in 2007, and the final title, The Dying of the Light, came out last year.

The series has racked up volume sales of 1,161,190 in the UK, according to Nielsen BookScan data.