Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He is the author of the Wardstone Chronicles a thirteen book series that concluded in 2013 and A New Darkness, the first book in the next series The Starblade Chronicles which was released in June 2014. His tales about the Spook and his apprentice Tom Ward are very much inspired by Lancashire folklore and landscape although the books refer only to the County.
Boggarts and witches are the main routine enemies of the Spook and his apprentice, Tom. But the Devil also features in many Lancashire Folk Tales and has entered the Spook’s Series too, mainly referred to as the Fiend. He is the dark personified, the adversary that Tom was born to fight; a deadly struggle that began in ‘The Spook’s Battle’ (published in June 2007) and will probably continue until the last book in the series.
He first got the idea for the series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later developed this into ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’, the first book in the series.
The first series has been translated into 24 languages and the first book in The Wardstone Chronicles, The Last Apprentice inspired a major motion picture, Seventh Son which opens in the US on February 6th 2015 and the UK in March 26th 2015. Directed by Sergei Bodrov it stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander.
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Look out for the exclusive edition at Waterstones, which contains a Q&A and an extra story, My Name is Kwin.
I signed 1000 of these a few weeks ago but I also have two signings coming up - both stores in Lancaster on the 13th and then in Carlisle on the 20th. Click Here
My Name Is Kwin I stare at the face in the mirror and mouth the command that begins the ritual: ‘Paint it black!’ The girl in the mirror obeys immediately, her right hand tracing the contours of her top lip with swift, precise strokes. It is time for the second command. ‘Paint it red!’ Once more the hand obeys, this time painting her bottom lip the rich red colour of arterial blood. I smile, and she smiles back at me. But we shouldn’t be smiling, should we? So we twist our features into a suitable scowl. Now she looks fierce. She is someone to be reckoned with. Her dark hair is longer on one side, reaching down to her jaw; on the other it barely reaches her eyebrow, so the scar 308 309 is clearly visible: a thin diagonal line that extends from just below her left eye to her mouth.
I will be on tour for the three weeks as from June 15th, visiting schools in Lancashire, Kent and around Manchester.