The first ever graphic novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author Derek Landy

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Derek Landy’s cult series Skulduggery Pleasant is an international sensation with six million copies sold worldwide and translated into thirty-nine languages. In Bad Magic, the fan-favourite fantasy detective is brought vibrantly to life in full colour as never before…

A small town in the middle of Ireland, a string of unexplained deaths and a monster on the loose.

Better call in the experts.

When Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain drive into Termoncara, they discover a town with a dark past and a people haunted by their own secrets. There is a creature stalking the streets – a creature who delights in cruelty, who feeds off the little hatreds, who grows stronger with every drop of blood spilled.

The Skulduggery universe has exploded since the initial acquisition, with a 15-book series, two World Book Day books, a novella, a short story collection, a prequel and The Skulduggery Pleasant Grimoire. Now horror and mystery collide in an original graphic novel by Derek Landy, P. J. Holden, Matt Soffe, Rob Jones and Pye Parr. An unrivalled treat for Skulduggery Pleasant’s ravenous fanbase whilst offering a completely original story for fantasy fiction aficionados and reluctant readers.


Derek Landy is the number one bestselling author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series with global sales nearing six million copies and translated into thirty-nine languages. The awards heaped upon the epic adventure series include the Irish Book of the Decade and the Red House Children’s Book Award. Since 2018, Derek Landy has written numerous comic book series at Marvel Comics including star properties ‘Captain American’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Avengers’. Bad Magic is Derek Landy’s first graphic novel. Derek is based in Ireland.


Website: www.skulduggerypleasant.co.uk Instagram: @dereklandyofficial X: @dereklandy


Praise for the Skulduggery Pleasant series

‘A writer at the height of his powers . . . Whatever your age, read them and enjoy the ride’ Irish Independent

‘Derek Landy, a master juggler of scary and funny’ The Times

‘Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure’ Rick Riordan

‘Landy’s witty style will win him fans of all ages’ Irish Mail on Sunday

‘Hugely enjoyable – a thrill-a-minute adventure’ Jonathan Stroud

‘A fast evolving plot and a great mix of scariness and humour’ Sunday Express 

‘Exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun’ Philip Ardagh, Guardian 

‘Gripping’ Observer

‘A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue’ Irish Times

‘A rip-roaring adventure’ Irish Sunday Independent

‘Fast and funny’ The Times


More info and contact details:

Bad Magic

A Skulduggery Pleasant Graphic Novel By  Derek Landy

P J. Holden, Matt Soffe, Rob Jones & Pye Parr

12 October 2023

£14.99 | HarperCollins Children’s Books

Paperback Original | ISBN: 978-000-858-5785


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