Joseph Delaney - Author

About the Author

Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. He has three children and seven grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.

Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends.

The Spook's Apprentice, The Spook's Curse and The Spook's Secret have all been shortlisted for the Lancashire children's Book for the Year Award. The Spook's Apprentice is the winner of both the Sefton Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award.

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Spook's Revenge

Spook's Revenge

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Spook's Revenge by Joseph Delaney, read by Thomas Judd. 'He's the seventh son of a seventh son. His name is Thomas J. Ward and he's my gift to the County. When he's old enough we'll send you word. Train him well. He'll be the best apprentice you've ever had and he'll also be your last.'These were the words of Tom's Mam to the county Spook some years ago. As Tom, the Spook and their allies prepare to battle with the Fiend on a huge scale, to finally enact their revenge, it now remains to be seen whether Mam's declaration will come true.

Arena 13: The Warrior

Arena 13: The Warrior

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Arena 13: The Warrior by Joseph Delaney, read by Daniel Weyman, Kristin Atherton and Roy McMillan.After everything Leif has been through in Arena 13, it's finally time for him to fulfil his destiny and accompany his father's people beyond the barrier that imprisons all mankind. Meanwhile, Kwin, the girl he loves, is making waves in the arena as the first woman ever to grace its fighting floor. In their own ways, each of them is fighting to bring down the superhuman monsters that threaten the last people on earth. They might have picked fights they can't win. But freedom could be something worth dying for.Books in the series1: ARENA 132: ARENA 13: THE PREY3: ARENA 13: THE WARRIOR

Spook's: Dark Assassin

Spook's: Dark Assassin

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

The third chilling instalment in the new Spook's legend . . . An assassin lurks in the darkness between earth and oblivion - but who are they, and what is their mission? The people of the County live in fear of the beasts bent on bringing the war to their home. How can they possibly hope to survive when their fearsome enemies are fortified with the power of a god? Could the creature that moves in the darkness be the saviour the County seeks? Praise for A New Darkness: 'A solid, suspenseful, and spooky adventure' Publishers Weekly Praise for The Dark Army: 'Unbeatable stuff for readers who like to be terrified!' Andrea Reece, lovereading4kids

Spook's: Dark Assassin

Spook's: Dark Assassin

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2017

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spook's: Dark Assassin by Joseph Delaney, read by Gabrielle Glaister, Thomas Judd, Sean Barrett and Olivia Mace.The third chilling instalment in the new Spook's legend . . . An assassin lurks in the darkness between earth and oblivion - but who are they, and what is their mission? The people of the County live in fear of the beasts bent on bringing the war to their home. How can they possibly hope to survive when their fearsome enemies are fortified with the power of a god? Could the creature that moves in the darkness be the saviour the County seeks?Praise for A New Darkness: 'A solid, suspenseful, and spooky adventure' Publishers WeeklyPraise for The Dark Army: 'Unbeatable stuff for readers who like to be terrified!' Andrea Reece, lovereading4kids.co.uk

Arena 13: The Prey

Arena 13: The Prey

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Following the first year of his apprenticeship as an Arena 13 combatant, Leif seeks information from his late father's people. There he learns more about the man, who was the greatest arena fighter ever seen. The man who came so close to destroying the demon Hob, but paid a terrible price for every victory. Leif returns to the fighting floor with a renewed hunger for revenge. But can he remain focused on his training as his passion for his master's daughter, Kwin, grows? And will his place in his master's greater plan help or hinder him in his personal mission to defeat Hob in a fight to the death? The second instalment in the legend of ARENA 13. Books in the series 1: ARENA 13 2: ARENA 13: THE PREY

Arena 13

Arena 13

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

The first book in the exhilarating new fantasy sequence from Joseph Delaney, the multi-million-selling author of The Spook's Apprentice. Welcome to Arena 13. Here warriors fight. Death is never far away . . . Leif has one ambition: to become the best fighter in the notorious Arena 13. Here, punters place wagers on which fighter will draw first blood. And in grudge matches, they bet on which fighter will die. But the country is terrorized by the creature Hob, an evil being who delights in torturing its people, displaying his devasting power by challenging an Arena 13 combatant in a fight to the death whenever he chooses. And this is exactly what Leif wants . . . For he knows Hob's crimes well. and at the heart of his ambition burns the desire for vengeance. Leif is going to take on the monster who destroyed his family. Even if it kills him.

The Ghost Prison

The Ghost Prison

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

`This is the entrance to the Witch Well and behind that door you'd face your worst nightmare. Don't ever go through there.' Night falls, the portcullis rises in the moonlight, and young Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can't be used, whispers and cries in the night . . . and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But who could it be? What prisoner could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out . . . An unforgettable ghost story from the creator of the Wardstone Chronicles (Spook's Apprentice) series.

Spook's: Seventh Apprentice

Spook's: Seventh Apprentice

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 31/10/2014

This haunting stand-alone story is a must have for SPOOK'S fans and a perfect introduction to Joseph Delaney's terrifying series which has sold 3 million copies sold worldwide!The Spook is away on a dangerous job, and left behind, his seventh apprentice, Will, is compelled to help a boy whose father has been kidnapped by a ruthless and bloodthirsty witch who has the body of a woman and the face of a pig. But Will has never encountered a real witch in the flesh before. And dark-fighting skills are not yet advanced enough to fight an enemy of such power . . . This story will chill your blood and frighten you to your very bones. Just remember not to read after dark.From the series that inspired the forthcoming movie Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.

Last Apprentice Complete Collection

Last Apprentice Complete Collection

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2014

All 13 volumes of Joseph Delaneys internationally best-selling fantasy adventure series, The Last Apprentice, plus the two short story collections and The Spooks Bestiaryall together for the first time!Tom Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. As the Spooks apprentice, he will face boggarts, witches, ghosts, and other terrifying creatures of the night. Other apprentices have come before him. Some have failed. Some have fled. Some have died. Will Tom be the one who survivesespecially when he becomes the target of the worlds greatest evils?Includes 16 books set in the world of the acclaimed series that inspired the major motion picture Seventh Son. Revenge of the Witch (Book 1) Curse of the Bane (Book 2) Night of the Soul Stealer (Book 3) Attack of the Fiend (Book 4) Wrath of the Bloodeye (Book 5) Clash of the Demons (Book 6) Rise of the Huntress (Book 7) Rage of the Fallen (Book 8) Grimalkin the Witch Assassin (Book 9) Lure of the Dead (Book 10) Slither (Book 11) I Am Alice (Book 12) Fury of the Seventh Son (Book 13) The Spooks Tale and Other Horrors (short story collection) Coven of Witches (short story collection) The Spooks Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark (illustrated companion book)

Last Apprentice 3-Book Collection

Last Apprentice 3-Book Collection

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2014

The first three volumes of the internationally bestselling Last Apprentice series! Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. He is destined to battle the creatures of the dark: witches, boggarts, ghosts, and more. And he will, as the apprentice to the local Spook. But can he survive when so many apprentices have failed? This ebook collection of the acclaimed series that inspired the major motion picture Seventh Son includes Book One: Revenge of the Witch; Book Two: Curse of the Bane; and Book Three: Night of the Soul Stealer.

The Spook's Revenge Book 13

The Spook's Revenge Book 13

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2014

`He's the seventh son of a seventh son. His name is Thomas J. Ward and he's my gift to the County. When he's old enough we'll send you word. Train him well. He'll be the best apprentice you've ever had and he'll also be your last.' These were the words of Tom's Mam to the county Spook some years ago. As Tom, the Spook and their allies prepare to battle with the Fiend on a huge scale, to finally enact their revenge, it now remains to be seen whether Mam's declaration will come true.

The Spook's Apprentice - Play Edition

The Spook's Apprentice - Play Edition

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Joseph Delaney's popular book, The Spook's Apprentice, told the story of Thomas Ward, apprenticed to the local spook to help keep the county safe from the Dark. The novel is the inspiration for the movie Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore, but has now been adapted for the stage by Joseph and his son Stephen. Suitable for casts large and small, this script is ideal for use in drama groups, english lessons and school plays.

Spook's: Alice Book 12

Spook's: Alice Book 12

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Over the years, Alice has fought evil side by side with the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward. But now Alice is alone - in the realm of the dark. And the creatures she has helped to banish there, now have the chance to take their revenge. Alice must seek the final weapon needed to destroy the Fiend for good. If she fails, the world will fall into despair and darkness. If she succeeds, it means facing her own death at the hands of her dearest friend. But can she prevent the darkness from overtaking her over completely . . . ?

The Spook's Destiny Book 8

The Spook's Destiny Book 8

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The Spook's Destiny is the eighth book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles - over 3 million copies sold worldwide! 'You belong to the blade now. You'll belong to it until the day you die . . .' Tom, the Spook's Apprentice, has travelled to Ireland, where he must tackle a group of evil mages. His dangerous mission leads him to the Destiny Blade - a sword with a dark side, and a thirst for blood. Could this new weapon give him a fighting chance against the Fiend? And dare he accept the help of Grimalkin, the terrifying witch assassin?

Spook's: Slither's Tale Book 11

Spook's: Slither's Tale Book 11

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Slither's Tale is the eleventh book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles - over 3 million copies sold worldwide! 'My name is Slither, and before my tale is finished you'll find out why . . .' Slither preys upon humans, gorging upon their blood while they sleep. But a desperate farmer needs Slither to save the lives of his two youngest girls. In return he can have the eldest daughter, Nessa, to do with as he wishes. Slither's promise takes him and Nessa on a treacherous journey - and into the path of Grimalkin, the terrifying witch assassin . . .

The Spook's Curse Book 2

The Spook's Curse Book 2

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The Spook's Curse is the second book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles - over 3 million copies sold worldwide! `By now the dark has noticed you and will be trying to hunt you down . . .' It's the job of the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, to protect the County from the dark. But deep in the catacombs beneath Priestown lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat - the Bane. As they prepare to battle it, yet another deadly enemy emerges to threaten Tom and his master.

Spook's: I Am Grimalkin Book 9

Spook's: I Am Grimalkin Book 9

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

I Am Grimalkin is the ninth book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles - over 3 million copies sold worldwide! 'I am Grimalkin, and I have already chosen those I will kill . . .' Grimalkin has made it her lifetime ambition to destroy the Fiend. Having assisted the Spook and his apprentice in the binding of the Fiend, she is now on the run. And her mission is deadly. She has to keep the Fiend's severed head in her possession no matter who - or what - comes after it . . .

The Spook's Stories: Witches

The Spook's Stories: Witches

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

This is a fabulous collection of stories based on many of the witches from Joseph Delaney's Spooks books. Ever wondered why the Spook doesn't trust girls who wear pointy shoes? Or why Grimalkin became the Assassin for the Malkin Witch clan? Find out all this and more in this a dark and eerie collection. You don't have to know the Spook's books to enjoy the stories. They're all standalone and absolutely haunting. It is a perfect introduction to the world of The Spook's Apprentice. But for any fans of the series out there, this collection will be a must-have.

The Spook's Blood Book 10

The Spook's Blood Book 10

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The Spook's Blood is the tenth book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles - over 3 million copies sold worldwide! 'I am Siscoi, the Lord of Blood, the Drinker of Souls! Obey me now or you will suffer as few have suffered.' Thomas Ward's final battle with the Fiend is drawing near, but he has never felt more alone in his task. Isolated and afraid, Tom must risk his life against a ferocious vampire god, even as he learns that the final destruction of the Fiend may involve a sacrifice more terrible than he can imagine . . .

Spook's: Alice Book 12

Spook's: Alice Book 12

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2013

A lot of dark stuff happened when I was young that I`ve never even told to my dearest friend, Tom Ward. Dark and scary things I hoped I had left behind for ever . . . Over the years, Alice has fought evil side by side with the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward. But now Alice is alone - in the realm of the dark. And the creatures she has helped to banish there, now have the chance to take their revenge. Alice must seek the final weapon needed to destroy the Fiend for good. If she fails, the world will fall into despair and darkness. If she succeeds, it means facing her own death at the hands of her dearest friend. But can she prevent the darkness from overtaking her over completely . . . ? The penultimate instalment of the Wardstone Chronicles follows Alice, Thomas Ward's loyal companion, to the most terrifying place of all.

Last Apprentice: Slither (Book 11)

Last Apprentice: Slither (Book 11)

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 22/01/2013

My name is Slither, and before my tale is finished youll find out why.The dark is full of terrifying creatures. And Tom Wardthe seventh son of a seventh son, and the Spooks last apprenticehasnt seen all of them. Far from the county, one named Slither has lived for hundreds of years, hunting blood.But a dying father binds the monster to a bargain. If Slither will take his two youngest daughters safely to their family in the south, then the eldest daughter, Nessa, is his.For Nessa the nightmare is just beginning. And when Slither and Nessa cross paths with the feared witch assassin Grimalkin, they will become unwitting players in the quest to stop the Fiend once and for all.The blood-curdling eleventh volume of the Last Apprentice series.

Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (Book 10)

Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (Book 10)

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2012

Nobody enters here after dark. Come back in the morning . . . if you're still breathing.Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son, and apprentice to the local Spook. He has battled boggarts, witches, and the most powerful evils of the Dark. But his most trying task is yet to come.When Tom and the Spook are deceived by one they trust, they find themselves in the most terrifying danger yet. Blood-hungry creatures have invaded a sleepy village. Tom can save the Spookand the whole countybut only by betraying one of his greatest allies. With everything on the line, Tom must have the courage to stand and fight, and to face a choice that could break his heart.

Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assassin (Book 9)

Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assassin (Book 9)

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2012

"e;I'm coming for you, and nothing living or dead can stop me."e;One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don't stand a chance. She is the witch assassin, and her name is Grimalkin.Grimalkin's one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her great wrong.For the first time, fans of the Last Apprentice series will hear the story from Grimalkin's side, as she is hunted herself by creatures of darkness set on revenge.Grimalkin has never been defeated. But can she survive an enemy created for the sole purpose of destroying her?

Alice and the Brain Guzzler (Storycuts)

Alice and the Brain Guzzler (Storycuts)

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

With her parents' bodies still warm in the ground, Alice Deane is whisked away by her aunt to be taught how to be a witch. Alice isn't happy about this - and who would be, with her aunt's brain guzzling familiar, Spig, out to get her? It soon becomes clear that one of them will have to go, and so Spig and Alice's bitter rivalry plays itself out to a gruesome end . . .Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in Spooks: Witches.

Spook's Stories: Grimalkin's Tale

Spook's Stories: Grimalkin's Tale

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 31/10/2011

'I fear nobody. But my enemies fear me . . . Without ruthlessness and savagery I would not survive even a week of the life I lead. I am the witch assassin of the Malkin clan.'Meet Grimalkin, the fearsome witch assassin, and find out how she came to take the role she now holds.This exclusive digital short story set in the world of Joseph Delaney's best-selling series The Wardstone Chronicles first appeared in the spine-tingling collection The Spook's Stories: Witches. Now available separately for the first time, and including a preview of the first chapter of I Am Grimalkin, this is perfect for existing fans and newcomers alike. The only question is, are you brave enough . . .

Spook's Secret

Spook's Secret

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2011

The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts and boggarts. In this third and terrifying instalment in the Wardstone Chronicles, the nights are drawing in and it's time for Tom and his master to move to Anglezarke, the Spook's winter house. Tom has heard it will be a sinister and menacing place but nothing could fully prepare him for what he finds there. For this house, and indeed the whole of Anglezarke moor, is full of secrets about the Spook's past. Secrets that are about to come to the surface and could wreak havoc on the whole County . . .

Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen (Book 8)

Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen (Book 8)

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2011

A dangerous few months lie aheadones which some of us will be hard-pressed to survive.Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years. He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on her homeland, Ireland.But now war has consumed their own country, and Tom, his friend Alice, and the Spook must flee to Ireland. The dark rages strongly there. No one can be trusted. Can Tom defeat the creatures that hunt him most fiercely?

Spook's Bestiary

Spook's Bestiary

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2010

My name is John Gregory. What follows is my Bestiary - my personal account of the denizens of the dark I've encountered, together with the lessons I have learned and the mistakes I have made. I have held nothing back, and my hope is that the spook who follows me will continue to keep this record of the practical ways in which we deal with the dark. A companion title to the phenomenally successful Spook's series. Discover how to bind a boggart and deal with a dead witch in this fascinating and lavishly illustrated Spook's own notebook . A must for die-hard fans of the series and an irresistible introduction to the dark and the dangerous for new recruits.

Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress (Book 7)

Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress (Book 7)

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2010

Things can never be the same again.The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, have returned to the county after a long journey and a hard battle. But their troubles are far from over. Their home has been over-run by enemy soldiers. The Spook's house is in ruins, the boggart protecting it has fled, and the malicious witches imprisoned in the gardens have escaped.Tom, Alice, and the Spook must flee, too, across the ocean to the island of Mona. And it's on Mona that this small band fighting against the dark will face an old enemy grown terrifyingly powerful. Will they be able to vanquish an evil that crawls beneath the ground itself? At what cost?Will Tom and the Spook ever be able to return home?

Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer (Book 3)

Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer (Book 3)

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2007

It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter And there couldn't be a worse place to spend it than up on Anglezarke. Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches, binds boggarts, and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to leave Chipenden and travel to Anglezarke, his winter house. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that there are menacing creatures starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby. Can anything prepare Tom for what he finds there? What if the rumors about the evil beast called the Golgoth are true? And how much danger will Tom be in if the secrets the Spook has been trying to hide from the world are fully revealed?

Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane (Book 2)

Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane (Book 2)

Author: Joseph Delaney Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2006

Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers. The Bane!As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the battle of their lives, it becomes clear that the Bane isn't their only enemy. The Quisitor has arrived, searching for those who meddle with the dark so he can imprison themor worse.Can Thomas defeat the Bane on his own? Is his friend Alice guilty of witchcraft? And will the Spook be able to escape the Quisitor's clutches?

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