Joseph Henry Delaney
Joseph Delaney at the Salon du Livre (Paris, France) in 2008.




Full-time writer

Stand-alone novels

The Wardstone Chronicles




Also known as

J.K. Haderack

Joseph Delaney is the author of the entire series of Spook's Books, spinoffs and information books.

Brief Description

Joseph Henry Delaney (Pronunciation: Dee-Lay-Nee) also known as J.K. Haderack is an English full-time children's author. Joseph Delaney is most noted for his creation The Wardstone Chronicles but has also been the author of a fantasy epic Mercer's Whore which he wrote under the pen-name J.K. Haderack. His first novel in the series is currently being adapted into film

The Wardstone Chronicles

Film adaptation - Seventh Son


Kevin Lima, will be directing the film.

On May 23, 2008, Joseph Delaney announced on his author blog that his first book in The Wardstone Chronicles, The Spook's Apprentice will be adapted into film. Joseph Delaney sold the rights for production to Warner Bros. Pictures. At this point, the film was scheduled for release in 2009.

Before long, it was revealed that Kevin Lima, director of the 2007 Disney children's film Enchanted will be the director of the upcoming film adaptation. Delaney's reaction to this was “I’m thrilled and delighted to hear that the creator of the excellent Enchanted is to direct the film adaptation of my book. It’s brilliant news!”. Kevin Lima, is a fan of The Wardstone Chronicles. As well as this, Matt Greenberg, writer of several different screenplays for horror films, including Stephen King's 1408, will be writing the screenplay for the film adaptation. But for this, no other news has emerged concerning the film.

It was released in 2014, and was directed by Sergei Bodrov, starred Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes, and has been a box office success. The film did not follow the exact story of the books, however.



Stand-alone novels

The Wardstone Chronicles

  1. The Spook's Apprentice (2004)
  2. The Spook's Curse (2005)
  3. The Spook's Secret (2006)
  4. The Spook's Battle (2007)
  5. The Spook's Mistake (2008)
  6. The Spook's Sacrifice (2009)
  7. The Spook's Nightmare (2010)
  8. The Spook's Destiny (2011)
  9. Spook´s: I Am Grimalkin (2011)
  10. The Spook´s Blood
  11. Spook´s: Slithers Tale
  12. The Spook's: Alice
  13. The Spook's Revenge

The Starblade Chronicles

  1. Spook's: A New Darkness
  2. Spook´s: The Dark Army


Early life


Life as a writer

Joseph Delaney on The Last Apprentice02:49

Joseph Delaney on The Last Apprentice

Joseph Delaney discusses the series.

Personal life

See also

JordanLangston 05:01, July 14, 2010 (UTC)

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