The Spook's Bestiary
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The first edition cover of The Spook's Bestiary to be published by Bodley Head


Joseph Delaney


Yulek Heller


Horror, Chiller, Children's Book, Mild Fantasy, Weird Fiction


  • Bodley Head (UK)
  • Greenwillow Books (US)

Release Date

October 30th 2010


256 (TBC)

Place in the series

Companion - Beast Encyclopedia

Preceded by

The Spook's Stories: Witches

Followed by

The Alice Deane Diaries (TBR)

The Spook's Bestiary is a companion/spinoff book to Joseph Delaney's children's book series The Wardstone Chronicles. The Bestiary is an encyclopedia of all of the creatures and beasts introduced in the series.

Book Description

This is a companion title to the phenomenally successful "Spook's Apprentice Series". Discover how to bind a boggart and deal with a dead witch in this fascinating and lavishly illustrated Spook's own 'notebook'. This is a must for die-hard fans of the series and an irresistible introduction to the Dark and the dangerous for new recruits.

'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'.

Behind the Scenes

  • Yulek Heller, an artist for many fantasy novels, is to be the illustrator of The Spook's Bestiary.
  • The Spook's Bestiary was due for release in October 2009, but was delayed until October 2010 because Yulek Heller needed extra time to complete all of his drawings. However, Joseph has personally said that the Lamia's Heller has drawn are brilliant and the drawings will be well worth waiting for.


JordanLangston 02:25, August 2, 2010 (UTC)