September 29, 2013
Derek Landy, best-selling author of the multi award-winning Skulduggery Pleasant series, will write October’s short ebook.
Featuring David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor, The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage sees the Doctor and Martha confronting characters from fiction:
"When the TARDIS lands on a planet that looks identical to Earth, the Tenth Doctor and Martha are amazed to find it packed with fictional characters from her childhood. But who has the power to create an entire world out of books and why? The Doctor and Martha must solve the mystery before their story ends!"
The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage is available to pre-order now from these retailers (these links take you to sites outside of our control):
Landy commented: ‘I can proudly say that I was one of those kids who hid behind the sofa while experiencing Doctor Who (one doesn’t ‘watch’ Doctor Who, one experiences it) and that crazy blend of science fiction and adventure and horror has made me the writer I am today. I owe the character, in whatever incarnation, an enormous debt of gratitude, so when I was offered the chance to write a Tenth Doctor adventure my answer was always going to be ‘yes’. The Tenth Doctor, with his love of the spoken word, was practically tailor-made for me, and there is no part of this story that I did not write with the utmost joy. It all started with ‘What if the Doctor met the Famous Five?’, and went on from there...’
Derek Landy is far too modest to talk about any awards or accolades his books may have won. He will not, for instance, mention the fact that his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant, won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Decade Award and the Red House Children's Book Award, or that his second, Playing With Fire, won an Irish Book Award for Children's Book of the Year, or that his seventh, Kingdom of the Wicked, is his mother's personal favourite. He could go on, all the way to The End of the World, which is the title of the story he wrote for World Book Day 2012, but he is, above all, a humble man. The penultimate book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, Last Stand Of Dead Men, was published by Harper Collins in August. He lives in Ireland with a variety of cats, a German Shepherd, and a geriatric Staffordshire Bull Terrier who keeps peeing on the kitchen floor because he think it's funny.
A paperback anthology and an audio collection of the eleven eshorts, Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories will publish, alongside the final eshort featuring the Eleventh Doctor, on 21st November 2013.