A former Blackpool teacher turned fantasy novelist is eagerly awaiting news of the blockbuster adaptation of his hit book The Spook’s Apprentice.
The first of Joseph Delay’s titles in his series The Wardstone Chronicles has been turned into a big-budget film, starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, by Legendary Pictures.
Distributed by Warner Bros, it was due to be releases this month, but it has now been taken over by Universal Pictures, pushing its cinema release back to next year.
Mr Delaney, who used to teach at Blackpool Sixth Form College, said he expected the film to premiere in America in January, and hit cinema screens in the UK in February.
He added: “This has a knock-on effect with the tours I’ve planned as I was going to the US and Canada for the release over there and a tour of the UK for the premiere over here.”
To tie in with the film release, The Spook’s Apprentice is being re-released as The Seventh Son in a compilation with Mr Delaney’s second Wardstone book, The Spook’s Curse.
He said: “We’re hoping for a big new audience.”
Mr Delaney’s books, which explore the relationship between the master and student of supernatural arts known as spooks, include references to the area including ‘Black Pool’.
And his new titles are no different.
The author is preparing to launch his Wardstone spin-off, Ghost Prison, which is set in a castle based on Lancaster Castle.
He is also set to release the final book in the Wardstone series – The Spooks Revenge – on December 5.
At the same time, Mr Delaney is working a new science fiction trilogy.
He said: “That’s my most distant project, set for June 2015.
“I’m working two years in advance and have two books a year. When I started writing, I never really thought this was where it would lead me, but it’s been good to have a series.
“I really could find out any day about the new film release date, and that’s exciting.”