Justin Somper is the bestselling author with the Vampirates sequence.
The first title, Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean debuted in 2005 and has sold over 100,000 copies to date in the UK. Justin was dubbed “The Next Big Thing” by Sunday Times Magazine while, in Waterstone’s “Harry Potter Report”, the chain’s buyers selected Demons of the Ocean as their top recommendation for fans of Harry Potter. The Sunday Times said Vampirates “promises to be an addictive series”. The Evening Standard welcomed “a vivid and bloodthirsty debut”, whilst The Times acclaimed “a clever combination of two genres that could make it as popular as Pirates of the Caribbean”.
With Demons of the Ocean, Justin won the Birmingham KS3 “Explores” Book Award and the Solihull Children’s Book Award. He was runner-up in the North East Children’s Book Award and short-listed for the prestigious Red House Children’s Book Award. Justin’s work has also won praise from fellow children’s book authors including Darren Shan who calls it, “An intriguing mix of piracy and vampirism. Justin Somper has brought new terrors to the blood-drenched seas – bravo!!!”
There are now six titles in the Vampirates sequence (not including Dead Deep):
Book 1: Demons of the Ocean (2005)
Book 2: Tide of Terror (2006)
Book 3: Blood Captain (2007)
Book 4: Black Heart (2009)
Book 5: Empire of Night (2010)
Book 6: Immortal War (2011)
As if writing each book in the sequence isn’t enough, Justin also finds time to reply to the comments and queries left by his readers on vampirates.co.uk and Facebook. To celebrate a launch of VAMPIRATES: EMPIRE OF NIGHT, Justin participated in a live event with bittenbybooks, where he chatted live on-line with fans globally.
Traveling to festivals, schools and libraries is a highlight of Justin’s year, when he gets the opportunity to meet avid readers and aspiring young writers. Since the publication of Vampirates internationally, Justin has completed events throughout the UK, in France, Australia, Sweden, and the USA – where it’s not out of the question for fans to drive across state lines for the chance to meet Captain Somper!
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THE VAMPIRATES SEQUENCE
1 – Demons of the Ocean
2 – Tide of Terror
3 – Blood Captain
4 – Black Heart
5 – Empire of Night
6 – Immortal War
Dead Deep (World Book Day 2007)
Connor’s adventures begin when he and his sister Grace are shipwrecked as they flee from Crescent Moon Bay.
Grace is rescued by Lorcan Furey and finds herself on a mysterious ship with red deckboards and a circling mist, not to mention a figurehead who comes to life at sunset.
Justin Somper has appeared at many of the top UK literary festivals, including Bath, Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Hay on Wye, as well taking part in events at the Globe Theatre, the Roald Dahl Museum and even aboard the Cutty Sark.
He visits schools, libraries and bookshops as often as his hectic schedule allows.
The Vampirates sequence is now published in 36 countries.
You can now read Vampirates in 26 different languages… that’s if you can read 26 different languages!
To date, there have been over one million sales worldwide (not that we’re counting!).
The oceans have risen…
Justin Somper sails into unchartered waters as he brings together the piratical world that’s laid claim to our oceans, and the nightwalking, blood-thirsty ways of the vampire.
Vampirates is a six book series…with the sensational finale, Immortal War out now in the UK and US.
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