Captain Somper

About Justin Somper

About young readers:

If one thing could be said about Justin, it’s that he’s passionate about communicating with his readers. His regular blog page (Moving to his NEW justin Somper website), keeps fans up to date on events surrounding the Vampirates series and most importantly, how things are progressing with the next book!

He has a Twitter site, where he tweets with the best of them, and pages on Facebook, dedicated to the dynamic female characters of the series and the villains who keep us on our toes.

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 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.

About the events…

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!

For more information on Justin’s tours and help planning your own events go to EVENTS Page.

About The Captain…

Justin Somper is an exciting creative talent in children’s book publishing. Beginning his career as a writer/editor for Usborne, he joined Puffin Books as a publicist in 1992 and moved to Random House as Children’s Publicity Director in 1996. In 1998, Justin broke free to become one of the UK’s first specialist children’s book publicists. He has since worked with Anthony Horowitz, Louise Rennison, the Roald Dahl literary estate and the Narnia literary estate amongst others.

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)