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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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. …
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Never mind about panto, fans of the Vampirates sequence got to treat themselves to the swashbuckling VAMPIRATES stage show to brighten their new year. In case you hadn’t heard, there was an utterly fab, genuinely swashbuckling stage version of …
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Every year Justin completes a UK tour with the publication of each book in the series. On top of that he also participates in literary festivals and librarian conferences in the UK and abroad. 2009: Appledore Book Festival 2009: Bath Festival of …
Vampirates is now available in 35 countries, and demand for Justin to attend school, library and bookstore events abroad is increasing year on year. Australia 2007: Perth | Melbourne | Sydney France 2008: Paris Republic of Ireland 2009: Dun Laoghaire | Dublin 2010: Dublin Sweden 2010: Lund | Malmö USA 2009: …
Justin does a limited number of school, bookshop and library visits each year. These are in high demand and early booking is recommended. For more information about fees and contact details please see the event checklist document below. If you …