Irish-born Michael Scott began writing over twenty-five years ago, and is one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors, with one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a variety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Folklore. He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty-three countries, in twenty languages.
He is considered one of the authorities on the folklore of the Celtic lands and is credited with the resurgence of interest in the subject in the mid-1980's. His collections, Irish Folk & Fairy Tales, Irish Myths & Legends and Irish Ghosts & Hauntings have remained continuously in print for the past twenty years and are now included amongst the definitive and most-quoted works on the subject.
His horror novels, Banshee, Image, Reflection, Imp and more recently Hallows are considered classics of the genre and draw heavily upon his encyclopaedic knowledge of folklore.
In the United States, the first two volumes of his fantasy trilogy, Silverhand and Silverlight, were published to exceptional reviews, Publishers Weekly declaring "This shows how good fantasy can be."
Whom The Gods Love, a ground-breaking dark-fantasy set in the hitherto unexplored world of ancient Etruria before the rise of the Roman Empire and The Merchant Prince, an historical fantasy set in the Elizabethan era, give an example of his breadth of writing. The Irish Times recently called him, "The King of Fantasy in these Isles."
Michael Scott is an accomplished scriptwriter and headed up the drama department in Tyrone Productions, the creators of Riverdance. He has written for the stage and screen and also created and scripted documentaries and drama for television. He has also scripted high profile events such as the Special Olympics which were held in Ireland in 2002 and the Irish Film and Television Awards.
The Alchemyst, the first of a ground-breaking six part epic fantasy was published by Random House in May 2007. The book went straight onto the New York Times Bestseller list, reaching Number 2. New Line Productions have optioned the feature film rights to the entire series and rights have been sold into 33 countries.
The Magician enters the New York Time Bestseller List at number 4 as Michael begins a 6 week tour of the States
The Magician, the second book in the series was published in May 2008, with the third book - The Sorceress - to follow in May 2009.
Praised for his "unparalleled contribution to children's literature," by the Guide to Children's Books, Michael Scott was the Writer in Residence during Dublin 's tenure as European City of Culture in 1991, and featured in the 2006 edition of Who's Who in Ireland as one of the 1000 "most significant Irish."
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