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Goosebumps writer R.L Stine is full of praise for this Irish Y.A. author

Sasha Brady

Published 22/09/2016 | 13:47

Dave Rudden
Author R.L. Stine (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

R.L. Stine, author of the children's horror series Goosebumps, is full of praise for an Irish writer.

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Dave Rudden from Cavan recently released the first of his three-part fantasy series for young adults called Knights of the Borrowed Dark.

Beautiful prose: Dave Rudden
Beautiful prose: Dave Rudden

The author received a six-figure advance from Puffin for the publishing rights of the series and since its release in April, the book is winning rave reviews from publications such as The Guardian who called it a "magical debut".

And rising-star Rudden just received a boost from one of young adults' most prolific writers, R.L. Stine.

The American author tweeted praise for Rudden's juvenile fantasy novel, calling it "clever, dark and fun".

In the book, an orphaned boy called Denizen Hardwick finds himself caught up in an ancient and secret battle between an order of magic-wielding humans – the Knights of Borrowed Darkness – and a shadowy race of monsters known as the Tenebrous, and their powerful master the Endless King.

Rudden, who is 26, was shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Prize 2013 and was the recipient of the Fantasy Book Review 2011 Short Story Prize.

Stine no doubt recognises talent when he sees it. He's sold over 400 million books during his career. His phenomenally successful children's horror-book series, Goosebumps, debuted in 1990 and evolved into video games, plastic toys, a television show, its own section within a Disney theme park and a 2015 movie staring Jack Black.

Author R.L. Stine (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Author R.L. Stine (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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