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Dave Rudden


Dave Rudden

Dave Rudden has worked in the Dublin theatre, spoken word and storytelling scene since 2010, performing at such nights as Milk & Cookies, Bang Bang Forty Coats, The Monday Echo, Shore Writers’ Festival, Electric Picnic, Culture Night and RTÉ’s The Works. His short fiction and poetry have been published in journals such as Bare Hands, the Quotable, Minus 9 and Poddle, and anthologies such as DAMN FAERIES, UNDER THE STAIRS and SHOES, DUCKS & MAIDS OF THE SEAHe is the author of the tenth novel in the Nightmare Club series from Little Island --- BRAIN DRAIN BABY.

He has won the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and was short-listed for both the Hennessey New Writing Award and the Bath Short Story Prize. Dave was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council and serves on the committees for both IrishPEN and the Irish branch of the International Board of Books for Young People. Graduating from the Creative Writing Masters in UCD, he was signed in November 2013 by Clare Wallace of the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency.

KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK is Dave’s first novel.

Dave Rudden

Books by Dave Rudden

by Dave Rudden - Adventure, Children's 10-12, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction

The door between our world and the world of the dark has been blasted open. Now the Knights must face the court of the Endless King. Denizen finally feels like a true Knight, and the court has requested a meeting to thank him for saving the King’s daughter. When the Knights encounter the members of the Forever Court, the meeting almost immediately dissolves into a battle. There is another order of people who can communicate with the monsters of the dark. A family who worship the dark. And they will stop at nothing to bring the shadows back to power.

by Dave Rudden - Adventure, Children's 10+, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction

Denizen Hardwick is an orphan, and his life is, well, normal. On a particularly dark night, the gates of Crosscaper Orphanage open to a car that almost growls with power. The car and the man in it retrieve Denizen but on the ride into the city, they are attacked. Denizen soon learns that monsters can grow out of the shadows. And there is an ancient order of knights who keep them at bay. Denizen has a unique connection to these knights, but everything they tell him feels like a half-truth. If Denizen joins the order, is he fulfilling his destiny, or turning his back on everything his family did to keep him alive?