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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd (15 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781122067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781122068
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 0.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy (pronounced O-Shock-Nessy, though it can also be pronounced O-Shawn-Essy). Although he is Irish, he was born on July 2, 1972, in St. Thomas' Hospital, London -- directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, which may explain his fascination with evil bloodsuckers! He lived in South East London, near the Elephant & Castle. He started school at the early age of three (he was such a wild child, no pre-school facility would have him!), in English Martyrs. At the age of six, he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since.

Shan went to primary school in Askeaton, where his mother was a teacher, then to secondary school in Copsewood College in Pallaskenry. Later, he went back to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University. He then worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23.

Although Shan always wanted to be a writer, it was only in his teenage years that he began writing in his spare time for fun (before that, he only wrote stories if they were for homework). He bought his first typewriter when he was 14, and never looked back, knocking out loads of short stories and comic scripts, and making false starts on several books, which he never completed. He enjoyed his first taste of literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition for RTE in Ireland, with a dark comedy script titled A Day in the Morgue (he was morbid even then!).

Shan was 17 when he finished his first novel. Although it was never published, he relished the writing experience, and found himself focusing more on novels in the coming years, leaving behind the short-story format. For the next several years, sandwiched between university and work, he wrote an average of one book a year, experimenting with different ideas, genres, lengths and styles. When he started writing full-time, his output shot up to 5 to 6 books per year! But that has dropped back to 2 to 3 recently, due to all the travelling around he's been doing to promote sales of his books.

All of these early books were adult-oriented. Although Shan quite liked the idea of writing a children's book one day, he considered himself an adult writer first and foremost. In fact, Shan's initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in 1999, titled Ayuamarca (since re-released in the UK as Procession Of The Dead, and coming to the USA in 2010).

In January 2000, his first children's book, Cirque du Freak, which he'd written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan (or Cirque du Freak, as it's known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!

Shan loved writing for children so much, that for the next several years he focused exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of 12 books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with The Demonata, a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, The Demonata cemented Shan's place in the UK as the Master Of Children's Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestseller. He also wrote a one-off short book, called Koyasan, for Wold Book Day in the UK.

There was a very successful manga adaptation of Shan's vampire series, drawn by the Japanese artist, Takahiro Arai. It was originally serialized in Japan, but collected volumes are now on sale in the USA, UK and other countries.

In addition to writing for children, Shan has now returned to his first love and is once again writing for adults as well. He has had two adult books published in the UK, Procession Of The Dead and Hell's Horizon. They have been released in a number of other countries too, and are due to hit the USA in 2010. A third, City of the Snakes, goes on sale in the UK in March 2010. His first adult books were released under the name of D B Shan, but they are being reprinted under the name of Darren Shan in March 2010, and City of the Snakes will be released under the Darren Shan name.

By the start of 2010, Shan's books were on sale in every continent, in 39 countries, in 31 languages, and have been children's bestsellers in America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries. The books have topped adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide!!!!

The movie rights to Cirque Du Freak were bought by Universal, and the first movie (which combines elements from the first three books in the series) was released on October 23rd, 2009, starring newcomer Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan, along with a wide array of established stars such as Josh Hutcherson, John C Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Defoe and Ken Watanabe. The movie was called Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in February 2010.

A big film buff, with a collection of more than four thousand movies at home, Shan also reads lots of comics and books, and likes to study and collect original artwork, especially comic art and impressionist and post-impressionist art. He has recently started adding sculptures to his collection, making use of the large, empty field outside his back door. Other interests include long walks, watching football (he's a Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland fan), listening to pop and rock music, theatre, worldwide travel, sampling the delights of both gourmet cuisine and finger-licking junk food, and dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers!!!

Shan spends most of his time in Limerick, Ireland, with his girlfriend Bas. He has no pets, but a neighbourhood dog called Goldie joins him on his walks most days. He also feeds a variety of wild birds, and spots the occasional hare and pheasant strolling through his back yard. In addition to his main home in Ireland, Shan has an apartment in London, to which he escapes for a burst of high-speed living every so often, when he feels the need to get his juices flowing!! Shan rarely writes when in London or on the road, preferring to tie himself to his computer when at home in Limerick, where he can work away solidly without any distractions in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside.

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Amazon Review

“Hagurosan is an easy to read short novel that has a heart-warming ending, and a message that people could help each other in a crisis if they try.” - Fantasy Book Review

“I absolutely loved this book myself… a beautiful, magical story, but the audience may be more narrow than is the norm for this series. I also feel that this has exceptional value as an educational book, to learn about other cultures, but also about philosophy and morality as well.” – The Bookbag Blog

“Darren Shan's brand new book Hagurosan is amazing…. I recommend this book to the people who love Darren Shan and his books.” – Sean Innes, WEJS Book blog

“Hagurosan is a amazing book …I guarantee you will love it. It is exciting and easy to read. I loved it. 10/10” – Aidan Allen, WEJS Book blog

“I wouldn’t know how to exactly define Darren Shan’s latest book, but it definitely isn’t his normal horror stuff. It is, however, a very good read. It’s short, simple and enjoyable. The surprise at the end of Hagurosan was clever and I didn’t see it coming. It’s an uplifting book and surprisingly thought provoking.” – Ashley Manning, blogger

“I really enjoyed this book. It’s short, sweet and easy to read. I think people of all ages would enjoy this tale and I recommend it to everyone.” – Blog Dangerous

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"Hagurosan is an easy to read short novel that has a heart-warming ending, and a message that people could help each other in a crisis if they try." Fantasy Book Review "I absolutely loved this book myself - a beautiful, magical story, but the audience may be more narrow than is the norm for this series. I also feel that this has exceptional value as an educational book, to learn about other cultures, but also about philosophy and morality as well." - The Bookbag Blog "Darren Shan's brand new book Hagurosan is amazing - I recommend this book to the people who love Darren Shan and his books." - Sean Innes, WEJS Book blog "Hagurosan is a amazing book - I guarantee you will love it. It is exciting and easy to read. I loved it. 10/10" - Aidan Allen, WEJS Book blog "I wouldn't know how to exactly define Darren Shan's latest book, but it definitely isn't his normal horror stuff. It is, however, a very good read. It's short, simple and enjoyable. The surprise at the end of Hagurosan was clever and I didn't see it coming. It's an uplifting book and surprisingly thought provoking." - Ashley Manning, blogger "I really enjoyed this book. It's short, sweet and easy to read. I think people of all ages would enjoy this tale and I recommend it to everyone." --Blog Dangerous

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lawrence on 23 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Apart from Cirque du Freak, I haven't read any of Darren Shan's books, mainly because horror isn't a genre than appeals to me. However, I just read this and thought it was FABULOUS. It is a kind of spiritual thriller and reminds me of some of the Syriac manuscripts I read when I was studying Hebrew and Jewish studies at SOAS. Written simply yet clearly, Hagurosan is a gripping book with an uplifting message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on 30 Aug. 2014
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A nice little book by Darren Shan. I would say for all ages, at age 23 I felt this was targeted more towards Darren's younger readers, but was still a pleasant read.

I would say you can definitely tell it's Darren's style.

The book is very short and took all of about an hour to read, but that's not a bad thing. Because of it's shortness you don't get the same sort of character attachment that you would from The Saga or Demonata, but again that's not a bad thing.

Would definitely recommend this to Shansters and Shan-virgins alike!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By redhair70 on 21 May 2013
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A short story from the "master of horror", Darren Shan has written a very touching short story for children. Perfect for children who suffer from dyslexia. A lovely book to read from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xenia Dautzenberg on 18 Oct. 2014
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I actually expected something a bit bigger and scarier, but I should have known that a children's book would be very short, with (lovely) illustrations and very large writing. In spite of this the story is nice and original, I ended up giving it to a young cousin of mine, I'm sure he enjoyed it more than I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tegz1 on 13 Jun. 2013
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I have read every Darren Shan Book, kids series, adult series, and being dyslexic I thought I would give this one a go. I read it within half an hour and I found it amazing how a simple story can grip and move you
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By Book chatter on 18 Aug. 2014
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Not what I expected. I thought Darren Shan wrote horror, but this is a Japanese fable. Knowing that Barrington Stoke write books for emerging, reluctant readers and normally aged at teenagers, I can't see that age group reading it. The story itself is a typical fairy tale/fable and there's nothing wrong with it and it has quite a clever ending. Inerspersed with B&W drawings the annoying thing was the page with a quote on it before the start of each chapter - for me it added nothing to the story, but was more a literary device. The cover has a clever gimmicky textured picture, but it could actually have been made holgraphic to make it more interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rina on 24 Jun. 2014
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loved this book but it is a kids book
font is really big
recomend it to anyone who has a young boy
adding this book to my collection imediatley
darren shan never disapoints
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esther Robbins on 26 Jun. 2013
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book was excellent would def recommend everybody reads this.sad but Darren shan is an excellent writer and always seems to shoch and do the unexpected
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