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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007260369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007260362
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,371 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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Praise for BLOOD BEAST

"One of his best yet." Cork Evening Echo

Praise for BEC

"All the spells, severed body parts and horror you expect from Shan, with a nail-biting and shocking finish." Waterstone's Books Quarterly

"To my shame, this is the first of Shan's books I have read; I now understand why they are so popular… Very enjoyable." Books for Keeps

Praise for LORD LOSS

“Utterly unputdownable.” The Times

“The plot twists and turns like a sharp descent down a dark flume” TES

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Darren Shan is the number-one best-selling author of the series THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN, the DEMONATA and more recently the SAGA OF LARTEN CREPSLEY and ZOM-B. His books have been read by millions of people around the world and translated into more than 25 languages. Darren lives in seclusion in the depths of Ireland. He is a big film buff, and also loves theatre, comics and books, and collecting art. He loves dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers, but never drinks blood. Or so he claims.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AmazonSurfer on 17 Nov. 2009
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Although this book is pretty short compared to a lot of other books I read, Darren gets to the point and doesn't add in endless pages of waffle. What I also like about Darren's books both this series and the Darren Shan Saga is there are no soft options, no 'pink icing'- brutal decisions are made and characters you are fond of die. I also felt this provided a good ending - it wasn't what I expected at all and i can imagine it must be difficult to try to think of something original to wrap this saga up with - I think he succeeded.

This book is fast paced and I read it in one sitting. If you have been drawn in by this latest saga from Darren I doubt you will be disappointed with the final book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 17 Nov. 2009
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After being a bit disapointed by Dark Calling I was expecting this one to be the same. I was wrong. This book is amazing,superb,fantastic and incredible. One of the best ones out of the series yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Selina Davies on 14 Nov. 2009
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The ending will blow your mind. As you read, you will reflect on how far Grubbs has come, from that very first meeting as a frightened teenager whose life events are spiralling out of control, to the strongest saviour of the planet; and how fantastically and believably (in a sci-fi sense of the word) this has happened.
I was not disappointed. Well done Darren Shan.
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So here it is, the end of the series. A series that has made me shudder, gasp, cringe, and sometimes laugh a little. I have been hooked to this and raced through it, and here it is - the final part. I expected big things my friends. I wanted it all wrapped up, all loose ends tied up and something exciting to blow my socks off. Or at least I hoped for it, but as I was disappointed with the end of his Darren Shan Saga series, I was a little concerned, as I have to say I enjoyed that series more overall. But anyway.

This book carries on right where the last picked up, as it says in the synopsis which was taken from the back of the book - Dervish finally packs it in, he dies right at the beginning. And I was devastated - i knew it would happen but I hoped for a miracle. But I could see why he did it, so I could accept it.

That leaves us with Grubbs, now part Wolf and Kernel, still battling with his sight and the colours, trying to fight off untold hoards of demons now crossing into our world and turning the world into death and chaos.

Bec seems to have chosen the wrong side and teamed up with Lord Loss - this I couldn't agree with, she was probably my favourite character of them all and I couldn't accept that she would turn her back on the others, just didn't gel with me, so no didn't like that. Although things are explained later, I'm still not happy.

This series started off so strongly, I've never read anything this gruesome or 'scary' before but I found myself hooked, but by this book I was a bit bored with it. Don't get me wrong, the writing itself is still Shan's masterful work, it still flows off the page and reads well, never a problem with the writing itself, just what that writing is saying.
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I was lucky that I didn't start reading the demonata series until they were all released, otherwise I think I might have gone mad waiting for the next volumes to come out!

This did not disappoint! I may only have given it 4 stars, but that is mainly due to the fact it took ages to get to the point and then the point didn't last very long. But at the same time, I think any more of the ending would have been too much, and any less too little.

This was, all in all, a brilliant book. It has an ending I never expected, but still felt that I should have seen it coming! But it was brilliant! Cleverly constructed to keep you hooked until the very end!

There are some very sad moments in this book, but as always, the mood is lightened by a nice little joke or insult, typical of Shan's style, but very good to keep your spirits up!

So, after reviewing every book in this series, I must say...I loved it! Each one was wonderful in it's own little way, and I'm glad I read them. Reading them stopped me doing lots of other things I should have been doing, like writing essays and studying. But it was worth it!

For anyone who hasn't read this series, who loves a bit of horror, disaster and evil beings in their stories, read this demonically wonderful series, the Demonata!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young on 5 Nov. 2009
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This book is very worthy of buying, especially if you've read the previous books from the Demonata series. It has lots of twists in it and it pieces up the loose ends in the other books that you might not have understood. I think this was one of the best ones out of the other 9 books. If you want a book that will have your heart racing and your mind and imagination wondering, this is the book to purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Ronis on 9 Nov. 2009
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Once you make it this far with the Demonata the last book seems to lack the punch of the others. Whilst unable to put any of the other books down once I started them, this one does not have the same magnetisim. Probably because it is the last book and subconsiously you don't want it to end, but keep going and it all comes to a neat conclusion or does it? You will have to read it to find out!
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