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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 3-in-1 edition edition (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007179596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007179596
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,886 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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‘Leaves the reader hungry for more’ JK Rowling

"I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's
great story-telling."
Roddy Doyle

Lord of the Shadows
'Stephen King for kids … Darren Shan has brought his own brand of vampire mythology into the heads and hearts of thousands of children with his vivid and compelling series The Saga of Darren Shan, about one boy's journey from ordinary lad to vampire prince. Once they're hooked, kids tend to rip into the flesh of these books, quickly draining them of their life blood. The covers, with images of ghouls, creeping hands and dripping fangs are terrifying alone. ' Metro Life, Evening Standard

About the Author

Born in London in 1972, Darren O’Shaughnessy [writing as Darren Shan] moved to Limerick with his parents and younger brother. Returned to London to study Sociology and English then worked for a TV cable company. His first adult novel Ayuamarca has been published by Orion and his writing has been likened to Clive Barker and Iain Banks. He is now a full-time writer of TV scripts and novels


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Alexandra R. Tomlin on 2 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I have read all of Darren Shan's work and find them to be the best i have ever come across. The story is gripping, the plot line exciting and very visual and inventive. It pulls you in and is a saga you will never forget! One wonderful feature is that unlike most books, it is totally unobvious as to who will suffer next, yet the characters all tie to you individually. And i can say this about all of his books, none have dissapointed. If you haven't read Darren Shan you are missing out! *****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 13 Nov. 2008
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Lake of Souls sees Darren and Harket travel to a mysterious world to find Harket's true identity. Lord of Shadows tells the story of Darren returning to his home town, haunted by dreams of him becoming the monster of the night. Sons of Destiny sees Darren and Steve have the chance to end the war, with one becoming Lord of Shadows.

After a highly dramatic ending to book nine `Killers of the Dawn' the Lake of Souls was a must read and weren't we treated? The thing that makes these books so readable is Shan's approach. His unflinching and highly realistic style with no clichés makes it unique. He was preaching through that ending and here we see the consequences of the main talking point so far. We see Darren's vulnerability about being alone. He needs to get away from reality and so travels with little person Harket to a wasteland.

This wasteland is terrific. For the first time in the saga we are seeing a story unfold into an adventure, a sense to explore and find new things. This is different and brilliant because of it. Packed with mystery at every turn, not to mention the drama and another beautiful twist, book ten is one of the finest of the saga.

Book eleven Lord of the Shadows is the darkest of the series by a mile. With the constant nightmares and violent imagery Darren is enduring, the author has cemented his intent, and has laid down the darkness in a way that is extremely vivid and controversial to.

The action is always there, if not as action packed as the war series. The fact that Darren is going home is a beautiful thing, and one that was always going to bring back memories and open up the past.
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By Alex Ng on 14 Aug. 2011
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I can use a simple word to comment this book, Fantastic! This book is great for kids who loved horror. Actually, not until I flipped the last page of this book that I realized how fantastic this book was. Honestly, I hate Darren Shan when I first saw it as I hate horrors. They gave me shivers and nightmares. However, by a coincidence, I took a glimpse at the first page of Vampire Blood trilogy and found out it was fantastic! For this epic ending, it ended well and great. Everything was unpredictable and a bit sad. Everything that Darren had done was forgotten, actually not even happened. I don't think it is good, however, I remained excited and surprised. Surprised by what I read, a little person to paradise and aim for happiness and merry. Hope you find it interesting and write more reviews to compliment this really fantastic book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Watson on 10 Oct. 2007
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This is a wonderful book. You simply MUST read it.
It's gripping, fast and emotional. The storyline is fantastic, and the characters seem so very real. It probably one of my favourite books of all time.
However, you may want to keep a box of hankies at close reach; the author is fairly merciless and isn't afraid to kill off his characters. Because of this, you really don't know what's going to happen. Unfortuanatly, I had the story spoiled so it didn't turn out as riviting as it would have been.
I would advise you read the previous books before starting this one, as they give you a greater insight into the story and characters, although a short summary of the story-so-far is present at the start of each book.
So, keep clear of spoilers, and this will turn out as a beautiful, unforgettable story that you will remember long after you finish it.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ryan - H.M.H. on 31 July 2006
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At the beggining of the first book, Darren Shan says that the following books are all true, yeah right! Darren Shan, once again proves he is an excellent mild-horror writer with these three books. He once again shows that he can describe objects, surroundings, people and feelings all in vivid detail - you can really understand what it would be like to be in Darren's shoes. These three fast-paced books are Numbers 9-12 0f The Saga Of Darren Shan, the last three books of the series. And, in my opinion, the best three.

The tenth book (The Lake Of Souls), continues straight on from when Darren's tutor died, and showing how the Darren feels, in great detail. When they get back, Harket starts having nightmares and is beggining to go mad, so Mr. Tiny comes and tells Darren and Harket that to save Harket, they have to travel far into the future and find out who Harket was before. There are many dangers lurking in the skies, the water and the land in this time. Thier mission: To get to the lake of souls and fish out Harkets soul.

Book 11 (Lord Of The Shadows): After coming back from the future world, Darren finds that the nightmarish world will be created by either him or Steve! And Steve returns to the Cirque Du Freak, and kidnaps and kills Snakeboy's son, making a fool out of Darren.He finds out that Steve had a child with Darren's sister when he was gone, making Darren furious. Also, he finds out, that The Lord Of Shadows cannot be stopped. He starts to prepare to have a final battle with Steve.

In the twelth book (Sons Of Destiny), well, I can't really give much away since it's the last book, so I'll just say this book tells us the final battle of Darren and Steve.
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