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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 3-in-1 edition edition (2 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007143753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007143757
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,946 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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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

Cirque Du Freak
“…fast-paced and compelling book which 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

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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jasper Wong on 13 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Comment on my starring system.
1 star very disappointing stuff or a very bad item
2 stars ordinary and nothing special AT ALL
3 stars The mark under 'good'
4 stars 'good'
5 stars Absolutely brilliant (an item has to be very, very special to get 5 stars)
The Vampire Rites Trilogy is the second in the Darren Shan Vampire Trilogy series. The Vampire Rites trilogy covers books 4, Vampire Mountain, 5, The trials of death, 6, The Vampire Prince. One of the best thing about these books is that there is always a prologue at the beginning, telling you all about what happened in all of the books before the one you are reading. (e.g. bk. 4 will have a short prologue covering books 1 through 3). The only thing about these books is that the last Book included in the trilogy always seems to be the most interesting and compelling. This is what draws you in to read the next three books (for Vampire Rites, there is a next trilogy compilation called Vampire War) which in turn draws you into the next book which is particularly annoying if it has not been published yet! (After Vampire War trilogy, there is a trilogy which covers bks. 10,11,and the final book in the saga, 12-and, it hasn't been published yet!!)
Great book with some chilling moments, but with no extremely distasteful bits that often seem to destroy a horror book.
Definately Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Calum Fairweather on 16 Nov. 2005
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The second trilogy out of The Saga of Darren Shan, these books are as chilling as the earlier ones in the saga. Lot's of spooky, horrible to gut-wrenching and "you better be prepared, this part's scary as hell!" parts in this trilogy with the following books:
Book 4: Vampire Mountain
Book 5: Trials of Death
Book 6: The Vampire Prince
To start with, if you already now what has happened in the saga up to this point, you can ignore this: Darren Shan was a regular schoolboy, until he came face to face with Mr Crepsley and his spider Madam Octa, he then get's blooded, and eventually becomes a half-vampire, and follows them into the night. But this is now, Darren, In Vampire Mountain, goes on a deadly trek to Vampire Mountain itself. He then meets up with some Vampire Prince's and faces what happens to be a dreadful challenge.
Trials of Death is where Darren takes up his deadly Trials where it's do or die. It's as simple as that, will he succeed or get thrown into a stake pit.
The Vampire Prince is where Darren must outwit a Vampire Prince, or face death again, will he rule the night?
This trilogy in my opinion is an important part of the saga, so without this it'll be incomplete, so any new Darren Shan fans, or readers or horror buy this and the rest of the saga NOW! 'Nough said!
~ Calum Fairweather (Darren Shan Fan)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart J. Dillon on 6 Feb. 2007
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I'm a huge fan of horror books and more so anything to do with vampires, so when I read the reviews this seemed perfect for me. I was wrong! What everyone fails to mention is that this is more of a 'my first horror book' best suited for adolescents moving into the world of horror and not quite ready for the likes of Brian Lumley, or those who appreciate childrens adventure. Having said that; in the way that adults can read harry potter and enjoy it, the Darren Shan books became a fun and compelling read. while in no means scary for a hardcore horror fan like myself, far from it, the story of a young boy and his adventures through a boys eyes can draw you in and experience it as though you were a child again and living it through him. The unfortunate thing about the trilogies is that they haven't been revised for a complete book; in other words, twice in one book you are being reminded what happened previously when you've only just turned the page! All in all an enjoyable read and an amazing twist at the very end making it all worthwhile.(I had bought all the trilogies in one go and didn't put them down untill finished!) I gave it 4 star because it's not the sort of book i go for, but if you like this sort of thing or have a child who can tolerate softcore horror, then i'd give it a five for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "emsie31" on 20 Feb. 2004
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I'm a huge fan of all the Darren Shan books and have been from the moment i read the first one. They offer a completely original and exciting insite into the world of vampires. I would reccommend this book to anyone who enjoys being completely absorbed into an alternative world. The best thing being is these books just keep coming!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "adamdoherty1991" on 2 Feb. 2005
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This book is one of the best i have read in years it has chilling twists turns and lots of hidden secrets in store for the reader i got so into this book i red all of it in three days i would say to anyone that loves horror/adventure books this is a great read and should be enjoyed by all children and adults this deserves all the praise it gets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 1 Oct. 2008
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In Vampire Mountain, Darren and Mr Crepsley make their way to a Vampire council meeting. In Trails of Death Darren must prove his worth to the vampire clan by passing five deadly trials and in Vampire Prince Darren must contemplate his future in the vampire world.

After the first three books gave us a taste of who Darren Shan was and his adjustment from an ordinary school boy to a vampire, we are invited into the world of vampires in these three books as we learn of their traditions, their habits and their personalities. The author tells his stories well and has created an intriguing background for the lives of vampires.

Vampire Mountain is a slow paced novel as Darren and Crepsley make their way there. Slow moving but there are a couple of twists and turns in stall as they venture to their destination. The psychology behind their trip is interesting as they encounter numerous obstacles. The setting of the mountain is very dark and what you would hope for, a dark and imaginative approach to the world of vampires. The plot is steady with hardly any action, but the ending will make you carry on into book 5.

Trials of Death is by far the best out of the first 6, with fast and tense action as Darren is forced by vampire law to pass 5 trials of initiation to prove himself as a vampire. The excitement and imagination behind the trials is genius by author Shan who writes with entertainment at heart in this novel. Shan uses the elements to thrill, with water, fire and earth all playing a vital role in the trials, all wonderfully executed. There is also more insight into the world of vampires with more character introduced and a personal history being built as well to make one of the finest novels of the saga.
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