Darren Shan - Author Picture

Darren Shan - Author

Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy. Although he is Irish he was actually born at 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 SouthEast London until the age of six, when he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since (but he never lost his London accent!).

He later returned 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!).

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.

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 almost 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 World Book Day in the UK.

If you like Darren Shan you might also like to read books by Marcus Sedgwick, J K Rowling and Garth Nix.

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Reader ReviewedZom-B Goddess
Darren Shan
This is the end! B Smith is drawing near to the end of her journey, but there's still time for the biggest fight and biggest twist of her life. This is NOT going to end with a whimper...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Zom-B Fugitive
Darren Shan
Pulsating with tension, twists and a whole lot of blood, Zom-B Fugitive is the penultimate book in an addictive twelve-volume series by horror supremo, Darren Shan. While the ingeniously unpredictable plot, involving the likes of a crazy killer clown, mutant...
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Format: Hardback | Released 10/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedZom-b Clans
Darren Shan
In this latest instalment, B's fellow Angel, Vinyl, is being held hostage by the sinister Owl Man who will only release him in exchange for B's own dangerous captive. B Smith must consider her next move very carefully indeed…Once...
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Format: Paperback | Released 12/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedZom-B Bride
Darren Shan
From the master of horror comes the 10th Zom-B instalment. B Smith has been reunited with the murderous maniac clown, Mr. Dowling. To her shock and consternation, he's desperate to make B his partner in crime. Mr. Dowling disgusts her,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 12/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedZom-B Family
Darren Shan
B Smith is discovering the tue meaning of family. Another terrifying instalment, 9th in the 12 book series, from the master of horror.
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Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedZOM-B Mission
Darren Shan
Mission number seven in the brilliantly horror-rich Zom-B series in which the dead have taken over the world. The undead, whether they are a revitalised or a revived, are being hacked down and killed everywhere. B Smith sets off on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedZom-b Clans
Darren Shan
In this latest instalment, B's fellow Angel, Vinyl, is being held hostage by the sinister Owl Man who will only release him in exchange for B's own dangerous captive. B Smith must consider her next move very carefully indeed…Once...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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Reader ReviewedZOM-B Gladiator
Darren Shan
Written in serial form, across twelve books, this is the sixth terrifying ZOM-B instalment from bestselling master of horror, Darren Shan with full page artwork throughout by acclaimed comic book artist, Warren Pleece.
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Reader ReviewedZOM-B Mission
Darren Shan
Mission number seven in the brilliantly horror-rich Zom-B series in which the dead have taken over the world. The undead, whether they are a revitalised or a revived, are being hacked down and killed everywhere. B Smith sets off on...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/03/2014
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ZOM-B Baby
Darren Shan
Zom-B Baby is the fifth instalment in Darren Shan's epic Zom-B series. In his latest book, the ‘Master of Horror' gives readers relative pause for thought after the break-neck pace of the first four books. How do you know if...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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ZOM-B Gladiator
Darren Shan
Book 6 in the Zom-B series....B's deadly journey continues - and it's deadlier than ever.
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/01/2014
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Reader ReviewedZOM-B: City
Darren Shan
Best-selling Darren Shan, master of the dark story, spins another horrific thriller set after the zombie apocalypse. In the world of the dead, a terrifying battle is taking place over who will control the streets of London. Will it be...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedZOM-B Baby
Darren Shan
Zom-B Baby is the fifth instalment in Darren Shan's epic Zom-B series. In his latest book, the ‘Master of Horror' gives readers relative pause for thought after the break-neck pace of the first four books. How do you know if...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/09/2013
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ZOM-B Angels
Darren Shan
The fourth gripping instalment in the exciting new series from the master of teen horror. With each Zom-B title combining classic Shan action, an abundance of gore and fiendishly twisting plot, this is a seriously engrossing series which will captivate...
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Format: Hardback | Released 20/06/2013
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ZOM-B Underground
Darren Shan
Can you hold on to your humanity when you're a monster? How do you face the present if you're haunted by the past? Where can you turn when you're trapped in a living nightmare? For B Smith, death is not...
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Format: Paperback | Released 20/06/2013
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Hagurosan
Darren Shan - illustrated by Zack McLaughlin
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 A tale full of wonder from the master story-telling Darren Shan! Hagurosan is sent by his mother to take an offering of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2013
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Reader ReviewedZOM-B City
Darren Shan
March 2013 Book of the Month Best-selling Darren Shan, master of the dark story, spins another horrific thriller set after the zombie apocalypse. In the world of the dead, a terrifying battle is taking place over who will control the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 14/03/2013
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Reader ReviewedZom-B
Darren Shan
March 2013 Book of the Month The first book in the explosive new zombie series from the master of horror, now in paperback. The exciting new series from the master of teen horror. Zom-B is a radical new series about...
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Format: Paperback | Released 14/03/2013
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ZOM-B Underground
Darren Shan
Can you hold on to your humanity when you're a monster? How do you face the present if you're haunted by the past? Where can you turn when you're trapped in a living nightmare? For B Smith, death is not...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/01/2013
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Reader ReviewedZom-B
Darren Shan
The exciting new series from the master of teen horror. Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/09/2012
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Blood Beast
Darren Shan
Be prepared to be chilled to the bone by the latest instalment in the story of the Demonata. Grubbs Grady has managed to cheat his fate but can he keep out of its clutches forever or, will his werewolf fate...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2008
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Slawter
Darren Shan
Horror lovers will rejoice in best-selling Darren Shan's latest in the Demonata series. A trip to Demonata leaves Dervish Grady haunted by the demons in the nightmares that follow. Can he find any escape? Working on a new horror movie...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 03/01/2007
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Bec
Darren Shan
If you know someone who enjoys the feeling of fear and terror whilst reading then there is no one doing it better than Darren Shan. Bec continues the successful Demonata series but the book also stands up as a title...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2006
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