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Darren Shan - Author

About the 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.


Featured books by Darren Shan

ZOM-B Gladiator

ZOM-B Gladiator

13+ readers

Author: Darren Shan Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Book 6 in the Zom-B series....B's deadly journey continues - and it's deadlier than ever.

ebook of the month
ZOM-B Angels

ZOM-B Angels

13+ readers

Author: Darren Shan Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/06/2013

Where can you find shelter in a city of the damned? How can you build a new life if you're undead? Who can you trust in a world gone mad? B Smith has come to a crossroads... The books in the Zom-B series - 1. Zom-B 2. Zom-B Underground 3. Zom-B City 4. Zom-B Angels 5. Zom-B Baby 6. Zom-B Gladiator 7. Zom-B Mission 8. Zom-B Clans 9. Zom-B Family 10. Zom-B Bride 11. Zom-B Fugitive 12. Zom-B Goddess For more Zom-B news & competitions visit  www.darrenshan.com or join in the chat the Zom-B Facebook page.  And there are competitions & giveways at www.zom-b.co.uk

ebook of the month
ZOM-B Underground

ZOM-B Underground

13+ readers

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

The second gripping instalment in this amazing new zombie series, now in paperback. The books in the Zom-B series - 1. Zom-B 2. Zom-B Underground 3. Zom-B City 4. Zom-B Angels 5. Zom-B Baby 6. Zom-B Gladiator 7. Zom-B Mission 8. Zom-B Clans 9. Zom-B Family 10. Zom-B Bride 11. Zom-B Fugitive 12. Zom-B Goddess For more Zom-B news & competitions visit  www.darrenshan.com or join in the chat the Zom-B Facebook page.  And there are competitions & giveways at www.zom-b.co.uk

ebook of the month
ZOM-B Underground

ZOM-B Underground

13+ readers

Author: Darren Shan Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2013

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 the end!

ebook of the month

Other books by Darren Shan

Demon Thief

Demon Thief

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

A hellish nightmare for only the bravest of readers... Darren Shan's horrifying series, The Demonata, continues with Demon Thief. When Kernel Fleck's brother is stolen by demons, he must enter their universe in search of him. It is a place of magic, chaos and incredible danger. Kernel has three aims: * learn to use magic, * find his brother, * stay alive. But a heartless demon awaits him, and death has been foretold...

Trials of Death

Trials of Death

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

This is the fifth title in the compelling and chilling saga of Darren Shan, but the second part in a new trilogy, following Darren's initiation into the vampire clan. THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN BOOK 5 Compelled by his loyalty to Mr Crepsley, Darren Shan, the vampire's assistant, agrees to prove his worthiness to the vampire clan by undertaking a series of trials. Each Trial is set by the Vampire Princes to test agility, cunning and intelligence. Failure means death. Whilst their attention is focused on Darren, the vampire clan fail to notice that the vampaneze have infiltrated their mountain stronghold. Who is the traitor helping the vampaneze, and will Darren survive the trials to oust the vampire's greatest foes? Another atmospheric and terrifying tale from the author of Cirque Du Freak.

The Lake of Souls

The Lake of Souls

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

The tenth part of the Saga of Darren Shan - one boy's terrifying journey from human to half-vampire to Vampire Prince. If you step through after Harkat, you might never come back. Is your friend worth such an enormous risk? A terrifying new world, a deadly new challenge for Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince. Darren and Harkat face monstrous obstacles on their desperate quest to the Lake of Souls. Will they survive their savage journey? And what awaits them in the murky waters of the dead? Be careful what you fish for...

Bec

Bec

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

Darren Shan's Demonata series continues with more shocks, demons and thrilling twists in the chilling Bec. As a baby, Bec fought for her life. As a trainee priestess, she fights to fit in to a tribe that needs her skills but fears her powers. And when the demons come, the fight becomes a war. Bec's magic is weak and untrained, until she meets the druid Drust. Under his leadership, Bec and a small band of warriors embark on a long journey through hostile lands to confront the Demonata at their source. But the final conflict demands a sacrifice too horrific to contemplate...

Ocean of Blood

Ocean of Blood

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

The epic tale of the vampire Larten Crepsley continues. The question is - how far can Larten go... alone? Free from their mentor Seba Nile, Larten Crepsley and Wester Flack join the Cubs - wild young vampires with little respect for human life, and a taste for mindless enjoyment. For the Cubs, everything is easy. But nothing has ever been easy for Larten, and soon fate throws his life into another spin. With dark paths to travel, Larten finds himself far from the Vampire Mountain and its rules. A long way from home, sick and alone, he must decide what kind of vampire he will be. Whether he will stand firm, be true to his master and his princples - or whether he will lose himself in blood...

Killers of the Dawn

Killers of the Dawn

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

The allies of the night prepare for the final, deadly confrontation. Darren and Mr Crepsley will get more than they bargained for when they come face to face with the Vampaneze Lord. The allies of the night prepare for the final, deadly confrontation. Darren and Mr Crepsley will get more than they bargained for when they come face to face with the Vampaneze Lord. Outnumbered, outsmarted and desperate, the hunters are on the run. Pursued by the vampaneze, vigilante mobs and the police, Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince, is public enemy Number One! With their enemies baying for blood, the vampires prepare for deadly confrontation. Is this the end for Darren and his allies?

Dark Calling

Dark Calling

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

Events take an unexpected turn in this ninth awesome foray into the worlds of the Demonata... The Disciples are being manipulated by beings older than time. Only Kernel Fleck knows that something is wrong. But he is in the grip of a creature who cares nothing for the fate of humanity. Voices are calling to him from the darkness and he's powerless to resist. Kernel has already been to hell and back. Now he's about to go further...

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