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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

ZOM-B Goddess

ZOM-B Goddess

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2017

The final, heartstopping installment from master of horror, Darren Shan. What will become of B Smith? And is apocalpyse nigh?! 'It's been a ride worthy of an apocalypse, and Mr Darren Shan has given us another crazy collection of novels that inspire and intrigue' Bookblog Bonanza Where can you turn when you've run out of options? What card can you play when the deck's stacked against you? Is there any hope in a world of the lost? Double-crossed again, B is confused, enraged and broken. But the battle isn't over. The end is nigh, but there are plenty of horrors to come. And who will survive? The zombies? The humans? Or worse . . .? 'Zom-B Goddess doesn't disappoint. We get another huge twist, another big moment for B to shine and a suitably mind-blowing ending to a series that has made me gasp in shock at least once per book.' So Many Books, So Little Time 'This last instalment of Darren Shan's zombie series is epic. It's as full of graphic gore as you could wish, has a plot twist on every other page, and includes the biggest battle of the sequence yet.' The Bookbag 'Wow. I did NOT see that ending coming. Even down to the wire, Shan's got tons of surprises up his sleeve, and he deploys them by the megaton.' Reader, Writer, Fanboy

ZOM-B Fugitive

ZOM-B Fugitive

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

'Just as you think that you've seen it all, in comes Shan with a brand new set of wham! bam! twists and turns and revelations' The Bookbag WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN ALL IS LOST? HOW CAN YOU BUILD A FRESH FUTURE ON THE SANDS OF A TWISTED PATH? WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU KNEW WAS A LIE? B SMITH IS ON THE RUN . . . The penultimate tale in this gory, epic series from bestselling author and master of horror Darren Shan - with unmissable twists and a bold new cover look! 'The eleventh instalment in the Zom-B series is possibly the most mind-blowing yet. I felt like my brain had melted by the time I had finished Zom-B Fugitive.' So Many Books, So Little Time 'For the penultimate Zom-B book, Darren Shan went and saved what might very well be the most shocking plot twist this series has yet, and probably will ever have' Reader, Writer, Fanboy 'I continue to be amazed by the story' Fiction State Of Mind

ZOM-B Mission

ZOM-B Mission

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Leading a group of humans through London and out into zombie-infested suburbs sounds like suicide - but not for the undead! Even so, the horrors of the journey will be beyond anything B has seen before . . .

ZOM-B Family

ZOM-B Family

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

B has been taken hostage by Dan-Dan and his evil allies . . . and one of them is family. But an unlikely hero is coming to her rescue . . .

ZOM-B Bride

ZOM-B Bride

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2017

The tenth terrifying installment from master of horror, Darren Shan. Does true love lurk in the darkest of places? Could a psychotic stalker be the man of your dreams? Can a killer win your heart? Here comes the bride . . .

ZOM-B Underground

ZOM-B Underground

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

B Smith is a zombie but, unlike most of the walking dead, has a brain that still works. This can only be a blessing, right? B is about to realize that consciousness can also be a curse . . .

ZOM-B City

ZOM-B City

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

B Smith thought escaping from an underground prison was a step towards salvation, but life above ground is another kind of hell. How will B survive in this city of the dead?

ZOM-B Gladiator

ZOM-B Gladiator

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

B Smith has seen evil in her time, but the Board are a whole new ball game. These inhuman humans use their money and power to buy their way to safety and entertainment . . .

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