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Darren Shan

Born Darren O’Shaughnessy on 2 July, 1972 in London, Darren Shan writes dark fantasy books and his bestselling series include The Saga of Darren Shan/Cirque du Freak and the Zom-B and Deomnata series.

He studied at Roehampton University and now lives in Limerick with his wife Bas and their children. He is a film buff, music lover and Tottenham Hotspur supporter.


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Darren Shan Books

  • Cirque du Freak

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: CQD2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Cirque Du Freak is the first of the Saga of Darren Shan books and introduces ordinary schoolboy Darren, who visits a freakshow with his friend Steve and becomes obsessed with a giant tarantula. Darren's fascination is complicated by his friend Steve's behaviour and the pair are subsequently drawn into a ghoulish adventure from which there seems to be no escape. Cirque Du Freak is a dark and thrilling tale that will appeal to both boy and girl readers of nine and above.

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  • Zom-B Collection - 5 Books

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: ZOMB
    Collection 14 years +
    (1)
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    Even before the zombie apocalypse, B Smith had to deal with a racist father and nightmares about killer babies. Now zombies are around every corner, things are just getting worse...

    In her hunt for safety, B finds herself stuck in an underground prison but soon learns things above ground are far more dangerous and deadly. She also turns her back on Dr Oystein only to come across the baby from her nightmares... She's also offered the chance to join the revitalised Angles but isn't sure if siding with them is the right move.

    Written by Cirque du Freak author Darren Shan, the Zom-B books are grisly, gruesome and awesome. Teens who love action-packed reads with plenty of gore will race through them as they join B Smith on her epic tale of survival.
    This collection includes books 1-5 in Darren Shan's Zom-B series.
    Format: paperback
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  • Vampire Mountain

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: ADDQM
    Paperback 9 years +
    Darren Shan, the vampire's assistant is forced to march to Vampire Mountain where he will be judged by the vampire princes. THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN BOOK 4 Darren Shan and Mr Crepsley make a long and dangerous trek to the vampire's stronghold in the mountains. The trek is a test of skill and endurance -- one which sees Darren's vampire nature develop, and a new understanding of the mysterious blue-robed servants of the sinister Mr Tiny. Gavner Purl makes a welcome return when he joins Darren and Mr Crepsley, but they face more than the cold on their way to the vampire princes -- the vampaneze have been there before them! Will Darren's meeting with the Vampire Princes restore his human nature, or turn him further towards the darkness!
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  • The Vampire's Assistant

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: ADDQE
    Paperback 9 years +
    Darren Shan has been made a half-vampire by Mr Crepsley, but the Cirque Du Freak holds more unpleasant surprises for the vampire's assistant. THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN BOOK 2 Darren joins the vampire, Mr Crepsley, as his assistant and they return to the Cirque Du Freak. There, Darren makes friends with the snake-boy, Evra Von (who knows what Darren is) and a local boy, Sam, and RV, an eco-warrior and animal lover (who do not). Darren begins to enjoy his life among the Cirque performers as the youngest half-vampire in existence, but he defiantly refuses to drink human blood -- the whole idea sickens him -- and he tries desperately to cling on to the part of him which is human. Darren comes face to face with pure evil in the form of Mr Tiny, the leader of the Little People who join the Cirque Du Freak, and who eat anything -- including human flesh. When he discovers animal bones, RV frees the wolf-man from his cage -- and no-one could possibly guess how truly terrible the whole effect would be.
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  • ZOM-B Fugitive

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: BGKTR
    Paperback
    '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
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  • Zom-B Bride

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AYDTK
    Paperback
    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 ...
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  • Zom-B Family

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AWOHE
    Paperback
    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 ...
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  • Zom-B Mission

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AWOFN
    Paperback
    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 ...
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  • Zom-B Gladiator

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AVHSZ
    Paperback
    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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  • Zom-B Baby

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AVHNV
    Paperback
    When B Smith turns her back on Dr Oystein and strikes out alone, she is shocked to meet the baby from her nightmares - a strange, creepy, zombie baby ...
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  • Zom-B Angels

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AVHNU
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    B Smith is offered a base with the revitalised angels, but is unsure whether siding with them is the right move. When an old enemy joins the gang, B's doubts begin to multiply. And then the shocking revelations start to kick in ...
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  • Zom-B Underground

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AVHNT
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    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 ...
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  • Zom-B City

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AVHNS
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    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?
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  • Zom-B

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AVGFS
    Paperback
    B Smith has always had to deal with a racist father and nightmares of killer babies. But life is about to get a whole lot worse. Welcome to B's dark and twisted world ...
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  • Zom-B Goddess

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: ASMWC
    Hardback
    The final, heartstopping installment from master of horror, Darren Shan. What will become of B Smith? And is apocalpyse nigh?!
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  • Zom-B Chronicles III

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AMZEW
    Paperback
    (1)
    This radical, masterful series from internationally bestselling author Darren Shan is perfect for fans of The Walking Dead. The undead still roam the streets of London. And now they have a hellish clown as their master ...B Smith is alone in a city of the dead, with only lunatics to guide her. She's found more zombies like her - the conscious undead, or 'reviveds' - but is more confused than ever about who to trust. What's more, one of her worst nightmares has become a reality, and a host of new horrors are after her. The undead army is growing stronger ...which side will B choose in a battle of the damned?
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  • Zom-B Chronicles II

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: ALJQQ
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    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 plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. As Darren says, "It's a big, sprawling, vicious tale...a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!"
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  • Lady of the Shades

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AHYUU
    Paperback
    In a hotel room in Chile, an assassin washes blood from his clothes as he receives word of a new job. Miles away in the twisting streets of London, American writer Ed is tormented by the ghosts of his brutal past. And unseen, a plot churns into motion that will blur the boundaries between what's real and what's not. Ensnared in an affair with the beautiful wife of a dangerous crime lord, Ed fights to keep a deadly secret hidden. But with each turn, his past is catching up with him. Because in the shadows, nothing is as it seems...
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  • ZOM-B Baby

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AHUPY
    Hardback
    How do you know if you're working for a lunatic? Where do you go when you've run out of people to trust? Have you ever heard an undead baby scream? B Smith is out of her comfort zone ...
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  • Brothers to the Death

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AFEIK
    Paperback
    The fourth and final instalment in the epic saga of Larten Crepsley - vampire, hero and victim of fate...Just as Larten is finding a new place for himself in vampire society, trying to help vampires escape the Nazi menace, horrifying tragedy falls on his own family, thanks to the nefarious Vampaneze. With his old friend Wester calling for war against the ancient enemies of vampires, Larten finds himself a figurehead of the campaign. But there are more evil things than just the Vampaneze stirring. And soon, Larten might find himself grieving again - as he faces the worst and final betrayal...
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  • Palace of the Damned

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: AEECY
    Paperback
    In the third instalment in the creepy, captivating Larten Crepsley series, Larten finds out what it means to love! but is he also damned to find out what it means to lose? Lost in the arctic waste, carrying a baby whose love he could never deserve, Larten faces the darkest time he has ever known. But hope has a way of shining through even the smallest of cracks, and just as Larten reaches the end, a new beginning presents itself. The trouble is, for Larten, the violence of his youth is never far from the surface! and those he loves are the ones he hurts the most. As Larten experiences heaven and hell, and tries to save the soul of a child, the question is: can he save his own?
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  • Blood Beast

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: ADPDK
    Paperback 10 years +
    The master of horror returns with a new spine-tingling adventure in the fifth title of the Demonata!. "Locked inside Dervish's study. Breath coming quickly, raggedly. Trembling wildly. I still feel sick and dizzy, but maybe that's fear. I force myself to breathe normally, evenly. When I'm in control, I study my reflection, looking for telltale signs. Am I turning into a werewolf? I don't know!" Grubbs Grady has so far escaped the family curse, but when he begins to experience alarming symptoms at the onset of the full moon, he is scared that the jaws of fate are opening and about to swallow him whole. He has cheated death, defeated demons, moved on with his life. But Grubbs is torn between the world of magic and his wolfen genes. Can he fight the beast inside or will he fall victim to his tainted blood?
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  • Demon Thief

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: ADPDJ
    Paperback 10 years +
    This is a hellish nightmare for only the bravest of readers...Darren Shan's horrifying new series, "The Demonata", continues with Demon Thief - now available in a spine-chilling paperback with grisly glow-in-the-dark cover! "A huge, jagged patch of light forms at the foot of my bed. Then a shape presses through. I'm too horrified to scream. It's a monster from my very worst nightmare - pale red skin; dark red eyes; no nose; and sharp, grey teeth. As it leans further forward I see a hole in the left side of its chest, and inside - dozens of tiny, hissing snakes. The monster frowns and stretches a hand towards me!" 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, and stay alive. But a heartless demon awaits him, and death has been foretold!
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  • Lord of the Shadows

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: ADDRL
    Paperback 9 years +
    The eleventh part of the Saga of Darren Shan -- one boy's terrifying journey from human to half-vampire to Vampire Prince. He will rule the night and destroy the world. Lord of the Shadows! coming soon. The Saga of Darren Shan book 11. Half a million copies sold of the Saga -- get your teeth into a bloody good book!
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