Irish writer Darren Shan
makes his living frightening children and teens, and they love him for it. His best-selling horror novels feature bloodthirsty vampires in his Cirque du Freak series
(also known as the Saga of Darren Shan) and gruesome demons in his Demonata series
. Shan's new book, City of the Snakes
, concludes the City Trilogy
, a noir fantasy for adult readers set in a violent metropolis teeming with rival gangsters and mysterious Incan priests who are all struggling for power. Shan shares with Goodreads his favorite works of horror.
Salem's Lot by Stephen King
"I read this when I was nine or ten years old, and it terrified the life out of me. Which was a GOOD thing!"
Books of Blood by Clive Barker
"I first read these as a teenager, and they redefined what horror could do for me. For a few years every short story I wrote was heavily influenced by these feral tales."
Domain by James Herbert
"A chilling look at London after a nuclear strike, when rats surge to the fore and the human survivors must battle for their lives. Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse!"
Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
"Vampires as you've never seen them before. A rip-roaring blast of a novel that will have you turning the pages so fast, your fingers will probably bleed!"