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Darren Shan

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Librarian's note: Also writes books for adults under the name Darren Dash. And in the past he has released books for adults under the names D.B. Shan and Darren O'Shaughnessy.

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of the series The Demonata, The Saga of Larten Crepsley, and Zom-B. He has also released the stand-alone novel, The Thin Executioner, and the stand-alone short novels, Koyasan, and Hagurosan. Plus, for adults, he released The City Trilogy (originally under the name of D.B. Shan), and Lady of the Shades
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Darren Shan Write! Writing is a learning process. The more you write, the more you'll learn, and the better you'll get. There are no shortcuts, so stop looking fo…moreWrite! Writing is a learning process. The more you write, the more you'll learn, and the better you'll get. There are no shortcuts, so stop looking for them, pick up a pen or sit down in front of your computer, and start writing. You'll make mistakes and write bad stories, but you'll learn a lot more from those than you will by reading How To books, or scouring the web for advice, or sitting around and just dreaming about it.(less)
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The Helgeland script

A few Shansters were chatting about the Cirque Du Freak movie recently, after I'd mentioned how the Universal film had started with the screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who read the books with his son, and decided to adapt it. He got the Donner Company involved, who brought Universal on board, who hired Paul Weitz to direct, who... completely rewrote the script!!! Although Brian Helgeland's name rema Read more of this blog post »
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“Real life's nasty. It's cruel. It doesn't care about heroes and happy endings and the way things should be. In real life, bad things happen. People die. Fights are lost. Evil often wins.”
Darren Shan

“Even a minute of dying is better than an eternity of nothingness. ”
Darren Shan, Sons of Destiny

“I don't like it, but my hands are tied. I just want you to know this: if I ever get the chance to betray you, I will. If the opportunity arises to pay you back, I'll take it. You'll never be able to trust me.”
Darren Shan, Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare

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Elisabeth Dowling Thank you very much for accepting the friend request! Since finishing the Zom-B series, I've been working on a hiking route to tick off famous Zom-B locations someday and setting walking goals to gain the stamina to do it :) Have a great day!


message 19: by Diana

Diana Weasley Thx so much for accepting my friend request:)
Demonata is really good.
I wish to write like you,later !! ^___^


message 18: by Negin

Negin I love your books I love the demonata(it's my life)
i'm going to read zom-B i hope to like it too
as iranian says:دوست دارم


message 17: by Ariya

Ariya Thank you for accepting my friend request. I know it will mean nothing, considering we are not actually friends but haha *waving awkwardly* I'm so glad you did. I'm on my way through Demonata and just finished Death's Shadow a couple of hours ago and decided to add you friend. It's so surreal like I'd been glued to your story and then the author accpeted your friend request! Enjoy your day Mr. Shan! Don't let Lord Loss crawl out into your bed.


message 16: by Tina (last edited Nov 23, 2014 03:44PM)

Tina THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ACCEPTING MY FRIEND REQUEST!!! You don't know how happy you made me. I might even explode. That happens to me sometimes...
-Your #1 Shanster!!!!!!


message 15: by Connor

Connor Kolb Bre wrote: "OMG Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! You are my FAVORITE horror author. Iread all of your Demonata & Darren Shan: AMAZING series! I can't wait to read your zombie horror serie nex..."

I wouldn't call D. Shan a horror author. No offense- he's an amazing writer and I love his Cirque Du Freak and Demonata series. However, he's not really a horror author to me. More like fiction, fantasy. Stephen King, Edgar A. Poe, and Seth Graham-Smith- they're horror authors, and they are masters. Shan IS scary- but not horror genre scary.


message 14: by Ariana

Ariana Thanks for accepting my friend request! I want to read as many of your books as I can and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :D


Ninth HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! XD


❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄ Nishanth wrote: "HAPPY BLOODY BIRTHDAY!!!"

^^^^^^^^ again! ^_^


message 11: by Lauren

Lauren Eames Thank you for accepting my friend request :) I'm currently reading Dark Calling in The Demonata series and oh my god! I love these books! Can't wait to read the last book once I'm done with this one but will also be quite sad to finish the series. Brilliant job, definitely one of my favourite series of all time :)


Ninth HAPPY BLOODY BIRTHDAY!!!


message 9: by Silas

Silas Thank you for friending me!!! I'm in love with your books and am reading Procession of the Dead.


Sandra Thanks so much for friending me! :)


message 7: by Klyde

Klyde Thank you so much for accepting my friend request!! I.LOVE,YOUR.BOOKS! You are the best author EVER!!! I've read the whole Saga of Darren Shan just this summer and I'm currently reading the Demonata now. I just wanted to say I hope you keep writing more books and thank you for turning my world around! :)


Reiley dorgan I am a big fan of the Cirque Du Freak series! I love it. Please write more books! Maybe you should write a book about zombies. You do really good with vampires though. Thnx for the great books.


Darren Shan Me too!!! :-)


Rachel Thanks for accepting the friend request. I love you, Darren Shan. <3
LIVING for April and September for 'Brothers to the Death' and the first Zom-B book. SO excited!! :D xxxx


Gc032787 Cirque du freak is AWESOME!!!


message 2: by Hina

Hina Agreeing with everyone's comments. :D


message 1: by Cara

Cara Darren Shan, i absolutely adore you!!! Keep trying to write more books please, they are amazing!!! :D


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