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Tunnels of Blood : Saga of Darren Shan - Darren Shan

Tunnels of Blood

Saga of Darren Shan

Paperback Published: 6th November 2000
ISBN: 9780006755142
Number Of Pages: 176

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Fast paced and compelling, full of satisfying macabre touches - Cirque du Freak explores the powerful fascination of the dangerous and unnatural and also, movingly, the obligations of friendship′ J. K. Rowling This is what JK Rowling said about Book 1 of The Saga of Darren Shan. TUNNELS OF BLOOD is number three in this chillingly compelling series by talented young author, Darren Shan, aka Darren O′Shanghnessy.

When Mr Crepsley is called upon by the Vampire Generals, Darren and the snake-boy, Evra Von, leave the Cirque Du Freak and travel with him to the city. Whilst there, Darren meets Debbie and his life as a Vampire′s Assistant fades into the background - until corpes are found. Corpses drained of bloodSuspicious of Mr Crepsley′s secretive behaviour, Darren and Evra shadow him across the city and confront a creature of the night who may be the end of them all...

Has Darren made a fatal mistake which will cost him the lives of those he cares for? And can he escape the lure of the Tunnels of Blood

About the Author

"I was born in London in 1972 and moved to Ireland when I was 6 years old, where I've lived ever since. I always wanted to be a writer - I've loved telling stories since I was a child. I started out writing books for adults, and managed to get a couple published. One day, on a whim, I decided to try a book for children. The result was Cirque Du Freak. Much to my surprise, it took off, and I became a de facto children's author! Since then I've used my ill-gotten gains to buy lots of comic-strip art and travel the world. When I'm not working or traveling, I like watching movies.

Cirque Du Freak "!fast-paced and compelling book which leaves the reader hungry for more." JK Rowling 'Brilliant, macabre tale.' Guardian "I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's great story-telling." Roddy Doyle The Vampire's Assistant "The Vampire's Assistant blazes a thrilling, gruesome trail through a fascinating plot." The Good Book Guide Vampire Mountain "Get your teeth into it!" Funday Times

ISBN: 9780006755142
ISBN-10: 0006755143
Series: Saga of Darren Shan
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 6th November 2000
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.5  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.12

Darren Shan


About the Author


Darren O’Shaughnessy was born on 2 July 1972 in London. After starting school at the age of three, he moved to Limerick with his parents and younger brother. He went back to London to study Sociology/English at college. Darren worked for a cable television company for 2 years before setting up as a full time writer. He had his first taste of literary success aged 15 when he was runner-up in a television script- writing competition with a comedy script titled, ‘Day in the Morgue’. Darren completed his first book aged 17.

A big film buff, he also reads lots of adult- orientated indy comics. Other interests include long walks, outdoor swimming, watching and discussing football, scuba-diving . . . and dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers!

Cirque Du Freak is Darren first children’s book. It is about something out of the ordinary, but set against the background of children’s normal lives to chilling effect. J.K Rowling describes it as, ‘A compelling book . . . a plot full of twists which leaves the reader hungry for more.’ The TES describe the book as, ‘a compelling page-turner.’

When interviewed in T2, Darren comments, ‘It’s not a book that sets out to be frightening for the sake of it. Dark things happen, but they happen for a reason, and there are definitely repercussions.’

The sixth book in The Saga of Darren Shan, The Vampire Prince is published in February 2002.

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