The lovely Jason From Salty Popcorn brought this to my attention and I thought I’d share it with all of my little children of the night.
For those not familiar with the books, The Saga of Darren Shan set of 12 books is a vampire story with shades of Harry Potter thrown in for good measure. The books written by Darren Shan (real name Darren O’Shaughnessy) follow the story of Darren Shan, an ordinary normal human schoolboy until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring performers such as Hans Hands, Gertha Teeth, the Wolf Man and Rhamus Twobellies. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognises that one of the performers – Mr Crepsley – is in fact a vampire! Darren is coerced by the vampire Crepsley into becoming his assistant and a half-vampire.
The first trilogy of the set is Darren learning to accept his vampirism, the second trilogy moves on to his finding a vampire clan to seek their acceptance. In the third Darren learns he may have a larger role to play in the fate of the vampires (and of the world) than he had ever imagined and in the last of trilogy of the set he is forced to make many decisions, finally taking his destiny into his own hands and dealing with the consequences.
The vampires of the Darren Shan books have quite a number of differences to the traditional vampire stories. In appealing to a young adult audience the violence is more akin to Harry Potter than say the Sookie Stackhouse books. You don’t have to be young to enjoy this saga. If you are a fan of both genres these should really appeal.
For more information on the books visit darrenshan.com and take a peek, it’s well worth it. But for fans of the books you’re in for a real treat.
Darren Shan has donated a complete, SIGNED set of all 12 of the series The Saga of Darren Shan (or the Cirque Du Freak series as it’s known in the USA) in aid of Authors For Autism Speaks. The books all feature the 3rd generation UK covers, and the winner can have four of the books personalized if they wish. The author will sign all 12 books but if requested will also write a personal message in four of the books. To go to the auction just Click Here It is worth noting that the auction in in pounds sterling, but is open to fans anywhere in the world. Darren has also agreed to cover all of the shipping charges by regular post anywhere in the world!
All proceeds from this auction will go to Autism Speaks, which is the only registered charity in the UK raising funds for biomedical research into the causes of autism spectrum disorders. You can find out more about them by CLICKING HERE.
Full, signed sets of The Saga/Cirque Du Freak are very rare, and to make it even more exciting sets of the new, 3G covers are especially rare as they haven’t been on sale for very long.
Quoting Darren himself; “don’t miss out on this fabulous chance to pick up a set in one quick swoop – and raise lots of much-needed funds for a very deserving charity at the same time!!!! Give till it hurts, people!!!!!!!!”
The Cirque du Freak movie based on the first trilogy will be directed by Paul Weitz and star Salma Hayak, Willem Dafoe and John C Reilly. It is due for release in 2010.
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