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Cirque Du Freak #1: A Living Nightmare: Book 1 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Paperback)

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This series kept me up at night in both fear and excitement. Darren, a young boy, is caught in a world of vampires; forced to leave his family and guided by a mysterious mentor, Darren discovers what it means to be human or a vampire. Scary, fun, and always keeping you on your toes, this series is outstanding in creating a hidden world of ghouls and goblins that could grab you in any second. --Miriam

— From Miriam


From the Master of Horror comes the first gripping book in the twelve book New York Times bestselling Saga of Darren Shan. Start the tale from the beginning in the book that inspired the feature film The Vampire's Assistant and petrified devoted fans worldwide.

A young boy named Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers-- Mr. Crepsley-- is a vampire!

Stever remains after the show finishes to confront the vampire-- but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

This is the beginning of Darren's story.

About the Author

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak and The Demonata, whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Darren lives in Ireland, where he writes and collects art, comics, and film.

Praise For…

Cirque Du Freak:
"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, author of the Harry Potter series

"Book one in the Saga of Darren Shan is poised to capture a wide audience of series horror readers." -Publishers Weekly

"Will leave readers begging for more."

The Vampire's Assistant:
"Gross-out horror fans will devour it and clamor for the next in the series." -Kirkus Reviews

"Shan creates heart-pounding, page-turning action that will keep kids reading." -School Library Journal

Praise for Tunnels of Blood
"Described in stomach-churning detail, the story is compulsively readable. But it's not for the squeamish." -School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316605106
ISBN-10: 0316605107
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 1st, 2002
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Cirque Du Freak