Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare; The Vampire's Assistant; Tunnels of Blood

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Overview

In the tradition of Anne Rice and Stephen King's Salem's Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak shows leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires.  Author Darren Shan's vivid detail and original voice will have young readers glued to their seats in terror.  Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435101197
  • Publisher: Backpack Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Cirque Du Freak Series
  • Pages: 816
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Shan
Darren Shan
"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.
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Interviews & Essays

Darren Shan Talks About His Chilling Book, Cirque Du Freak

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Cirque Du Freak?

A: Well, of course it's a true story, so I simply recounted the facts! Alternatively...I always wanted to write a book about vampires, but I didn't want to do the usual old Dracula-inspired story. One day I started thinking about how a vampire might travel around, and I came up with the idea of a vampire who is part of a circus -- but a circus seemed tame, so I thought some more, and settled upon the gruesomely flamboyant Cirque Du Freak, which seemed as logical a place to find a vampire as any.

Q: The main character in the book shares the same name as you. Are you similar to the Darren in Cirque Du Freak?

A: I'm not exactly the same -- the Darren in the books is much nobler and braver than I am -- but to a large degree he's based on myself, and thinks and speaks much the same as I do. But of course I'm much better looking than my fictional counterpart!

Q: Have you ever been to a freak show?

A: I'm going to plead the 5th on this one!

Q: What is the scariest book you've ever read?

A: Possibly Salem's Lot by Stephen King, which I think is the best vampire book of the 20th century. Dracula is the best vampire book of the 19th century, while the Darren Shan books, naturally, are the best of the 21st! Ahem, did I mention in my answer to #2 that I'm also less modest than the Darren in the books?

Q: Madam Octa plays a big role in Cirque Du Freak. How do you feel about spiders?

A: I was always rather afraid of them, which was one of the reasons I chose to use Madam Octa in the book -- being scared of spiders, I knew how to get the creepy best out of them! Oddly enough, since writing the book I’ve handled a live tarantula, so I'm no longer afraid of the little eight-legged lovelies!

Q: How many books do you have planned for this series?

A: Steel yourself -- there's going to be about 20 or more books in total! This is a LONG series which covers a lot of ground, time, characters and stories. The first 3 books stand alone each tells its own story, but also act as the prologue to the BIG story which begins in Book 4: Vampire Mountain.

Q: Growing up, did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

A: Yes, ever since I was 5 or 6 years old, writing was the only job I was interested in. I love telling stories. People often ask me what I'd be if I wasn't a writer, but I can't truly answer that question because I never seriously considered any other career.

Q: How did you feel when you found out that Warner Bros. wanted to make a feature film out of your story?

A: As a big film buff, I was delighted! Lots of writers worry about movies and how scriptwriters and directors will handle their characters, but I'm just thrilled at the idea of seeing what they come up with. When I write, I try not to use too many descriptive details so readers are free to imagine characters their own way. I get a real buzz when readers draw characters from my books and show them to me, so I'll probably be buzzing like a bee when the film comes out and the freaky folks from the Cirque are given big-screen life!

Q: How long does it take you to write each book?

A: This isn't as easy to answer as you might think. I do a first draft of a Darren Shan book in 3-4 weeks, but I go through that at least 4 or 5 times, editing it into final shape. Each edit usually only takes about a week, so in total I probably spend 2 months on each book. I like to leave long gaps between edits, during which I work on other books and think about the one I've just written, so in actual time each novel is spread out over 2 years or more.

Q: Any other information/anecdotes you'd like to share with your readers?

A: I'd just like to impress upon the people of America the importance of blood banks and the need to make regular donations. Give freely...give today...give to ME!

Q&A courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

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    Wow,I have never been so scared in my entire career of novel-reading.This book is so dark and mysterious, and kind of sad.Most of all,it is terrifying,frightening,and horrific!Still,you are drawn to it like it was sugar or something. And it definitely isn't sweet!I read the whole series in about one week,I simply could not keep away.But please,please don't read it too late in the night,when everyone is asleep. If you do,read the Bible,watch some romantic,happy movie,or admire something beautiful before you go to bed.If not, you will have nightmares like never before,you will wake up in a cold sweat,and you will want to go to church right away.I had to learn that the hard way.With love.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

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    REAL TERROR

    I can't believe its real! THis is a really good book if you are looking for an adventure. You must keeping reading the series.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    darren is the best!

    Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan was a on the seat edge of a thriller. It is about Darren Shan, Mr. Crepsley, and his best friend Steve Leopard. Who Steve and Darren go to a freak show and after the freak show Darren¿s life changes forever. It¿s in one little decision changes everything for good. If you like thriller books you¿d like this book. You never know what¿s around the corner. As you read my advice to you is even though it may too creepy or disgusting keep going because if you set it down you¿ll regret it. I give this book 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2008

    I love Darren Shan!

    The Cirque du Freak books are cool. The main character, Darren Shan, is the protagonist. He goes to a freak show with his friend Steve, and decides that he wants to steal the spider from the show. It turns out that the spider belongs to Mr. Crepsley, a vampire. Darren tries to return the spider (he can't). Then he becomes an apprentice to Mr. Crepsley. <BR/><BR/>The plot of all of the books are really good, and easy to follow along. I also like how sometimes you think one thing is going to happen, and something totally different really does happen.<BR/><BR/>I recommend these books to all of my friends.<BR/><BR/>-T.M.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

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    Great Book!

    Great Book, not as good as Twilight, of course, but very, very good. I've read 1,2,3,4,7,11,& 12, and if I've learned anything from that, it's DON'T READ OUT OF ORDER!!!!!!!! I start reading #11 & It was just like, "When Mr Crepsley died..." And I was just astounded!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2008

    really good book

    it is a very good series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    Great books

    I would recommend these books to anyone who likes vampires, I have about 7 of the Cirque Du Freak books right now and they were all outstanding, I love these books they're one of my favorite series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    Once you read it, you're bitten.

    These books are amazing. I read this over a long period of time(always waiting for the next to come out) and can say that I'd like them as much as when I started them. If the first one gets you interested, they get better with each novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    Cirque Du Freak

    This story of the transformation from a harmless schoolboy to a vampire's assistant should NOT be read at night (I seem to have learned that the hard way). This book is no more than an amazingly written page-turner, and the only way to figure that out for yourself is to read it. Background: Darren Shan is a normal soccer playing schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steven buy tickets to view a Cirque Du Freak performance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    LOVED IT!!

    After i got this book and started reading, i couldn't put it down. It's so good!! i can't wait to finish the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    Not just for boys

    i read this book and it wasn't bad at all!!!AND I'M A GIRL!!! this book is a good read to take your mind of things...but not exactly one to get you relaxed!!! But...don't get too obsessed with vamps...not very healthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    A reviewer

    This story is called Cirque Du Freak written by Darren Shan. The story is about four boys that want to go watch a freak show but there is only two tickets. So the character who got the ticketshis name is Steve and the game they played to get the last ticket the other kid that gets it is Darren Shan the author. Later,in the story a couple days later so its friday. Darren goes to Steve house to sleep over so the parents dont find out what they are doing later that night.So they go to the freak show and they see an ast that Steve was frighten by his name was Mr.Crumpler but his real name was Van Hurson. Steve tells Darren to go to his house so they can met later. Darren ignores him and stays and he watchs Steve to Mr.Cumlpler and he hears that he tells Mr.Cumpler that he is a vampire so Darren frezzes were he is squatting but the wierd thing was that Steve said i want to be a vampire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    This book was the best and scary book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There is only one part that scared me about that book is when Darren tried to steal mr.crepsly's spider

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    Book review:Cirque Du Freak

    This book is great. Once you start reading you get hooked and cant stop. A give it a 5/5 (*****). It is very suspenseful and the fast paced and gripping story line will keep you on the edge of your seat. I like how powerful fascination of dangerous and unnatural things becomes a reality. I would recommend this book to young adults to adults (13+) who like fast paced story lines and freak shows. I would also recommend to more boys than girls because it explores the world of vampires and other mythical things. The best book I have read in a while

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    Cirque Du Freak is a amazing book filled with great and scarce adventure.It is a book you all just have too read from book 1. Filled with vampires ghost and ghouls. It is a brain sucking book that you will want to continue reading after every chapter.

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