I met Darren Shan recently. The queue was long, especially for a Sunday signing, but it was totally worth it. Darren Shan was a delight to talk to, and he answered my questions with a lot of thought. There was even talk of maybe his next piece of work being a musical! Whether this was a joke or a spoiler, only time will tell. At the end of the day, I had a signed copy of Lord Loss and a picture of the great Darren Shan trying to strangle me to remember the day.
This is what he had to say:
The blog admin managed to catch a quick word with Darren Shan when he was in Newcastle, and got to talk about the most Gothic and horrific of his series, The Demonata. Book one of the series, Lord Loss (2005) was a global success and in 2006 it won the Redbridge Teenage Book award. It was also shortlisted for four other awards.
Darren Shan, a pseudonym adopted by Darren O’Shaughnessy, is the author of many Young Adult horror books. He has authored two children’s series, and is currently writing the third. His most famous series is the Darren Shan saga, a 12-book series about vampires. The film rights to the series were purchased by Harper, and in 2009 Cirque du Freak was premiered.
When asked about his inspiration for the Lord Loss, Shan had this to say:
“I actually wrote Lord Loss many years ago as a stand-alone book. You’ll…
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