DARREN SHAN is the author of the internationally bestselling series Cirque du Freak (known as The Saga of Darren Shan in the U.K.), as well as the Demonata series. His adventures have been read by millions of people around the world in twenty languages, yet much of his life remains shrouded in mystery. He lives in seclusion in the depths of Ireland. And he never drinks blood. Or so he claims. Visit him online at darrenshan.com.