DARREN SHAN is the author of the internationally bestselling seriesCirque du Freak(known as the Saga of Darren Shan in the U.K.), as well as theDemonataseries and theSaga of Larten Crepsley. His adventures have sold more than 25 million copies around the world in over thirty 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 atwww.darrenshan.comor follow him on Twitter @darrenshan.