The Vampire`s Assistant Book

The Vampire`s Assistant by Darren Shen

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Darren joins the vampire, Mr Crepsley, as his assistant and they return to the Cirque du Freak. There, Darren makes friends with the snake-boy, Evra Von (who knows what Darren is) and a local boy, Sam, and RV, an eco-warrior and animal lover (who do not). Darren begins to enjoy his life among the Cirque performers as the youngest half-vampire in existence, but he defiantly refuses to drink human blood — the whole idea sickens him — and he tries desperately to cling on to the part of him which is human. Darren comes face to face with pure evil in the form of Mr Tiny, the leader of the Little People who join the Cirque du Freak, and who eat anything — including human flesh. When he discovers animal bones, RV frees the wolf-man from his cage — and no-one could possibly guess how truly terrible the whole effect would be. The Vampire`s Assistant follows some of the amazing characters from Cirque du Freak, and also introduces some more who truly blow the imagination.

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Darren Shen

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Darren Shan (real name - Darren O`Shaughnessy) - Irish writer, was born in London on July 2, 1972, at St.

Thomas`s Hospital - opposite the Parliament building in Westminster, which can explain his passion for evil bloodsuckers :) Darren spent his childhood in South London, went to school very early, at the age of three (he was such a tomboy that he was not taken to any preschool institution!). At the age of six, together with his parents and younger brother, he moved to Ireland, to the city of Limerick, where he still lives. Darren Shan went to elementary school in Esqueton, where his mother worked as a teacher, then to high school at Coopswood College in Pallaskenry, after graduation he returned to London and enrolled in sociology and English at Rowhampton University. After graduating from university, Darren worked for cable television in Limerick for a couple of years, and at the age of 23 he devoted himself entirely to writing. Darren always wanted to be a writer and, as a teenager, began writing in his spare time. He bought his first typewriter when he was 14 and tapped miles of stories and comedy scripts on it. Darren first got a taste of literary success at the age of 15, as a participant in a television screenwriting competition on the Irish channel RTE, speaking with a script for a black comedy called "A Day in the Morgue" (he already loved dark humor!). When he made writing his main job, his productivity rose to 5-6 books a year! (But recently it has dropped to 2-3 again, as he is constantly traveling, promoting his books in different countries). In January 2000, between two books for adults, his first children`s book, Circus of Freaks, was published, which he wrote in his spare time for fun. The book, the first in a series called The Darren Shan Saga (also known as Circus of the Freaks in America), received a storm of enthusiastic reviews and received a lot of media attention. Over the next five years, Darren wrote as many as 12 books about vampires. By the beginning of 2006, Darren`s books were sold on all continents in 30 countries, translated into two dozen languages, became bestsellers in America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan and other countries, and sold more than ten million copies! A big movie lover with a home collection of several thousand films, Darren also reads many books and comics and enjoys studying and collecting original art, especially illustrations for comics, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. His other interests include long walks, football (he is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur and the Irish national team), pop and rock music, traveling the world, and also inventing new ways to terrify his readers! Taken from

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