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Just one week to go until I head to the Sci-Fi Weekender in North Wales. This looks like it's going to be a brilliant event, and in between my own appearances I'm hopefully going to get to sit in on some of its many talks, interviews, exhibitions, etc. Regarding my appearances, I'll be doing a full solo event on the Friday afternoon (as well as popping up at a book launch that features one of...
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Welcome To Sci-Fi Weekender - The Ultimate Sci-Fi Event

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03/23/2017 at 08:00. Facebook
There's nothing a cat loves more than reading a few pages of a zombie book before settling down for a snooze! :-) I spotted this adorable photo on the So Many Books, So Little Time site, when they reviewed Zom-B Angels. They didn't like it quite as much as the previous couple of books in the series, which was fair enough -- Zom-B Angels was one of those books where it was necessary to slow...
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03/22/2017 at 19:27. Facebook
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03/22/2017 at 07:49. Facebook
The webs we weave as we go through life are far more far-reaching and complex than we could ever have imagined when we were starting out. We find ourselves with ties to the most unlikely of people and objects, building up a series of connections that would baffle and mesmerise us if we tried to count them all. For instance, what on Earth could Darren Shan have to do with a hippo in distress?!?...
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Hippo in distress could be the best

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03/21/2017 at 07:33. Facebook
Tattoo Tuesday has become a bit of a fun feature here, for however long it lasts, but this week it's taken on a much more serious slant. The photo of this week's tattoo was sent to me by someone we'll refer to as Misa. The tattoo was pretty cool by itself, but Misa's accompanying email, which I've copied in below with her permission, took this to a whole new level of sobering coolness,...
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03/20/2017 at 12:43. Facebook
I finished reading Being Billy last night, by Phil Earle. It's a lovely, haunting YA tear-jerker of a book, about a lonely, angry boy who has been living in care for a long time. It put me in mind in some ways of The Machine Gunners, by Robert Westall, and I can pay no higher a compliment than that. I know Phil. He was working at Simon & Schuster when I signed up with them, and I developed an...
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Being Billy

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03/20/2017 at 07:07. Facebook
A fan called Christopher wrote to me recently to say "I got married to my beautiful other half on the 19/2/17 and our wedding theme was books, as before we got together she wasn't a big reader until I introduced her to your books. First was the Demonata and ever since she has become a readaholic. And as the first books we both read where your Demonata series, we thought what better way to...
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03/19/2017 at 07:40. Facebook
I have only one thing to say to you all this Sunday -- Master Blaster!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

(If you don't know what that means, go treat yourself to a viewing of the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome at your earliest convenience. But if you watch it with a friend, it's only fair to issue you with a warning in advance -- "Two men enter, one man leave!!")
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03/18/2017 at 19:28. Facebook
I'd forgotten about this, which dates back to St Patrick's Day a couple of years ago. I know I'm a day late with it, but better late than never. :-) Thanks to Alex for sharing it with me and reminding me about it.
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03/18/2017 at 11:30. Facebook
Well, I survived my first ever grindcore/death metal concert when I went to see Napalm Death last night! I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would -- they put on a good show, and engaged nicely with the crowd. There was a lot of stage-diving, which is something I've never done -- I was tempted to go up and take the great leap, but since I wasn't a proper fan of the band, I didn't feel...
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NAPALM DEATH - Dear Slum Landlord (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

NAPALM DEATH - Dear Slum Landlord (OFFICIAL VIDEO). Century Media Records 2015.

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03/18/2017 at 07:56. Facebook
Some fan art to brighten up your Saturday! The first drawing is a few years old, I think, and I'm not sure who it's by, but it's pretty darn cool, featuring a mix of characters from my vampire and Demonata books. The second focuses on Darren and Steve, and was drawn by a fan called Koro. The last two are both by someone whose handle is Whale -- that's Mr Crepsley in the first of the pair, and...
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Following up my cosplay posts from the last couple of days, here are some photos of other Shansters who have dressed up as characters from my books (most of them for World Book Day, which was earlier this month). The first features a guy called Aaron digging a rather funky Mr Crepsley look! The second is a young Harkat Mulds wannabe. The third is of another Mr Crepsley fan, but this one's a...
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Some more of those Darren Shan cosplay photos that I promised you yesterday. Enjoy!
If you're into cosplay, then I think you're going to dig these photos! A group of Shansters have been dressing up as characters from my vampire books to cosplay, and they've posted LOADS of photos of themselves over on Twitter -- stick Darren Shan into the search engine on Twitter, then click on the Latest link, and scroll down. I've included a few here, and I'll post some more tomorrow. If it...
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To my surprise, Tattoo Tuesday survives another week! I was only joking when I started this thread, but as long as the tattoos keep coming in, I'll keep posting them! This one belongs to a lady called Michaela, who decided that rather than have a quote based on one of my lines or a drawing from one of my books, she'd get my autograph and have that transferred to her flesh. Nice! How long, I...
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The young lady in the first photo is called Vanessa, and she's a Shanster. She's one of four models in a competition to be featured in a "creepy photo" shoot. She asked me to share this with you guys, because she figured you'd be connoisseurs of freaky photos!! :-) If any of you would like to vote for her, she'd deeply appreciate it -- all you have to do is click the Like button on her photo.

Twisted Fantasy Photography

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When I released An Other Place, my latest Darren Dash book for adults, in December, I was very unsure what sort of a reception it would get. It's very different to any other book that I've published, a dark, twisted, Twilight Zone-type mix of science-fiction, horror and Kafkaesque dystopia. I was expecting confusion and revulsion, but instead it's picked up one of the best set of reviews of...
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It was a windy day last Saturday, so myself, Dante, and a couple of our friends grabbed a kite that I'd bought quite a long time ago and headed out into our back field to test it out. I hadn't flown a kite since I was a child, probably more than 30 years ago, so I was a bit rusty, and it took me a while to figure out how to catch the wind. But eventually we got on top of the situation and...
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A fistful of darkness!!! :-) (Those of you unfamiliar with my Darren Dash books for adults, feel free to visit to find out more.)

Meanwhile, back on the Darren Shan ranch... the lucky winners of the March Shanville Monthly competition, in the order drawn, were:

Jessie Thomas, England.
Billie Foster, England.
Jessica Boehm, USA.
Elloise Jennings, New Zealand.
Gemma Jones, England.

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The clock is ticking! Just 12 hours left to enter the March Shanville Monthly competition, which closes at midnight UK time tonight. Up for grabs -- five manuscript proofs from different Zom-B books, each signed by me. Nobody else in the world will ever have one of these!!! (Well, apart from me, of course!) Enter now or forever dream of what might have been... [ Darrenshan.com Link ]