Wow. Listening to Trump's inauguration speech yesterday, I really started to worry for America. The way he made it sound, this was a broken, destabilized country, where if you weren't unemployed, you were probably being terrorised by your local criminals who apparently have a free run of the place.

But stop! Wait a minute! What's that I see over in the other corner? Could it be Trump's avowed...
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What President Trump Doesn’t Get About America

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If you're a fan of my books for adults, which I now release under the name of Darren Dash, and are thinking of buying Sunburn (the second book that I released under the Dash name), you might want to wait a few days, as I'm currently in the process of updating the cover. I'll let you all know once the new edition goes live, but in the meantime, my advice is to hold tight, as the new cover is...
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01/19/2017 at 20:40. Facebook
The librarians are right -- it IS beautiful!!!! :-)
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01/17/2017 at 07:39. Facebook
"An Other Place sees an imaginative writer at the top of his craft. If you want something that lingers in the memory, is open to interpretation and has a demented energy all of its own, make sure to take a trip (trip being the operative word) to An Other Place. 9 out of 10 stars."

I stumbled across an extraordinary review for An Other Place (my latest book for adults, released under my Darren...
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AN OTHER PLACE

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01/16/2017 at 14:10. Facebook
If you like comics, check out this page, which has been set up by a Shanster of long-standing, looking to fund his university course. :-)

My Comic Vault

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01/16/2017 at 07:32. Facebook
"Books connect people. Even if we have a language barrier we can connect to people. Whether it be talking about a series we disagree with or seeing how two different version of the same book can be worded differently. It's nice to know that books can make incredible bonds with people."

A nice sentiment, and nicely worded -- but it's not mine. That's a few lines from a TwitLonger tweet by a...
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TwitLonger β€” When you talk too much for Twitter

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01/15/2017 at 07:21. Facebook
When the news of William Peter Blatty's death was announced yesterday, pretty much every report identified him as the author of The Exorcist and screenwriter of the movie adaptation. And rightly so. It was and is an extraordinary work, one that has retained its powers over the years. If that was all he'd given the world, he'd fittingly be hailed as a major creative force.

But there was more...
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The Ninth Configuration (1980)

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01/14/2017 at 07:30. Facebook
I LOVE this lego sculpture of the big showdown in Sons Of Destiny, as Darren and Steve lock horns, egged on by the malevolent Mr Tiny. It was created by 10 year old Build It Benny, whose dad Ron shared it over on my Twitter page, along with photos taken from a few other angles -- if you want to check them all out, go have a look at @darrenshan on Twitter.
Sometimes a picture says so much that words are unnecessary. So, for once, I'm saying nothing! :-)
I was very pleased to see Dutch fan Odette choose An Other Place (my latest book for adults, released under the name of Darren Dash) as one of her top reads of 2016, over on a list that she put up on Goodreads. As I've said before, I didn't know what sort of a reception An Other Place would get from readers, but given how weird and different it is, I was braced for the worse. So it's a nice...
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Books Ever After - December 2016: Top 16 van 2016 (showing 1-20 of 20)

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If you're collecting the wonderful new UK paperback editions of my Zom-B books, today is an exciting day, because it's when books 7, 8 and 9 go on sale in their new format. As I've said before, I absolutely love the new-look Zom-B covers, and the twelve of them are going to look stunning together once they've all been released. (And if you turn them round and line up the back covers in the...
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I was delighted to see Be Honest And Fear Not, the latest album by Windings, feature so highly in The Irish Sun's 10 Best Albums of 2016. I gave Windings a chance because my friend Pa is in the band, but now I listen to them purely because they're a damn fine band. Be Honest was one of my favourite albums of the last twelve months and I've listened to it a LOT over the past couple of months....
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The Irish Sun's top 10 albums of the year revealed

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"For an author who predominately writes fiction for a younger audience, Dash handles the adult elements with ease. The story was full of some very weird and unique ideas and Dash handles the world-building in a competent manner. The development of characters was well done, and the descriptions were vivid. Dash is a skilled and proficient writer."

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Book Review: An Other Place by Darren Dash

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I went to see the movie of A Monster Calls yesterday. A fine adaptation, though I think it might have been even more powerful if I wasn't familiar with the story from the book. I felt the book (by Patrick Ness) worked better, especially because part of the story focuses on story-telling itself, and even though they did a very good job of visualising those sections, nothing works better...
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I took Dante on his first roller coaster last week, at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park in London. (A wonderful festive funfair, although it costs a small fortune on rides -- they really do rip customers off, as you can't buy a pass that allows you to ride on whatever you want, the way you can at almost any other theme park these days.) I wasn't sure how he'd react, but to my delight he loved...
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One of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands. I've probably seen The Hitchers live more than any other band, despite the fact that they broke up a long time ago.

THE HITCHERS Killed It With My Bare Hands

From Irish Alternative Music Show No Disco. Broadcast March 1997. The shows then presenter Uaneen Fitzsimons died tragically (RTA)three years later. She was ...

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We took Dante to see Peppa Pig in London's West End a couple of days ago. He really enjoyed it, as you can see in the photos below -- in fact, when we tried to take him out a few minutes early near the end, he resisted and insisted on staying put! Being somewhat older, I had a few gripes about it myself. I found it a bit long, and felt the interval was unnecessary -- just an excuse for the...
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Twitter user Vampire Council recently posted a list of what she thought the Cirque Du Freak characters would study if they went to university. It makes for a light-hearted but interesting read -- check it out and see if you agree with her suggestions, and let us know if there are any that you would change. Personally, I'd send Mr Crepsley to adult night classes to learn to read and write...
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"This entry to Shan's adult collection carries the same flavour many of his other novels do: A dark world with dark characters, dark actions, dark questions and even darker answers that really don't answer anything. Intrigue and mystery abound, and the world's similar yet vastly different nature to our own will definitely unnerve the hell out of you."

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An Other Place by Darren Dash - Book Review

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Ginger Nuts Of Horror listed a guide of 50 YA horror books that they recommended to parents looking to buy the perfect book for their gore-intrigued son or daughter. I was delighted to see The Thin Executioner in among the mix -- as many of you already know, it's my favourite out of all my books, so I get an extra special buzz when other people love it as much as I do! To read what the...
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A FESTIVE 50 PART 3: A PARENTS BUYING GUIDE TO YOUNG ADULT HORROR FICTION

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