Shan to give a sneak peek of new ‘Zom-b’ series at Limerick readings

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

FANTASY writer Darren Shan, who has racked up sales of more than 20 million books worldwide, will offer readers a sneak preview of his brand new ‘Zom-b’ series in the Belltable on Thursday.

FANTASY writer Darren Shan, who has racked up sales of more than 20 million books worldwide, will offer readers a sneak preview of his brand new ‘Zom-b’ series in the Belltable on Thursday.

Shan is to read from his latest book Brothers to the Death - The Saga of Larten Crepsley, with two readings, one for school kids and one for the general public.

The multi-million selling author, from Pallaskenry, said he will give those that attend a sneak preview of his new series of books, which won’t be published until later this year.

“I normally start off with an extract from an older book, then do one from the new book and then questions and answers and then at the end I like to give readers a little taste of a book that isn’t published yet, so I have got a book that won’t be out until October about zombies, so I will be giving a sneak preview about what lies ahead.”

Shan picked up a $1m cheque in 2000 when he signed a deal with Warner Brothers for the film rights to the teen horror novel, Cirque du Freak, his first children’s book. That was made into a major film in 2009, premiering in Limerick Omniplex.

While he was born in London, he returned home with his parents and brother when he was six.

Cirque du Freak was initially turned down by 20 different publishers before it was accepted but his career has gone from strength to strength since. He recently signed a new deal worth over €1m for the Zom-B series for teenagers, and is also due to release an adult-aimed book, Lady of the Shades, in September.

“I am starting a 12 book series about zombies beginning in September and it will be coming out every three months,” he explains. “They are a bit like the old serials - it is one big story and virtually every book finishes on a cliff hanger leading you into the next segment.”

He says he is “very excited” about the return to adult fiction, but is concentrating this week on the new book Brothers to the Death, his 31st published novel.

“It is the fourth book in the series, the final book, and is about Larten Crepsley, a character we first met in Cirque du Freak,” he explains. “It is actually the first time in years I have done a public event in Limerick, I do lots of signings because there is a big fanbase for the books here, so I thought it would be fun to do and have a bit of a different vibe at the event.”

The readings take place at 11.30am and 7pm.