Darren O'Shaughnessy (; born 2 July 1972), who commonly writes under the pen name Darren Shan, is an Irish author. Darren Shan is the main character in O'Shaughnessy's The Saga of Darren Shan young adult fiction series, also known as the Cirque Du Freak series in the United States. He followed that up with The Demonata series and the stand-alone books, Koyasan and The Thin Executioner. Then came The Saga of Larten Crepsley which is a prequel to The Saga of Darren Shan and tells the life of Larten Crepsley. He has most recently finished a 12 novel series "Zom-B". The first book, Zom-B, went on sale in September 2012, with the final book, Zom-B Goddess, published on April 2016. Darren also writes for adults, and has published The City Book Trilogy and Lady Of The Shades under the name of Darren Shan, and The Evil And The Pure, Sunburn, An Other Place and Midsummer's Bottom under the name of Darren Dash.
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One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. "Oh, no," I said, "Disneyland burned down." He cried and cried, but I think that, deep down, he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting late.
Sometimes it seems as though not a moment has moved, but then you look up and you're already old or you already have a household of kids or you look down and see your feet are miles and miles away from the rest of you—and you realize you've grown up.