Demon Apocalypse is the sixth book in Darren Shan's The Demonata series. Darren Shan released the title of the book September 29, 2007 at the Baeth Festival of Children's Literature. Darren Shan wished that nothing about this book, not the title, be known to the public until late September, close to the book's release; this is the first time this has happened with any of the Darren Shan books initiated by the recent popularity increase in the author's works. It is published in the United States. Picking up where Blood Beast left off, Grubbs on a plane in a dire situation face-to-face with Lord Loss and Juni Swan who has just been revealed to be one of his higher ranked familiars. Just when it seems like Grubbs will be killed, Beranabus appears, the two jump from the plane, fly to his cave. Once there and Kernel take Grubbs with them to fight a demon in one of the Demonata worlds. Grubbs is stuck in Beranabus' home for seven weeks. Once Beranabus and Kernel return from demon hunting, they all discover that the tunnel that Bec had sealed 1600 years ago has been opened, hell has been brought to Earth.
Enlisting the help of the Disciples, Grubbs and Beranabus set out to reseal the tunnel and remove the Demonata from Earth at the same time. After arriving at the tunnel, Kernel gets his eyes gouged out by Spine and Grubbs sees all his friend's and Dervish's heads carried by demons; the spirit of Bec appears again and tells Beranabus that sealing the tunnel will not remove the demons like it did last time. In the chaos, the Kah-Gash awakes in Grubbs and Bec and turns back time to a point just before the tunnel was opened, providing Grubbs and Beranabus a way to prevent mankind's extinction. During the cave battle between Beranabus' group and Lord Loss', it is revealed that Bill-E must be killed to prevent the opening of the tunnel, since he unwittingly sacrificed Loch to open the tunnel; because Dervish is unable to kill his nephew, Grubbs is forced to painlessly kill Bill-E. This seals the tunnel, forces the retreat of a shadowy creature unlike any demon Grubbs has seen before. Bec, her essence trapped within Grubbs, changes the body to resemble hers.
It is revealed that Bec's spirit has been trapped inside the cave for the past 1600 years, believed by Beranabus to be because she is part of the Kah-Gash, along with Grubbs and Kernel. Now knowing what is at stake, Grubbs leaves Dervish in the care of Bec and joins Beranabus and Kernel on their never ending quest to prevent more tunnels from opening and to learn more about the creature known as the Shadow. Official Darren Shan Site Official Darren Shan Blog Demonata website
Hunters of the Dusk
'Hunters of the Dusk' is the seventh novel in The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan. It is part of the Vampire War trilogy, which comprises the seventh to ninth novels of the twelve-book saga. In the seventh book of this series, not long into his years as a Prince, Darren is once again visited by Desmond Tiny, he explains that the three hunters must find and hunt down the Vampaneze Lord if they have any hopes to win the war. He announces that two of them are Darren and Mr. Crepsley, but the third one they must find on their way; the hunters are told by Mr. Tiny that they will cross paths with the Lord of the Vampaneze four times throughout their quest, have only those four chances to destroy him, they leave and go to Lady Evanna for help as they were instructed by Mr. Tiny. On the way they meet with Vancha March, another Vampire Prince and the last hunter. Vancha's skin is a dark shade of red, due to his constant battle with the sun and does not like to use weapons, using his bare hands instead.
Though, he does use the shurikens that are strapped to his belt when necessary. He prefers to wear only clothes made from animals, doesn't care for having many manners, he claims to be a ladies' man. The three get to Evanna's house, she lets them stay with her for a few days so they can discuss what Mr. Tiny said and where they should go next. Leaving Lady Evanna's house, they set their sights back towards the Cirque Du Freak, following Darren's gut feeling as a Vampire Prince and the main hunter. While they are staying there, Darren notices Lady Evanna leaving the Cirque one night and follows her to a nearby forest, he fears the worst. Darren gets the others, they prepare an attack. After launching what seemed to be a successful strike on the group of Vampaneze, two of them get away. One was Vancha's brother, the other was a servant of the Vampaneze. Vancha lets them get away after realizing. However, little to their knowledge, the servant was a disguise and it turned out to be the Lord of the Vampaneze.
After a few more nights at the Cirque to once again come up with a strategy, they set off to once more try to encounter the Lord and destroy him to end the War of the Scars
Young adult fiction
Young adult fiction is a category of fiction written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age. While the genre is targeted to teenagers half of YA readers are adults; the subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the experience of the protagonist. The genres available in YA include most of those found in adult fiction. Common themes related to YA include: friendship, first love and identity. Stories that focus on the specific challenges of youth are sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming-of-age novels. Young adult fiction was developed to soften the transition between children's novels and adult literature; the history of young adult literature is tied to the history of how childhood and young adulthood has been perceived. One early writer to recognize young adults as a distinct group was Sarah Trimmer, who, in 1802, described "young adulthood" as lasting from ages 14 to 21. In her children's literature periodical, The Guardian of Education, Trimmer introduced the terms "Books for Children" and "Books for Young Persons", establishing terms of reference for young adult literature that still remains in use.
Nineteenth century literature presents several early works, that appealed to young readers, though not written for them, including The Swiss Family Robinson, Walter Scott's Waverley, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Brown's Schooldays, Dickens' Great Expectations, Alice in Wonderland, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner. In the 1950s, two influential adult novels, The Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies, which were not marketed to adolescents, still attracted the attention of the adolescent demographic; the modern classification of young-adult fiction originated during the 1950s and 1960s after the publication of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders; the novel features a truer, darker side of adolescent life, not represented in works of fiction of the time, was the first novel published marketed for young adults as Hinton was one when she wrote it.
Written during high-school and published when Hinton was only 17, The Outsiders lacked the nostalgic tone common in books about adolescents written by adults. The Outsiders remains one of the best-selling young adult novels of all time; the 1960s became the era "when the'under 30' generation became a subject of popular concern, research on adolescence began to emerge. It was the decade when literature for adolescents could be said to have come into its own"; this increased the new idea of adolescent authors. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, what has come to be known as the "fab five" were published: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiography of the early years of American poet Maya Angelou; the works of Angelou and Plath were not written for young readers. As publishers began to focus on the emerging adolescent market and libraries began creating young adult sections distinct from children's literature and novels written for adults; the 1970s to the mid-1980s have been described as the golden age of young-adult fiction, when challenging novels began speaking directly to the interests of the identified adolescent market.
In the 1980s, young adult literature began pushing the envelope in terms of the subject matter, considered appropriate for their audience: Books dealing with topics such as rape, parental death, murder, deemed taboo, saw significant critical and commercial success. A flip-side of this trend was a strong revived interest in the romance novel, including young adult romance. With an increase in number of teenagers the genre "matured and came into its own, with the better written, more serious, more varied young adult books published during the last two decades"; the first novel in J. K. Rowling's seven-book Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in 1997; the series was praised for its complexity and maturity, attracted a wide adult audience. While not technically YA, its success led many to see Harry Potter and its author, J. K. Rowling, as responsible for a resurgence of young adult literature, re-established the pre-eminent role of speculative fiction in the field, a trend further solidified by The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
The end of the decade saw a number of awards appear such as the Michael L. Printz Award and Alex Awards, designed to recognize excellence in writing for young adult audiences; the category of young adult fiction continues to expand into other media and genres: graphic novels/manga, light novels, mystery fiction, romance novels, subcategories such as cyberpunk, techno-thrillers, contemporary Christian fiction. Many young adult novels feature coming-of-age stories; these feature adolescents beginning to transform into adults, working through personal problems, learning to take responsibility for their actions. YA serves many literary purposes, it provides a pleasurable reading experience for young people, emphasizing real life experiences and
Blood Beast is the fifth book in Darren Shan's The Demonata series and was released 4 June 2007. It is narrated by the narrator of Lord Loss and Slawter; the plot is part of a two-part story. Though the previous four books have not been in chronological order, this book is the furthest book into the future, it deals with whether or not Grubbs Grady will be struck with lycanthropy and how he will deal with it. This book has been nominated for several prizes; the title was announced at the Edinburgh Book Festival. In 2007, Blood Beast was nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award in the UK, but lost to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. Blood Beast takes place about a year after the events recounted in Slawter. Grubbs Grady is back in Carcery Vale, his life seems to have settled down at last. He's getting on well with Dervish. Grubbs has been struggling to contain the magical talent, he doesn't want to become a Disciple and he hopes his abilities will fade if he hides them long enough.
His magician's prowess is growing all the time. He suspects he might be turning into a werewolf. Things come to a head when Grubbs and his friends and Bill-E decide to go on a treasure hunt. While exploring a tunnel that leads to a cave, Grubbs hears a scream behind him and turns to find Loch's lifeless body on the floor, blood seeping from his head. Bill-E leaves to get help, Grubbs attempts unsuccessfully to resuscitate Loch, whose heart has stopped. Dervish returns with Bill-E and they dispose of Loch's body in a nearby quarry. Dervish explains that the cave is a potential doorway for demons to enter the human world and it is his responsibility to safeguard it. Grubbs returns to school, meets with the new psychologist, Juni Swan, whom he had met in Slawter. Juni has a gift for magic, she becomes romantically involved with Dervish. For several nights around the time of the full moon, Grubbs has a difficult time and is in extreme pain. Juni suggests. Grubbs runs to the cave; when he returns to human state, he finds that he has killed Bill-E's grandparents and legal guardians.
Not wanting to kill again, he and Juni decide to run away. They board a plane and Grubbs falls asleep; when he awakes, the cockpit opens and demons appear on the plane, begin attacking the passengers. Is Juni friend or foe? Official Darren Shan Site Demonata website
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a 2009 American dark fantasy film adaptation of the Vampire Blood trilogy of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan. 16-year-old Darren Shan and his best friend Steve Leonard visit. During the performance, Steve recognizes one of the troupe's members, Larten Crepsley, as a vampire, prompting him to try to find Crepsley after the show. Darren, fascinated by Crepsley's spider, Madam Octa, impulsively steals her. Before he can leave, he is forced to hide as Crepsley returns to his room. Steve arrives, begging to be made into a vampire, but Crepsley refuses after tasting Steve's blood, which he says "tastes of evil"; when Crepsley realizes that Madam Octa has been stolen, Darren flees from the theater with Crepsley hot on his trail. He gets away only when the mysterious Mr. Tiny arrives in his limousine, accompanied by the mad Vampeneze Murlough; the latter is unimpressed with Darren, dismissing him as a "bag of blood", but Tiny is impressed, promises to "be in touch" after dropping Darren off at home.
The next day, Steve discovers Darren heard the conversation between Steve and Mr. Crepsley, forcing Darren to admit he overheard what Steve said to Mr. Crepsley. Steve comes over to Darren's house and performs tricks with Madam Octa Darren loses his concentration and Madam Octa bites Steve and escapes, leaving Steve to succumb to her deadly venom in the hospital. Becoming desperate, Darren begs Mr. Crepsley for help. Annoyed and contemptuous, Crepsley agrees only if Darren becomes a half-vampire and Crepsley's personal assistant. Darren agrees, only to flee as soon. After nearly attacking his sister out of bloodlust soon after, Darren reluctantly agrees to leave with Mr. Crepsley, who arranges it so everyone believes Darren has killed himself. After being buried, Darren is dug up by Mr. Crepsley, only for the both of them to be ambushed by Murlough and several Vampeneze. Crepsley fights them off and the two return to Cirque du Freak where Darren meets the snake boy, Evra Von, Rebecca, the monkey girl.
Meanwhile, contemplating suicide after losing his best friend, is stopped by Mr. Tiny who offers him a chance to become a Vampaneze, telling him that Darren has achieved his dream of being a vampire, wasn't the loyal friend Steve believed. Steve is turned into a half-Vampeneze, after learning that Darren has been refusing to feed, Tiny has his family kidnapped, leaving a flyer for the Cirque du Freak at Darren's former home. Darren arrives at the theater, where Steve are waiting for him, they fight. Crepsley arrives to fight Murlough. Rebecca frees herself. Rebecca offers Darren some of her blood, he agrees and fights with Steve using his new powers. Crepsley stabs Murlough and with his dying words Murlough declares that the truce between the two clans is broken. Steve and Darren continue to fight. Darren asks Steve to stay, but Steve refuses, saying "I have my destiny and you have yours." Steve leaves with Mr. Tiny. Darren's family are hypnotized to have forgotten. Left by themselves and Darren share a long heartfelt kiss before being interrupted by Mr. Crepsley.
Crepsley gives Darren his own coffin, Darren accepts his new life as a member of the Cirque du Freak. Main article: Mary Elisabeth Winstead as School Teenager / Carnival Teenager Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant was shot between February 19-June 1, 2008 in New Orleans, the villages of Folsom and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; some of the characters required a great deal of prosthetics and makeup led by Steve Koch, Brian Sipe, Mark Garbarino. Prosthetics did not quite add the height needed on certain shots for the character of Mr. Tall, played by Academy Award-nominated Ken Watanabe. Although Watanabe is six feet tall, a body double was cast for certain shots. Trevon Flores, a local basketball player who stands 6'10" tall and weighs 210 pounds, was used for certain shots to show the abnormal height of Mr. Tall. Additionally, Watanabe utilized dialogue coaches Kathleen S. Dunn and Francie Brown in pre-production and production to further enhance his performance as the circus barker; the filmmakers took advantage of computer-generated imagery to portray other fantasy elements.
John Marshall High School in Los Angeles was used to film a few parts of the movie. They used Sophie B. Wright Charter School in New Orleans to shoot a couple of scenes from the film; the film began principal photography on February 8, 2008 in New Orleans and ended on June 3, 2008. The film was distributed by Universal Studios. A portion of The Vampire's Assistant was filmed on a set constructed within New Orleans City Park 1,000 feet off of the side of the road, along Harrison Avenue. In one of the manga additions of the saga, the director says that the character of Gavner Purl was a hint of the sequel he wanted to make; the score to The Vampire's Assistant was composed by Stephen Trask, marking his third feature film with director Paul Weitz. He recorded his score with an 86-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox; the movie features the songs "Something Is Not Right with Me" by Cold War Kids, "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis, "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave.
The trailer features the songs Asleep From Day by The Chemical Brothers, Bliss by Syntax, Superhero by Immediate Music. The film was set for release on January 15, 2010, but was moved ahead to
Killers of the Dawn
Killers of the Dawn is the ninth book in The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan. It is the third book in the Vampire War trilogy, it continues the events of Allies of the Night which leaves Darren meeting his ex-girlfriend and his ex-bestfriend, Steve Leonard, revealed to be a half vampaneze. Mr. Crepsley and Harkat go into the tunnels, where they find Vancha, they seek out Steve. Steve calls the rest of the Vampaneze. There is a battle between the Vampaneze and the vampires, soon they face the Vampaneze Lord; the Vampaneze Lord says that he and Mr. Crepsley must fight one another alone with no help from anyone; the Vampaneze and Vampires stop their fighting. At last Mr. Crepsley kills the Vampaneze Lord, but Steve jumps onto his back and causes him to fall over the cliff, where he is hanging over the pit of flaming stakes with Steve. Since he believes the Vampaneze Lord is dead, he agrees to kill himself and stop holding on to Steve in exchange for rest. Mr. Crepsley lets go of Steve and falls into the pit below, giving Darren a smile as they've succeeded in ending the war.
After he is dead and everyone has safely departed, Steve reveals himself to Darren as the Vampaneze Lord: the one whom Darren or Vancha must destroy for the sake of the world. Mr. Crepsley's death had been in vain, which leaves Darren feeling empty. Killers of the Dawn information
Bec is a book by Darren Shan in The Demonata series. It is the fourth book of the series released but it is first chronologically; the protagonist of the book is the central character Bec. It is set in Ireland around 1600 years ago; the last line of the book, "Screams in the dark," is the first line of the book, as well as the tagline for the novel. Bec is the end of the first part of the Demonata books; when a "simple child" named Bran who can run fast comes to Bec's demon-besieged rath, she and a small consignment of warriors go with him, including the chief's son, "largely untested" in battle. During the journey, the group is attacked by demons, but luckily manage to hide near some ancient lodestones which protects them with powerful Old Magic. Bran leads them to a crannóg, where everyone is dead except a druid, Drust; the druid tells them about a tunnel to the demons' world, how he aims to destroy it. They go with him; the group find some horses which help them reach their destination in time, but Fiachna is soon abandoned after his wound becomes life-threatening.
Bec manages to force Bran through the closing tunnel at the last moment with the last of her magic, but is trapped as a result. Soon after, Lord Loss appears and tells Bec that when she appeared to absorb power from him several days earlier, Lord Loss had intended for that to happen so that she could close the tunnel; this is because Lord Loss is unique among demons, in that instead of wishing to slaughter all the humans in the world, he prefers to prolong the suffering for as long as possible. If the tunnel had remained open, countless other demons would have passed through and destroyed all of mankind within a matter of weeks, which would have ruined Lord Loss' "sport". After telling Bec this, Lord Loss reminds her that of the geis that he had placed on her, that he is bound by his word to kill her. Lord Loss sets his familiars upon Bec, without any magic to defend herself with, she is overwhelmed and killed. Cover art copyright of Melvyn Grant Shanville Monthly 68 Official Darren Shan Site Official Darren Shan Blog Demonata website