Horror writer Darren Shan meets his fans at Stockport Grammar

Darren Shan with pupils

Author and “master of horror” Darren Shan visited school last week to shock and surprise an audience of first and second year pupils and meet a legion of fans from all age groups.

Backed by brilliant visuals, Darren opened the session by reading from Lord Loss from the Demonata series of books – a captivating, spine chilling story describing Grubb’s first encounter with demons, which made the audience jump and finished on a cliffhanger.

As well as summarising his other projects, Darren also took a closer look at the Saga of Larten Crepsley series and told the story of the traumatic events that prompted the book’s main character to escape his town and become a vampire’s assistant, before taking questions from the floor during a varied question and answer session.

Darren then spent lunchtime meeting his fans, with a long queue of pupils quickly forming in the hall. He spent an hour signing books and answering questions from the younger children who have only recently discovered his work, to the A-level English pupils who still have fond memories of the years spent reading his books – and still had time to be interviewed by the school’s young journalists for their SignPost newspaper.

The school’s next author visit will come in just over a fortnight when novelist Will Hill returns to the library to discuss The Rising – the follow-up to his debut book Department 19, the story of lead character Jamie finding himself at the heart of a top secret department and being drawn into deadly battles with vampires and Colonel Frankenstein.

Will already has plenty of fans at the school after first visiting us a year ago, and the session at 1pm on Wednesday 23rd May promises to be popular. Pupils should sign up in the library to secure their place.

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