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KidsLIVE and TeenLIVE: TeenLIVE presents Darren Shan

November 12, 2010

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Beyond straight gore—get more! Drill down into all things horrible with master monster creator Darren Shan. Experience a very haunted evening at the library featuring supernatural scares, ghoulish treats, and terrifying talks with the cold blooded creator of Demonata, Cirque du Freak and more. The first 100 teens will get a free copy of "Hunters of the Dusk", volume 7 in the Cirque du Freak manga series.
For ages 12 and up.

Entertainment produced by Chi Chi Valenti for The Jackie Factory

Puppet effects created by Basil Twist (work currently featured in Addams Family Musical and The Pee-Wee Herman Show

Costumes by The Jackie Factory

Theatrical talent and Dancers provided by Vangeline Theater (butoh) and Rachel Klein Theater

Soundtrack by Monsieur Poe

About Darren Shan (courtesy of Hachette Book Group)

I was born in London in 1972, directly opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. I lived in London until the age of 6, and started school aged 3 (I was such a wild child, no pre-school facility would have me!!). I came from a largely working class Irish family, though my mother was a primary school teacher. In London I lived in a block of council-owned apartments.

I loved the switch to Ireland: we moved into my great-grandfather's cottage (he lived with us until his death 10 years later), out in the countryside, and I relished the freedom and dark, spooky nights (the countryside's far eerier than the city!). Irish TV was very primitive in those days (2 channels, which only aired for less than twelve hours each day!), so I had to read lots of books to pass the time. I read every sort I could find, but I especially liked horror stories.

I was always interested in horror, both books and movies, and loved giving myself nightmares. Many of the books I write now are rooted in delightfully chilling childhood scare sessions, when I'd keep myself awake at night, imagining horrible scenarios in which vampires and other assorted creatures would surround my little cottage and lay siege!

I live in Ireland , and have been fascinated with vampires since I was six years old. I write full-time, and I still love giving myself nightmares

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All KidsLIVE and TeenLIVE programs are sponsored by the Katerina and Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences.