Run those by me again?!?

January 13, 2010 at 19:43 (1)

I hadn’t anticipated revealing the titles of the 4 upcoming books about Mr Crepsley’s past for a while yet, but my publishers are keen to get the information out there, so here we go!! In order, they are as follows (with the UK and USA release dates in brackets after the titles — they release at the same time in both regions).

Book 1 — Birth of a Killer (October 2010).
Book 2 — Ocean of Blood (May 2011).
Book 3 — Palace of the Damned (October 2011).
Book 4 — Brothers to the Death (May 2012).

As you can tell from the titles, they’re lovely, cheery, life-affirming books — NOT!!!!! Let the fevered waiting commence!!

As I told you all on this blog just a short while ago, the titles are VERY new — they only came to me on December 8th!! But as soon as I thought of them, I KNEW they were the right titles for the books, and now find it hard to think of them under any other heading. (Though I must admit I’ll always have a soft spot for the original titles, given that I lived with them for 3 years.) I just finished my latest edit of Ocean of Blood today — it’s one of the gloomiest books I’ve ever written, with a finale that sens a gleeful shiver down my spine every time I come to it!! To a certain extent, all of my books are autobiographical, or at least deal with the way I view and experience the world. My teens to my early 20s were dark, miserable years for me — I was a troubled teenager, unsure of my place in the world, frightened that I would never be able to make it as a writer, shy and slow to adapt to new people or situations. Ocean of Blood is a product of those hard years, as Mr Crepsley undergoes the same sorts of uncertainties and difficulties which plagued me (only he does so in a very different way). It wasn’t an easy book for me to write, and might not be my easiest book to read, but it’s one that means a hell of a lot to me, and I’m hoping it will intrigue and fascinate you guys too — albeit in a dark, twisted way!!!!!


  1. Sarah McGovern said,

    Can’t wait until October now ^_^

  2. Graham said,

    Brilliant!!!!! Cant wait for these, I loved the Saga series. Up first though The Thin Executioner!!!!!

  3. Alex said,

    I can’t believe it’s to be 2 years before i’ll have read all if the Mr Crepsley books. October is a long wait… I hate waiting for things.

    At least it’s not too long a wait until ‘The Thin Executioner’.

  4. Miley said,

    I can’t wait to read this series to the class I’m going to teach when all of the books are out. I can’t wait much longer!

  5. Cera said,

    Dude I am epically hyped for Oceans of Blood, seems like I’ll enjoy and relate to it tremendously! You’re the only novelist of whom I own most published books of. : D
    Crepsley (The name Quicksilver made me giggle) is a favorite character of mine so I’m ecstatic that he will have his own little series based on his history (I cried when he died and I NEVER cry, it still gets to me T_T). Good luck in your novels!!!!!!!! Bet they will awesome!!!!

    • leah said,

      you are not the only one who cried when Crepsley died i can’t not cry when i read that aprt of the book! :’ (

  6. Zach said,

    OMG i swear down i did a piece of writin in school and i called it Castle of the Damned!!!!!!im ur biggest fan im so glad that u exist πŸ˜›

  7. Daniel said said said,

    so, like, what series is the thin Executioner from? is it the demonata or what? i hope it is, demonata that is.

  8. Daniel said said said,


  9. Daniel said said said,


  10. Daniel said said said,

    cool with a k

  11. Daniel said said said,

    Can’t wait until October now ^_^

  12. Daniel said said said,

    im a super freak, super freak

  13. Daniel said said said, is my mate email use it for whatever u like

  14. Daniel said said said,

    by the way i hevn’t seen him for 5 years

  15. didimz said,

    Oh…. i likeeeeeeeeeeee….

    i hope after you finished all of them, you will write about Darius Shan….

  16. Brandon said,

    Darren Shan’s books are awesome, but the wait is too long. I have read all the books of the Cirque Du Freak and don’t get me wrong…THEY ARE TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!! and i’m on Demonata rght now and i want to read procession of the dead, hells horizon, city of the snakes, the thin executor, and all that Mr. Shan has to offer but the wait is what i don’t want…..who here agrees with me??

    • Brandon said,

      And i also would love it if Darren could write a series of peoples nightmares!!!
      If Darren hears that can you please try and when your done let it come out at least 5 months at the most from when everything gets accepted???!!!

      • Brandon said,

        and also the one that was above my first one from today-march 14-is NOT me…that’s another Brandon….don’t confuse your iggest fan with someone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Alex said,


  18. Veronica said,

    Oh my god. I can’t wait until May next year! I just finished birth of a killer and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!! I would recommend it to anyone who has a brain. Luv u darren shan!

  19. Sming said,

    Larten was always one of my favourite characters (second only to Mr Tall) and I loved the first book in this series. I’d love to be a writer when I leave school, and although it’s quite an unrealistic dream as so few actually make it as far as Darren Shan has (and I’m nowhere near the level that writers like him are at) I’m going to chase it and maybe one day I’ll have my own book published! Wouldn’t that be something… Darren has always been one of my biggest influences in writing, and I loved the very first book of his I read – Cirque Du Freak. I’m looking forward to the next books in this series just as much as I was for Sons of Destiny or Hell’s Heroes, maybe even more. Keep it up, Shan πŸ˜€

  20. Ethan said,

    cannot WAIT for oceans of blood!!!!! its gonna be brilliant, Larten was awesome, after Mr Tiny of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

  21. Ethan said,

    Went all the way to cheltenham (i live in scotland) to see Darren at the book festival, it was Bloody BRILLIANT!!!!! XD πŸ™‚

  22. Marina said,

    This is soo not a real blog…

  23. deadgreenstar said,

    wa when every thing in my life i falling apart and at the same time i don’t know what to do with mine the only few thing that stop me from thinking about the end and how we are all gonnna die .There is some thing that makes want to go to the next place that i don’t know were i am gonna go because i don’t think there is is a heaven or hell inside this world all i wanna do is what i want to do inside my life but there is a huge wall say don’t do it .
    Anyway these books i have read the vampire ones are the best ones because it makes every one think about the fake world and wishing that world would be like that and no as boring as the way it is their only so far u can go before u can go any more .
    does any one the date all i know itz comming out in may 2011?

  24. dee said,

    is it publish in Indonesia or not ??

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