Cirque du Freak

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Creator: Darren Shan
Date(s): 4 January 2000 – 31 March 2004
Medium: Book
Country of Origin: Ireland
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Cirque Dd Freak is a young adult 12-part book series written by Darren Shan (pen name of Darren O'Shaughnessy) about the struggle of a boy who has become involved in the world of vampires. The books were published between January 2000 and March 2004 and quickly gained a following.


The Cirque du Freak series consists of 12 books, broken down into four trilogies:

Vampire Blood
  • Cirque du Freak
  • The Vampire's Assistant
  • Tunnels of Blood
Vampire Rites
  • Vampire Mountain
  • Trials of Death
  • The Vampire Prince
Vampire War
  • Hunters of the Dusk
  • Allies of the Night
  • Killers of the Dawn
Vampire Destiny
  • Lake of Souls
  • Lord of Shadows
  • Sons of Destiny


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Ships and Pairings

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Het Pairings

As a result of the male-heavy set of characters there are fewer het pairings. Canon character/OFC is common.

  • Darren Shan/Debbie Hemlock
  • Larten Crepsley/Arra Sails

Slash Pairings

  • Darren Shan/Larten Crepsley
  • Darren Shan/Steve Leonard
  • Paris Skyle/Seba Nile
  • Mika Ver Leth/Kurda Smahlt