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Cirque Du Freak

(2000)
(A Living Nightmare)
(The first book in the Saga of Darren Shan series)
A novel by

 
 
Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It's the wonderfully gothic Cirque du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. Darren -- a spider freak -- 'falls in love' with Madam Octa -- an enormous tarantala owned by the circus proprietor. Darren determines to steal the spider so that he can train it to perform amazing deeds. But his daring theft goes horrible wrong. The spider bites his best mate and Darren has to sell his soul to an evil vampire to get the antidote. Something out of the ordinary is set against the background of children's normal lives to chilling effect. Atmospheric, funny, realistic, moving and... terrifying.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Fast paced and compelling, full of satisfying macabre touches -- Cirque du Freak explores the powerful fascination of the dangerous and unnatural and also, movingly, the obligations of friendship." - J K Rowling


Used availability for Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak

Hardback Editions

June 2009 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Cirque Du Freak: The Manga, Volume 1
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-606-14432-3 / 978-0-606-14432-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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August 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare (The Saga of Darren Shan)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4352-3358-1 / 978-1-4352-3358-4 (USA edition)
Publisher:
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April 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Vampire's Assistant: Cirque Du Freak (Cirque Du Freak: the Saga of Darren Shan)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4352-3354-9 / 978-1-4352-3354-6 (USA edition)
Publisher:
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April 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Tunnels of Blood: Cirque Du Freak (Cirque Du Freak: the Saga of Darren Shan)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4352-3353-0 / 978-1-4352-3353-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-11
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January 2007 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4242-0618-9 / 978-1-4242-0618-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fitzgerald Books
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September 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (Collins Readers)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-00-724484-3 / 978-0-00-724484-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Educational
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October 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-00-720985-1 / 978-0-00-720985-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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April 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4176-5657-3 / 978-1-4176-5657-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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March 2002 : USA Library Binding
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Title: A Living Nightmare (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Cirque Du Freak: Saga of Darren Shan)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-613-52592-2 / 978-0-613-52592-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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December 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare (LARGE PRINT)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-7862-3733-3 / 978-0-7862-3733-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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April 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cirque du Freak : A Living Nightmare
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-316-60340-6 / 978-0-316-60340-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-00-732087-6 / 978-0-00-732087-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-316-04296-X / 978-0-316-04296-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
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January 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan Book 1)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-00-675416-3 / 978-0-00-675416-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cirque du Freak
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-316-07853-0 / 978-0-316-07853-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yen Press / Hachette Book Group
Availability: Amazon   


October 2008 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan Book One
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-55468-377-7 / 978-1-55468-377-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
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1900 : UK Paperback

Title: Cirque Du Freak
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4056-6206-9 / 978-1-4056-6206-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Galaxy
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April 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak #1: A Living Nightmare: Book 1 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-316-90571-2 / 978-0-316-90571-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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August 2002 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan Book 1
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-7791-1390-X / 978-0-7791-1390-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
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June 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-316-60510-7 / 978-0-316-60510-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-00-713900-4 / 978-0-00-713900-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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March 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cirque du Freak (Spectrum Imprint)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-7089-9544-6 / 978-0-7089-9544-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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December 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-606-27189-9 / 978-0-606-27189-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-00-762462-X / 978-0-00-762462-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ted Smart / The Book People
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

September 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak: Saga of Darren Shan)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4829-4388-3 / 978-1-4829-4388-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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September 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan series, Book 1) (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4829-4389-1 / 978-1-4829-4389-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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September 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan series, Book 1)
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 1-4829-4386-7 / 978-1-4829-4386-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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September 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare: The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1
Author(s): Darren Shan
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare: The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1
Author(s): Darren Shan
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1): Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-00-721415-4 / 978-0-00-721415-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1): Abridged
Author(s): Darren Shan
ISBN: 0-00-102535-X / 978-0-00-102535-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1)
Author(s): Darren Shan
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


August 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Cirque Du Freak #1: A Living Nightmare: Book 1 in the Saga of Darren Shan
Author(s): Darren Shan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon