"My name is Darren Shan. I'm a half-vampire. I wasn't born that way. I lived at home with my parents and younger sister, Annie. I enjoyed school and had lots of friends. I liked reading horror stories and watching scary movies. "When a freak show came to town, my best friend, Steve Leopard, got tickets and we went. It was great, really spooky and weird. But the weirdest part came after the show... "Suddenly my days as a human were over. My nights as a vampire's assistant had begun." Darren was just an ordinary schoolboy — until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak. Now Darren joins the powerful vampire Mr. Crepsley. As he struggles with his new life as a vampire's assistant, Darren tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him...the one thing that can keep him alive.