Books, Boos and Buds

What do you do when your Dungeons and Dragons session gets cancelled, go meet Darran Shan!

Okay, that normally isn’t the case but that’s what ended up happening for me and Eilidh.

Cirque_du_freakAfter having to cancel Thursday’s session last minute I was, not going to lie, really bummed out. I have been working hard on the campaign and even stayed up late to get it near perfect. At least now I have another week to polish it.

I was expecting to spend the rest of the day lazing around or something when Eilidh, one of my D&D players and great friend messaging me with the extent of “hey, want to go to Edinburgh and meet Darren Shan?”

To which my answer was of course yes!

In case you don’t know, Darren O’Shaughnessy better known as Darren Shan is a writer and a great one at that. His works include The Saga of Darren Shan, The DemonataThe Thin Executioner, The Saga of Larten Crepsley, Zom-BThe City Book Trilogy and Lady Of The Shades.

I myself have only read The Saga of Darren Shan but after getting several recommendations from Eilidh I am going to read more of his work.

The event was a talk/Q&A followed by book signings at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cirque Du Freak.

If you have read any of Darren Shan’s books or have at least heard of him chances are the main thing you will know is he is primarily a horror writer. So you would probably expect him to be a pretty intense guy. That could not be further from the truth, he is a total sweetheart!

69246935_2082036292092736_1252891223518085120_nDuring his talk, he was smiling and laughing with the audience. Very down to earth and friendly. Funnily enough, someone asked him what he would think about someone using the lore of The Demonata for a D&D campaign. I now may or may not have some new ideas for my own campaign.

The line for the signings took a while only because he made time to talk to each fan properly. No one really minded since we all knew we would get to meet him and Eilidh and I met some awesome folk during the wait which made time fly by.

I was super nervous when it was my time to meet him. I did get to ask him a question about writing advice during the Q&A but I was still nervous.

He was an absolute gentleman. We had a little chat about Tintin and writing. He even signed a copy for my sister.

What made Eilidh’s day though was when he recognised her! They met three years ago and he even remembered exactly where. I have never seen her so happy.

Before we left I figured I should grab a new book and stumbled on The Brilliant & Forever by Kevin MacNeil.  The night ended with the pair of us bantering about books and offering recommendations.

Not what I was expecting to happen that Thursday but I am not complaining! Thanks, Eilidh for taking me and Darren Shan for being such a great guy!


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