Author inks fantasy deal for his zombie novel series
IT may sound like a fantasy but this one is for real.
Limerickman Darren Shan, author of the teenage fantasy novels, has signed a new deal worth over £1m (€1.14m).
Shan has moved from publishers HarperCollins to Simon & Schuster and his new publisher has agreed to pay him what it says is "a seven-figure sum" for his new 'Zom-B' series of novels.
Simon & Schuster will not go into detail about the new books -- but it will be a zombie series targeted at teenagers.
The books will be published quarterly from next autumn in hardback.
"I am very excited to be taking my new zombie series to Simon & Schuster," Shan said.
"The team impressed me greatly with their vision for the work and their enthusiasm, and I look forward to becoming part of the family there and unleashing a string of literary bone-chillers on the world."
The author is already a huge name in the international teenage fantasy novel market. The series he is best known for are 'The Saga of Darren Shan' and 'The Saga of Larten Crepsley'.
Shan, real name Darren O'Shaughnessy, moved from London back to Limerick with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since.
'Cirque du Freak', the first in 'The Saga of Darren Shan' series of 12, was published in 2000. It attracted rave reviews and an army of young fans.
Shan followed his vampire saga with 'The Demonata', a series of 10 books about demons that cemented his place as one of the biggest international names in Children's Horror books.
By the start of 2010, Shan's books were on sale in 39 countries, in 31 languages, and have been global children's bestsellers.
In total, Shan's books have sold 15 million copies worldwide.