Over 300 Year 8 students from 11 secondary schools enjoyed a morning of scary stories at Nova Hreod School in when teen horror writer Darren Shan talked about his writing and answered questions.
The author was on a national tour to launch a 12 stories starring zombies, to be published in gripping installments every three months.
Alison Slaven, learning resource centre manager at Nova Hreod, who organised the event said: “Darren’s visit here was one of only a few taking place in his tour. We’re keen for pupils to meet their writing heroes and discover what spurs them to write the books that interest young people. Darren really had them locked on to what he was saying about all the macabre characters that he writes about in his different series.
“The long line of pupils waiting patiently to have a few words with Darren and have a book signed showed how much interest there is in reading his work.”
Year 9 Isambard pupil Sam Beeby said: “You can’t put down Darren Shan’s books. They always end on a cliffhanger. I used to get into trouble because I wouldn’t stop reading his earlier books.
Year 11 pupil Declan Casey added: “It’s not true that boys don’t read. Darren’s books are great, you can’t not read them.”
Girls are quite happy to read about blood and gore as well.“I prefer horror to all the girly stuff people think we should read,” said Lauren Stepp from Highworth Warnford.
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