Zombie raid leaves pupils spellbound

Author Darren Shan at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool to promote Zom-B, the first of his new series of zombie novels.
Author Darren Shan at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool to promote Zom-B, the first of his new series of zombie novels.
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IT MAY be a few weeks to Halloween – but the zombies are already out in force.

Blackpool’s undead scared the town’s schoolchildren senseless as the master of horror came to the resort.

Author Darren Shan at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool to promote Zom-B, the first of his new series of zombie novels.

Author Darren Shan at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool to promote Zom-B, the first of his new series of zombie novels.

Children’s author Darren Shan – famous for his ghoulish tales of spooky events – took to the stage at The Grand Theatre on Wednesday surrounded by his zombie cast, leaving a theatre full of pupils spellbound.

Mr Shan was reading extracts from his new book, Zom-B, and came face to face with some of his biggest fans at the special event.

Year eight pupil James Bedell, from Poulton’s Baines High School, said: “I was not really into reading but when I read Darren Shan’s books I really got into it.

“The zombies are brilliant.”

Author Darren Shan at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool to promote Zom-B, the first of his new series of zombie novels.

Author Darren Shan at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool to promote Zom-B, the first of his new series of zombie novels.

And classmate Ewan Frederick, 12, added: “I’m a big fan of Darren’s, I’ve read all his books and it was really great to see him.”

The pupils were entertained by the zombie dancers from Blackpool-based Phil Winston’s Theatre Works, before hearing extracts from Zom-B and getting the chance to quiz Mr Shan about his popular books.

Lucy Franklin, from Fleetwood’s Cardinal Allen High School, said: “I was very excited to meet Darren Shan and the zombies were really good.

“My favourite book is The Vampire’s Assistant.”

And year eight pupil Owen Salthouse said: “I was excited to be there and see Darren and get my book signed.”

The event was organised by Kirkham bookshop Silverdell – the first time the Poulton Street shop has worked with the theatre.

And Silverdell co-owner Elaine Silverwood said: “I was thrilled to be working with Darren at the beginning of his tour promoting his new series Zom-B.

“I loved working with the Grand Theatre and bringing multiple schools to share this event, it’s a great opportunity to get youngsters excited about reading.”

The theatre’s programme manager, Phil Harrison, added: “An event like this creates excitement and a buzz around the book.”

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