King of Fantasy Darren Shan’s new novel Hagurosan, raising funds for No Strings


Hagurosan cover


“My latest book, Hagurosan, is now on sale in the UK!!” says Darren Shan, best-selling author of the Cirque du Freak series.

“Adapted from a short story I wrote many years ago, about a young boy who eats an offering meant for the gods who live on a holy mountain, it has been beautifully repackaged, and artist Zack McLaughlin has illustrated it with lots of wonderful drawings – one of which you can see here [below].

“I’m not taking any profits from the sale of this book – all moneys that I earn from it are being donated to No Strings, my charity of choice.”


Hagurosan illustration


When Hagurosan is told to take an offering to the shrine, he reluctantly begins his trek up the mountain. But when he gets hungry and eats the cake meant for the spirits, things take a turn that no one could have expected. Now Hagurosan must face the consequences of his actions …

Darren explains: “The idea for the story came to me on a holy mountain in Japan, called Hagurosan. It’s actually a true story up to a certain point! There WERE shrines on the mountain like the one I describe in the story. And I DID find a coin while I was walking around one of them. I left it as an offering, but as I went to leave for the second time, I noticed another coin! Then I wondered — what if there was a new coin lying in my path every time I tried to leave???”

Publishers Barrington Stoke are delighted to welcome Darren, who has written this book as one particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+.

“Our readers and their parents beg us for dyslexia-friendly books by the authors they wish they could read and Darren’s name comes top of the list of requests,” says Mairi Kidd, managing director. “It’s very exciting to be able to answer their wishes in our 15th birthday year. We’re also very moved by Darren’s decision to donate his royalties to the wonderful No Strings International.”

Darren Shan shot to fame in 2000 with the release of his first book for children, the first in the bestselling Cirque du Freak series. He is now one of the leading authors in the children’s fantasy genre. His books have sold over 25 million copies across 39 countries and been translated into 31 languages. Darren lives in Limerick, Ireland, and is a big supporter of No Strings.

Find Hagurosan in your local bookshop, or order online from Amazon UK on the link below.

Visit Darren’s website!