Darren Shan's an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend
Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers as Hans Hands, Gertha Teeth,
the Wolf Man and Rhamus Twobellies. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognises
that one of the performers -- Mr Crepsley -- is in fact a vampire!
Steve remains after the show finishes, to confront the vampire
-- but his motives are anything but ordinary! In the shadows of a crumbling theatre, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his
friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea.
Later, in a moment of insane daring, Darren sets out to steal
the vampire's magnificent performing tarantula, an act which will have severe, tragic consequences for both Darren and Steve.
Their lives will never be the same again ...