Not a necro! I intend to keep this thread thriving.
Pull up a big comfy chair, settle down by the fireplace, and tell us about Darren Shan. I've never heard of him; what genre does he write?
He's an Irish writer, writes horror(not really conventional horror, just a bit of gore and dark tones) it's sort of hard to explain.
He has two massive series', The Demonata and The Darren Shan series. I'd recommend them to anyone. He also brought out a couple of standalone books.
If you see the Darren Shan series in the library, check them out. His writing isn't particularly elaborate, but the plots he writes develop brilliantly and both series' had awesome endings.
I also really like the characters he uses. They develop a lot, have quite a bit of depth and most of them are likable in some way or other.
And he's Irish!
Oh, and speaking of Irish writers, check out Derek Landy and the Skulduggery Pleasant books(and Eoin Colfer, if you haven't already, shame on you).