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Keep up the good work! Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends. Darren and his friend Steve — both fascinated by the macabre — sneak out of their houses to attend an "underground" freak show, Cirque Du Freak.
Steve recognizes one of the performers, Mr. Crepsley, who charms a spider using telepathy, an act performed by a vampire whom Steve has read about. Steve secretly confronts the man and asks to be his apprentice. Darren, who is obsessed with spiders, uses the conversation he's overheard to steal the spider Madam Octa and blackmail Mr. Crepsley, who is a vampire.
Crepsley refuses Steve's request to be his apprentice, but Darren finally reveals to Steve that he's stolen the vampire's spider and has been training her. While she is uncaged, Madam Octa launches herself at Steve and bites him. He is close to death. Darren's only hope to save Steve is to get Mr. Crepsley's help.http://outer-edge-design.com/components/top/514-how-to-install.php
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The vampire will only save Steve if Darren agrees to die and become reborn as the vampire's apprentice. Darren begs the comatose Steve to recover, and then says when his friend doesn't regain consciousness that his "prayers" were not answered. Crepsley laughs at Darren when the boy tries to destroy him with a cross and holy water.
Crepsley is amused that people believe what they see in movies instead of using real weapons. A priest presides over Darren's funeral. Both Mr. Crepsley and Darren control Madam Octa using mental telepathy. Darren sometimes "senses" things that lead him down a certain path. He calls it destiny. Crepsley asserts that vampires are not necessarily evil. They just have a thirst for blood now and then. Darren's mom and teacher, Mr. Dalton, both recoil at the idea of freak shows, saying they exploit the performers.
Dalton is so upset when he learns about Cirque Du Freak that he goes to the police in an effort to get the show shut down. Darren's parents try to be involved and talk to him when they sense he's upset.
They understand his emotions but have no clue about what he's up to or what sort of danger he's in. Steve lives with his mom, and the two fight regularly.
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Though he's a vampire, Mr. Crepsley comes across not as evil as much as someone doing what is necessary for his survival. In the end, he is rather pleasant and nurturing to Darren. Darren's friend Tommy says anything that adults hate is normally awesome. Steve shares plans to take money from his mom's money jar and sneak out to buy Cirque Du Freak tickets. Darren's parents share a bottle of wine at dinner. The words h and crap appear a few times. At the freak show, the wolf-man bites off a woman's hand, and it is sewn back on.
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That same evening, Madam Octa sinks her fangs into a goat and paralyzes it before killing it. Steve is envious that Darren is a vampire and he isn't.
The reason he started the 2 tale is because as the books unfold he said the story is real he doesn't expect the reader to believe but if he hadn't live through it he wouldn't believe it either. Darren makes then a statement that life, unlike a cartoon, is naturally evil, doesn't care about happy endings, and is always out to kill you. You just have to be careful. Also he said the story is real except the names.
One day, their other friend Alan comes across a flyer which he has stolen from his older scary brother advertising the " The Cirque Du Freak " and eagerly shows it to Darren, Steve, and Tommy Darren's Other Friend. All the boys wanted to go. Each flyer could only get two tickets, however, so they play a game of chance to see who will go with Steve Because he put the most money towards it , which Darren wins, After Listening To A Voice inside him!
Darren and Steve are mesmerized by the fantastic and disturbing show, especially by the act of the mysterious Mr. Crepsley and his giant spider Madam Octa. After witnessing a confrontation between Steve and Mr. Crepsley after the show in which Steve declares the latter to be a vampire, Darren sets his sight on Madam Octa, planning to steal her and use his knowledge of Mr. Crepsley's true nature to his full advantage. Darren's plan succeeds, and after a few weeks of training Madam Octa, he is fully comfortable with having it in his bedroom, using Mr.
Crepsley's flute as an excuse for privacy. During this time, he grows more and more detached from Steve due to overhearing Mr. Crepsley stating that Steve has bad blood and is not good enough to become a vampire's assistant. Steve figures out that Darren lied to him and witnessed what he did, but still chooses to be friends with him. One day while Steve is at Darren's house playing with Madam Octa, Darren's younger sister Annie barges into his room unknowingly and shocks him, causing him to drop the flute and lose control over the spider, which bites and fatally wounds Steve.
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Steve's only hope for survival is if Darren makes a deal with Mr. Crepsley to become his assistant and pay off the cost of the spider antidote. Steve lives, but Darren is turned into a half-vampire, half vampire and is thrust into the dark world of the vampires. In order to successfully free Darren of all previous bonds, including family, Mr. Crepsley helps his to-be apprentice fake his own death by numbing Darren's entire body, breaking his neck, and throwing him out of his bedroom window, perfectly simulating a fatal fall.
Following the events of Darren's human body's funeral, Mr. Crepsley returns and digs Darren up. Unbeknownst to Crepsley, however, Steve tries to kill Darren, but fails, instead swearing revenge on Darren for stealing his rightful place of being Mr. Crepsley's vampire assistant and betraying him.