|Relatives||Unnamed parents,unamed brothers,unamed sister.|
|Book Universe||The Saga of Darren Shan|
|First Book Appearance||The Vampire's Assistant|
Sam Grest is a boy about the same age as Darren. Darren and Evra see him watching the Cirque. The three soon become friends. Sam tries to persuade Darren to let him join The Cirque Du Freak, though Darren won't let him. Trying to sneak in, Sam gets chased by the Wolf Man (which R.V. had let out). The Wolf Man catches Sam, and eats his insides until Mr. Crepsley comes and knocks him unconscious. Darren drinks Sam dry to only preserve Sam's spirit and memories. Sam had a fondness of pickled onions, which Darren then picked up on after drinking his body dry.
The shard of Sam's spirit that Darren carries makes a small appearance in Sons of Destiny, when Darren is being turned into a little person, the shard of Sam's spirit leaves him and moves on to paradise.
Sam's character does not appear in the recently released movie; Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. The movie based on the first three books in the The Saga of Darren Shan: Cirque Du Freak, (Known as Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare in the United States), The Vampire's Assistant, and Tunnels of Blood.
- "The Vampire's Assistant"
- "The Vampire Prince" (mentioned)
- "Sons of Destiny" (soul released when Darren was turned into a Little Person)
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