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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Burnt Bridge (January 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988672715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988672710
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A feverish foreman, an inexperienced sheriff, a widowed whore, and a kindly outlaw are just some of the engrossing characters in Oppegaard's page-turner. The narrative is subtle and lovely, contrasting with a creepy, believable monster. The two combine in a story that's horrific, thrilling, touching, and unflinchingly satisfying to the last page."  -Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)

About the Author

David Oppegaard is the author of the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide Collectors, Wormwood, Nevada, The Ragged Mountains and And the Hills Opened Up. David's work is a blend of science fiction, literary fiction, horror, and fantasy. He lives in St. Paul, MN.

More About the Author

David Oppegaard is the author of the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide Collectors, Wormwood, Nevada, The Ragged Mountains and And the Hills Opened Up. David's work is a blend of science fiction, literary fiction, horror, and fantasy. He lives in St. Paul, MN.

You can visit his website at davidoppegaard.com and his writing life blog at blogagaard.blogspot.com

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The ending was very satisfying to me.
Casey Ransom
The dialogue and descriptive text are beautifully crafted to build up a vivid picture of this town and it's inhabitants onto which the storyline is unleashed.
kmd22
It only took me a few nights to read because I could not put it down!
Ann

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on April 18, 2014
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I really loved this book. It only took me a few nights to read because I could not put it down! Each chapter was obviously building up to something so horribly amazing that I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen! There was just enough horror and gory descriptions to gross me out (in the best way possible), and the characters were so great and likable that I even found myself rooting for the lives of murderous criminals. The author also created such a unique, disgusting, horrific monster that I hoped I wouldn't have nightmares when I turned out the lights...

A refreshing take on the horror genre -- the perfect story that never dragged and ended perfectly (though I would totally read sequel....!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kmd22 on April 13, 2014
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The storyline of 'And the Hill Opened Up' sent a good few chills up my spine, but the main aspect of this book that I found so refreshing and appealing was the subtle yet evocative language used by the author to bring the story to life. The dialogue and descriptive text are beautifully crafted to build up a vivid picture of this town and it's inhabitants onto which the storyline is unleashed. I wanted to keep on reading not only to find out what happened next, but to continue savouring the language and pictures it created in my head as I read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T.A. Wardrope on May 11, 2014
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Horror novels are not easy things to write. Despite the many volumes to the contrary, sustaining a horror story for several hundred pages is a very tricky thing. The mood, mystery and threat which propels the best horror writing can be exhausting for both reader and writer if not done deftly. With And the Hills Opened Up, David Oppegaard has delivered a short novel that pulls that trick off with grace to spare.

Set in Red Hill, Wyoming, circa 1890, And the Hills Opened Up begins as these things often do, with something very unpleasant being unearthed by an unknowing and uncaring group of miners. This creature, rather than taking its time selecting its victims, begins a full-scale assault on Red Hill that shows no mercy or reason. The threat here isn’t so much a killer as a full-on agent of total apocalypse. Residents of Red Hill, sordid and innocent alike, do what they can to fend off the rising tide of death. Very few, if any of them, succeed and it is never pleasant.

And the Hills Opened Up takes a cue from Stephen King or the The Walking Dead, as it travels with several characters who are caught up in the terror. None are favored and the cards are never tipped to reveal when and how each of them will meet their fate. There’s plenty of good character depth to most of the residents we meet, so their doom is felt even more acutely. Oppegaard makes it pretty clear from the start that women and children will not be spared out of some sense of generic decorum. Even so, Oppegaard knows when to look away and when to keep your gaze locked onto the crimson reaping of his monster. Humanity underlies every moment of the ordeal, and only one of the deaths feels like retribution. This is not the meting out of holy justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Miner on March 27, 2014
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There is a lot to recommend about this novel, a perfect blend of western and horror genres.

There is no short amount of action and gore (the scene of a man crawling through a tunnel of dead bodies is vividly described), but what kept me riveted was the excellent writing. Oppegaard knows how to tell a tale. This one begins as a pure western. Slowly we get to know this mining town and the characters that populate it. A level headed foreman, a young lawman, a boozy priest, a gang of outlaws, a widowed prostitute, among others, are nicely brought to life.
Then things get weird.
Then things get crazy.
As the action builds to a crescendo, with a mysterious creature letting loose on this isolated community, it is impossible to turn away from these people we have come to know. The dark ending left me satisfied and eager to read more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Godzilla on December 14, 2014
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On one hand, a story about a rough and tumble mining camp with bad guys riding into town looking to pull a job. Things go bad, like they do in saloons where the whiskey and beer literally are the root of trouble. Throw in a sheriff and the town shores, we got ourselves a good old oater

But then it's a horror story too. The miners unleash a demon!

Lots and lots of dead bodies, whores, bad guys, miners, this one has it all.
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