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"Gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying" -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Wonderfully twisted sense of humor" -- Kirkus Reviews
    
"This is a story that is rich in visual and verbal treasures. The Darkening Dream is an unbelievable first novel." -- Vampire Librarian

About the Author

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Mascherato (January 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937945014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937945015
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

Find him at: http://andy-gavin-author.com

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Araujo on March 18, 2012
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Think of Salem, Massachusetts and you would think of the Salem Witch Trials, but we aren't in the 1600's. The year is 1913 and tales of witches are long gone, substituted by those of the vampires. Aside from them being called vampires, what do these vampires have in common with those that we know of in today's world? Absolutely nothing. When Andy Gavin went back in time with The Darkening Dream, he not only brought us to old traditions but to old rules. Farewell to the vampires that sparkle and fall in love with teenage girls and hello to the vampires who burn in the sun, sleep in a coffin and attack for pleasure.

Having received an email from Andy to review his novel, I was a bit hesitant at first. Vampires aren`t generally on my reading list, but how many spoiled apples did I have to go through before I finally gave up? With each word he typed though, I became more and more curious. He revealed the fact that he was co-creator of Naughty Dog, and when I finally saw the cover for the novel I just couldn't turn it down at all. How could this man, this creator of games such as Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, create a novel about vampires to hold my attention. Not to mention he added Egyptian gods to the mix. A weird mix but yet I set off on the journey.

The Darkening Dream treats us to a dark story about a girl named Sarah who stumbles into some trouble because of these visions she's having. With the help of Alex, a Greek Immigrant and her twin friends, Anne and Sam, she sets off on this terrifying adventure against an elderly vampire, a demon-loving Puritan warlock, Egyptian gods, all in the name of saving the holy trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. While the plot-line might seem a bit of random and something on the path of comedy, it is the complete opposite.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy Lessard on February 1, 2013
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The Darkening Dream is meant to be sipped like a fine wine. Too much at one time and you'll be overwhelmed by the vast amount of horror while simultaneously enlightened about historic information concerning multiple religions, Greek history, and the culture of America in the 1910s. If you'd like just another vampire tale, move along. The author narrates this story like a tour guide narrates a tour. He takes you through every little, forgotten path so that by the last page you have a full appreciation of the events that occurred.

There are two things that may bother some readers (three if you dislike horror). One is that religions play a huge impact in both the story and in the characters' daily lives. This is the first book I've read in a few years that has a Jewish main character, so I did appreciate the fine details in how being Jewish separates Sarah from the other characters. The second thing is that the characters in this book do come off as sexist at times. But considering this book is written before Women's Suffrage, where females have less rights and freedoms than males, this is completely normal for the time period.

I do not read too much historical fiction. In fact, the only time I do it is when it is tied tightly to the horror genre. I can tell that the author put a lot of energy into making this book historically and religiously accurate. At times, this does make the scenes "wordy". Plus both Alex and Sarah are well versed in Greek history, among other things, so there are quite a few facts mentioned throughout the story. As all of the information is relevant and the horror happens often, it never does feel like a "info dump", which I appreciate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Milne on January 8, 2013
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While it's not a 'bad' novel by an means, The Darkening Dream is one book where I had a hard time finding the hook to keep me reading. The characters were a bit too thin to truly engage me, and a bit too independent for the first decades of the twentieth century, which made it hard to take their plight seriously.

Having said that, Andy Gavin does an admirable job of mixing magic and mythology, presenting us with a world that is fascinating to explore. Rather than placing religion and the supernatural at odds with one another, he brings them together, adding an interesting new edge to not just his vampire, but the overall tale. Some readers may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of mythology included here, with various cultures and themes represented, but it added to the overall story.

The characters themselves were a bit too religious for my tastes on the one hand, and a bit too progressive in their attitudes on the other hand, but their core beliefs were entirely in keeping with the time period, so I can't fault Gavin for that.

For a while, I wondered whether I had inadvertently stepped into a YA piece of dark fantasy, but then the horror - and the dark sexuality - reared its gratuitous head. I was actually a bit shocked at what the author put his characters through, and if I'd been able to make a connection, then I think he may have creeped me out. Sarah is the one character in whom I took any sort of significant interest, and that was largely after the fact, with her twist decision at the end of the tale a high-point for me.

One minor complaint in terms of the narrative is that some scenes were just too short, making me wonder why Gavin bothered with the POV change at all.
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