Friday, December 21, 2012

The Darkening Dream by Andrew Gavin: Character Interview


Character interview for Ali ibn Hammud al-Nasir, the 900 year-old vampire villain in The Darkening Dream.


Where do you dream of traveling to and why?


These last centuries I’m not much for travel. Securing a proper crypt and establishing new hunting patterns is fraught with risk. But, alas, my work has brought me to these cursed shores. The nights are cold and wet. Foul dreams intrude upon merciless days. I long to return to my manse in Rabat, where cool breezes rustle the date palms and the blood of street urchins runs sweet.

Nevertheless, the Great Plan transcends personal comforts.


What songs are most played on your iPod?


If you refer to those foul smelling and djinn invested white bricks, I wisely have nothing to do with them.


What is your next big thing?


If one hair on my beard knew my plans, I would but pluck it out. You, I would merely drain dry and leave rotting on the roadside.

But I shall impart one morsel: the very heavens shall quake and fall.


If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?


The skull of the last mortal who attended my sarcophagus still serves as a fine drinking vessel.


What is something people would be surprised to know about you?


I’m really very sensitive, particularly to the subtle pressure needed to sever an artery or snap a vertebra.


If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?


My seventh wife. I killed her quickly and the bitch deserved worse.


Do you play any sports?


There is no finer hunter in this life or the next.


Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?


Don’t eat where you sleep.


What is your favorite meal?


Castrated slave boy. Testosterone leaves a slightly bitter taste in the blood, and age  sours it.

The Darkening Dream is the chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts - Sarah Engelmann's life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.
With the help of Alex, a Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex's elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah's own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah's continuing visions reveal?
No less than Gabriel's Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.


"Wonderfully twisted sense of humor" and "A vampire novel with actual bite" -- Kirkus Reviews

"Inventive, unexpected, and more than a little bit creepy!" -- R.J. Cavender, editor of the Bram Stoker nominated Horror Library anthology series

"This book will satisfy any fan of the vampire genre and then some!" -- Must Read Faster

"In a similar vein to George R.R. Martin's writing style, Gavin often dangles his characters in the maws of danger and doesn't shy away from ... their blood being spilled." -- Andrew Reiner, executive editor of Game Informer magazine

"Now this is a vampire novel! It flows so perfectly between character point of views, it's a great blend of historical fiction, mythology and paranormal." -- Little Miss Drama Queen Reviews

"Action-packed and suspenseful, and there were twists all over the place." -- Les Livres

"Andy Gavin has taken a bevy of supernatural elements, compelling characters, and an intricate and superbly developed storyline, and expertly weaved them together to create an original and enthralling book." -- Word Spelunking

Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels including The Darkening Dream, a dark historical fantasy that puts the bite back in vampires.
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