A Co-Creator of Jak & Daxter Gets Literary with Fantasy Novel The Darkening Dream

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What do you do after founding and retiring from one of video games' most successful development houses? If you're Naughty Dog co-founder Andy Gavin, you write books.


The first of said books is The Darkening Dream, a shadowy fantasy novel about a young girl caught up in a battle that pits ancient supernatural forces like vampires and Egyptian gods against each other. On his personal website, Gavin notes the following reasons to pick up the book:

• It's only $2.99 - but the price might go up soon.

• You loved Crash Bandicoot.

• You loved Jak & Daxter.

• I was a great boss, friend, or co-worker.

• My vampires don't sparkle.

• There are several beheadings.

• The book includes a "cesarian by vampire scene."

At least one of those reasons should work for curious readers, no? Those who prefer print over the e-book edition will have to wait a few weeks for physical copies. Click the links below for more information on Gavin and The Darkening Dream.

The Darkening Dream

The Darkening Dream [Official Site]


The "my vampires don't sparkle" line reminds me of a play I saw at Second City a few months ago, where one of the lyrics to one of the songs was something along the lines of "I remember a day when a girl would meet a vampire in the woods and be scared of him, because he's a vampire". Paraphrased, but the joke is there. When did vampires turn from ethereally beautiful monsters/serial killers that use their looks to hunt and kill their prey into sex objects who're JUST MISUNDERSTOOD AND ONLY WANT LOVE? Christ on a bicycle. Bram Stoker would be ashamed.

I don't do the whole eBook thing (paper copies for life, yo), but I am at least lightly intrigued by the idea of someone like Gavin writing a novel. I can't imagine it's going to be the best thing I ever read, but provided it isn't self-indulgent garbage like the book the Dragon Age 2 head writer put out last year, it could be a nice fluff diversion from the crushing weight of Haruki Murakami's latest novel and the 38-hour monster of a Stephen King audiobook I downloaded a few weeks ago.

...but then again, I just bought John Hodgman's That Is All on Monday. Rgh. Too hard to decide.