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Darkened Hills (Darkened - The West Virginia Vampire Series, Book #1)

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When evil descends on a small West Virginia town, who will survive?

Jonathan did not start out his life to become a rambler, it just worked out that way. William was a troubled youth with something to hide. Both were from Melas, a small town tucked away in the West Virginia hills… a town where disappearances are happening more and more frequently.

After the suicide of a want
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Paperback, 258 pages
Published October 16th 2010 by Burning Bulb Publishing (first published October 12th 2010)
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Sian Phillips
Nov 15, 2010 Sian Phillips rated it it was amazing
If you like blood thirsty vampire stories then this book is for you. Mixed with sex, intrigue and gore it’s a great read that gets you gripped from the beginning. You WANT to know the story that Jonathan has to tell about his small hometown of Melas, just south of Pittsburgh. You then HAVE to know the ending which has a few twists along the way with lots of bloodfest and vivid deaths.

The story starts with Jonathan and his young friend William who seem nomads however they have both come from the
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Jamie Sinclair
Oct 29, 2010 Jamie Sinclair rated it it was amazing
Darkened Hills lends a modern twist to the classic style of a horror novel and is artfully entwined with the cords of a murder mystery, a love story and set to the backdrop of ‘Melas’ a small American town two hours south of Pittsburgh PA.
The tale follows Jonathon Harker, curious about his former hometown of Melas – returns as a grown man after more than twenty years to discover that 43 (and counting) townsfolk are unaccounted for and strange occurrences are unfolding all around the town. Those
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Vicy Cross
Jan 15, 2014 Vicy Cross rated it really liked it
At first glance ‘Darkened Hills’ looks like any other run-of-the-mill vampire book. With its unsubtle references to Bram Stoker’s, ‘Dracula’ and Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot,’ one might dismiss the novel for being yet another uninspired regurgitation. Horror readers are all too familiar with vampire lore and its tropes; therefore it takes an exceptional vampire story to stand tall above the rest. Gary Vincent not only succeeds in doing that, but does so while providing buckets of laughs and snort ...more
Julie
Oct 03, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
I think the author's intention was to create a novel like a cool, exciting and sexy horror B-movie, and it was successful in many ways: a well-executed small-town setting with a wide range of characters and personalities; and there's an evil feel that hangs over the whole book like a cloud; that sense of foreboding was very well-accomplished. And the author had some good tongue-in-cheek fun with the readers.

It starts out something anyone might enjoy, then at some point turns into a stinky death
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Kelly Martin
Apr 20, 2011 Kelly Martin rated it it was amazing
Let me start this review with a little disclosure. I've read horror fiction before, but I generally prefer fantasy and science fiction. I'm also a small press author with a work available in the fantasy category which was purchased by someone who also purchased Darkened Hills. I looked at this book and I was afraid this was another example of the "romantic vampire" material deluging the teen reader market at the moment. I just simply don't care for romantic vampires. I like the Max Schreck "Nosf ...more
Rachel Goddard
Nov 22, 2010 Rachel Goddard rated it it was amazing
Gary Lee Vincent has created a vampire novel that goes against the recent trend for romanticising blood suckers and goes back to the depraved and monstrous fiends of traditional vampire legends. There’s no sexy smouldering coolness like Jean-Claude in Laurell K Hamilton’s “Anita Blake” series or soul searching teenage tenderness like Edward Cullen in Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” trilogy. This vampire is pure unadulterated demonic evil, from his talon like hands down to the wings on his back. Thi ...more
Brenda
Nov 19, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing
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Teresa
Oct 08, 2011 Teresa rated it it was amazing
The Blood is the Life....as the quote goes, but for me, the ink is the life, and man does it come alive on the pages of this book!!! I really suspected I was going to love this book before I even began, and, true to form, Mr. Vincent did not disappoint. I ABSOLUTELY loved the tribute to classic Victorian horror novels present in this work. Vincent makes his vampires like they are supposed to be: scary, ruthless, lustful, and INCREDIBLY bloodthirsty. No, their skin doesn't sparkle when sunlight t ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Apr 16, 2012 Kitty Honeycutt rated it liked it
Book Title: "Darkened Hills" & “Darkened Hollows”
Author: Gary Lee Vincent
Published By: Burning Bulb Publishing
Age Recommended: 17+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 3

Review: “Darkened Hills” and “Darkened Hollows” is a vampire series written by Gary Lee Vincent with scenes reminiscent of both “Dracula” and “Salem’s Lot.” While there was good action and a semi-interesting plot, I was not overly impressed as I felt the book was more the authors own rendition of two greater horror classics
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Rich Jr.
Oct 19, 2010 Rich Jr. rated it it was amazing
This novel really sucks! But for a vampire novel that's a good thing. Author Gary Lee Vincent, who has written about real estate investing in his Agelations book, centers this horror novel on an evil old house overlooking a small town in West Virginia. The hero (or perhaps antihero is a better description) of the story is unnaturally drawn to the house, which is up for Sheriff's sale, but the fanged protagonist who owns the house suddenly foregoes its libertarian disposition and pays off the tax ...more
Gary Vincent
Oct 18, 2010 Gary Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Adults
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I wrote the book, so of course I loved it! I have been blogging about it on the book's website - www.DarkenedHills.com - so please feel free to review the teasers and watch the book's official trailer.

In a nutshell, the book is about vampires and old evil, and how an unlikely good must confront it. First reviews of the book have been pretty good, but you can be the judge for yourself. Give it a read, if you dare!
Gary Vincent
Oct 15, 2010 Gary Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote the book, so of course I loved it! I have been blogging about it on the book's website - www.DarkenedHills.com - so please feel free to review the teasers and watch the book's official trailer.

In a nutshell, the book is about vampires and old evil, and how an unlikely good must confront it. First reviews of the book have been pretty good, but you can be the judge for yourself. Give it a read, if you dare!
Clare Castleberry
Feb 18, 2014 Clare Castleberry rated it it was amazing
Let me just start out by saying that I adore gore and blood, and this book is full of it. The hamburger meat scene…oh boy! That was a doozy. Made me glad I’m a vegetarian.
I especially loved two elements in this book: dark humor and REAL damn vampires! Vincent’s vamps are certainly NOT of the sparkly breed, and that’s a relief. Sorry, fan girls! Also, I absolutely loved the campiness that abounded in this book. I found myself laughing out loud several times. The book definitely has that 80s late
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Tiffany Apan
Mar 31, 2015 Tiffany Apan rated it really liked it
In a time when everyone and their mom is writing a vampire-romance-Twilight-knockoff, it's nice to come across an author who keeps their monsters scary and vile. :)
Carrie
May 23, 2014 Carrie rated it did not like it
Beware this will truthful.

If I could give this zero stars I would have. To be completely fair I have not read the entire book. I can't bring myself to. I am going to try in the future. If a miracle happens and it suddenly has substance I will edit my review

Here are the reasons why I don't like it:

-There is ZERO character development

-There are multiple editing errors

-There are MANY grammatical errors

-Attention to detail is null and void

-It is incredibly simplistic

-Historical accuracy was obvious
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Jules
Jan 07, 2011 Jules rated it it was ok
I'm sorry that I just couldn't get into this book. I was very excited to have won it from LibraryThing and looked forward to the review. But I had several issues that kept me from enjoying the story.

First of all, the character names really threw me for a loop as they are the same from Bram Stoker's "Dracula": Jonathan Harker, Mina (Wilhelmina), Lucy and Raymond Renfield. It was distracting as I kept picturing the characters from the original vampire saga.

This is definitely NOT a book for young r
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Carol Brannigan
Feb 01, 2011 Carol Brannigan rated it liked it
I do like a good vampire novel but this one left me wanting a bit more. The pace was set at such a fast rate that there wasn't much time for character development. Also, I think that while enhancement can be made to stories by a bit of "borrowing", this one seemed to be too focused on other vampire stories (Dracula, Van Helsing) to really find its own foot in originality. It seemed to me based on the characters and storyline that the author gives an air of not being well read (which may or may n ...more
Tara A
Nov 16, 2010 Tara A rated it it was ok
I keep telling myself I'm over vampire books and yet I keep reading them. This one just didn't bring anything new to the table. It wasn't a bad story, but it was very hastily told in some parts. I found myself confused about who was doing what and when, and I could really have done without the gratuitous sex, but that's just me. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had drawn more on the vampires themselves instead of them just being creatures you don't really meet until halfway through the ...more
Chrissy
Mar 10, 2015 Chrissy rated it really liked it
This was a book that I think would make a great movie.
Regina Sclafford
I have to say that this is an interesting read and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I met Gary at the Collingswood Book Festival in NJ in 2012. His book was on my shelf and I wanted a relatively thrilling read. This did it! On to the next book!
Kammie
Dec 31, 2013 Kammie rated it did not like it
Wanted to love it. I LOVE VAMPIRE HARDCORE BOOKS!!! Have been reading vampire books since the 80's. Really was hopeful but something was missing. :(
Kimberly Bennett
Aug 31, 2011 Kimberly Bennett rated it really liked it
It was an interesting version of Salem's Lot with Brahm Stokers: Dracula mixed in. Lots of action.
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Gary Lee Vincent was born October 8, 1974, in Clarksburg, WV, USA and is a graduate of Fairmont State University and Columbus University.

Gary is an accomplished author, musician, and entrepreneur. In 2009, he founded Burning Bulb Publishing to help promote up-and-coming authors. In 2010, his horror novel Darkened Hills was selected as 2010 Book of the Year WINNER by Foreword Reviews Magazine.

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