Also by this author: The Disembodied
Published by Damnation Books LLC on 8/14/14
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller
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Dead Works was a short novel of supernatural and and psychological horror.
Eric is a graduate psychology student jumping through the various hoops that such a doctor must, before becoming officially licensed. As such, he has his own clients to see, but he is required to periodically bring some of his cases before a group of other students and a supervisory psychologist. He chooses to bring two very strange cases to the group and discovers a link between them. Himself.
I liked how this story was told even though it was a little confusing at first. As the mysteries began to unfold, the reader learned more about Eric and two of his clients, Will and Greg. The beginning of this tale was slow, but my interest picked up as Eric himself began to be a larger part of the narrative. From there, the pace increased and moved quickly towards the finale. This is where the author began to shine because the denouement was both fascinating and heartbreaking.
Overall, this book was satisfying. The pacing issues at the beginning could very well be just me and might not bother another reader at all. I’m glad that I stuck with it, because the author masterfully weaved the ending. Even though this story didn’t quite knock my socks off, (because I guessed correctly where it was going to go, but not the how), I will read more from this author in the future, because I feel like he is still honing his skills. Who knows what he might come up with next?
Recommend for fans of a mix of heavy psychological horror and the supernatural!
About Anthony Hains
Anthony Hains was born and raised in Port Chester, New York. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently a professor of counseling psychology. He is married with one daughter and lives in Wisconsin.
When he and his wife became empty nesters, he found himself with something called “time.” He started pursuing a long-time dream of writing horror fiction. While he still has his day job teaching courses on counseling children and adolescents and cognitive behavior therapy and conducting research on cognitive and behavioral factors related to adherence problems in teenagers with type 1 diabetes, he manages to fit in some fiction writing during off hours. The result has been sheer enjoyment and a few short stories and novellas which he hopes will see the light of day.
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