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Dead Works (by Anthony Hains)


Author: Anthony Hains
Cover Artist: Ash Arceneaux
Length: Novel
Genre/s: Horror
Violence: 3
Heat: 1

eBook: 9781629291451

Print: 9781629291468

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A graduate psychology student must help a young client make sense of terrifying visions while acts of brutal evil threaten to destroy them both.

Doctoral student, Eric Hansen is in the second year of his counseling psychology program. His first therapy client is thirteen-year-old, Greg who sees apparitions of children roaming outside his bedroom window. While Greg’s father leans towards a paranormal explanation, his mother fears mental illness and brings him to the university clinic. Eric’s efforts to help the boy stir up memories of his own traumatic past and both are drawn into a whirlpool of horror well beyond the reach of modern psychology.

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3 Responses to Dead Works (by Anthony Hains)


    Even Better Than His First!

    I enjoyed reading Dead Works even more than I did Birth Offering…and I enjoyed Birth Offering a lot! Hains’s use of a counseling center as the setting for much of the narrative and a grad student counselor as protagonist worked particularly well since he is a professor of counseling. I think he is growing in his craft as as an author of horror fiction. ~ Brent E. Gregory, Amazon Review


    Highly Entertaining Psychological Horror

    Anthony Hains’ new novella, Dead Works, is a pretty entertaining story that blends psychological thriller with the supernatural for a book that is hard to put down. Eric Hansen is a doctoral student in his college’s psychology program and is currently seeing patients as part of his practicum class. Eric is used to dealing with fairly normal concerns for his clients on campus – dating, roommate problems and anxiety – but his world is turned upside down when he meets his latest client, 13-year-old Greg DeHaven.

    Greg’s mother set up an appointment for her son saying that he was afraid of certain things and Eric was fully prepared to deal with a case of anxiety or another disorder, but when Greg finally speaks, he tells Eric he has been experiencing terrifying visions of dead kids visiting his bedroom late at night. Greg’s mother explains that her and Greg’s father recently divorced and Greg spends most of his time with his father during summer. Eric thinks these visions are a result of Greg grappling with the radical changes in his life and are only intensified by the fact that Greg’s father and new girlfriend are both into New Age beliefs and feed into Greg’s visions by believing he has psychic gifts.

    Listening to Greg’s story, Eric can’t help but remember one of his first clients, a freshman named Will Ferguson. Eric’s first session with Will challenged everything Eric had learned in his classes and had a direct impact on his subsequent experiences. Will reported visions that were strikingly similar to Greg’s; seeing the ghost of a kid everywhere he went. The visions were terrifying on their own, but Will starts to go off the rails when the boy finally speaks to him. He claims that Will understands their pain and explains that he lived in an orphanage where the director, a priest, commits horrible acts against the kids in his care. Despite Will’s belief in his visions, Eric still believes that there is a rational explanation for what is occurring. However, Will hands Eric a copy of a newspaper before unexpectedly running off that seems to confirm his story.

    Eric’s sessions with Greg not only bring up memories of his session with Will, but also memories of his own traumatizing past. As these memories start to resurface, Eric’s world slowly starts to turn upside down as he begins experiencing unexplained occurrences of his own and the lines between reality and the paranormal slowly start to bleed together. While struggling with his own personal demons, Eric attempts to help Greg cope with his mysterious visions, but eventually realizes Greg is in grave danger. The story starts out leaning more towards the thriller genre – are these characters really experiencing something paranormal or is there a rational explanation for everything? – but things quickly ramp up into full on horror by the novella’s exhilarating conclusion.

    Hains is currently a professor of counseling psychology and his real-world experience really helps the story of Dead Works shine. The psychological elements are well-explained, but at the same time are accessible to those who do not have any experience with psychology. This helps bring out the potential psychological ramifications of the clients’ claims and also gives the story credibility.

    Some of the timeline transitions are a little jarring and take away from the story a little bit, but overall Hains has crafted a story that draws you in with an intriguing mystery and some pretty clever plot twists. The premise of Dead Works has been explored plenty of times before, but Hains manages to put his own spin on it and it is a very effective plot device. Dead Works may not be breaking new ground, but it is still a gripping story that will be sure to appeal to horror fans looking for a quick and haunting read. ~ RichD, Amazon Review


    If you love horror, but are also fascinated with the human psyche, this is for you!

    This novel is an utter triumph, it’s a paranormal masterpiece. A psychological playground.

    This well informed fiction takes us on an intellectually stimulating, and disturbing journey.

    It is equally haunting, as it is smart.

    Hats off to the writer for the great execution of what seems to be a great deal of research.

    The story starts with Eric, who is studying psychology, whilst working with two younger men and trying to diagnose their mental illnesses. Anthony creates a profound bond between Eric and these men. He is genuinely interested in them, and wants to successfully uncover what mental ailments each have. These men, Greg and Will, are both seeing ghosts. It is Eric’s job to determine the real reasons behind their delusions.

    You are compelled to read on until Eric gets answers for both clients. Are they suffering medical illness or are they really seeing these entities? His teachings have taught him that all supernatural phenomenon boils down to our mind, but sometimes it has nothing to do with a faulty brain, but a real thing haunting our conscious mind.

    As the intriguing prose continues, Eric becomes more involved in their problems than he could have ever imagined. Eric’s firmly structured world of logic and reason is about to crumble around him. The character of Eric is a very complex one. We are given full detail of his heart-breaking history as the tale moves on. This reveals the true agenda behind his career choice. When his back story is told you feel as though you’ve been hit with a train. This story suddenly develops an emotional undercurrent that pulls you down and drowns you in sympathy and anguish.

    This is a unique tale, entertaining, but also educating. Strange, but slick with intelligence. It will suck you into a void of the paranormal.

    This book couldn’t give you more chills if you read it in a bucket of ice.

    One aspect of this book I loved was the ease of progression. Some writers struggle to find the natural rhythm of a novel. This can result in an uneven flow that can confuse and irritate the reader. But Anthony has incorporated the perfect build up, a steady pace that quickens as the climax looms ahead. But this strict structure soon spirals out of control when Eric comes to a horrifying realisation about two of his patients.

    The ending is a perfect conclusion. We are given answers for the part of our brain that needs solid clarification, but an element of mystery still remains. Each main strand of the plot is neatly tied together. ~ WJT, Amazon Review

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