Birth Offering, a novel
Fourteen year old Ryan Perry is grieving the untimely death of his father when his mother suggests they make a fresh start and move to her old home town in South Carolina. Reluctantly, Ryan goes along and they move in with his grandmother in her stately coastal home. Once he arrives, he begins seeing his double, a twin who is not really a twin ... a boy who is not really a boy.
The encounters swiftly become dangerous and deadly, and if Ryan is going to save himself and his family, he must face an ungodly and evil menace.
"Gothic horror runs throughout this book and it took me to a place that felt realistic and tangible. That’s always a wonderful experience, and speaks volumes to the quality of Anthony Hains’ tale. Twisted and a bit dark, Birth Offering is an underrated piece of fiction... a rich coming-of-age story that reads quite smoothly. Hains brings the feel of the south to life as well as the angst of the teenager caught in a horrific situation during some of the hardest years of life. It’s beautifully crafted and completely mesmerizing. Hains has a must read on his hands here!"
A coming of age story involving dark family secrets and supernatural evil that deftly avoids the expected cliches. The characters are fully fleshed and emotionally engaging ... An author to watch."
"Birth Offering is a truly eerie narrative. Hains backs up the story with well-developed characters while deftly avoiding caricatures of the archetypes present. Each character's role is revealed organically without inappropriate drama, as are the many interesting and unexpected connections between them."
"It will chill you all the way to your bone's marrow with fright that would give horror movies competition...Well written, a literary lunacy of macabre with his undeniably distinctive style...without a doubt one of the best horror books out this year!"
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