|Anthony Hains, author of the new novel, The Disembodied||
Before she died, Cole Nightshade's grandmother taught him how to keep demons from coming out of their hiding places and wreaking havoc. ...
But none of Nana’s lessons have prepared him for Saint Edwards Mental Asylum, where he’s landed after a foster-care placement gone wrong. Saint Edwards has a history of abuse and death that makes itself known to Cole in alarming ways. Walls containing the spirits of prior inmates scream in agony. Young women who once ran from monsters, or from their own pain, leap to their deaths again and again.
The good news: Cole’s new friends on the pediatric ward believe him when he tells them what he sees. The bad news: They have a bigger problem than ghosts. For years, a creature known as the Creeper has been preying on kids in the asylum. Rumor has it that if you catch a glimpse of him, you die. And someone – or something – has been stalking Cole since his first night at Saint Edwards.
As Cole and the other patients endure hauntings and inhumane treatment at the hands of asylum staff, they realize the stakes are higher than they imagined. Kids on the ward die horribly, and the remaining kids are targeted for electro-convulsive therapy to subdue their behavior. When a violent storm provides the opportunity for Cole and another teenage patient to narrowly escape the clutches of ECT team, they inadvertently fall into the clutches of the Creeper in the bowels of the institution. Both boys are nearly slaughtered in the process, only to be rescued by an undercover police office (investigating the disappearances of patients and hospital personnel) acting as a hospital aid.
Nightshade’s Requiem is Book 1 in the Nightshade Chronicles.
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