The Disembodied, a novel
Thirteen-year-old Griffin Rinaldi seems like a normal kid. He plays basketball at the Y and he’s just learning to talk to girls. But Griffin doesn’t feel normal. He’s been diagnosed with Depersonalization Disorder – he feels disconnected from his body, and at times, he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. And it seems to be getting worse.
Following the brutal death of his abusive father, Griffin is haunted by a red-haired kid only he can see and who wants him to do things he doesn’t understand. Griffin's only sources of support are his grandfather, Soren – a regional author of Outer Banks ghost stories – and his same-aged cousin, Tanner, a boy coping with his own troubled life.
News on the Disembodied
There is an audiobook version of The Disembodied available for free on Amazon (with Kindle trial). Take a listen »
"Blood Rite," a short story
I have a short story included in an anthology written by Kindle Press authors.
"Blood Rite" involves more antics of Simon from The Disembodied. It is included in the Kindle Press anthology, Summer Solstice. Check it out »
"(Anthony Hains') writing skills are polished and his ability to create both real people and paranormal embodiments is uncanny. The mark of a fine psychological thriller is to make the incredible credible – and that Anthony does in this very fine story of odd twists and turns that make the novel riveting.
"(Anthony Hains) has taken on incredibly dark, painful, and difficult themes and executes them in ways that are both exciting and terrifying."
"The pages deliver not only a compelling character but an original paranormal story that will have your eyes glued to the page as you’re trying to figure out exactly what is going on."
"This is a well-paced, addictive, and thrilling book. There are so many elements to this novel that make it an insatiable read. We have the supernatural, the natural, and a mixture of adorable and hateful characters that really make the book!"
"The Disembodied ... balances the effects of psychological challenges with unexplainable terror. For readers who haven’t come across the thin line that separate the two, this book will get you there. There’s always a lingering question of what is real and what is simply manifested by a disturbed psyche."
"For avid fans of the genre, The Disembodied has much to commend it. With a prevailing sense of menace throughout, it's definitely one to be read with the lights on and is strongly recommended."
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