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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Caliburn Press
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Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

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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 case
Paula Cappa
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Eric is a graduate student psychologist counseling a 13-year old boy, Greg, who is experiencing visions of dead children—and so is another student, Will, having visions. The mix here of psychology and paranormal events is fascinating as Hains weaves an exciting and mysterious tale. Readers of the supernatural will be moved and worried and find Hains storytelling a compelling lure. Suspense is high and, yes, I kept turning the pages. The psychological examinations (many a
Rich D.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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
Wesley Thomas
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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 an
Raul Reyes
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dead Works deserves five stars for different reasons. Firstly, the story is engaging and evolves at a good pace. It combines elements of psychological thriller and ghost story, making the reader doubt whether the events are real ghost experiences or tricks of the human mind.
The narrative technique is brilliant as the story unfolds through different voices, dialogues and points of view, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that fit perfectly together at the end. This technique gives colour and texture
Robert Mingee
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-ffc, 2014
I was given a free copy of this work in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The author's background in psychology is clear, and sometimes I felt like it went a little overboard focusing on therapy and techniques, but that's a subject that has always fascinated me, so it wasn't an issue for me. The pacing was good, and the characters were reasonably well fleshed out. There were a few more editorial issues than I usually see, but they were all minor stuff, and didn't detract t ...more
Joanne LaRe Thompson
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderful paranormal/psychological thriller!

Eric seems to be the only student in his class who gets the pleasure of treating the 'haunted' psychology patients, while working towards his psychology PhD. Troubled by his own haunted past, he tries to find logical explanations for the experiences of 2 teenagers, but when he realizes that there's a connection between not only them, but with himself, it gets real and very frightening.

I had a hard time following the beginning of the book, but the m
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a PDF version of Dead Works from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Dead Works was pretty good and managed to exceed my expectations. However, I can't help but feel like the story left me feeling dissatisfied, like the story lacked some kind of 'oomth'. The characters seemed to flat and could have used more dimension to them. The writting style for the most part was captivating and entertaining but could use more description to give the story more grip and feeling. All in all
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Anthony Hains is an excellent writer and Dead Works has a very interesting paranormal/mystery plot, both of which I liked. However, the reason I couldn't give it more than 3 stars is because the 'star' description is pretty accurate in this case. I liked it.

It was entertaining and well written enough that I read it straight through but it lacked that certain 'wow' factor that makes you tell all of your friends 'omg you HAVE to read this book'. But if you are simply looking for an enjoyable shor
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthony-hains
Interesting, creepy, and creative. The writing style was fun and easy to follow, and the characters had life in them but I felt the story moved too fast and could have been longer. Hopefully there's plans for a sequel or even a prequel to this book.
Amanda Lyons
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall, while I enjoyed this I feel as if, in the end, there was a great deal of the story left out and so it was not truly complete. The back and forth over psychological and supernatural elements did give it a more grounded angle.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read...

I enjoyed this book. Paranormal, supernatural, zombies, whatever is weird I want to read about it. This was a good ghost story. The characters were well defined & the storyline fell into place . It was interesting how the author actually took one ghost and played it out with three different guys .
Eric is a psychology student, Greg is a young patient receiving treatment because he sees ghosts.
Will/Aaron can only be described by reading the book. There is more at play here than just a
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

This is a very good ghost story. I've always had a soft spot for a truly scary story about being haunted by those who have passed. I really liked this original idea and approach to this genre, and the fact that it was also wrapped up in a mystery made it even more intriguing and mysterious. There were several very eerie and scary moments throughout and I highly recommend it.
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Anthony Hains is a professor emeritus of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. He retired in May 2018 after thirty-one years at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is the author of a number of horror novels including Nightshade’s Requiem, Sleep in the Dust of the Earth, and The Disembodied. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one d ...more

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