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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  28 reviews

Dr. Gary Phillips, the resident hematopathologist at Claybrook Medical Center, is a lonely man struggling with the duress of an all work and no play lifestyle.
Burdened with an unhealthy infatuation with his co-worker, a burning disdain for his boss, and an abusive relationship with his grandfather, Gary just can't catch a break.

That is, until
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 2nd 2018 by Hindered Souls Press
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The Grim Reader
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Siphon is the debut novella from A. A. Medina and is published by Hindered Souls Press. For Dr Gary Phillips, life is a little mundane. He is a hematopathologist at a medical centre; a medical centre at which he despises his boss and fantasises about a co-worker, stalking her constantly on social media. Sometimes you just need something odd to happen to stimulate a primal urge that has been lying dormant inside of you for too long and such is the case here.

There is a definite American Psycho vib
Leo Robertson
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interview with the author on my podcast here!

An excellent book that you can read in one sitting :)

An everyman doctor's sick past possesses him.

My favourite parts were the scenes of dramatic irony where the reader knows what a twisted bastard the protagonist is but the characters, still ignorant of it, are like "You want milk in your coffee? I saw this cool film last night blah blah blah..." I think one of the reasons that principle is so compelling is that it's how we feel most of the time! "If
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Review originally in the Sept. Oct. issue of SCREAM Mag 2018

“There is an urge inside you…”

Published almost a year ago, this novella only just made a blip on the radar of horror fans this year. The cover made some social media appearances and I was immediately drawn to the visceral artwork and monolithic title.
Almost immediately I hated the protagonist (which is better than feeling indifferent towards a lead character). Dr. Gary Phillips is a hematopathologist who is socially awkward and unable t
Tracy Robinson
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5 review to come for Sci Fi and Scary!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read many good books, but it's not often I read one that is so exquisitely written, I can't put it down. I opened Siphon a couple of weeks ago, read two pages and decided, this could be one of THOSE books. I needed to wait until I had an entire day to really dive into it. This afternoon, I opened it again, and a couple of hours later, I finished the book and reality slapped me in the face.
The dogs had sprawled on the floor at my feet, begging to be let outside, because their teeth were flo
William Bitner Jr.
Genre - Psychological/Medical Horror
Publication - Published by Hindered Souls Press (February 2, 2018)
Format - Kindle
Pages - 80
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Every once in a while you come across a book that is so well written that it leaves little for the reader to do but sit back and just enjoy the read. For me “Siphon” by A. A. Medina is one such read. If you’re looking for a quick read that is dark, original and filled with blood lust you have to look no further than “Siphon” for any and all your gore related
Acanthea  Grimscythe | The Ghastly Grimoire
A. A. Medina’s Siphon is not for the feint of heart. With gruesome and stomach curdling descriptions, Medina’s prose gives a new spin on an ancient creature–at least, that’s how I interpret it. In this short novella, prepare to be disgusted.

Siphon is fairly short, coming in at only 112 pages. Often, a novella can be hit or miss and that’s because for some writers, pacing can be an issue. We see this in books where the first eighty percent drags on, only for the last twenty to fly by at breakneck
Lachlan Watt
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mild-mannered phlebotomist lusts after his younger colleague, hates his boss, and endures daily degradation at the hands of his live-in grandfather. His unhappy existence is changed when he discovers the joys of vampirism. Things swiftly escalate as his increasingly erratic behaviour takes its toll on his relationships with those around him, building to an explosively bloody climax.

Siphon is an enjoyable novella from AA Medina, its stock aided by some deft characterisation and well-judged tona
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
"There is an urge inside you which cannot be satisfied with conventional methods."

Siphon was such a fun read! It has an intriguing opening, and then goes on an intense ride from there. I had no idea where this book was going to go, and I enjoyed reading this descent into madness.

I don't want to say too much about this book to avoid risking spoilers. Siphon is dark and gory. I was totally hooked once the story got going. This one is a little bit on the extreme side, so know that going in. It's
The Grim Reader
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An accomplished, engaging, dark book. I liked it. Review soon.
S.J. Budd
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So I've just finished this little beauty of a book and it's little tales like these that make me love novellas! And it seems I'm not the only one, recently the horror novella has been turning into quite a trend. Novellas offer something you can really be immersed in and read from start to finish in one sitting.

The reason why I love horror novellas is that they don't mess about they get straight into the action and continue in a fast pace, it's like the author has realised they only have one last
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odd, different, gross

Gary lives with his abusive grandfather in a small crappy place that he pays for. He has a job that his grandfather made him go into. He has a huge crush on Wendy, a woman at work who doesn't seem to notice him. His parents died when he was 3, but he doesn't believe it was in a car accident like he was always told.
Gary reminds me of a vampire, but of a different form or with a new twist. This book is a bit twisted, with what he does to gramps and Snowflake?
I'm a little confu
Lesley Hillman
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

A.A. Medina
5* review
Hindered Souls Press

“There is an urge inside you”

“Dr. Gary Phillips, the resident hematopathologist at Claybrook Medical Center, is a lonely man struggling with the duress of an all work and no play lifestyle.
Burdened with an unhealthy infatuation with his co-worker, a burning disdain for his boss, and an abusive relationship with his grandfather, Gary just can't catch a break.

That is, until a workplace accident ushers in a bizarre, but empowering experience that evok
Kevin Whitten
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
Loved it - fast paced, quick read. The underlying story - the methods - to the horror aspects of the book felt really original. The artwork on the cover is absolutely amazing. The ending was a surprise - I thought it was going to go one way and it definitely twisted on me at the end. Definitely going to check out more of Medina's work.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reminded me a bit of Richard Laymon. The ending was a little too quick and still too mysterious for my taste. But the writing is promising!
Dustin Yoak
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This was a great read full of interesting characters and exquisite detail that makes the book come to life. Being familiar with this author’s other works, I was delighted to catch the small literary Easter eggs he sprinkled throughout. I had the Peter Griffin, “He said it!” moments when I found, “Siphon,” “Aphotic Realm,” “Limerence,” and “Itch” mentioned within these pages. I’m glad Hindered Souls Press released this on AudioBook because that’s how I get the majority of my reading done. Audio p ...more
Morgan K Tanner
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Siphon was a dark, disturbing read that I only appreciated exactly how disturbing it was once I'd finished. I'd read A A Medina's collection of short stories, Itch, dug them, so decided the time was right to dive into his novella, Siphon.

Gary is a doctor. He works with blood. It sounds like a decent vocation in life, but Gary's past still haunts him. Both his parents died when he was very young, leaving him to be brought up by his abusive, ex-military grandfather.

Gary is in a dark place. He hasn
Jordan Gerdes
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is rare that you come across a book that is so perfectly written, not dragging or rushing, but savoring each moment. Siphon is just that book. Dr. Gary Phillips lives a monotonous life, an aimless doctor with hollow passions, taking care of his abusive and aging grandfather. On the verge of settling into nothingness, something is awakened inside him, something both exciting and wholly terrifying.Medina writes in such a descriptive and visceral way. This book is not afraid to go where few trea ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
(review request submitted by the publisher for an honest critique)

Whether you label Dr. Gary Phillips a psychopath or sociopath, everyone who reads Siphon will agree Gary is a total whack job. There were a few scenes, so vividly written, I actually felt the urge to vomit. Example: Consumption of blood is gross enough but swallowing vaginal blood and getting aroused by it simply made me want to hurl. Other sections involving blood, gore, and violence were also very descriptive and thus showed the
Daniel Russell
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first time out with Medina. Siphon is a quick read that you'll finish before you even know. I liked how the author takes a familiar trope, of an everyday man gradually losing his mind, and places a few nuances twists into it; not plot twists, more character development twists, which held my interest. The finale runs out of steam a little, which is a shame, as I felt the MC Gary had a few more tricks up his sleeve, and ultimately, more story left in him. But still, I enjoyed this. And just dis ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A. Hunt
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this book on Twitter. What captured my interest first was the cover. It's macabre and creepy. Two things I really like. With an ambiguous title, I found myself needing to know this story. the question is, was it what I was looking for? This is Siphon by A. A. Medina.
This is one creepy story! Siphon is about Dr. Phillips (my maiden name) and his crap life. He's a hematopathologist with a box he despises and a co-worker he desires. He lives with his grandfather, who is a terrible bully and
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
So from the blurb on the back cover I figured I knew what to expect from this one, and on one hand it hit all the beats I expected it to, but the route to hitting those beats was so completely unexpected and unique that it elevated the story to a completely different level. And then the ending, the ending was the absolute perfect ending for the story with just the right amount of surreal weirdness sprinkled in that it took it from being what I thought would be a predictable but enjoyable read in ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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Silvia Brown
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There is urge inside you to read this book. You may not know that yet. But it's there, buried deep. Waiting. To take you down. Adrian's book is an unexpected read. His voice on the page lures the reader onto a Machiavellian world you can't nor want to escape from. Follow the urge, read it!
O. D. Book Reviews
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for judgement in the Indie Horror Book Awards 2018. Review to be posted at

I almost didn't finish this book many times. It was really dragging for me. Very little of interest happened until the midpoint and on. But even then it was still drawn out and boring. The weird, perverted, and gag worthy things that did happen along the way, to me only served only as shock value as the little meat of the story was very slowly revealed. The e
Iain MacCallum
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloody good.

This is a dark and disturbing tale and I have to admit there were a few moments that had me squirming as I read. On saying that I couldn't put it down and would recommend it as a bloody good read (pun intended).
Steve Stred
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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As a child, Adrian Alexander Medina found solace in storytelling, and every day he had a new one to tell. He would go into great detail about his adventures at school, the time he helped Johnny Rico defeat the bugs on Klendathu, or that time he visited Moscow as a spy. As he grew up, he dialed back the grandiose tales of his adventures, but never lost his overactive imagination.

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