Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Practitioners” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.93  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Dreams aren’t just for the sleeping.

After the murder of his wife, Officer Henry Stapleton struggles to move on. He begins experiencing nightmares that seem more like reality. Far beyond simple grieving. Looking for answers, he visits a mysterious new healing center, owned by real estate mogul Paul White. There’s just one problem. The man doesn’t exist. Though his name appe
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published July 16th 2018 by Bloodshot Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Practitioners, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Practitioners

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.93  · 
Rating details
 ·  60 ratings  ·  23 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Practitioners
Dan Schwent
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
Recovering from the death of his wife, Officer Henry Stapleton is on a downward spiral of booze. His wife's killer winds up dead, or does he? Henry visits a New Age healing center and starts experimenting with lucid dreaming. But what will he do when he discovers the machinations of a man who may not exist?

I follow Patrick Lacey on Twitter and I was all over this one as soon as I saw the cover.

The story feels more like a detective story than anything else a lot of the time. Henry Stapleton, benc
Michael Hicks
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Authors Matt Hayward and Patrick Lacey inject fresh life and more than a few sparks of originality into some familiar and well-worn tropes in Practitioners from Bloodshot Books, genre-hopping with apparent ease to flesh out a novel that feels like a dream come true.

On the trope side of things, we have police officer, Henry Stapleton, who is reeling from the death of his wife and is fueled by revenge. Thankfully, Hayward and Lacey upend our familiarity with such a heavily trod character almost im
Kenneth McKinley
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, own-kindle
I've been noticing more and more collaboration novels in the horror genre lately. I've always been curious as to how two different authors can concoct a story together and keep everything seemlessly cohesive. Matt Hayward and Patrick Lacey are able to do just that in Practitioners. You really can't tell who wrote what. The tone, pacing, characters and delivery are evenly matched. So kudos to them for being able to utilize the age-old saying, "Two heads are better than one."

Practitioners uses ele
Glenn Rolfe
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collaboration between two of my favorite newer horror authors, Patrick Lacey and Matt Hayward, is awesome! PRACTITIONERS is like a grown ups version of Nightmare on Elm Street. I know Lacey is a massive Wes Craven fan, and in the book, his love for Craven's work bleeds through in all the right ways.

Near the front of the book, I picked up on elements of Craven's SHOCKER, while the dream world and the fact that main characters, Henry and George, wind up being dream warriors of sorts, a la El
Shane Douglas Douglas
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the next edition of what the fuck did I just read: This book owned me, cover to cover. A cosmic horror story on a level I've rarely read before, seeing both Hayward and Lacey both at the current pinnacles of their respective careers. If you want monsters, mayhem, and bloody terror, you'll find it here in spades. ...more
The Grim Reader
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
When two authors rub shoulders together and decide to write a novel, it can either be a huge success or a complete disaster. Thankfully, Matt Hayward and Patrick Lacey drink from the same cup, or so it seems. Practitioners is a seamless read. Both authors show equal skill in awakening the reader to the horrors of Bellview, it’s demon antagonist, Paul White and his army of sleepers.

I read a lot of horror books, make that a hell of a lot of horror books. I’m forever in search of something a little
Cameron Chaney
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, adult, horror
A fantastically unique horror story! You can see my video review HERE. ...more
Trisha Leslie
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Whodunnit crime, mystery, intrigue and horror.... Thought I had it figured out, but it keeps on giving! Highly recommend
Brian Steele
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, mystery
A damaged cop discovers the new age center may be a front for something sinister in this cosmic horror noir novel. Lucid dreaming, dimensional portals, murderous cults, nightmarish monsters, and loads of bullets fill the tale. A little slow in the beginning, once it picks up, the authors take you on a lunatic, gore-splattered ride.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog http://undivineinterventions.blogspot...

Practitioners. I'd been extremely excited to read this one since it had been announced. Patrick Lacey and Matt Hayward are two of my favorite authors putting out books today, both of which put out novels last year that made my "best of 2017" list.

Those novels, We Came Back and What Do Monsters Fear, are both highly recommended and if you haven't read those, you're missing out. Stop missing out and go buy a copy of each. Ten of
Jim Coniglio
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is always that moment of trepidation when you go into a book that is written by two authors. Sometimes it can just go so horribly wrong. Luckily this is not one of those times.

Matt Hayward (Brain Dead Blues, What Do Monsters Fear?) and Patrick Lacey (Dream Woods, Bone Saw) work off each other beautifully to craft a very cohesive and well thought out story. The authors have melded their individual styles seamlessly.

Henry Stapleton is a police officer grieving the loss of his wife. Plagued b
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hmmm. This is a tricky one to review, maybe because it was a group-read and I have a lot of respect for the author for taking the time to talk to us humble readers about his work, and risking not having some of us enjoy it and hearing about it! Anyway, my thoughts....

The Good Bits
The idea of another world, an alternate reality or something layered over the top of ours has always intrigued me, and I thought they pulled this off really well (think Stranger Things ). There were some very creepy,
Baker St Shelves
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The use of dreams in horror has a very long history, since you can get creative with the nightmare visuals. Here we have a beat cop named Henry, who is depressed after the brutal murder of his wife. As such, he’s experiencing weird dreams even when he’s awake. He checks himself into a clinic to learn lucid dreaming and to learn what’s controlling the dreams of the city.
Right off the bat, I love Henry and his partner, George. They’re written as relatable flawed people in a bizarre situation. I al
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another grate suggestion by Cameron & I couldn't make a better review myself so I will link his
whichever works.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, horror
Heck of a good book. The characters and plot were great. I dug it from start to finish.
R.J. Roles
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hayward and lacey are doing the lords work, whether working in a collaboration or writing solo. This book deals with some heavy subject matter and will leave you drained by the end. Highly recommend!
Really more of a 2.5 star read for me...

I had really high hopes for this one. I'd heard tons of great things, the cover was GORGEOUS (I know, I know, I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I do!), and the premise definitely sounded like it would be up my alley. Unfortunately despite the interesting premise, a lot of things in this novel fell flat for me.

Henry is a career cop, the widower of his town's first murder victim in decades. After shooting his wife's killer, he begins having delusio
David Murphy
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please note this is a review of an advanced copy provided to me by the authors.
This is a review I had to think long and hard about because I don't know what to say to really do this book justice. This is a collaboration between two authors with very different writing styles, but swap between the two in this novel is seamless and you couldn't tell on writer from the other, it's as if written by just one person.

The actual story itself is incredible and unique. The characters are well written, bel
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first story I have read from either author, and it won’t be my last!! This is a fantastic story! It has great characters, creatures from another dimension, gore, horror, loss, helplessness, friendship, and a hero! What more could you want...oh, and I noticed some familiar names used for some of the characters!! Great story!!
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Practitioners is a short novel written by two excellent young authors who have made this collaboration feel like a complete whole. At no point did the novel feel like two people had written it. This was very well done. This novel also is not tied to one genre but easily incorporates horror, fantasy and mystery in one seamless package. The characters in this book were well created and I was definitely invested in their lives and struggle. There are monsters in this book and they were well cre ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read in basically 1 sitting

This book was fun, and action packed. I couldn't put it down. I'm hoping for a sequel ( hint, hint).
Jesse Bollinger
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a very good book with some down right creepy images. I really identified with Henry and would definitely enjoy more stories in this world.
Hatchet Mouth
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All I have to say is that this book was a masterpiece, and that's all that matters or SHOULD matter. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty in America. You don't go around lynch mobbing people's reputations. That is bordering on criminal. If this guy wrote Practitioners, he's alfuckingright with me. You know, when you start trying to ruin everyone's reputation due to your sad ideology, all you do is sacrifice your own credibility. You people look insane right now. It's like you all forgot that ...more
Tim Meyer
rated it it was amazing
Jul 14, 2018
rated it really liked it
Aug 18, 2018
Adam Selby-Martin
rated it it was amazing
Oct 09, 2019
Donna Rae Jones
rated it liked it
Nov 02, 2018
Roger Venable
rated it really liked it
Apr 29, 2020
Michelle Smith
rated it really liked it
May 27, 2020
Stephen Combs
rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2018
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Welcome to the Show
  • The Switch House
  • Hunger on the Chisholm Trail
  • Murder House
  • The Window
  • Out Behind the Barn
  • Twin Lakes : The Autumn Fires
  • When the Shit Hits the Van (The Neon Owl #1)
  • We Need to Do Something
  • Dead Daughters
  • Blacktop Wasteland
  • Graveyard Slaughter
  • These Evil Things We Do: The Mick Garris Collection
  • Shiloh
  • Ghost Summer
  • The Siren and the Specter
  • Where Stars Won't Shine
  • The Nightmare Room (The Messy Man, #1)
See similar books…

Related Articles

  Whether you love the horror genre or just tiptoe into it ahead of Halloween, we have book picks for every level of scared you want to...
447 likes · 281 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »