The Disembodied by Anthony Hains is a Chilling Horror Novel Sure to Terrify and Delight
Anthony Hains is the author of The Disembodied, which is a terrifying novel on Kindle Scout sure to catch readers off-guard and keep them up late into the night.
About The Disembodied
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.
When a rare blizzard strikes the Outer Banks, Griffin recognizes the red-haired boy as a vengeful specter from Soren's tales. To make matters worse, his well-meaning aunt has convinced his mother he’s under some sort of spiritual attack. Unsure if the mysterious boy is a symptom of his disorder or an entity with evil intent, Griffin finds himself in a struggle to save his life, his sanity and maybe his very soul.
Praise for The Disembodied
"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."
"... 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."
- Horror Palace
"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."
A Message from Anthony Hains
The sources for my novels come from my life-long love of horror stories and my career as a university professor and psychologist. My professional focus is pediatric psychology, so issues related to child and adolescent development, health, and behavior play a central role in my fiction. You can do a lot with adolescent characters. The Disembodied is a good example.
Interview with Griffin Rinaldi from The Disembodied
What is your current state of mind?
That depends on the moment. When my depersonalization disorder is kicking in, I feel like I’m no longer a part of my body. I mean, it’s like I’m dead. In fact, I think I am dead. So, when I have those symptoms my frame of mind is panic. And, it can come on without warning.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
This is a weird question. How about the sensation of floating over your body and seeing Simon burst out of your guts? Does that count? And then waking up the next morning and everything is back to normal. All the blood is gone…
When and where were you happiest?
This one is easy. When I’m with my cousin, Tanner. We like to surf, play basketball, hang out. You know, the usual.
On what occasion do you lie?
I do it to stay alive.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I hate people who are shitheads.
Who is the greatest love of your life?
I’m only thirteen. I kinda have a girlfriend now. My first. But, can I really say she I the love of my life? That’s kinda strange.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My grandfather, Soren. I know it’s weird calling your grandfather by his name, but that’s what I do. He also is my favorite writer, you know, you asked that question before. He writes awesome ghost stories.
Where would you most like to live?
Where I live right now. The Outer Banks. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. It’s home.
Who is Griffin Rinaldi?
Griffin Rinaldi is 13 years-old and lives in Kill Devil Hills on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. He’s physically active and a decent athlete. He enjoys playing basket at the Y and is an accomplished surfer. By far his best friend is his cousin Tanner. They hang out together constantly and provide each other with great support—something necessary since their fathers, who are brothers, are brutally abusive. Griffin has also been diagnosed with depersonalization disorder, which makes him feel as if he has become disconnected from his mind and body. He experiences heightened anxiety when this happens because he is convinced that he has died. What is really frightening, however, is that Griffin is haunted by the ghost of a red-haired boy about his age during these episodes. Griffin turns to his grandfather, Soren, for help. Soren is a purveyor of Outer Banks ghost stories is familiar with this particular specter.