Summer Solstice - Anthony Hains - Blood Rite

Anthony was kind enough to include a short story, Blood Rite, in the Summer Solstice anthology. He's got a great book available for readers to check out!

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.

About Anthony

Anthony Hains was born and raised in Port Chester, New York. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently a professor of counseling psychology. He is married with one daughter and lives in Wisconsin.

When he and his wife became empty nesters, he found himself with something called “time.” He started pursuing a long-time dream of writing horror fiction. While he still has his day job teaching courses on counseling children and adolescents and cognitive behavior therapy and conducting research on cognitive and behavioral factors related to adherence problems in teenagers with type 1 diabetes, he manages to fit in some fiction writing during off hours. The result has been sheer enjoyment and a few short stories and novellas which he hopes will see the light of day.

Lincoln Cole

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

He has won multiple literary awards for his novels. He has also been a bestseller in multiple different categories.