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 appears on his properties, there is no evidence of White’s birth, no social security number, no means of tracing whatsoever. Henry begins to believe White is to blame for these visions. And they’re spreading to others. Joined by his partner George Patrick, the two travel deeper into the collective nightmare infecting Bellview, a once quiet town now in the grasps of unknown evil. Reality may not be as concrete as Henry Stapleton once thought.
PRACTITIONERS’ duel nature made for perfect collaborative fodder. Two versions of the same sleepy town, one real, the other a collective dreamscape of its occupants, filled with desires, fears, and of course, monsters. Two friends, both police officers, dealing with the loss of a loved one as their friendship strains beyond recognition. Two practitioners of the occult fighting for control over the same space, one good, the other evil. One real, the other an enigma. Pat and I played with this good/bad, night/day coin toss over the course of three months, exploring the residents of Bellview as they publicly kept face in light of a horrific murder. But at night, the townsfolk can’t deny their unsettled minds. It’s this foreboding that the monsters of their nightmares exploit, and which our main character Henry must navigate carefully if he’s ever to get out alive. PRACTITIONERS is a novel that begged to be written by two authors.