Ann Marie has just earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at age sixteen when she receives a mysterious and lucrative job offer. The new position at the infamous Asylum Corporation takes the young chemist and her alcoholic mother from their working-class Philadelphia neighborhood to coastal California. She grows fascinated with her new boss, famed scientist, Dade Harkenrider, a handsome and reclusive asexual labelled Dr. Death by internet conspiracy theorists and rumored to be involved in witchcraft and murder. A young pioneer in drone warfare and mind-control drugs, Harkenrider conducts secret experiments that defy the boundaries of space and consciousness in an advanced laboratory in the hills perched over Los Angeles. As Ann Marie grows closer to her new mentor, a sinister plot by a secretive coven is unfolding in the city. This monstrous force is stealing pets and children in an effort to breathe life into an ancient and terrifying evil.
Targeted Age Group:: 12+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I read an article years ago about a “mad” scientist named John Lilly. He was a child prodigy who got interested in some pretty bizarre and interesting experiments.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I modelled Ann Marie around myself. Dade Harkenrider is my version of the scientist, John Lilly. The book’s villain is based on a character from my personal nightmares.
About the Author:
Christopher Rankin grew up with a love of science, animals and horror movies. He studied engineering at Rutgers University and received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, researching the nanoscale electrical properties of soft condensed matter. He currently lives in Orange County, California with his wife, Jennifer, and an undisclosed number of cats. His influences include such writers as Carlos Castaneda, Philip. K. Dick, Stephen King, Aldous Huxley and Michael Chabon. Others include: Terence McKenna, William James, Carl Jung, Noam Chomsky, David Lynch, Alexander Shulgin, Werner Heisenberg and Alice Miller.
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