THE BEAST WITHOUT
An Arcadia Trust Novel
The original mystery returns in a NEW EDITION, February 1, 2022
Reylan is everything a Sydney vampire aspires to be: wealthy, handsome, and independent, carefully feeding off companions plucked from the gay bars of Oxford Street.
When one of those companions is killed by Jorgas, a hot-headed young werewolf prowling his streets, Reylan reluctantly puts his cherished lifestyle of blood and boys on hold to help a mysterious alliance of supernatural beings track down the beast. It can’t be that hard... not when Jorgas keeps coming after him.
As their relationship grows deeper and more twisted, Reylan tastes Jorgas’ blood, reawakening desires the vampire had thought long dead. And what evolves between them may be far more dangerous than some rival predator in the dark...
"I love this world and these characters. The magic and mystery that is all around is fantastical in so many ways. It’s a terrific story for the lover of paranormal, horror, and complex plots." - Meredith, Diverse Reader
A wickedly subversive wit.
Jeffrey Round - Winner, 2013 Lambda Award for Gay Mystery
Christian Baines has struck gold with his debut novel.
The Novel Approach Reviews
A writer with a bold original vision, not beholden to the limits of conventional genre tropes.
Michael Rowe, author of Enter, Night and Wild Fell
I'd pass (Puppet Boy) along to friends and mortal enemies alike.
Redfern Jon Barrett, Author of The Giddy Death of the Gays and the Strange Demise of Straights