Vineyard Dregs

A Novel

Fiction - Crime
139 Pages
Reviewed on 07/05/2018
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Author Biography

Anthony Carinhas has a knack for staying unusually busy―whether that's being a paralegal from the University of Texas at Austin, teaching creative writing workshops via Airbnb Experiences or clinching a certificate in the Science of Well-Being from Yale University on Coursera, there isn't a challenge he's not willing to confront. He loves cult films, dystopian stories, abstract art, industrial music, and boating whenever possible. He believes sunshine is the best medicine for long road trips because all journeys ease the deepest tensions. His love for naturopathic alternatives in health, staying away from television and drinking unfiltered ciders are all activities he's willing to lobby for. Fitness and nutrition are also staples in his everyday life just as much as writing is. As an open-minded individual, he loves unique adventure, all things nostalgic or trendy, and fierce candid conversation in the hopes of enlightening peoples' lives.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

The Vineyard Dregs by Anthony Carinhas is the story of Claus Berliner, a young man in 1938 Germany. After a house fire rips through too quickly to be extinguished, Claus' brother, Radulf, and a female companion who had accompanied him are killed in the inferno. Radulf had a secret that, as far as Claus could surmise, nobody knew about. But that wasn't entirely true. Claus understood his brother's fetish, erotophonophilia, otherwise known as lust murder. It isn't long before Claus himself finds that he too desires sexual gratification from violent intercourse that leads to death...and a deep spiral downward in the relinquishing of Claus' sanity is divulged in a first-person narrative.

This is the second novel I've read by Anthony Carinhas, who is proving to be immensely skilled in the art of writing his main characters in a stream of consciousness, allowing the reader access into the mind of a sociopath. Even more impressive, Carinhas is actually able to humanize Claus to the point where - and forgive me, but this is a rather embarrassing admission - I actually liked him. The descriptive elements are sublime, with prose such as "The sound of water from the fountain trickled as the lights beneath the surface tinted the streams like blood." The Vineyard Dregs provides the perfect platform for an excellent novel of horror and suspense, delivered in equal measure with dark humor and satire. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the likes of Bret Easton Ellis, Jeff Lindsay, and Poppy Z. Brite.