Following a stranger hoping he’s a long-lost friend, breaking into a relative’s home to retrieve your antidepressants, planning to get pregnant, getting pregnant, and trying to tell your husband you don’t want the baby, waiting all evening for your wife to compliment your appearance, running a social experiment and getting blamed when a woman gets hit by a car, getting fired after you’re caught with your pants down at work – all stories involve Anthony, a sensitive, insecure, mentally ill young man and aspiring filmmaker. The collection explores his experiences as he tries to cope with and overcome the fears driven by his obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, and clinical depression.
About the author
Shayne McGreal was born and raised in Hamilton (Dundas), Ontario and currently lives in Toronto with his wife and son. He tends to write about mental illness, masculinity, and violence, focusing on characters who are insecure, full of doubt, and desperate to control themselves and their surroundings. In addition to being a writer, Shayne works in post-production in the film and tv industry. Anthony: A Composite Novel is his first book.
Excerpt: Anthony: A Composite Novel (by (author) Shayne McGreal)
They arrive at her place and Anthony knows she’s going to ask again if he wants to come up. He really just wants to tell her how he’s afraid of sex, afraid she will have something that will kill him, but he can’t. Partly because of how she will then see him, but also because he doesn’t want to offend her. Zara, please, you must know that I think everyone is diseased.