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Charles Atkins




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Charles Atkins, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, clinical trainer, and author of both fiction and non-fiction, both as Charles Atkins and under the pen name, Caleb James.  He lectures, and provides trainings and workshops, on topics related to mental health and the writing life.

Dr. Atkins provides frequent workshops at the Connecticut Women's Consortium in Hamden. To view the current catalog, click here.

Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrated Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders

To read about this book click on the cover:

To order your copy from the Publisher or Amazon.com click the hyperlink.

To find out where Dr. Atkins will be presenting on co-occurring disorders, and other topics, click here.

Coming soon from Caleb James!

Dark Blood

Release date 6/28/2016

To Pre-order through DSP Publishing click here (If you order the paperback, you automatically get the e-book for free). 



Lil and Ada return!

Lambda Literary Award Finalist!

Available for order at amazon.com and other on-line book sellers.

The third in the Lil and Ada series of murder mysteries.

What the reviewers say about Lil and Ada:

A fast-paced mystery with two unforgettable leading ladies. --Karen Keefe for Booklist about Best Place to Die


"Vultures at Twilight is a page turner and an edge-of-your-seat mystery. Definitely worth reading." 

Lambda Literary Review

"The two leading ladies add sweetness and a bit of spice to this entertaining read."

Emily Melton for Booklist on Vultures at Twilight

Done to Death:

    Reality producer Barry Stromstein has a serious problem. If he can’t come up with a concept for a new antiques show ASAP, his terrifying boss – TV sensation Lenore Parks – will fire him. But when he talks to antiques columnist Lil Campbell, he unexpectedly hits pay dirt. Her partner, Ada Strauss, not only suggests the perfect hook for the show, but is the perfect woman to host it.

Ada’s elated, but production of The Final Reckoning seems blighted before it’s  begun when, shockingly, Leonore is murdered. But Barry seems strangely determined to continue, and as Lenore’s children – the unsettling Rachel and her beloved older brother Richard – become involved, the pilot episode becomes increasingly ghoulish in tone.

Ada’s enjoying herself – really, she is – but as she and Lil are drawn deeper into the lives and affairs of the Parks, they begin to suspect that there are dark, twisted secrets at the heart of the family, and real danger for them all . . .



Haffling, a first paranormal under the pen name, Caleb James

Second Edition to be released January 2016




First in the Haffling series  

All sixteen-year-old Alex Nevus wants is to be two years older and become his sister Alice’s legal guardian. That, and he’d like his first kiss, preferably with Jerod Haynes, the straight boy with the beautiful girlfriend and the perfect life. Sadly, wanting something and getting it are very different. Strapped with a mentally ill mother, Alex fears for his own sanity. Having a fairy on his shoulder only he can see doesn't help, and his mom's schizophrenia places him and Alice in constant jeopardy of being carted back into foster care.

When Alex's mother goes missing, everything falls apart. Frantic, he tracks her to a remote corner of Manhattan and is transported to another dimension—the land of the Unsee, the realm of the Fey. There he finds his mother held captive by the power-mad Queen May and learns he is half-human and half-fey—a Haffling.

As Alex’s human world is being destroyed, the Unsee is being devoured by a ravenous mist. Fey is vanishing, and May needs to cross into the human world. She needs something only Alex can provide, and she will stop at nothing to possess it… to possess him.

Available as e-book and paperback at amazon and other on-line sellers.



Go To Hell

What would you give to cure mankind's suffering?  Dr. Spencer Williams, a brilliant young researcher, is on the verge of that discovery.  Haunted by the freakish suicide of his famous mother, he is driven to find a cure for the illness that ended her life.  Blessed--or cursed--from birth with second sight, Spencer's personal grail is within his grasp.  Through a secret mix of blood magic and genetic engineering, he has synthesized Marvan, a miraculous medicine that could leapfrog mankind to the next evolutionary phase. 

But Spencer has huge hurdles to clear.  Getting a new drug to market takes big bucks.  And how exactly is he supposed to keep Marvan's unique formula a secret?  As word of his discovery leaks out, powerful players want a piece of the action.  Hell, they want it all.   Spencer must make the choice, does he go with the devil he knows or the devil himself?

From the author--"GO TO HELL is a highly personal book.  Even before  the makers of a major tranquilizer deposited a Montblanc pen with my name in gold on my desk, I knew there was something corrupt with drug companies attempting to gift me--and all doctors--with thousands of dollars annually. GO TO HELL is a close-to-the-bone parable that looks at how modern medical research, and medicine in general, have been hijacked by the pharmaceutical companies.  This takeover is complete and so insidious that it is rarely questioned."     

Available at all on-line sellers as an e-book, with the paperback being released February 2013.

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Lil and Ada are back, and sleepy Grenville Connecticut is about to wake up with a murderous bang.

Best Place to Die

"VERDICT This winning second entry (after Vultures at Twilight) in a thriller series you simply must try will have you throwing out any assumptions you might have about gentle seniors. Psychiatrist Atkins uses his background to good effect, employing numerous psychological motives and creating a satisfyingly twisted plot."--Library Journal

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Best Place to Die:

Lilian Campbell and her best friend and lover, Ada Strauss, are woken early by the sound of sirens: the local assisted care facility, Nillewaug Village, is ablaze. The police and fire chiefs find evidence to suggest the fire was accidental, but Detective Mattie Perez can't help but wonder why the smoke alarms didn't work. Soon, it's looking less like accident and more like arson and murder . . . and Lil and Ada are swept up into an investigation that grows increasingly more complex, and frightening, by the hour.

Best Place to Die is available through amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other on-line booksellers.  

Vultures At Twilight

"...a too-hot-to-handle thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats." --Booklist

"...will keep readers turning the pages until the dramatic conclusion."--Publisher's Weekly


   Vultures at Twilight:   

Something wicked has come to Grenville Connecticut, a town famous for antiques and the systematic fleecing of its well-heeled elders as they down-size, sicken and die.  Clearly, someone is unhappy with the status quo as high-end antique dealers are being murdered in gruesome--yet fitting--ways. 

    When a severed finger shows up at the Friday night auction, unlikely heroines Lil Campbell and Ada Strauss have to wonder--where's the rest of the body?  A question that leads to festering small-town secrets, and the unraveling of a mystery that shows all is not well in a town famed for its postcard perfect New England charm.
    For Lil and Ada, long-time friends  and neighbors, the murders take a personal turn as unspeakable accusations are raised against Lil's dead husband and she becomes the focus of the killer's rage.  And to make things worse--or better--the two friends are forced to confront powerful feelings for one another that threaten their idyllic lives.

Order today through your local book seller or on-line at amazon.com.  

A fun Interview with Nate Klarfeld on StoneWall Live chatting about VULTURES AT TWILIGHT and the revolution in the publishing industry:  Click Here


The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book



Dr. Atkins provides day-long trainings on Bipolar Disorder and Psychopharmacology through Premier Education Solutions (PESI).  To view upcoming dates, or to purchase CE/CEU approved DVDs, click on the training title.


Released November 2007 The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book (Sourcebooks, Inc.) is a comprehensive and up-to-date question-and-answer book geared for people with Bipolar Disorder, their families and their loved ones. The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book is available as both an e-book and paperback through Amazon.com and other on-line booksellers.

The Alzheimer's Answer Book

The Alzheimer's Answer Book--Professional Answers to More than 250 Questions about Alzheimer's and Dementia, was released December 2008.  This is a rubber-meets-the-road practical guide for families, and people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementing illnesses.  It takes you through the basics in plain-speak English.  It covers the terrain including such topics as:

  • How to get an accurate diagnosis.

  • What medications might help. 

  • Understanding Medicare and Medicaid.

  • How to plan ahead and when to seek legal advice.

  • Is there a cure in sight?

  • How do I keep from getting burned out?

  • When do I need to think about a nursing home?

  • How do I manage problem behaviors, like wandering and agitation?

  • Who do I go to if there are problem's with Mom's nursing home?

    The Alzheimer's Answer Book is available at major bookstores and through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers.  To read more about The Alzheimer's Answer Book, and for important resources click here.




Talks and Presentations:

As a speaker and consultant Dr. Atkins' areas of expertise include:

  1. Bipolar Disorder
  2. Opiate Dependence
  3. Psychopharmacology
  4. Mindfulness and the mind/body connection
  5. Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders
  6. Topics related to mental health, recovery and Harm Reduction.
  7. Humor and Healing and the mind-body connection.
  8. Stress reduction--a cognitive behavioral approach.
  9. The Art of Writing and the Business of Getting Published.
  10. Getting Away with Murder:  Exploring complex clinical and forensic topics through personal narrative and fiction.
  11. A Road Well Traveled: The Physician-Author and the Continuum of Story

Talks and seminars are tailored to the needs of each organization.  With advance notification, books can be sold at events with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the charity of choice.






To read more about specific books, click on their covers.


blog: www.charlesatkinsmd.blogspot.com



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