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Ten Story Omnibus: Fevered Visions

Fevered Visions: Ten Tales from the Febrile Hinterlands of Reason, a ~45,000 word collection of short stories, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Fevered VisionsTen Tales from the Febrile Hinterlands of Reason

Professionally published writer Alistair Ainscott presents ten tales from the febrile hinterlands of reason. The stories probe shades of light and dark, from hilarity to shadows of doom. The light-hearted farce of a man trapped on a 3,000 mile trip with his twin toddlers. A mysterious forest fortified by concertina wire of black-barbed briars. One man’s quest to atone for nuclear holocaust.

The stories have a variety of themes and inspirations, almost always modest extrapolations from the safe islands of everyday experience that somehow mushroom into farcical (or horrific) tales of characters in dire situations. Call it an expedition to a visionary present if you like, or an exile to the febrile hinterlands of reason if you must, but terrifying or farcical, there’s something strange and wondrous to engage the reader with each tale.

This book includes the author’s foreword plus the following ten stories by Alistair Ainscott:

  • “The Thriller Writer’s Workshop”
  • “Tailor Maidens”
  • “Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony”
  • “Occupy Stinking America”
  • “The Briarwood”
  • “The Familial Tremor”
  • “Plastic Island”
  • “Season of Black”
  • “The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki”
  • “Trinity of the Sands”

Fevered Visions: Ten Tales from the Febrile Hinterlands of Reason” Copyright © 2012 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Rolffimages | Dreamstime.com

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Short Story: The Familial Tremor

The Familial Tremor, a 5800-word tale of contemporary dark fantasy, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

The Familal TremorA man must embrace his past — or live with the consequences.

Ronald Masterson is haunted by the present, haunted by a past he can’t shake, and haunted by a future with the most horrifically perfect woman imaginable. Because each day he fails to solve the mystery that stalks him, it’s another step down the long spiral staircase of The Insanities, another step towards his fate at the hands of the familial tremor, another step closer to the consequences. 

A tale of dark science fiction by Alistair Ainscott.

“The Familial Tremor” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Res2500 | Dreamstime.com

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Short Story: The Briarwood

The Briarwood, a 6100-word tale of contemporary dark fantasy, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

The BriarwoodThere are hidden things here, inexplicable and monstrous things, lost shards of time…

The prickly evergreen vines behind the childhood home of Martin Luske-Sanders rise and fall in great dunes of black-tipped thorns. There are hidden things here, inexplicable and monstrous things, lost shards of time. And it stretches before him, a dismal reflection of his future, a haunting memory of his past. A lost brother, a final truth lurking amongst the bloodthirsty thorns of the briarwood. 

A tale of contemporary dark fantasy by Alistair Ainscott.

“The Briarwood” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Ronj2 | Dreamstime.com

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Short Story: Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony

Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony, a humorous 5400-word story, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Cover - Captain Disaster Twin Terrors

One dad, twin preschoolers, and a three-thousand mile trip.

What could go wrong?

Bernard Keyes travels cross-country with his identical twin girls so they can be flower girls in his brother’s wedding. But that last mile of winding country roads just might be the hardest part of his journey… other than the ceremony itself. An inkling of trouble cracks in Captain Disaster’s arthritic knuckles, but can he push his sputtering, rusted-out old truck fast enough to save the day?

 

 

“Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Marianmocanu | Dreamstime.com

The Writing of Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony

This was a short story that I originally wrote during the June 2011 Short Story Workshop that I did with Kristine Kathryn Rusch. This is the last story I wrote at the workshop; I was getting tired so this one came out pretty silly.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy the story.

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Short Story: Tailor Maidens

Tailor Maidens, a humorous 1830-word science fiction misadventure, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Tailor Maidens coverIf a man becomes his own brand, will he like what he sees?

Pablo Mistry envisions the latest advance in electronic textiles out of Silicon Valley when he beholds a sleek high-tech T-shirt at an airport boutique. But he soon discovers that the ultimate personalized user experience has turned him into his own, rather dubious brand– and that this tailor-made digitgal monstrosity will bring him no end of grief– unless he can get the damned thing off.

A humous science-fiction misadventure by Alistair Ainscott.

 

 

“Tailor Maidens” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Laqhill | Dreamstime.com

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Short Story: Occupy Stinking America

Occupy Stinking America, a strange 4300-word speculative fiction romance story, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Occupy Stinking America coverIn the future, love stinks– and so do you.

Walter Peabody has a problem. But is the problem with him, or his entire stinking nation? As they pare away all that is unnecessary in their lives, Walter and Gwendolyn– and everyone else in this great land our ours– just might find out. For without his stench, Walter would have nothing: not his supermodel wife,  not his mega-yacht, and definitely not enough of a fortune to fuel a small army.

 

 

 

“Occupy Stinking America” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Laqhill | Dreamstime.com

The Writing of Occupy Stinking America

This is a story that I wrote from a title– originally, “The Skunk in My Mouth.” For some reason I decided to retitle it when I indie published it.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy the story.

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Five Story Collection: Strange Obsessions

Five Strange Obsessions, a ~17,000 word collection of short stories, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Five Strange Obsessions coverFive offbeat speculative tales of strange obsession.

Professionally published writer Alistair Ainscott presents five offbeat speculative tales:  “The Thriller Writer’s Workshop,” “Tailor Maidens,” “Occupy Stinking America,” “Assailing the Void,” and “Trinity of the Sands.”

From hotshots with something to prove, a romance of bad breath and extreme plastic surgery, to one man’s burden to atone for nuclear holocaust, it doesn’t get much stranger.

 

“Five Strange Obsessions” Copyright © 2012 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Rolffimages| Dreamstime.com

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