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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

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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

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Novel: The Flies Dropped Dead

The Flies Dropped Dead, a 32,000-word short novel of dark science fiction, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Cover - Flies Dropped Dead 300x200A mysterious death, a constellation of dead flies.

Can Jonathan Canny find redemption at the bottom of a multiplying black abyss of science gone wrong?

Jonathan Canny is a workaday morgue staffer who thinks he’s seen it all until he discovers dead flies scattered around the body of a gorgeous woman. Canny turns to Lila, his ex-girlfriend, to seek some answers, but what they uncover engulfs the entire morgue in a creeping webwork of darkness, culminating in one man’s desperate struggle for redemption– even if is far too late for his beloved Lila.

A novel of dark science fiction by Alistair Ainscott.

“The Flies Dropped Dead” Copyright © 2012 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

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Five Story Collection: Crimes against Literature

Five Crimes Against Literature, a ~23,500 word collection of short stories, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/134335

Five preposterous tales of far-ranging absurdity.

Professionally published writer Alistair Ainscott unleashes a vile compendium of five literary transgressions, a special room in hell for the serious-minded: “The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki,” “Occupy Stinking America,” “Maiden Voyage of the Pink Plastic Ponies,” “Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony,” and “Why Oranges Are Apples”, plus an excerpt from “The Flies Dropped Dead.”

From aliens with bizarre sensory perceptions, a boy-with-bad-breath meets supermodel-girl story of wayward romance, a superhero who drives a rusted-out International Harvester Scout and saves a solo Dad from the clutches of his own twin toddlers, or a play with a swarm of eccentric characters– an inept vampire, the Pissy Flippin’ Bastards, the Harbingers of Doom, Death, Destruction and Other Nasty Things– well, what ends up on the page ranges from preposterous hilarity to full-blown crimes against literature.

“Five Crimes against Literature” Copyright © 2012 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Philcold | Dreamstime.com

 

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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

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Short Story: The Thriller Writer’s Workshop

The Thriller Writer’s Workshop, a 3,450 word tale of mystery and psychological suspense, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

The Thriller Writer's Workshop by Alistair Ainscott

Hotshot faculty member and amateur writer Martin Sanderson attends a Thriller Writer’s Workshop at the ragged edge of the world on the Oregon Coast and finds that he’s in way, way over his head. But Sanderson has a thriller of his own to write and intends to show these so-called professionals just why he belongs right there in that chair with the rest of them.

“The Thriller Writer’s Workshop” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

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The Writing of The Thriller Writer’s Workshop

After I corresponded with Dean Wesley Smith about the 2011 Short Story Workshop and he invited me to participate, I was struck by a sudden irrational fear that it would be a total disaster and that I would completely embarass myself. Now you have to understand that many of the students attending these workshops are early-career professional writers who are well ahead of me in terms of publication credits and accomplishments in the world of fiction.

So, I bottled up those fears and tried to imagine the worst possible way it could turn out for a fictional character that I put in a similar situation. And this story was the result.

Now of course, the actual workshop was nothing like what’s portrayed here and both Kris and Dean were most gracious hosts, although Dean did get a little gruff when too many fake details snuck into the settings for one of our class excercises now that I think about it…

Thanks and I hope you enjoy the story.

The Thriller Writer's Workshop by Alistair Ainscott The Thriller Writer’s Workshop: How far will a man go to prove he belongs?

A mystery story by Alistair Ainscott.

The Thriller Writer’s Workshop available now on Amazon Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords.

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