Category Archives: Weird Stories

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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