Lair of the Ashermost
And Virtual Home of Asher Black®
Stories By Night
Asher is a fabulist living in Brooklyn. In daylight, he is a self-employed corporate storyteller, cooking non-fiction for companies and organizations. When darkness falls, and even the long shadows are inevitably swallowed in black, he turns on the lights in Asher's Haunt™, lights a fire on the hearth, and tells other stories—of pitiless men, and malice, and ordinary people who resist them. At various times, Asher is a maximist, raconteur, genre hacker and literary performer.
Nightly Chops™ & The Black Academy™
In Jazz, chops are any individual artist’s demonstration of purely technical skill as part of a main act, after the main acts are done, or in the informal jazz (jam) sessions in various clubs (“he’s showing his chops, tonight”).
Asher cut his teeth (his chops) as a young man—writing, editing a school magazine, publishing poetry and various broadsheets, and performing impromptu on radio and stage. He was Managing Editor of The Green Man Review (one of the earliest full production digital publications) for a number of years in its heyday and, following that, publisher of the digital magazine MYTHOLOG, 'Literature of Mythic Proportions', which operated from 2002-2007.
Asher launched a project called Nightly Chops (30 stories in 30 days) in Spring 2012 to create a critical mass of energy and creativity and sustain an emotional rhythm.
Chops are focused less on writing technique, more on building consistent facility with translating deep-seated emotions into surface symbols for public consumption.
In 2014, Asher adapted his Nightly Chops to business use by creating a productivity technique he still uses, called Daily Sprints. He then crossed genre and medium by writing a couple of small self-published business books utilizing a horror fiction theme. He also knocked out a 50K novel in 30 days for NANOWRIMO, the 'Boston Marathon for fiction writing'.
In 2015, Asher founded the Black Academy of Story Telling, a virtual regimen of self-study of dramatic structure designed to prepare one to write novels. For this pivotal project, he studied and began writing prototype novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories to teach himself the craft.
In 2016, Asher began working professionally with startups and enterprises to tell their stories—which is how he makes a living currently.
In 2021, he took up the study of instrumental music, returned to his lifelong interest in martial arts with formal training, and began writing novel-form hard-boiled action lit and detective fiction, all of which he is still doing.
Read to Me
Asher Black® reads stories aloud.