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Stories By Night
Asher is a fabulist living in Brooklyn. In daylight, he is a self-employed corporate storyteller, helping brands tell their stories and collaborating with corporate sales professionals to enact a narrative of abundance. When darkness falls, and even the long shadows are inevitably swallowed in black, he turns on the lights in Asher's Haunt™, shapes 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.
"I write, because I dream while I'm awake — about things that have actually happened and things that need to. I write, because I can say things about the world that can't be heard another way, and because I need to be heard. And because I want to be loved, and no one can truly love a person if they don't know the truth that is in him. I write stories, because I can't stop telling them. They are the language I have for that truth." — Asher
Books in Progress
Manuscript in Editing
Asher wrote this book in 2022 and is currently revising/editing. It is intended to be the first in a series of hard-boiled action novels featuring recurring characters.
In 2023, Asher started writing a coming-of-age tale set in rural Appalachia. This book is intended to be one of three books with a recurring main character.
Asher has some 60 books planned in multiple genres. Whether he gets there or not before the great night takes him and he begins writing in the timeless vast, remains to be seen.
Business talk without the suits.™
For every "organization man," every "suit," there's an adventurer . . . We spend the most productive hours of the best years of our lives at work; it had better count for something. Here are two guys for whom business is their sport and work is a source of transcendent meaning.
Not Yet Launched
Those with the warrior gene exist in all times throughout history. They are genetically predisposed to a once vital role—protect and defend the tribe. They wake ready to do battle, dismissing any personal cost. However, when the tribe no longer needs defending, they often struggle to find their place, and many simply do not fit. Consequently, they sometimes adopt a hyper-aggressive narrative and posture that competes with the wonderful people they are capable of being.
Not Yet Launched
In 2012, Asher created the town of Danger Springs as a storytelling venue and a place (a construct) for getting to know various characters. A character might only be in town for a week on the way to another story, but he or she will remember having been to Danger Springs. This exists in written form, but is not yet a podcast.
A Brief Experiment
In 2013, Asher experimented with reading other people's short fiction aloud when colleague Nik Perring and co-author Caroline Smailes published Freaks—a collection of short stories, each of which feature a character with an unusual superpower.
A First Experiment
In the shortest month of 2010, Asher wanted to dip a toe into podcasting and do homage to Robert Heinlein, the at-once serious and tongue-in-cheek apostle of rational anarchism—the simultaneous resistance to all forms of control and realistic awareness of the inevitability of control in the context of man's recurring dream of it.