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This is the lair of the Ashermost.
Asher Black is a fabulist living in Brooklyn.
By day, he is a self-employed corporate storyteller. 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 fiction, because I can say things about the world that can't be heard another way. I need to be heard, 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 in particular, because I can't stop telling them. They are the language I have for that truth." — Asher Black
News And Project Updates
Actively Seeking Agent August 25, 2023
It's time. I wanted a couple of manuscripts in hand, albeit needing polish. And I want to be working on the next ones while doing this. My focus is being a novel making machine. Crank out a couple of chapters a week at least.
SHORT FIC Going Out August 24, 2023
I've got six short stories in the pipe I'm putting out to various publications. We'll see if they like any of them. I'm pretty happy with all of them. Each is my own spin on lit fic w. action.
SEQUEL to Lit Novel Started August 12, 2023
Two novels at once? Yes. I want to get a jump, picking up where the main character left off in the first coming-of-age tale, and I already had the outline, so I banged out the first chapter.
SEQUEL to Noir Book Started August 12, 2023
Same primary character as the first. Intended to be next in a long-running series. Got a good plot premise, and some fascinating characters. I've cooked my 'digest' of the book (outline, characters, etc) and am working from that.
LIT NOVEL: Finished August 11, 2023
It came together well. I think it'll appeal across genres. Lit fic you can read if you like action, standoffs and battles, the mountains, the forest, and the culture of boys. I had been wanting to write this novel for years.
LIT NOVEL: Started December 7, 2022
Coming of age tale (autobiographical fiction) set in an exotic "Lord of the Flies" environment. Interesting cast of characters and, rare for the form, some explosive action.
"NOIR" BOOK: Finished October 19, 2022
Finished the hard-boiled action thriller ("noir" to some). Compelling characters, continual action. Now in editing. You know when you do good work. It just sings to you. I'm so grateful.
"NOIR" NOVEL: Started December 5, 2021
A pair of old friends, a distant culture, a kid in trouble. Conventional trope: "gal walks into my office" and from there, it blows up fast. I've been cooking these characters in my mind for a while, and it's time to give them ink.