FEARLESS: A Dark Tale from Innsmouth
Tales from Innsmouth Book 1
By Ashley Lister
Dark and Irreverent
Innsmouth University is a place with a sinister past and a terrifying present.
Two brilliant students, involved in illicit and unethical practices, believe they have found a cure for fear. The unwitting subjects of their experiments are subjected to a range of horrors as the students try to discover if it is possible for any individual to be truly fearless.
I read Ashley Lister’s Fearless: a dark tale from Innsmouth in one sitting. Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed such amazing dialogue in a story. It’s clever and dark and had me laughing and exclaiming out loud, much to my husband’s dismay. The characters and their interactions are absolutely brilliant.
Also brilliant is Lister’s shameless and wicked combining of subgenres in this novella. There is the paranormal, the expected ghost story, but also elements of a medical horror thriller, psychological horror, and some irreverent dark humor. This is a solidly fun read! But perhaps a small disclaimer: while this is not extreme horror, some of the subject matter might not be for those readers who are easily triggered. Lister throws a dash of real life horror in the mix as a catalyst, and it is presented with real life perspectives. One can’t bring the chip-on-one’s-shoulder to this read or one will miss the purposeful depth brought by that addition.
This is a fast-paced and enjoyable story, and I cannot recommend it enough. I look forward to reading the other stories in Lister’s Tales from Innsmouth series. I’m hooked.
Get it on Amazon: mybook.to/InnsmouthFearless
About the Author: Ashley Lister
Ashley Lister is a prolific writer of fiction across a broad range of genres, having written more than fifty full length titles and over a hundred short stories.
His work includes non-fiction titles, such as How to Write Short Stories and Get Them Published, Swingers: True Confessions from Today’s Swinging Scene, and How to Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes.
His fiction includes a broad range of titles, written under an array of pseudonyms, although he is currently writing under his own name and producing horror fiction, such as Raven and Skull, Doll House, and the series of novellas he calls his dark tales from Innsmouth.
Ashley is a Higher Education lecturer with specialisms in creative writing and linguistics. He holds a PhD from Bolton University for his thesis Five Plots: the relationship between plot and genre in short fiction. He is the co-host of Blackpool’s Pub Poets and a regular participant (and occasional winner) in their monthly Haiku Death Match.