I found a creepy glitch in Fallout 4

I haven’t done a creepy glitch article in a while (because Max Yezpitelok and I turned  the internet upside down and shook it for a while to make sure we had all of them), so I apologize to all the YouTubers and cheap content mills who can’t rip them off.

I was (finally) sitting down to play Fallout 4, though, and I encountered something quite weird. I was doing the mission in the Railroad quest chain where you break into the Cambridge Police Station and steal a vertibird from the Brotherhood of Steel. If you haven’t played this game, that’s all gibberish, but it’s not important.

I rounded a corner to go up some stairs when one of the NPCs for the quest uh… bugged out.

First I saw this:

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Well that’s weird, I thought. (Also — hell yeah I used the console to give myself a bunch of fusion cores so I could use the power armor all the time.) And then I got closer:

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Yep, he’s got black spots all over his face, like he suddenly turned into swiss cheese.

Then I got a little closer still:

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“You alright, bud?” I said aloud. (Yes, I talk to video games.) I hit E to try to talk to him, and then shit got real weird.

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He didn’t move or speak at all, but his eyes started following me. Like he was trapped in some strange hell where he couldn’t react except to stare at me.

I left the room (because why wouldn’t I at that point?) and we went on to the next area and he went back to normal. Fun stuff!

Speaking of my terrifying interactions with entertainment, you might enjoy this fun little flash fiction story I wrote for Reddit’s nosleep board.

Toodles for now!

Coming Soon, Part 2

Well, I spoke too soon. I ran into some trouble with the cover art, so that put a snag in things. I’ve got a proof copy ordered now, though, and as soon as I’m done looking it over, I can put it on sale. That will most likely be in March.

The book will be available on Amazon.com and most other bookstores as well. You’ll probably need to special order it, online or in-person, from your preferred bookstore. Most bookstores will not have copies in stock, because few people have heard of this book. You can change that by buying copies for everyone you were in third grade with.

The retail price will be $10.99. That is a bit more than the Kindle edition, it’s true, but dead trees cost more money.

In the meantime, you can take a look at this, which I worked extra hard on because I’m not great at image editing. Also I just said “hard on”.

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Many thanks once again to Mars for the cover art, because without that I would have been so very lost.

Coming Soon

I wanted to get this done around the 1 year anniversary of Other Gods, but stuff got kinda crazy. I also way overestimated how much work it would take (Thanks, Amazon!). Once I sat down and actually worked on it it just took a few hours. My bad.

But coming soon, the first physical release from Hex Press: Other Gods in paperback! You can hold it in your hands! You can do mystical incantations to open doors to the Other Earth with it! Hooray!

I’ve also got a new flash fiction series that I’ve already started, The Old Man That Lives in the Woods. You can read part one here. These are short and loosely-related stories based on ideas I’ve had but couldn’t think of a good place to publish them. I did something like this before with the story, “What’s the Scariest Thing That Ever Happened to You?” in Other Gods. Very short stories with a frame story around them. This time, the frame story is a mysterious ol’ fella who lives in the woods and likes to tell spooky tales. Who is the old man? Why does he live in the woods? Where did he learn all these stories anyway? Time may or may not tell. Time is a notoriously hard nut to crack.

I plan to write more stories in this series as and when I can. I’ve got plans for about a dozen parts so far. Maybe if I get a whole lot of them done I’ll compile them into a book.

I’ll update again when Other Gods is ready to purchase in paperback!

The Old Man in the Woods, Part 1: Driving

Good evenin’ to ya! It’s awful late to be wandering around out here alone, ain’t it? Thank all your gods you found my little clearing. I’m happy to have ya until morning. Come on, pull up a seat by the fire. Are ya hungry? I’ve got some tinned beans, but I’m afraid that’s about it. On a very tight budget, if you understand my meaning.

Yeah, I live out here. It’s pretty quiet. You’re the first person I’ve seen out this way in a real long time. How long? Well, I guess I couldn’t really say. I’d have to think about that one.

I don’t recommend you keep wanderin’ out in these woods when it’s dark. Who knows what’s out there at night? No, really, I mean, who does know? I can’t think of anyone, not a single one.

Since we’re going to be here for a few hours, do you mind if I tell you a story? It’s not long, I promise. I’m sure you should get to sleep, but are you actually tired? I bet you’ll find you’re not. No? Then why don’t you just listen for a bit?

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Make Us One!

I got tired of running two separate blogs, so I’m merging everything from ashercantrell.com over to here. I think I’m also going to redesign the site soon, because this shit is looking pretty 2011.

I decided to take a social media vacation in October, so I wasn’t around to peddle my book for Halloween, but now that the holiday season is coming up, I will be periodically reminding you that I am holding your other books for ransom until you read mine and review it on Amazon.

I’ve been lazy this year and haven’t done much writing, but I’m deciding on my next project right now. I may do another short story collection, though I’m also considering a novel, too.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great holiday coming up. It is a day for being fat and lazy. I am referring, of course, to my birthday. Be fat and lazy like me, your friend Asher! It is a fine way to celebrate.

Excellent news

I have reached an agreement with the devil to whom I sold my soul and he’s letting me drop the price of Other Gods for one whole month!

Between now and July 17th, you can purchase nearly 500 short horror stories (13 is nearly 500, relatively speaking) which is like… I dunno, like $.15 a story or something? I don’t feel like doing math right now.

Places to purchase it are on the link above! Please buy it or I will guilt trip you about how my cat died last week. It was very sad.

RIP Biscuit

Do this in remembrance of the Bees Cat.

Animals (Sample story from Other Gods)

This is a sample story from my horror collection, Other Gods, and once you read it, it will magically brainwash you into purchasing my book for only $2.99 from several popular eBook stores! Enjoy!


When Jolene invited me to her stupid costume party, my initial reaction was no fucking way. I wouldn’t know anyone there, and I’d sit there and drink a few beers until I was buzzed and field come-ons from dopey frat boys, then I’d go back to my dorm and sleep until noon.

But I talked to my mom and she pointed out that if I didn’t at least try to make friends at my new school, I never would. Thanks, mom.

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Guess what? Chicken butt! Hah, just kidding. It is much more than that, ye moonhowlers.

I now offer Other Gods in a DRM-free ePub file that you can use on any device that can read those. Hooray! To purchase, just use the PayPal link at the bottom of this page.

Make sure to also read the special instructions to make sure I deliver it to the right place.

Oh, one more thing! Any of you who have followed my writing for a while know that I love Easter eggs, and so I’ve added one to this very site. The first person to find it and email me at weirdshitblog@gmail.com with its location gets a free copy of Other Gods! If you already bought one, you can totally gift it to someone else. Or you can keep it and clutch it tight to your chest until you are nothing left but dust.

More news soon!