Vise Manor

Ten guests. One night. No escape.

Everything is going exactly to plan when eccentric tech baron Winston Vise finally takes the stage in the conservatory. He has fed his guests, plied them with drinks, and whet their appetites for the technological marvels he hopes to sell them. But when the curtain goes up and the merchandise fails to perform, the night takes a sharp turn into murder.

Now, ten people and Vise’s personal assistant find themselves trapped in an isolated mansion in the New York countryside with no way to contact the outside world. Together, they must hunt a new kind of killer in the countless rooms and endless shadows of Vise Manor.

Available in print and Kindle formats on March 1, 2022.

About the Author

Daniel Verastiqui

"I never really wanted to be a writer, but when you tell people stories in person, they have a tendency to simply walk away after a while."

Daniel Verastiqui is a Science Fiction author from Austin, Texas. His latest novel, Vise Manor, is the seventh entry in a dystopian cyberpunk thriller anthology, a series of books that take place in a shared alternate reality but aren't direct sequels. His books explore the themes of relationships and identity in the context of unstoppable technological advancement, unbridled violence, and questionable nudity.

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Books by Daniel Verastiqui

Book cover of Vise Manor by Daniel Verastiqui

Vise Manor

Demonstration is just another way of saying sales pitch. Winston Vise has something he wants you to buy, but if he’s selling synthetics, then there has to be some intelligence behind them. Now, if he’s inviting you all the way up there just to demo some procedural code, any of that machine learning or deep learning bullshit, then he's not only an asshole but a dumbass to boot. My guess is he’s got some kind of artificial intelligence, which means he either grew one from scratch or he’s playing Perion’s imprinting game better than Perion. Honestly, neither of those sound likely.”


Brigham Plaza

“Twenty years ago, you made friends with a thirteen-year-old girl who knew nothing about the Net. You helped her take control of it, carve out her own piece of it. Now that same little girl is sitting across from you asking for your help because she’s never killed anyone, and she’s never been shot at before. She’s never taken down an entire cipher den with a couple of guns and her bare hands.”

Book cover of Brigham Plaza by Daniel Verastiqui
Book cover of Hybrid Mechanics by Daniel Verastiqui

Hybrid Mechanics

“I’ll give it to you as straight as I can. I don’t think our world was real. Everything you see here on the screen is just a simulation.” He pointed to the center panel. “See that? Simulation integrity is sixty-eight percent. It’s been dropping ever since I woke up. And I think it’s because all those generators back there are starting to fail, or have been failing, and now we’re at a tipping point. No generators mean no power. Whatever computers are running the simulation are going to fail soon too. And I think the lights will go shortly after that. So far, I haven’t found any windows in this place. You get me?”


Por Vida

"I stayed with Vida for several days after I gave her the speech. It seemed like the right thing to do. Empathizing with her situation wasn’t difficult; though I could remember my life before the Día de las Máquinas, it was just as distant and out of reach as Vida’s. We are both passengers in the same boat careening down a river that will never run in reverse. I’ve given myself over to the current. Vida still mourns the loss of distant, unremembered shores."

Book cover of Por Vida by Daniel Verastiqui
Book cover of Perion Synthetics by Daniel Verastiqui

Perion Synthetics

In just a few short months, the cancer had thinned James Perion’s gray hair, hollowed out his cheeks, and relegated him to his bed for the remainder of his life. The morning strolls through the halls of the Spire were a thing of the past, as were the lengthy moments spent at the window in his study, staring out over the empire he had created, visualizing the people and cars as cogs in his massive machine. Dad was like that, able to macro and micro simultaneously, to stay involved where others would call in subject matter experts. All he needed were a few more years, more time to unseat Vinestead through sheer determination and market reach.

BOOK TWO - MAY 20, 2011


“This is you,” said Abernathy, pulling the sheet and revealing a human skeleton. “Well, a plastic you,” he clarified. Slowly, he turned the model around until Deron could see the back of it. “The chip lives here.” He pointed to a cluster of wires at the base of the skull. “The tendrils extend throughout the body as far south as the ankles, though at that point they are too small to see. We have intrusion into the heart between these two ribs, mirrored on the other side of the spinal column to accommodate the lungs. And your brain…”

Book cover of Veneer by Daniel Verastiqui
Book cover of Xronixle by Daniel Verastiqui


“Did you know,” asked Anela, “that every time that we went into your head looking for the code, we would end up in this forest, on this bridge? That no matter what my ciphers threw at you, we could only get this far? Now, I understand how a woman in my position might procure herself a similar level of encryption but for a boy just out of high school, it just does not add up. So, imagine my position, if you will. A boy comes to me asking for a copy program. We deliver an advanced product that said boy modifies to copy an entire human consciousness. Unbelievable, of course, until he delivers the mind of his high school sweetheart on a code cube, asking me to splice it up. Do you remember what happened next?”

Notes From The Author

It's me. I'm the author. They're my notes.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Book Marketing: Having Fun With Your Built-in Audience

I started self-publishing in 2004, and it took me a long, long time to figure out what most authors already knew: you don't market to friends and family. For one, they're often not your target cyberpunk-loving audience. Second, if they do buy your book, it will be because they either love you or genuinely enjoy your work. Either way, it's a limited audience, and your efforts (and money) are better spent elsewhere. But... that doesn't mean you can't tell them you have a new book coming out. And since you're just telling them, and not marketing, you can have a little fun with it.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

November 19, Austin

Packages have been arriving all week, most of them addressed to Bambina Verastiqui, the placeholder name we've given to our daughter. Each box we bring in from the doorstep is a reminder that we are wholly unprepared to bring an infant into this house. And it's not just the easy stuff like decorating her room or building her crib; we really have no idea what it's going to be like with a newborn and a four-year-old in the house at the same time. With less than two months to go, I wouldn't say we're starting to panic, but we definitely aren't at ease, which is a shame.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

10 Signs You're a Rich Man in 2021

No one would argue that income inequality is one of the biggest problems facing the 99%. Billionaires make, well, billions off the backs of hardworking Americans and then use that money to go into space without the decency to stay up there and leave the rest of us alone. Well, it's not all bad news. Thing is, because income levels are so stratified, there's a good chance you might actually be "technically" rich.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Flashes From The Verse: Consortium

A man named Fool watched the jagged, deformed hands scroll by from the backseat of a hired car, the tint on the windows giving the solar collectors a gloomy feel, even as they sparkled like fractal stalks of pure obsidian. None of it had existed in Fool’s day. He gone on countless runs with his abuela to the massive cornfields in the surrounding counties to steal a trunkful of corn. Now all that farmland was gone, replaced by one of the largest solar power collectives in the country, stretching all the way from El Paso to just a few miles west of Tedford proper.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

We Got Covid Tested For Funsies, and It Wasn't Funsies at All

Dom and I don't watch Fox News, so we're fully vaccinated against COVID. Matador isn't, but only because a vaccine hasn't been approved for him yet. Even though he was potentially exposed, he wasn't showing any symptoms, so we didn't freak out too much about him getting sick. Once that initial panic died down, we started thinking ahead to the future.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

5 Reasons To Buy Vise Manor Right This Minute

I can think of no more pressing reason to purchase Vise Manor other than the fact that you have money and I want it. Now, I don't want all of your money. In fact, I want very little of it. I want "the lowest amount of money that Amazon will allow me to sell a Kindle book without giving it away for free" from you.

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the tools I use to make cyberpunk

When I'm doing daily scratch writing, I use Typora.

First drafts are written in Novlr.

I revise and format for print with Word.

All of my graphics and marketing are created in Canva.

I listen to defonic and classical music while I write.