science fiction

First Look: Vise Manor, Vaught Residence, Interior, Day

There's a well-known rule that if you intend to publish traditionally, you should never, under any circumstances, post excerpts of your manuscript on the...
Daniel Verastiqui
1 min read

Flashes From The Verse: Ash In The Tunnels

The tunnels in the lower levels were always dark and smelled of chalk. There was something about the dust in the air that made...
Daniel Verastiqui
8 min read

Flashes from the Verse: The Ghost of Shoalwood Avenue

The email was from Daemon78756. The subject was Anomaly, and the message body contained nothing but an address. Scott selected the address—2811 Shoalwood Ave—and...
Daniel Verastiqui
9 min read

Merry Christmas. I got you a book.

A little elf told me you've been very good this year. You washed your hands. You wore your mask. You kept six feet away...
Daniel Verastiqui
33 sec read

Flashes From the Verse: Trace’s Main Gig

Rider made good on his promise of a proper beer, returning to the table with two glasses filled to the brim with dark, almost...
Daniel Verastiqui
8 min read

You Can Get a Book for a Buck on…

It's that wonderful time of year again when millions of Americans wash their hands, put on their masks, and sit down at their computers...
Daniel Verastiqui
1 min read

Providence by Max Barry: The Sarcastiqui Review

It has been a month since I finished reading Providence by Max Barry, and I still can't stop thinking about it. On the surface,...
Daniel Verastiqui
3 min read

Flashes From the Verse: Trace’s Side Hustle

If it hadn’t been for the bright green signs calling out the exits for the city of Holliday, Trace Butler might have driven right...
Daniel Verastiqui
7 min read

Flashes From the Verse: The Holy Network

Nobody hung out in the break room of the tech shop on Level 3, mostly because it smelled like plastic. More accurately, it smelled...
Daniel Verastiqui
7 min read

Flashes from the Verse: Sunday Morning Tremors

At first, Clyde thought it was just the weather, something about the barometric pressure dropping as a storm slid down over the mountains. The...
Daniel Verastiqui
7 min read

Now Available: Brigham Plaza

In the midst of one of the most nightmarish years in my lifetime, I am releasing a new book. If I were a patient...
Daniel Verastiqui
1 min read

Diving Head First Into the Shallow Pool of Amazon…

I independently published my first book in 2004, and since then, I've tried all sorts of services and gimmicks to turn them into best...
Daniel Verastiqui
7 min read