The First Ambassador to Crustacea, my science fiction, comedy novella about psychic crabs and renegade lobsters is fully funded! You have until June 30th to back the project and get some sweet rewards like signed copies, stickers, mugs, salacious yeti photos, and more. Please check out the link and help support my writing! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/macashton/the-first-ambassador-to-crustacea
The Nick Ventner Adventures
M.T. Roberts, Author of Ghost in the Grass
“I honestly haven’t had this much fun reading a book in the past twenty years.”
“A delightfully layered, pulp-inspired, booze-fueled adventure up a mountain.”
Rellim Reads, Book Reviewer
“The humor is a bit over-the-top at times, but Ashton Macaulay completely owns it in the writing and it makes for a superbly gratifying experience.”
Matt of Team Redmon Reads, Book Reviewer
“It’s a weird mix of Supernatural, Uncharted, and Indiana Jones that shouldn’t work but it does.”
Nick Ventner’s life is one big, drunken adventure. Monsters, myths, and legends are just paychecks, and the occasional run-in with old friends is never as friendly as it should be. In Book 1, Whiteout, Nick sets off for the Himalayas, searching for a creature long thought extinct, the yeti. Aside from the deadly challenge of the mountains themselves, Nick encounters cannibal cultists, underground bazaars filled with strange, magical entities, and even distortions of reality itself. Luckily for him, he always carries a full flask and an apprentice to do the dirty work while he drinks it.
Whiteout is the first in a three-book series, The Nick Ventner Adventures. Book 2, Downpour, is out now, and Book 3, Maelstrom is currently in production. Currently, Whiteout (#1), Downpour (#2) one novella are available for purchase with a third book in progress. 50% of profits from signed books and e-books purchased direct through my shop goes directly to a selection of rotating charities. Or you can purchase copies anywhere digital/physical books are sold. To Support local book stores, please purchase through Book Shop! You can click the image below to get there.
My latest novel, Downpour (Book 2 in the Nick Ventner Adventures) is now out in paperback and e-book! Author, Nick Dorsey says: “Ashton has crafted a funny, inventive, and often booze-soaked tale chock full of magic and monsters. Nick Venter is what you get if you take Indiana Jones and strip away his morals, skills, and accountability. Rarely has traveling to hell and back been this much fun.”
I take most of my inspiration from a lifelong anxiety disorder that has constantly tried to convince me the world revolves around my death. Writing about death-defying situations with a humorous bend has helped me cope and produced what I feel are some interesting stories. In an age filled with plenty of non-fiction to keep us grounded, I’m trying to create literature that transports readers away to the big adventure novels of old and pokes fun at just about everything that goes bump in the night.
I currently live in Seattle with a true menagerie of two cats, and two dogs. They are featured frequently in everything I do, be it typos in my work, or strange photoshops to use as my website header. Thanks for reading, enjoy this image of my dog, Louie.