Insane-O-Tron is a hilarious trip into the absurd and surreal, with stories about a family-themed TV show gone wrong, inter-species dating, a talking haircut, trick-or-treating with a candy wizard, magical dancing ponies and an earwig’s day trip to the gutter. These stories are insane!
Insane-O-Tron is a collection of six short stories about unexpected characters in crazy situations, with plenty of action, adventure, Sci-Fi, fantasy, friendship, family and romance.
The title story, Insane-O-Tron, is about two best friends, one a man, the other his haircut, thrown into the middle of a plot to stop humans from ever existing. As they battle a lunatic scientist and his fast food employees, they attempt to travel back in time seventy two million years in order to save their future.
In The Family Family the former golden boy of TV comedy, Scott Scotterson, is tasked with reviving a failing TV show, by turning its family-themed plots, from wholesome and boring, into crude, over-the-top insanity.
Mallard Quackenbush explores the anxiety and paranoia of a father as his only daughter prepares to go on her first date with a duck.
Terry is the story of a small plastic pumpkin and his best friend Billy Skids. It’s a tale of friendship, of bullies and the glory of Halloween.
In The Perfect Day, Ernie the earwig takes a summer’s day trip to the warm, scum infested water of the gutter.
Brave Pony pits an awkward and socially outcast pony named Gooch against the deadliest threat Pony Land has ever known: a fire breathing dragon.
Nick Alverson lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their rescue dog. He writes stories with fun characters, set in crazy and absurd situations.
Nick's writing is like riding a roller coaster in the dark with a piece of the track missing. You'll never predict the twists and turns and eventually the car is going off the rails.
Writing is his passion. He does it everyday. He does it every weekend. He's probably doing it right now. Nick has a lot of stories in his head trying to get out.
Insane-O-Tron is his first book. He's also written screenplays and is currently working on a new book of short stories and a novel.
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Wow! Insane-O-Tron by Nick
Alverson is just what the title says…Insane! There are some writers out
there that leave me in awe in terms of their creativity and just trying
to figure out how their minds work. Based on this book, I would
definitely say that this is true of author Nick Alverson. Each of the
six short stories in his book took me on a wild ride of adventure, humor
and even a few warm fuzzies. Even the character names (Fruitcup Smith,
Mallard Quackenbush, Ms. Crabenscab) made me giggle, not to mention the
author’s creative way of re-naming common trademarked items like
“Murcedes Bents” cars and the Timeosaurs from “Cretaceous Park.”
Insane-O-Tron is a wild romp of a book, from the first of the six shorts
to the last. You'll laugh and be intrigued by all of the stories. Never
in my life did I ever think I would read a story about an earwig named
Ernie, but I'm glad I did! I think many readers would love it, but it
might have a special appeal for young men who love adventure, goofiness
and humor all at once. When reading Nick Alverson’s work, I frequently
found myself marveling at the inventive way he twisted and turned his
tales. He is a true creative, a story-teller for sure. If I had to sum
up all the stories in Insane-O-Tron in one word, that word would be FUN!
Read and enjoy at your own risk!