Thursday, December 15, 2016

Interview with IndieReader

I spoke with the staff of IndieReader about my influences as a literary author.  Please share this with family and friends.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Indie Reader Recommends Insanity By Increments in Short-list

IndieReader recommends Insanity By Increments as part of its short-list for books to read for Halloween.

Many thanks to Joe Sutton for the mention.

"Insanity by Increments is an apt title, as the thick tension will encourage you to pace yourself a bit, rather than gobble up all the stories in one sitting.  This book of short stories isn’t overwhelmingly horrific; it leans more towards classic Hitchcock than it does Nightmare on Elm Street.

Cabiling’s macabre stories carry a dark tone, perfect for fans of suspense, psychological horror and mystery. Start reading now, savor it through Halloween, and save a story or two in the dark, wintery months ahead."

Sunday, November 20, 2016

An Excerpt from My Upcoming Collection of Poetry, Drowning in Sanguine Dreams

Here is an advance peak at my latest poetry collection slated for release in 2018 called Drowning in Sanguine Dreams. It's a tribute to my Dad.  It was very painful to write, but I hope you like it.

All these years, you’ve cast me in the clay of your shadow.
But, I seemed to love only myself.

My world was an antinomic array of colors.  Your world was stringent lines, and tetrahedrons.
I once made you guess where I could have been, never where I should have been.  Why?  Why, Dad?
Why did I give you a hard time?

Now that you’re gone, there’s no noose hanging lazily around my neck, waiting for its turn at being fastened tightly.
Now that you’re gone, I’m more unhappy than I’ve ever been.

Romance is such a waste of time.  Finding friendship in an open handshake and an acrimonious split by text message.
Family never calls sacrifice sacrifice. Family never expects forgiveness. You taught me that.
I could never tell you I loved you face to face, but I always have, no matter how hard I tried to hide it.
Now that you’re gone, there’s an insufferable emptiness devouring everything that made me whole.
Until I become the void itself that consumes my soul.

Seeing you there, sprawled on the ground, EMS trying to save you, pounding at your heart, willing it to live…
When I had broken it long ago.
Did it ever occur to me that I could lose you?  Did it ever dawn on me that you could go?
Now that you’re gone, shadow and light roll into one everlasting twilight, and hither I roam, searching like a young lamb seeking his shepherd.

For years, it was you, me and Mom.
No one else.  Christmas just the three of us. A nucleus.  An indestructible atom.
Yet I took you for granted.  I never said how much it hurt that you never bragged about me to our other relations.  You’d talk about my brothers, my sister.

But you gave so much of yourself to me.  You didn’t leave because you loved us.
We’re family.  We’ll always be.

Dreams are quiet when I ask you to come.
Sleep is restful.  I have nowhere to run.
Daylight is miserable.  Night time worse.  Splendor is a memory.  But, we’ve been through worse  than people could put us through.
Never as much as it hurts to lose you.

In a world where I was wrong, you defended me.  At an age when I am expected to stand alone, you lifted me up.
Now that you’re gone, the world is a barren husk.  A cavity in my chest carries nothing.
For I am nothing.
I was nothing.
Until you brought me into this world and called me your son.

Promote Literary Advocacy

In the wake of new technology bringing more than its share of trouble in modern-day society, more than ever, writers and readers everywhere need to spread the word about literary advocacy. Encourage your children to read.  Better yet, read to your children.  Buy them books, or gift cards from bookstores this holiday season, instead of gadgets and toys that often endanger more than help them. Literature enriches lives. The classics are vital for well-educated, well-rounded citizens who participate in the democratic process.  This past election, we can already see a trend in the decline of literary advocacy leading to a further decline in the importance people put on education. Spread the word. Talk about literary advocacy. Reading a book IS better than watching a movie. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Thank You to Readers Everywhere.

It's still surprising to me that Insanity By Increments has been so well-received, so I want to thank all the reviewers, promoters and readers who came out to support Insanity By Increments.  In light of reviews naming Insanity By Increments my best work so far, I am humbled and thankful for a stout literary audience, even in this day and age.

Thank you.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Five signed paperback copies of Insanity By Increments are now available on Member Giveaway at Library Thing.  Visit LibraryThing, start an account and enter to get a chance to win.  Visit LibraryThing for more details.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Announcement: New Hardcover and Paperback Versions

It's been quite a year and a half for Alaric Cabiling.  Having launched his career in writing and publishing with the release of 2009's The Darkest Day, his next effort, Insanity By Increments, has given strong indication that he will continue to be successful in future efforts. With the positive response to Insanity By Increments, Alaric has launched the new hardcover and paperback versions for hardcopy lovers.  The hardcover copy is case laminate 6" x 9" and the paperback copy is 5" x 8".  Both quality prints and enticing for their covers and formats, it has never been a better time to acquire a copy of Insanity By Increments!  Look out for more updates!

Monday, July 11, 2016

IndieReader recommends Insanity by Increments in Detailed Review

Insanity By Increments has just been featured on IndieReader's Book Reviews section.  Please see the link below to read their interesting commentary on Insanity By Increments.

"INSANITY BY INCREMENTS is a disquieting but irresistible view into love and relationships gone wrong."

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cat Shannon, Amazon Reviewer, Reviews Insanity By Increments

Cat Shannon reviews Insanity By Increments. Read the review below. Many thanks to Ms. Shannon for her kind words.

"This is a quick but well thought out book of short stories demonstrating how well (or poorly) people react and manage troubling situations in their lives. Some cope, some crumble and some seem still in the dark. We’ve met and may even know these people, but Cabiling takes us inside and wastes no time delivering the punch to the gut that accompanies many complications in life. Each empathic tale will touch you." - Cat Shannon

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Insanity By Increments awaits another review, this time by publishing vanguard IndieReader, a review site that specifically reviews independent releases.  Updates and news to follow!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book Review: Poppy Z. Brite - Wormwood

Check out my first book review for Nine Circles featuring Poppy Z. Brite's spellbinding collection of horror fiction entitled, Wormwood.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Insanity By Increments Kindle Edition Giveaway

Please follow Alaric Cabiling on for a chance to win one of three copies of Insanity By Increments Kindle Edition.  Click on this link for more information:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway: Three copies of Insanity By Increments Paperback

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Insanity by Increments by Alaric P. Cabiling

Insanity by Increments

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Giveaway ends May 07, 2016.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Insanity By Increments Goodreads Giveaway

Insanity By Increments Goodreads Giveaway is pending for an April 25 start.  Simply enter for a chance to win a free signed copy of Insanity By Increments, Stories, by emerging author Alaric Cabiling. More details to come.  Goodreads Page:

Thursday, March 17, 2016


The follow-up to March 2015's critically-acclaimed Insanity By Increments is coming soon in eBook format.  The eBook format of Redefining Darkness, Stories is slated for release by the end of March.  Stay tuned to the official Blog of Redefining Darkness, Stories:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Publisher's Weekly features Insanity By Increments

Please check out Publisher's Weekly February 22, 2016 edition of their newsletter.  They are featuring Insanity By Increments in the Self-Publishers' section.  If you have never checked out PW, subscribe to their newsletter.  There are tons of helpful articles and great titles!

Monday, February 8, 2016

My Review of Emma Straub's Other People We Married

Emma Straub is a fine author, and Other People We Married is rich with her subtle but persuasive talent.  There's humor in every turn.  Every detail is almost alarmingly perceptible through her keen observation of everyday life.  She's articulate without sounding like a textbook, or a medical dictionary.

The language is hardly spare, drifting between everyday ease and profound articulacy.  Her characters are richly depicted and her scenes are so vivid, only a picture would prove to be better.  Somehow reading her prose gives a more thorough, complete existence than immersing yourself in actual experience.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Author Alaric Cabiling will soon have his second collection of short fiction entitled Redefining Darkness available for pre-order in eBook format in March 2016.  Stay tuned for the official blog and more announcements, excerpts and updates.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Enjoy Reading This Excerpt From Insanity By Increments

I smiled at the boy, and he just looked at me. His mother tapped him on the arm and asked him to come with her towards my direction to sit at a nearby table, and then it happened.

He yelled, ”I don’t want to! Leave me alone, damn it!”

So, I thought, he isn’t a particularly nice boy. So what? The discrepancy sometimes shocks me. In comparison to my own childhood upbringing, it was a great dissimilarity that left me wondering what exactly could have been done about something that was doomed from its incendiary beginning. What went wrong from that point on? Everything.

But I had come to blame myself for not being strong enough to fight a man I was never meant to fight, never expected to stand up to, rise up against … so what was the glaring truth of the present moment that I tried hard to deny?

That nothing could have been done then, any more that can be done now that everything was gone.

My Review of Junot Diaz' This Is How You Lose Her

Junot Diaz was a new name to me when I discovered his enticing collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her.  I immediately thought that the stories would have been heartbreaking based on the title, but don't think for a minute that failed relationships is all there is to this book.

This Is How You Lose Her was vastly entertaining, and I was really intrigued with Junot Diaz' colorful, poetic but confident prose.  The first story, The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, immediately drew me in, and Diaz doesn't disappoint in this collection.  One by one, the stories enthralled, sending me rolling on the floor laughing while feeling deeply empathic for the characters at the same time.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

One More Review for Critically-Acclaimed Insanity By Increments

It was a great book to curl up with in front of the fireplace with and just get lost in! I’ve read several short story collections in the past and while I usually enjoy them as I like the shorter length and the tighter focus on a singular plot, I enjoyed this book as a whole, and thought each story was as good as (if not better than) the one before! It’s hard to pick a favorite from the collection, as each was good and unique in its own right, but it was probably “Return to Desolation”. Great writing and characterizations, and I will definitely be checking out works from Mr. Cabiling in the future. (4 stars) - Stacy, Indie Book Reviewers

Friday, January 22, 2016

More High Praise for Insanity By Increments!

This was a lovely read that I got through in the course of a few hours. I like reading short stories on occasion to switch it up from my normal routine, and because I feel that when done right they can affect you in a different way than a long book or novel can. Overall I found the writing quality to be superb, and I was truly impressed with the amount of amazing word choices Cabiling managed to utilize in such a short amount of space. I really enjoyed the writing and the atmosphere of each one, even though they are a bit on the darker side. I really liked the stories “The Illusion of Progress” and Frailty” because to me those spoke to me the most.  An interesting and eclectic collection, but all unified with strong, beautiful writing and a sense of deeper emotion. Highly recommend. (4 stars) - Steph Coleman

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Another Five Star Review for Insanity By Increments!

I love reading short stories and these ones by Alaric Cabiling were some of the best I’ve read in a long time! I love the author’s easy and graceful use of powerful words to paint each situation and give deep imagery beyond compare. His writing is very descriptive and pulls you in. Some of the stories were sad, some dark and snarky or funny, and some just… were. Loaded with skillful literary prose. The editing was flawless. The stories were all very interesting, and different from one another, and I liked how they deliver a strong emotional punch and ask the deeper questions – forcing us to look at life through a different filter for a while.  It’s a fast read and has some darker themes, but a quality collection that will appeal to fans of lit fiction. (5 stars) - Jenna, Indie Book Reviewers

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Samantha of Indie Book Reviewers Reviews Insanity By Increments

“Insanity by Increments” was great!  It is a collection of literary short stories, and the style is difficult to master, telling a compelling ‘story’ in not only a short amount of time and space, but doing so where the words create the artistic message and the actual narrative and prose is just as important and powerful than the actual point of the story itself. This is not easy to do, but it seems that Alaric Cabiling pulls is off with an elegant ease that makes you just want to keep reading more and more. Loved these stories, especially “Omens of Winter” and “Dulcinea”. But all were deep, moving, and atmospheric, and had their own theme. Even the ones I didn’t *really* love (or understand) were still exceptionally well-written. Would definitely read more from this author in the future! 
(4-5 stars) Samantha, Indie Book Reviewers

Friday, January 15, 2016

Another Glowing Review of Insanity By Increments

I generally reserve my more effusive praise for long, epic novels that I feel have completely consumed me and hijacked my brain and soul for a time, not usually shorter books that I read in an evening. But today I will be making an exception with “Insanity by Increments” by Alaric Cabiling, a short story collection that tells of different lives of people in state of change, and some with dark circumstances reflective of human nature. Yet even the darker stories are somehow beautiful, poetic and touching. I was surprised by the amount of emotion and investment the author manages to pull from the reader in just a few pages. Sign of a gifted writer there. Would love to read more. (5 stars) - Carla, Indie Book Reviewers

A Superb Review of Insanity By Increments

1      For me, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break a book/story and my enjoyment of it. I need to hear originality and know that the author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but is telling his story in a whole new way, whatever that story may be. I feel like I can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I’ve read my fair share of books from authors who are ‘trying’ to emulate better, more accomplished authors. What impressed me the most here was that I thought that Alaric Cabiling’s writing style was authentic, genuine, and very well written, and imparted such moving, haunting tales in such a short amount of time….