Alaric Cabiling


A native of Manila, Philippines, author Alaric Cabiling's humble beginnings as an author included stints in Richmond, Virginia, pitching articles of a wide variety of topics to online sites and academic journals. Cabiling began writing his first batch of short stories in 2008 but opted to refine said batch of stories until they were ready for publication eight years subsequent to that time. This body of work would wind up in his independently-released, critically-acclaimed debut collection of short fiction, Insanity by Increments, in 2015. This was followed up by another hotly-anticipated collection of short tales called, Redefining Darkness, in 2016. In 2019, he looks to make another splash in dark literary fiction/psychological horror with his forthcoming collection of short stories, The Claws of Perdition. Cabiling doesn't use old horror tropes and redundant themes. Cabiling's fiction is at the forefront of literary psychological horror, utilizing latin magic realism to render your perception of reality askew. For more information on Alaric Cabiling’s titles and a list of links to online retailers where his titles are available (including paperback and hardcover copies), please visit: (alaric dot cabiling dot wordpress dot com)

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started in high school, inspired by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and Shelley. A teacher in my sophomore year recommended that I write down my impressions on Poe's Collected Tales, and I haven't turned back since. I was mesmerized by old Gothic fiction and 90's alternative rock music. Writing became my escape.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Gray Rigorism depicts a day in the life of a teen who contemplates suicide after much difficulty in her life. She gets into drugs, develops depression and struggles to cope with her set of circumstances. It's not a winding plot that features many characters interweaving in different events. It highlights what a day of moral and physical isolation can do to a young woman who is cast into the fringes of society and how the occurrence of suicidal ideation and self-mutilation can accompany many other symptoms of drug addiction and depression.
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Gray Rigorism
Price: Free! Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
A teenage girl develops a drug habit and is forced to leave home. She moves to an apartment in the city but struggles to make a living as she nurses her habit and develops depression. One night, she takes matters into her own hands. Family and friends are forced to accept the difficult lesson that life on the fringes almost feels like living on the razor's edge.

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