Jay Kerschner has always been a storyteller. Even before being able to type, he dictated stories to his parents, who struggled valiantly to catch and record every word in writing.
Now, years later, his first widely published endeavor is The Parasomnic Chronicles, a collection of stories grown out of the possibilities he saw in countless fantastical realms but rooted, as ever, in the real world and in his own interests in such things as music, art, and the course of human culture and evolution. Even though these tales may all occur in a far and foreign place, they come from a part of him closer to the heart than he had ever imagined possible.
The Parasomnic Chronicles is an ongoing collection of stories by Jay Kerschner. Each story in the Chronicles is a standalone tale, allowing them to be read in any order, yet they all take place in a single fantastical world. It is a place home to creatures both fae and fell, where ancient relics are rivaled by technological marvels, and where dreams only come as the rare visitations of magic and heavenly beings. But more than this, the stories which make up the Chronicles are about us: The human condition, as seen through a thousand inhuman eyes. A theme as vast as the range of all possible stories, yet serving as the underlying link that ties the Chronicles together. And so, in support of that theme and the possibilities it offers, the Chronicles does not limit itself to any one genre or style of writing.
It’s a daring rescue attempt on the high seas. In this action-packed short novella from The Parasomnic Chronicles, see through the eyes of a cruel pirate captain, a cook who’s in over his head, a captive yearning for her home, a warrior from beneath the waves, and a malevolent creature that thrives on pain. Few will survive…
When Captain Harland and his crew are stranded on an uncharted island, their only chance for survival lies in a strange and seemingly abandoned ship. But there is something beyond human understanding on board, and few who hear its call can keep from falling to madness… or worse. The Death of Us is a short tale of lurking horror that touches upon a strange, unknowable entity.
In this whimsical tale, the city of Cloverfall rejoices when a solitary tinker crafts a wondrous mechanical girl. The child, however, is flawed, and when she is stolen away she may never find her way home – if she can even remember it. The Little Clockwork Girl is a short “children’s story for readers of all ages” from The Parasomnic Chronicles.