R.B. Russell

Death Makes Strangers of Us All

Swan River Press, 2018

 

Short story collection

 

Contents:

"Night Porter"

"At the End of the World"

"Brighthelmstone"

"Death Makes Strangers of Us All"

"The Man Who Missed the Party"

"It’s Over"

"The Mighty Mr. Godbolt"

"One Man’s Wisdom"

"Afterwards"

"The Ghosts of Begbie Hall"

"Acknowledgements"

 

"She loved to dream, although she knew that the experiences conjured by her unconscious mind were inherently unreliable."

 

At the edges of everyday life, on geographical boundaries and in the margins of society, certainties and realities can wear thin. And if we find ourselves in such occult and outland territory late at night, we might glimpse phenomena out of the corner of our eye that cannot possibly be there. At such times even the past, apparently fixed and unchanging in memories and dreams, cannot be relied upon.

 

But what happens if we find ourselves passing beyond even these frayed perimeters of life? Can others follow us, or are we on our own? And just where will our final journey take us? How can we perceive or understand the changes that death will bring?

 

The book can be ordered here.

 

Reviews:

 

'a fine collection of remarkable stories told in a captivating ... fashion.' -- Mario Guslandi at The Horror Review

 

Michael Dirda in the Washington Post recommends Death Makes Strangers of Us All, calling Russell a contemporary master of the literary weird tale. He writes: 'the disorienting title story of R.B. Russell’s superb Death Makes Strangers of Us All (Swan River) takes us into an “unreal city” straight out of Kafka or Borges.'

 

Copyright Tartarus Press, 2018