R.B. Russell's first novel.


It is 1989 and Lawrence Moore has left University and is working in a record shop. He has written a series of lyrics that have come to the attention of Richie Young, a faded pop star attempting to make a come-back. The lyrics are inspired by dark and unexplained events from six years before, when Lawrence had been at school: a disappearance, a suicide and a hit-and-run. When the record is released Lawrence is accused of exploiting these tragedies and is attacked by the newspapers as well as by friends and family.


The past returns to haunt Lawrence Moore, but the attendant publicity also brings developments...


A murder mystery with the slightest hint of the supernatural, this is R.B. Russell’s first novel.


Published September 2017. The book can be ordered here, an excerpt read here, and a youtube trailer watched here.





'[A] cleverly wrought crime thriller.'  Publishers Weekly


'...the much-anticipated first novel from an author widely admired for his strange tales.' Washington Post


'Russell's elegant but effective prose ... leads the reader with ease through the many twists of the plot making the novel an engrossing and quite enjoyable reading experience.' Gumshoe Review


'Beautifully written, as always.' Nicholas Royle


'This is a delightful novel, gripping in its way and posing important questions about the role of art in our lives, then leaving the reader along with everybody else to puzzle out the answers that fit. I loved it.' Peter Tennant, Black Static

About R.B. Russell


R.B. Russell is a publisher, co-running Tartarus Press with Rosalie Parker. He writes novels, short stories and non-fiction, and composes music.


As an author he has had four collections of short stories, three novellas and one novel published. His story 'Loup-garou' was chosen for Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year. 'In Hiding' was nominated for the 2010 World Fantasy Award, and 'The Beautiful Room' for the 2011 British Fantasy Award.


Michael Dirda has described Russell as '...among the leading practitioners of classic supernatural fiction'.


Russell's novella, Bloody Baudelaire, has been filmed by 3:1 Cinema with the new title Backgammon and was released 2016.[10]


Russell is also a songwriter, having previously composed songs released by The Bollweevils. His first solo CD, Ghosts, was released by Klanggalerie in February 2012. The accompanying video presentation was premiered in Vienna in March 2012, and was subsequently shown at Dean Clough Galleries October 2012. Dean Clough Galleries presented The Romance of Shortwave Radio Numbers Stations as a video installation in 2018.

Copyright R.B. Russell, 2020