THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM
Nightjar Press, 2010
Stapled chapbook, limited to 200 numbered, signed copies.
When a couple discover that they different tastes in accommodation, one turns a nightmare into a fantastic opportunity...
"The Beautiful Room" was shortlisted in the British Fantasy Society Awards and was been given an "honourable mention" in The Best Horror of the Year 3, edited by Ellen Datlow. An excerpt was read on BBC Radio Four by the author in November 2011.
"...a terrific short story" - The Speculative Scotsman
"Subtlety and ability to gently disquiet and unnerve the reader, wrapped in a classy, polished wording" - Mario Guslandi, The British Fantasy Society
"...remarkable for...the way in which Russell manages to convey so much of human nature in so few words..." - Peter Tennant, Black Static
"R.B. Russell's poignant and fantastic story narrates how ordinary house-hunting can take us into the beautiful room of our dreams and nightmares: the room where love is lost and found and lost." - Jennifer Clement
"...a stunning little story, simply and understatedly, as well as artfully, told." - Simon Marshall-Jones, Beyond Fiction