"The stories in this collection are, to be sure, effective
taken individually (I first read "Loup-garou," an unsettling story that
has less to do with werewolves than you might imagine, in an anthology,
and very much admired it). But read as a cohesive whole,
preferably in one sitting, they reveal a profound awareness of human
drives and limitations, an understated but very real sense of the large
and small tragedies that characterize our lives. Literary Remains is dark fantasy of the first order." - Brendan Connell,
The Stars at
- PS Publishing
- (publication 26th March 2010)
- In this collection love and loss tear at the
fabric of everyday life and distort reality. What was once objectively
familiar is tainted by uncertainty, and soon everything becomes subtly
and terrifyingly altered. In "Loup-garou" a young man watches his own
past re-enacted as an avante-garde French film. In "Llanfihangel"
memories of the past are shown to be incorrect and misinterpreted. In
Russell's stories even the present appears to be open to
- When those around you insist that they see the
world differently at least you can argue with them. But when you
realise that you cannot rely on your own senses then the world becomes
a terrifying place indeed.
- "Literary Remains"
- "An Artist's Model"
- "Una Furtiva Lagrima"
- "Another Country"
- "Blue Glow"
- "A Revelation"
- "Where They Cannot Be Seen"
- Available as a trade hardcover (£15/$24)
in a signed, traycased edition (out of print)
- "Literary Remains by R. B. Russell (PS) is the
second collection of stories by a writer who in the past few years has
been making a name for himself with his well-written weird and dark
fiction, although he's still better known for being the publisher of
Tartarus Press. The ten stories, eight new, are all well worth
reading." - Ellen Datlow,
The Best Horror of the Year
"...readers are held spellbound by Russellís
elegant prose." - Dead Reckonings #
is an engaging and enjoyable collection from a writer whose work,
through the power of suggestion implicit in each text and the oblique
narrative strategies, brings to mind that of Aickman, perhaps crossed
with some of the more adventurous strands of European cinema." - Peter
Tennant, Black Static
worthy successor to R.B. Russell's first collection, Putting the Pieces in Place. It should appeal to those who
enjoy well-crafted short stories in general, and strange stories in
particular." Peter Bell, Supernatural Tales 18:
remarkable read..." - David Longhorn, Supernatural Tales
collection sets the bar high for himself, not to mention future
authors, but also ensures a special place for his fiction in the
contemporary weird's bright future. " - The Grim Blogger
- "...strangely beautiful prose . . . compelling
stories. " - Risingshadow.net
- "...all the stories are elegantly written, clever,
classy tales apt to delight the reader throughout the whole volume..."
- Mario Guslandi, Bookgeeks
fine collection at times reminiscent of Machen, Aickman, Ligotti and
others but always with that unique R.B Russell style." - Tales from the Black
shall also need to seek the 'sold out' Putting the Pieces in Place, another anthology by RB
Russell (Ex Occidente Press) because I now feel I want to be a RB
Russell completist! - Des Lewis, Weirdmonger