18th july 2014: There are plans afoot to film
The Dark Return of Time. It
is to be produced by Ian
Reed, who is known for The Seasoning House (2012),
The Reverend (2011) and The Hooligan Wars (2012). The
script has been co-written by Todd Niemi, Rosalie Parker and R.B.
Russell. A fan page for the film has ben created on Facebook here.
3rd July 2014: A brief mention in The Washington Post by Michael Dirda:
"R.B. Russell’s 'The Dark Return of Time' ... is a short thriller
that opens in a shop selling second-hand books in Paris. What could be
2nd July: Two more reviews for The Dark Return of
"Russell's smart, dark novel is thrilling, sensuous
and memorable." Rick Kleffel, The Agony
"As is customary with Russell's work, the book is a
real pleasure to read due to the elegant narrative style, the allusive
and disturbing atmosphere and the author's ability to question reality
as it appears and to challenge the reader's imagination and knowledge of
the universe." Mario Guslandi, The Gumshoe Review.
28th May 2014: Two new reviews for The Dark
Return of Time:
"Russell is one of those quiet conjurors whose
uncanny moments are often three-quarters-hidden behind a slatted blind
of noonday normalcy." Mark Andresen, The Pan
"While not a
supernatural tale within the strict definition of the term, this short
novel offers the reader a world that is slightly out of kilter, if not
quite that of a nightmare. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes
intellectual thrillers with a touch of the outré." David Longhorn,
27th May 2014: Bloody Baudelaire: A Soundtrack is
now available digitally at Bandcamp.
23rd May 2014: Russell's CD, Bloody Baudelaire: A
Soundtrack, is now
available direct from Klanggalerie. It contains 19
tracks written as a soundtrack to an early edit of
a feature film based on Russell's novella
Bloody Baudelaire. It is a
collaboration with Matt
Howden of Sieben, and is mastered by Andrew Liles from Nurse With
21st April 2014: R.B. Russell's novella, The Dark
Return of Time
, is now available from the Swan River
20th April 2014: Russell's story "The Night Porter"
has been published in Shadows and Tall
Trees, edited by Michael Kelly, Undertow Publications,
16th October 2013: Russell's story
'Brighthelmstone', set in Brighton, has been published in Terror Tales of the Seaside,
edited by Paul Finch.
26th September 2013: Another overlooked review, this
time of the Ghosts CD, from
"A perfect fit to R.B. Russell‘s book, this
soundtrack is quite a delight. The most captivating piece is, oddly
enough, the one with not a single electronic bit in it, the piano-driven
‘Llanfihangel’. If you are unsure about a soundtrack like this working
for a book, start with this one ..."
25th September 2013: Russell's short
story 'Loup-garou' has been translated into Spanish by M
12th August 2013: A couple of reviews
for Leave Your Sleep, not
'Leave Your Sleep is a collection that lingers on your mind for a long
time after reading it. Because the stories are hauntingly beautiful and
unforgettable, and the prose is amazingly good, it's easy to say that
this collection is speculative fiction at its best.' Risingshadow.
'I’ll admit: I wasn’t able to guess
the endings of these tales. And for me, that’s enough to recommend this collection.'
19th March 2013: R.B. Russell's story
"At the End of the World" is now available in Shadow's Edge, edited by Simon
Strantzas. Unfortunately there is a printing error that means that a
part of the first line of the first story is
4th February 2013: R.B. Russell's story "The Paschal
Candlestick", set in the Yorkshire Dales, is published in
Dark World. All profits from this new
collection of ghost stories will be used to help the Amala Children’s
Home, funding a three-week working trip in July 2013, and being donated
directly to the cause.
12th December: Michael Dirda contibutes an article
In Praise of Small
Presses at The American Scholar and writes that Russell is
"One of our best writers of unsettling
8th December: A good notice of Ghosts
appears at the
Review. Mark Andresen notes that it is "an excellent
introduction to this writer's work"
6th December: A
positive review for Leave Your
Sleep from Mario Guslandi at Bookgeeks. He
concludes"...the collection is a feast of classy, subtly disturbing
fiction graced by a polished, stylish prose, terrific dialogues and
5th November: Last night in Toronto, Ray
Russell (along with Rosalie Parker) received the World Fantasy Award for Tartarus
4th November: A new
printing of Ghosts is now available direct from
Swan River Press. It comes with the accompanying cd.
25th October: In advance of a full review
in Supernatural Tales, David Longhorn writes
Leave Your Sleep on his blog here.
18th October: Leave Your Sleep is now available from
The Ghosts video presentation was
shown at the opening of the Dean Clough Galleries last
10th September 2012: A new short
story acceptance can be reported, for publication in 2013. "At the End of the
World" will be published in Shadows Edge, edited by Simon Strantzas, by
1st September 2012: Russell's new short
story collection, Leave Your
Sleep, will be available
in October from PS Publishing. It is now available for
6th June 2012: Variety
notes the filming of Bloody
4th June 2012: Filming of Bloody Baudelaire starts today in Cape
Elizabeth, Maine. It has the working title Backgammon.
31st May 2012: Ray Russell's book
collecting videos have been recommended by Michael Dirda in The Washington Post. Dirda also says
that ‘[Russell is] among the leading
practitioners of classic supernatural
15th May 2012: R.B. Russell has been
interviewed by John Kenny at the Swan River Press website here.
23rd April 2012: On the
23rd March the Ghosts CD
was launched with a video presentation at the Xi Cafe &
Bar, Vienna. All of the videos are on youtube and can be seen here.
24th January 2012: The Ghosts book and CD package is
now sold out. However, the CD can be purchased indididually using the
Paypal button below, and a copy will be sent from the UK via R.B.
Russell at the Tartarus Press. Each copy is £12, post free worldwide,
and will be sent out early
3rd January 2012: February will
see the publication of Ghosts by
R.B. Russell, comprising a book published by the Swan River
Press in Dublin, and a CD on the Klanggalerie label in
The book will be an omnibus
volume collecting Russell's out of print debut collection "Putting the
Pieces in Place" and the novella "Bloody Baudelaire". This omnibus
edition will include a new introduction by Mark Valentine, and will come
with a CD of Russell's music (which will also be available seperately
Pre-orders for the book and CD
package are now being taken by the Swan River Press .
The Ghosts CD
contains 12 songs composed by Russell (eight instrumental tracks, and
four with vocals by Lidwine. A video sampler can be found
In other news, Bloody
Baudelaire is still due to be filmed by 3:1 Cinema in the
USA, with filming now due to commence February/March
Toxins, edited by John Smith, has recently been reviewed
by Peter Tennant in Black Static: "R.B. Russell gives us
a forbidden love affair in ‘Mathilde’, with the hapless Bernard
sacrificing everything for the eponymous femme fatale, only nothing is
quite what it seems in this obliquely written romance and death itself
has a role to play. Russell touches on the hopelessness of desire when
transmuted into obsession, and how our expectations keep us chained in
place, the narrator having become as spellbound as Bernard prompting a
spectral intervention at the height of the
24th November 2011: R.B. Russell's debut album
will be released in February 2012: “Ghosts” is the soundtrack to the
writings of British author, R.B. Russell. The songs are composed
and arranged by Russell, and vocals for a number of songs are provided
by Lidwine, whose voice is the perfect complement to the
music. “Ghosts” will be available in February 2012 as a
stand-alone CD from Klanggalerie, and also as a limited
edition set with the book “Ghosts” (which reprints his first two
publications, “Putting the Pieces in Place” and “Bloody
9th November, 2011: R.B. Russell will be
interviewed by David Sillitoe today on Radio Four's Today programme, as a part of the
feature on Murmurations, the RSPB anthology, and
will read an excerpt from "The Beautiful
16th October, 2011: Ray Russell
reports that, with great regret, he has withdrawn The Dark Return of Time from Ex
Occidente Press. The publisher has stated that all pre-orderes for
this title will be refunded. It is hoped that the material which was
intended for this box set will be published elsewhere, in due
October 12th, 2011: Bloody Baudelaire has now sold
13th December: This thursday
R.B. Russell is interviewed in The Unsettled
Dust, on Radio 4. Screenwriter Jeremy Dyson praises
the supernatural stories of British author and conservationist Robert
Aickman and argues they should receive greater recognition for their
contribution to literature.
September 28th, 2011: The Nightjar
Press chapbooks receive a positive review here and The Beautiful Room is described as "a
terrific short story".
September 23rd, 2011: A fine review of Literary Remains in Dead Reckonings #
10: "...readers are held spellbound by Russell’s elegant
2011: Three new short stories are due to be published in forthcoming
anthologies this autumn:"The Restaurant San Martín" in This Hermetiic
Legislature, edited by Dan Ghetu and Dan Watt (Ex Occidente
Press), "The Beautiful Room" in Murmurations: Uncanny Stories
About Birds, edited by Nick Royle (Two Ravens Press), and "The
Bridegroom" in Haunts: Reliquaries of the Dead, edited by
Stephen Jones (Ulysses Press).
22nd July 2011: A
fine review of Literary Remains can be found at
The Stars at
Noonday: "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."
19th July: The
Master in Cafe Morphine, a tribute to Mikhail Bulgakov, has been
published, containing "The Exquisite Process of Gala Gladkov" by R.B.
16th July 2011:
Bloody Baudelaire has been optioned for a film by 3:1 Cinema in the
USA, with filming due to start later this year.
Fantasy Society review The Beautiful Room very positively
27th June 2011:
Russell's The Beautiful Room is shortlisted in the British Fantasy
2011: In The Best Horror of the Year 3, Ellen Datlow writes: "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... The ten stories, eight
new, are all well worth reading."
"The Beautiful Room" receives an
"honorable mention" in the book.
17th June 2011: Mario
Guslandi on the SFSite reviews Delicate Toxins very positively and
says, " 'Mathilde' by R.B. Russell, a beautiful, odd love story with
an elusive but touching ending, stands out for its excellent narrative
style and terrific dialogues."
9th May 2011: "The Beautiful Room" (currently
available as a limited edition chapbook from Nightjar Press) will be
included in Murmurations later this year, edited by Nicholas Royle
with all proceeds going to the RSPB. Other authors include Daphne du
Maurier, Anna Kavan and Russell Hoban.
14th April 2011: Delicate Toxins, an anthology of
stories inspired by Hans Heinz Ewers, is now available from Side real
Press. It contains "Mathilde" by R.B. Russell.
17th January 2011: The Eloquent Page have reviewed
The Sixth Black Book of Horror and in discussing their personal
highlights of the collection mention Russell's "An Unconventional
21st December: Peter Tennant describes "An
Unconventional Exorcism" as "a delightful black comedy... There are
some great characters here, a witty writing style and a great twist at
the end" in his review of The Sixth Black Book of Horror in Case Notes
for Black Static.
10th December: Peter
Tennant recommends both Literary Remains and The Beautiful Room in the
new issue of Black Static.
9th December: "Mathilde" by R.B. Russell will be
published in the Side Real Press anthology, Delicate Toxins in the New
17th October: A great review of Literary Remains
in Supernatural Tales 18: "a 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
11th October, 2010: Sarah
L. Covert at She Never Slept has favourably reviewed Bloody
Baudelaire: "This book defies categorization, as most good books do.
It is equal parts gothic horror, mystery, romance, strange tale, and
more. Bloody Baudelaire is a memorizing tale that deserves to be read
slowly as one sips on a glass of aged wine, enjoying each sensation it
brings with adoration and awe. I would recommend this novella to
anyone who enjoys strange tales, dark fiction, or well written stories
with great characterization."
9th October, 2010: Eight
illustrations by R.B. Russell which have previously appeared on the
jackets of Tartarus Press publications are on display now in the Link
Gallery at Dean Clough. They are displayed alongside the artwork of
Stephen J. Clark and the show continues through to January
9th October: A Russian review of The Beautiful
Room says that it is "highly recommended".
8th October: A Russian
review of The Sixth Black Book of Horror describes "An Unconventional
Exorcism" as "elegantly written.
7th October: The
importance and power of recommended reads, by Peter
2nd October 2010: A
positive review of "The Beautiful Room" by Paul Magrs
28th September 2010: Des
Lewis in his real-time review that he "LOVED this story" of "Decision"
by R.B. Russell from Never Again.
21st September 2010: A first review of "The
Beautiful Room": "...a stunning little story, simply and
understatedly, as well as artfully, told." - Simon Marshall-Jones,
20th September, 2010: "The
Beautiful Room" is now available from the Nightjar Press for only £3.
Also available is Never Again, a collection containing Russell's story
September, 2010: R.B. Russell will be at the Halifax Ghost Story
Festival on Saturday 30th October at the Dean Clough Galleries.
Tartarus Press will be hosting a number of events 11am-1pm in the
In addition, 7-9pm in the Viaduct cafe, Russell
will be appearing with Jeremy Dyson, who is taking time off from his
new West End production of Ghost Stories, to talk about Robert
24th August 2010: "In
Hiding" from Putting the Pieces in Place has received a nomination in
the World Fantasy Awards.
2010: Another Perspective, a new collection of stories by R.B. Russell
will be published by PS Publishing in Spring
2010: A chapbook of Russell's short story "The Beautiful Room" will be
launched by the Nightjar Press at Fantasycon, run by the British
Fantasy Society, 17–19 September, 2010, at the Britannia Hotel,
2010: The table of contents is annonunced for Never Again, along with
a facility to pre-order.
2010: "Decision" by R.B. Russell will be included in the forthcoming
anthology Never Again, published by Gray Friar Press in September
2010. Edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane, the book is an attempt to
voice the collective revulsion of writers in the weird fiction genre
against political attitudes that stifle compassion and deny our
collective human inheritance. All profits made from sales will be
donated The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and
2010: A positive review of Literary Remains in Rue Morgue #
2010: Another good review for Literary Remains, this time at Hyraxia,
the book collecting website.
Literary Remains reviewed by Paul Charles Smith.
Literary Remains reviewed by The Supernatural Fiction
1st June 2010: A
good review at Tales from the Black Abyss: "A fine collection at times
reminiscent of Machen, Aickman, Ligotti and others but always with
that unique R.B Russell style."
31st May 2010: A pre-review from
Supernatural Tales suggests that Literary Remains is "...a remarkable
26th May: Another
positive review for Literary Remains at The Grim Blogger: "This
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. "
26th May: A good review of Literary
Remains at Risingshadow.net: "...strangely beautiful prose . . .
compelling stories. "
May 2010: A new review has just gone online at Bookgeeks, written by
Mario Guslandi: "...all the stories are elegantly written, clever,
classy tales apt to delight the reader throughout the whole
10th May 2010:
All previously ordered copies of Literary Remains have now been posted
by the publisher.
2010: A great review of The Sixth Black Book of Horror by Mario
Guslandi at Horrorworld singles out "An Unconventional Exorcism"
saying: "...by far the most accomplished piece in the book, is a
perfect, delightful tale, very elegantly written."
30th April: An honourable mention for R.B.
Russell in the Campaign for Real Fear competition for the story "Don't
25th April 2010:
Despite the suggestion that Literary Remains is now available (made by
the author himself!), there has been a delay as the jackets and covers
have been reprinted. (The publisher considered them too dark.) It will
be ready to ship any day now...
In the meantime, the collection
has recently been subject to a "real-time" review by Des Lewis on his
Weirdmonger blog. (He has also just completed a "real-time" review of
Putting the Pieces in Place)
Also recently published is the story
"An Unconventional Exorcism" by Russell in The Sixth Black Book of
Horror. There have been a couple of positive reviews of the collection
from Colin Leslie at Tales from the Black Abyss and by the
indefatigable Des Lewis.
March 2010. Literary Remains will be launched on Friday 26th March at
5pm in Bar Rogue at the Royal Albion Hotel as a part of the World
Horror Convention. All attendees welcome! The trade edition will be
available from that date, and the traycased, limited edition shortly
21st February: Putting the
Pieces in Place is described by Ellen Datlow in The Best Horror of the
Year Volume II as: "...an excellent and very satisfying debut." She
also favourably mentions Russell's contribution to Cinnabar's
6th February 2010: A very good
review for Putting the Pieces in Place from The Speculative Fiction
Junkie: "The hallmark of these stories is their subtlety. Putting the
Pieces in Place is a wonderful debut from an author who is among those
leading the way in blending horror and the strange tale."
"Looking for Somebody", a poem by Ray Russell has just been published
in Staple # 72, the Music Issue.
2010: The new collection of short stories by Ray Russell, Literary
Remains, is now available for pre-order from PS Publishing as a trade
hardcover, or a signed, traycased hardcover. The provisional
publication date is May 2010.
2010: Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year and "Loup-garou" have
been positively reviewed at Michael Lambe's Blog.
17th January: R.B. Russell will be attending the launch and
book signing of Black Book of Horror # 6 at the World Horror
Convention on Friday 26th March. The latest volume in Charles Black's
series contains Russell's story "An Unconventional Exorcism". He will
also be appearing on the "We Are Not Worthy" panel on Thursday night,
discussing literary influences. More World Horror Convention news to
11th January 2010: Ellen Datlow's
Best Horror of the Year has been very positively reviewed in Locus.
R.B. Russell's contribution" is described thus: " ‘Loup-garou’ is a
wonderfully disarming and original story that offers a thoroughly
original exploration of the shapeshifter theme in an otherwise
ordinary marital relationship."
December: Ex Occidente Press are now shipping copies of Cinnabar's
Gnosis, a tribute to Gustav Meyrink, which includes the short story
"The Red Rose and the Cross of Gold" by R.B. Russell. Their next
anthology, The Master in Cafe Morphine: A Homage to Mikhail Bulgakov,
will contain Russell 's new tale "The Exquisite Process of Gala
27th October 2009: A starred
review in Publisher's Weekly for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the
Year describes R.B. Russell's “Loup-garou” as "a highly original
shape-shifter story with a subtle psychological
22nd October 2009: A great review
of Bloody Baudelaire from The Grim Blogger.
18th October: A positive review of Bloody Baudelaire
from the Speculative Fiction Junkie.
October 2009: The first review of Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the
Year has been spotted. The Bibliophile Stalker says: " 'Loup-garou' by
R.B. Russell feels like it's another of those stories that uses the
horror trope about a rare film, but actually presents a unique take on
it that makes this feel refreshing." Copies will be available very
2009: Russell's story "The Red Rose and the Cross of Gold" will be
published later this month in Cinnabar's Gnosis, to be published by Ex
Occidente Press. Also forthcoming before Christmas is "Company", which
will be published in Supernatural Tales 16.
The collection of short
stories, Literary Remains, is now due to be published some time in
1st September 2009: A perceptive review of Bloody
Baudelaire at Highlander's Book Reviews.
Another good review for Bloody Baudelaire at Publishers
A great review from Mario Guslandi at The Zone for Bloody
2009: Bloody Baudelaire received a positive reaction from Des Lewis in
one of his real-time reviews. Strangely, the story "Literary Remains",
recently published in Postscripts 18, is described by The Fiction Desk
as having something of M.R. James about it.
2009: A perceptive review by David Longhorn of Putting the Pieces in
Place has just been published in Supernatural Tales
2009: Another great review for Putting the Pieces in Place just in.
This time from Andy McQuade in Gorezone.
2009: A positive review for Putting the Pieces in Place just in from
Mihai Adascalitei at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews.
2009: Above is the newly released cover artwork for Ellen Datlow's The
Best Horror of the Year, containing "Loup-garou" from The Werewolf
2009: The song "It Is There" was played on Stuart Maconie's The Freak
Zone yesterday evening on BBC Radio Six. The show is available online
for the next seven days here. "It Is There" is played 18 minutes and
20 seconds into the show. The song is by R.B. Russell, with vocals
(and vocal arrangement) by Lidwine, who also plays the autoharp on
this particular track.
2009: Many thanks to Simon Unsworth for the appreciative review of
Putting the Pieces in Place on his blog.
4th May 2009:
"Literary Remains" is now available in issue 18 of Postscripts from PS
Publishing. It has to be admitted that the interior artwork is a
24th April: "Loup-garou", which was first
published in The Werewolf Pack in 2008, has been chosen by Ellen
Datlow for her Year's Best Horror anthology, to be published later in
12th April: Putting the Pieces in Place is
reviewed favourably in Rue Morgue magazine this month where it is
described as a "superb collection".
5th April: The poem "On Chaldon Down", previously
published in Staple, has been reprinted in the Powys Society
Newsletter, No 66, March 2009.
22nd March, 2009:
A small number of reviews and comments have been received for Putting
the Pieces in Place. The publisher, Ex Occidente, report that the
first run of 400 copies has just about sold out.
15th March, 2009:
A few pages have been created with information about the writing of
R.B. Russell. The author can be contacted here via email