SHORT REVIEWS OF PS PUBLISHING'S NEW BOOKS
Here's short reviews of PS Publishing's new books. All these books are good entertainment for adult readers. I can especially recommend R. B. Russell's wonderful and fantastic collection, Literary Remains. It's a fascinating collection.
PS Publishing has once again done their best to produce quality books.
R. B. Russell: Literary Remains
R. B. Russell is probably an uknown writer to several readers, so here's some information about him:
R. B. Russell has written lyrics, composed music, and drawn in pen and ink for his own amusement. He's only recently started writing fiction seriously. He runs an independent publishing house, Tartarus Press, with Rosalie Parker from their home in the Yorkshire Dales.
Literary Remains contains the following ten stories:
- Literary Remains
- An Artist’s Model
- Una Furtiva Lagrima
- Another Country
- Blue Glow
- A Revelation
- Where They Cannot Be Seen
R. B. Russell's Literary Remains is a fine collection. It contains elegant and beautiful stories. These stories aren't exactly horror, but some of them can be called horror. I probably shouldn't try to categorize these stories, because accurate categorization is a bit difficult. These stories contain several different kind of elements.
To be honest, I was surprised with the quality of Russell's strangely beautiful prose. I was fascinated by his compelling stories. For example "Llanfihangel", "An Artist's Model", "Another Country" and "Literary Remains" are simply wonderful stories.
If you're looking for something different to read, please read this collection. You'll probably like it very much.
Ray Bradbury: Long After Midnight
Ray Bradbury's classic collection, Long After Midnight, gets a special treatment from PS Publishing.
Long After Midnight is a well-known collection to Bradbury fans (and other readers), because it was first published in 1976. It was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. I think it's great that PS Publishing has decided to publish it again, because this edition contains beautiful black and white drawings. I'm sure that they'll please Bradbury fans.
This edition contains an introduction by Ramsey Campbell and the following stories:
- The Blue Bottle
- One Timeless Spring
- The Parrot Who Met Papa
- The Burning Man
- A Piece of Wood
- The Messiah
- G.B.S.—Mark V
- The Utterly Perfect Murder
- Punishment Without Crime
- Getting Through Sunday Somehow
- Drink Entire: Against The Madness of Crowds
- Interval in Sunlight
- A Story of Love
- The Wish
- Forever and the Earth
- The Better Part of Wisdom
- Darling Adolf
- The Miracles of Jamie
- The October Game
- The Pumpernickel
- Long After Midnight
- Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You
- I Rocket (previously unreleased material, only in the deluxe edition)
The cover art (The Witches' Sabbath by Francisco de Goya) looks very good. It's a beautiful painting.
Long After Midnight is an excellent collection of Ray Bradbury's stories. He's a storyteller, who entertains his readers with different kind of stories. In my opinion this collection contains many of his best stories. I think it could be said that Long After Midnight is like a treasure trove of different kind of literary pearls.
If you're a Bradbury fan, you'll love this illustrated collection. If you haven't read Bradbury, but you're thinking of reading his novels and stories, this collection is a good place to start, because these stories are interesting.
Ray Bradbury: The Machineries of Joy
Ray Bradbury's another classic collection, The Machineries of Joy, gets also a special treatment from PS Publishing.
The Machineries of Joy is also a well-known collection to Bradbury fans. It was first published in 1964. It contains several interesting stories.
This edition contains an introduction by Neil Gaiman, an appendice (correspondence) and the following stories:
- The Machineries of Joy
- The One Who Waits
- Tyrannosaurus Rex
- The Vacation
- The Drummer Boy of Shiloh
- Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!
- Almost the End of the World
- Perhaps We Are Going Away
- And the Sailor, Home from the Sea
- El Dia de Muerte
- The Illustrated Woman
- Some Live Like Lazarus
- A Miracle of Rare Device
- And So Died Riabouchinska
- The Beggar on O’Connell Bridge
- Death and the Maiden
- A Flight of Ravens
- The Best of All Possible Worlds
- The Lifework of Juan Diaz
- To the Chicago Abyss
- The Anthem Sprinters
This is a fine illustrated collection and it'll please Bradbury fans. These classic science fiction stories will be of interest to several readers.
Joe Hill: Horns
Joe Hill's Horns is an interesting and entertaining horror/dark fantasy book. I think it's a book which will either appeal to you or it'll annoy you (I personally find it interesting and entertaining, although it isn't exactly my kind of horror). Horns is a dark, funny and entertaining book, which entertains the reader for a couple of hours, which is nice. In other words, it's good and harmless entertainment for speculative fiction readers.
The story is interesting – it offers some interesting moments for the readers. The main characer is an interesting character, because he has horns protruding from his head. This is an original idea, because there aren't many similar stories. In my opinion Joe Hill combines strangeness and originality in a good way.
The cover art by Vincent Chong looks beautiful (Chong's art always looks good).
(Note! Horns has also been published by a different publisher, but the normal edition differs from PS Publishing's edition.)