R. B. Russell's short story collection, Leave Your Sleep, was published by PS Publishing in 2012.
Information about R. B. Russell:
R. B. Russell has only recently started writing fiction seriously, having previously written lyrics, composed music, and drawn in pen and ink for his own amusement. He runs Tartarus Press with Rosalie Parker from their home in the Yorkshire Dales.
Information about Leave Your Sleep:
If only we would take the time to look a little closer, delve a little deeeper, when ordinary life goes awry, we might find the world more strange and unexpected than we ever could have imagined...
Following on from Literary Remains, R.B. Russell's previous collection for PS Publishing, the twelve stories of Leave Your Sleep concern sex and death, love and loss. Russell allows his characters to disappear, slip into alternate realities, or re-write their own histories. They find they are able to do the most extraordinary things, even though they may not immediately realise it? And who is in control of their actions, or those around them?
In 'An Unconventional Exorcism', why is a young woman who claims to talk to the dead so shocked when her aunt comes back to haunt her? In 'The Red Rose and the Cross of Gold', when an engineer in a crumbling city stumbles upon a messy murder, who cleans up afterwards? And in 'Mathilde', what do lovers do when everyone is against their relationship? These and other questions are explored in Russell's beautifully evocative prose.