R.B. Russell

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R.B. Russell is an English publisher,[1] editor, author,[2] illustrator[3] and songwriter.[4]


Russell runs the award-winning Tartarus Press with Rosalie Parker, and for many years compiled the Guide to First Edition Prices.[5] As an author he has had three collections of short stories and a novella published. His story "Loup-garou" was chosen for Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year. "In Hiding" was nominated for the 2010 World Fantasy Award,[6] and "The Beautiful Room" for the 2011 British Fantasy Award.[7] Michael Dirda has described Russell as "...among the leading practitioners of classic supernatural fiction".[8]

His novella, Bloody Baudelaire, is currently in production as a film by 3:1 Cinema with the new title Backgammon.[9]

He compiles the reference book, a Guide to First Edition Prices, which is now in its eighth edition and has been described as an extremely valuable book.[10][11] The present edition gives the values of over 50,000 sought after books.

He contributes artwork to Tartarus Press titles, and a selection of his art was on display at the Link Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax, 2010/11.

Russell is also a songwriter, having previously composed songs released by The Bollweevils.[12] His first solo CD, Ghosts,[13] was released by Klanggalerie in February 2012. The accompanying video presentation was premiered in Vienna in March 2012,[14] and was subsequently shown at Dean Clough Galleries October 2012.[15]

Russell was the co-creator of C.W. Blubberhouse with Mark Valentine.


Guide to First Edition Prices

  • Eight editions, Tartarus Press, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2010.

Short stories

  • Putting the Pieces in Place, Ex Occidente Press (Bucharest, Romania), 2009.[16]
  • Literary Remains, PS Publishing (Hornsea, East Yorkshire), 2010.[17]
  • Leave Your Sleep, PS Publishing (Hornsea, East Yorkshire), 2012.


  • Bloody Baudelaire, Ex Occidente Press (Bucharest, Romania), 2009.[18]
  • The Dark Return of Time, Swan River Press (Dublin, Ireland), 2014.

Collected Edition

  • Ghosts, Swan River Press (Dublin, Ireland), 2012. (Contains Putting the Pieces in Place and Bloody Baudelaire. Available with Ghosts CD in a limited edition.)



  • Ghosts, Klanggalerie (Austria), 2012.
  • Bloody Baudelaire: A Soundtrack, Klanggalerie (Austria), 2014.[20]

Further reading[edit]

  • "An Interview with R.B. Russell", by John Kenny, Swan River Press Interviews May, 2012.
  • "An Interview with R.B. Russell", by Jason Rolfe, Bibliomancy Tuesday, 7 February 2012.
  • "An Interview with Ray Russell", by Everett Bleiler, Fantasy Commentator, Winter 2001-2002, pps.97-100.
  • "Uncollected Characters of the Book World: 5", by Victoria Hyde-Greene, Antiquarian Book Monthly, May 1999, pps8-9.


  1. ^ Tartarus Press website
  2. ^ isfdb entry
  3. ^ Illustrations by Russell
  4. ^ Discogs entry
  5. ^ "Review" by Robert McCrum, Literary Editor, The Observer, 14/11/99
  6. ^ World Fantasy Awards 2010
  7. ^ British Fantasy Awards 2010
  8. ^ Dirda's Reading Room, The Washington Post, May 2012
  9. ^ IMDb entry
  10. ^ Robert McCrum, Literary Editor, The Observer, 14/11/99: "An extremely valuable book..."[full citation needed]
  11. ^ Rare Book Review, Feb/March 2006: "A 'must have' for your reference library."[full citation needed]
  12. ^ Discogs entry for Talk To Me
  13. ^ Ghosts page at Discogs
  14. ^ Ghosts CD and videos launch
  15. ^ What's On at Dean Clough
  16. ^ Ellen Datlow, The Best Horror of the Year, Night Shade Books, 2010, p.21.
  17. ^ Peter Bell, Supernatural Tales 18, Autumn 2010, pp3 82-83.
  18. ^ Publishers Weekly, 25 August 2009.
  19. ^ "A Bird Was Learning Its Song," by Adrian Tahourdin, Times Literary Supplement, 21 May 1999.
  20. ^ Bloody Baudelaire: A Soundtrack page at Discogs

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