R.B. Russell

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R.B. Russell

R.B. Russell is an English publisher,[1] editor, author,[2] illustrator,[3] songwriter,[4] and film maker.[5]


Russell runs the award-winning Tartarus Press with Rosalie Parker, and for many years compiled the Guide to First Edition Prices.[6] As an author he has had four collections of short stories, three novellas and one novel 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,[7] and "The Beautiful Room" for the 2011 British Fantasy Award.[8] Michael Dirda has described Russell as "...among the leading practitioners of classic supernatural fiction".[9]

His novella, Bloody Baudelaire, has been filmed by 3:1 Cinema with the new title Backgammon and was released 2016.[10]

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.[11] His first solo CD, Ghosts,[12] was released by Klanggalerie in February 2012. The accompanying video presentation was premiered in Vienna in March 2012,[13] and was subsequently shown at Dean Clough Galleries October 2012.[14] Dean Clough Galleries presented The Romance of Shortwave Radio Numbers Stations as a video installation in 2018.[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.
  • Death Makes Strangers of Us All, Swan River Press (Dublin, Ireland), 2018.


  • Bloody Baudelaire, Ex Occidente Press (Bucharest, Romania), 2009.[18]
  • The Dark Return of Time, Swan River Press (Dublin, Ireland), 2014.
  • The Stones are Singing, PS Publishing (Hornsea, East Yorkshire), 2016.


  • She Sleeps, PS Publishing (Hornsea, East Yorkshire), 2017.

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]
  • The Romance of Shortwave Radio Numbers Stations, Persepolis, 2016.[21]


  • Backgammon, 2016 (co-scriptwriter)
  • Coverdale: A Year in the Life, 2016 (co-director/producer)[22][23]
  • Robert Aickman: Author of Strange Tales, 2015 (co-director/producer)[24]
  • Current 93: Live at Halifax Minster, 2014 (co-director/producer)[25]
  • Collecting Vinyl Records: A Personal History, 2012 (director/producer)[26]
  • A Mild Case of Bibliomania, 2011 (director/producer)[27]

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.


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