Carolyn R. Russell, Author

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Death and Other Survival Strategies

Forthcoming in 2023

A midwife and her talking horse stumble into the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. A recent college graduate meets her fairy godmother in the powder room of a fancy nightclub. A young boy confronts a terrifying family secret.

Carolyn R. Russell’s cross-genre collection of flash explores the far realms of our most basic instinct. Adaptation and resilience vie with expedience and desperation in stories that cut a wide swath across the vagaries of how humans (and non-humans) respond to uncertainty.

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★★★★★ “A riveting mystery that unspools a sensational mix of humor and adventure.” Elizabeth Lorayne, award-winning author of Piratess Tilly

Something very creepy is going on inside the Eco Trooper Club's gloomy warehouse.

Quinn Bard has been forced to join a club at her high school in the new town she hates. Her first meeting leaves her questioning her sanity.

In the Fullness of Time

In a future where people joyfully arrange their own deaths, a young woman battles the consequences of a biotechnology gone horribly wrong and the cruel theocracy that enforces a sinister solution.

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The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen

The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen offers detailed analysis of the filmmakers' first seven feature films. Written for both fans and scholars, the book is an entertaining take on the Coens' unique brand of double vision.

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About Carolyn R. Russell

In addition to “Death and Other Survival Strategies,” forthcoming in 2023, Carolyn R. Russell has authored two novels, “In the Fullness of Time” and “Q & A.” Her volume of film criticism, “The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen,” is a highly readable analysis of the directors’ early work. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been featured in numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, Eunoia Review, 3rd Wednesday, Litro Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Club Plum Literary Journal, Microfiction Monday Magazine, The Ekphrastic Review, Orca: a Literary Journal, Bridge Eight, and Lowestoft Chronicle. Carolyn lives on and writes from Boston’s North Shore.   


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Find Carolyn R. Russell's Books

Death and Other Survival Strategies, Q&A, and In the Fullness of Time can be found through Vine Leaves Press, in bookstores, or at Amazon.

The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen can be found in bookstores or at Amazon.

A note about this site's music!

You have the option of listening to Carolyn's favorite classical piece, "Aquarium," by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saens. It's one of the fourteen movements of his iconic suite, "Carnival of the Animals," written in 1886. Enjoy!