Ray Russel: Haunted Castles Review

1 Mar

-For the Uncensored

With many new authors, I don’t usually find them, they usually find me. Ray Russel, for those who don’t know, is an American horror story writer that is most famous for Sardonicus. It’s almost in my obsessive curious nature to reject an author at first because of how the popularity machine can kill a writer with marketing, but with unknown writers, there’s a quiet curiosity that spurns fans that go unnoticed by the mainstream. He was born in Chicago in 1924, but his career was from 1961 to his death in 1999, in Los Angeles California.

Apparently his book, “The Case Against the Devil” was ten published ten years before the Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty, was written and popularized exorcisms. Plagiarism is not only bound to one section of entertainment, but maybe the books were written years apart, and Blatty had no idea. But while this information is present and out in the open, Haunted Castles, published by Penguin Classics, is probably the best collection of stories that you could start with Ray Russel’s story’s to me, provide some rather earthly out of the world nature in a very well written and less opaque way that Lovecraft relished in. Lovecraft probably shares more with Joseph Conrad, and with Stephen King’s plagiarizing ass giving Ray Russel the credit he deserves. Russel’s intricately woven stories fascinating details that nobody else could have done.

Sardonicus is the most famous of the stories, as if you read it without even thinking about it, you could miss out on a lot of character development.  

            Horror, like every genre, is rooted to the physical as well as the spiritual. Much of Ray Russel’s prose is rather fairly simple to understand, and the accessibility of Russel proves that you don’t need esoteric words to make fiction more interesting. Thomas Ligotti seems to share more with Lovecraft than Ray Russel has with Stephen King. Stephen King is overrated, and after you read a bunch of Stephen King, you seem to get it.            

Ray Russel seems like a writer you would want to pick up a few years later. Ray Russel will definitely have a good resurgence, and it’s a good escape from thinking about the world. Only give Ray Russel a second read if you have only read him once.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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