Daniel I. Russell

Daniel I. Russell has been featured publications such as The Zombie Feed, Pseudopod, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Author of Samhane, Come Into Darkness, Critique, Mother’s Boys, The Collector, Retard, and Tricks, Mischief and Mayhem. His latest novel, Entertaining Demons, was released in 2017 with Apex Book Company. Daniel lives in Western Australia with his partner and four children, and is so very, very close to completing a BA in psychology and counselling.

Entertaining Demons (Novel Excerpt)

Molly lay in bed, listening to a distant gate slam back and forth, rattling in its moorings. The rain echoed on the roof and struck the window. In her younger years, she’d found a storm comforting. She’d be snug and safe while the elements raged outside. In this house, the relaxing pitter-patter of the rain failed to soothe.

Entities of Modern Evil

Writers like to play around with the concept of evil, don’t we? Think of some of the great antagonists: Sauron and Voldermort in their quests for total power and dominance; the criminal mastermind of Professor Moriarty; even the endless hunger and carnage of Benchley’s Jaws. Most definitions of the word evil state immorality and wickedness as the main concepts. But is it for the writer to deem if a character is wicked … or the reader?