Ernest Russell- Author
ernest russell- author
Ernest Russell is joining Pro Se as a new author out of Dallas, TX. His first published piece, “Daily Options”, is found in When the Shadow Sees the Sun: Creatives Surviving Depression. His work has appeared in several volumes of the literary journal Violet Windows and in Monster Mayhem: An Anthology of Monstrous Proportions. There is more to come from Pro Se Productions.
Some of Ernest’s favorite genres are science fiction, horror, steampunk, fantasy, and history. Vincent Price, Jules Verne and H.P. Lovecraft are among his inspirations. When he is not writing, Ernest has an eclectic set of hobby skills ranging from electronics to leather working. Ernest is an avid table-top and board games player, still getting in some RPG (preferably GURPS, D&D or Call of Cthulhu) whenever possible.
What You now hold in your hands is more than just a book. It is the realization of a concept of a brilliant creative mind that recognized certain things in himself, dark things. Things he thought he might not overcome. He conceived this idea, partly in jest, but more in earnest desire. A book focused on creative souls who experience depression and struggle with horrors that they exorcise by putting them to paper, but just can’t always let go of that way. He wanted there to be a book out there for creatives (and others who might benefit) by creatives to address the struggles so many endure and to offer ways to cope, to deal, and to move on. To overcome.
He had one proviso. In case he didn’t beat back his own demons, he didn’t want the book full of stories about him or his life. And we honored that request, in all but the introduction.
Logan L. Masterson lost his battle with what plagued him on March 29, 2016. And this book, his idea, is now a reality, to help bring to light the issues creative souls do endure, many similar to anyone else, some unique to our own little family. All proceeds from this book will go to a variety of charities, local as well as state and national, to promote suicide intervention and prevention as well as to assist with working through and surviving depression, with a focus being on those who are artists, writers, performers, etc. affected by this.
In these pages, You will find souls torn open for Your reading. Hearts shattered so You can see the pieces we work with, what fires us to take each step every day. And words of hope blooming out of fountains of despair. Please, read, take from it what you will, and if the possibility is there, share this book with others until the cover is falling off.
And make no mistake. This book is about and because of Logan L. Masterson.