iDream Ice-Cream iScream (Edward Lear meets The Usual Suspects)
Shhh… Can you hear it?
There’s a rustling in the undergrowth.
Can you see it now?
Somehow familiar yet… it’s long and sinuous and menacing.
Strange… it looks like a poem… but it’s alive – it bites.
Enjoy the whimsy while you can. Innocence doesn’t last.
Meet a few of the cast:
Scarface – a gangster who knits scarves
Marsha – a marshal partial to martial arts
Weeny Todd the Barber – let’s just say he has an edge
A couple of dogs :
Jack (the Ripper) – a bitter splitter of hares
Hooch – a duty-free spirit
Some tasty Welsh rabbits
A bee with a lisp
…oh yes, the devils.
A simple night’s sleep. Just the usual movements and sounds outside. The sleeper dreams…
Enter his dream… a narrative in which a world of menace – natural, supernatural and unnatural – gradually unfolds within a whimsical stream of (often distorted or inverted) events and references from life, books and films.
(By the way, I am looking for an illustrator, as I am considering an illustrated version of "iDream".)
“I seem to have spent my life passing from one room to another, closing the door behind me.” For Alex Russell a breach birth in 1951 was the first hint that all was not well with his world. Being subsequently bred and bored in a council house in Long Ashton, a village near Bristol in the south-west of England, confirmed it. The fourth child of a factory foreman, he gained a scholarship to Bristol Grammar School and then went on to university in Birmingham. After he graduated (in Sociology and Politics) he spent a very memorable period in Franco’s Spain, following which he became an archaeologist, and after that worked on drilling rigs in Britain and in Germany. Returning to the South-West, he taught woodwork in a centre for deaf-blind people. Following another degree (in Design Technology) he taught in schools and colleges for some years before leaving to become a self-employed designer and maker of furniture. In 2005 he moved with his partner, Jane, and their two oriental cats to a mountain in central France—but that, as they say, is another story... …Recently he has also published “A Russell in the Undergrowth”, a compilation of short stories based on his experiences in France.