Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. ‘It can’t be real.’ ‘But it is.’ Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell’s third short-story collection.

“5/5: Strange Secrets is Mike Russell’s third short story collection and it is another superb addition to his own genre of surreal, existential and meaningful narratives. Strange Secrets easily solidifies my opinion of Mike Russell being a visionary who is re-defining the term ‘short-story’. Russell manages to infuse so much meaning and imagery into the smallest collection of words, it is hard not to be impressed and inspired… I am fascinated to have read fiction that is so far removed from modern writing, with no recognisable influences or inspirations to be seen. Truly unique.” Always Trust In Books

“5/5: If Rene Magritte had been a writer instead of a painter, he would have been Mike Russell. These stories have the same kind of surreal, dreamlike quality as Magritte’s paintings. I can compare him to Magritte, to David Lynch, maybe even to “The Twilight Zone” to some degree, but really, there is nobody quite like Mike Russell. These stories have a strange beauty and an outlandish wisdom (if that makes any sense). I really think he sees around the edges of reality.” JBarnes

“This short anthology was by far the most inventive thing I have ever read.” Dannii Elle

“Mike Russell continues to show himself to be a creative and insightful writer of unusual short fiction.” Cultured Vultures

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“10/10: Absolutely thrilling! The stories are uniquely strange and enthralling. They’re eerie and captivating. Once you start reading the stories you can’t stop! I think I shall truly forever be a Mike Russell fan, he tends to give me the same dark Tim Burton -esq feels and chills… The book seriously makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It was utterly amazing! And if you haven’t read these books yet, you absolutely should. Like, now.” Bibliophiles Book Blog

“5/5: I loved reading these short stories… During the course of reading every story, your mind is in a state of constant wonder as to what to expect next. These stories are completely unpredictable and keep you on the edge of your seat… Strange Secrets should definitely be on your TBR list.” Bookish Reveries

“5/5: Beautifully strange stories that make you question everything… Powerful, inspiring stuff… No one can spin a strange tale like Russell… Take a daring dive into the Strange Books collection and you will soon start viewing the world from a different angle completely… I can’t recommend these books enough… It’s brilliant writing that brightens the madness surrounding our daily lives.” EJMackay of Bunny’s Pause

“The bizarre and the surreal are explored in this hugely readable collection of short stories – told with great skill and causing the reader to think, wonder, and consider the world around them.” The Page Is Printed

“Bizarre. Weird. Surreal. Eccentric. Odd. Curious. Peculiar. For me, the brilliant masterpiece of Strange Secrets is Missing Persons: A world where ‘death’ is an outlawed word… Russell infuses his writings with outlandish and dreamlike narratives that often mask astute observations of the human world and sometimes, wildly poignant wisdom.” My Bookish Bones Blog

“5/5: The stories are journeys and those journeys are never fully over… Read Strange Stories and you WILL be changed.” BHurt

“I’m gonna be honest, I’m not entirely sure where to begin. I was constantly entertained while being simultaneously deeply unsettled. A particular aspect of Strange Secrets that I wanted to highlight is Russell’s amazing ability to paint such vivid imagery in so few words… I’m having a difficult time thinking of another author today who can achieve the same type of discomfort and mystery in their writing… I recommend this book to anyone looking for an experimental and surreal read by an extremely talented and unique author. I’m looking forward to reading more from Russell in the future” Ashley In Wonderland

“Strange Secrets is the perfect addition to Mike Russell’s strange collection of tales… In the centre of each story there is a grain of truth… As my mind took in double-ended roses and arguing lovers I couldn’t help but think that sometimes strange just isn’t as strange as one might think… My favorite story was ‘Reality’… it left me speechless in its honesty and accurateness… Let the strangeness continue.” Challa Fletcher

“There are so many fantastic, magical, and (yes) strange secrets to discover when you read this book… Like all of Mike Russell’s books, Strange Secrets is simply wonderful. Regardless what the title recommends, this book should not be kept a secret. I believe these Strange Secrets should be shared with everyone. I truly enjoyed reading this book. Mike Russell is a magician when it comes to writing fiction.” Miles Holmes at Goodreads 

“Mike Russell is one of the authors I always say YES without blinking because I love that he brings something different to the table… So, I had to read his latest book Strange Secrets. This time we have 7 stories and each one is unique, strange and somehow magical… I will continue reading his books as long as he keeps writing them.” Ruty B’s Reviews 

“This was certainly one of the most unique books I have ever read. I LOVED IT… If you love unique stories, I recommend this to you.” Nelo

“I truly can’t remember the last time I read a collection of short stories, but I’m glad I read this one! I really enjoyed it… I recommend this collection if you are looking for something unique and mind boggling. This was the first book I’ve read by Mike Russell, but I am curious about all the stories in his other ones now!” Catherine at This Is One For The Book

“Imaginative, magical, and bizarre in all the best ways. Each story had a different element that kept me glued to the pages. SeriouslyI started reading Strange Secrets during my lunch break and I couldn’t pull myself away when my break was over… If you’re looking for something interesting, unusual and thought-provoking, then I would definitely recommend this book to you!” Alexa Reads

“Another fantastic book! I can proudly add this to my growing collection of Mike Russell books!” A Aquino

“I especially enjoyed Arnold’s Melting Foot which is the strangest and most entertaining story I’ve ever read.” Pamela Scott

“Mike Russell continues his brand of offbeat fables in his third collection… The stories in this collection address philosophical questions of epistemology and metaphysics as much as they do moral and existential ones”
Cultured Vultures

“This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s a must-read.” Amirah at Watermelon Reads

“If you are a fan of the Twilight Zone you will love these.
From a double ended leg to a puddle of mystery. Mix that in with a wardrobe of nothingness and a horse-chestnut trees with a hole; where time and perception of anything is turned upside down. Then you have a pile of short stories that get the brain firing.” Luke Bolton

“Strange Secrets is a series of lucid dreams hovering on the line between madness and philosophy… It’s quirky and creative and funny while still having an Orwellian creepiness about it.” Blood Red Velvet Reviews

“These seven stories made me have a new perspective on literature since I didn’t know it could be this strange and interesting at the same time. Very strange, very bizarre and…unique.” Lost In Book Pages

“Have you ever woken up from a dream and been like “Whoa! That was crazy!”? At first the dream doesn’t make any sense but the longer you think about it the more enthralled you are with it. I want to share with you a collection of short stories that have that dream-like quality. You know the one where you can’t stop thinking about it… Mike Russell is an awesome author. His stories are colorful and enchanting. I can’t wait to read some more!” A Girl With A Good Book And Her Dog

Mike Russell’s books have been described as Strange Fiction, Weird Fiction, Weird Lit, Surrealism, Fantasy Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction… but we just like to call them StrangeBooks.