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Weird and wonderful stories for all that ails you. 
Strange Medicine is a fantastic collection of extraordinary tales of transformation.

“Russell’s stories are humorous, engaging and poetically direct…With considerable aplomb, Russell tackles heavy subjects such as death, sex, relationships, and the human desire to conform… His pithy style makes for an enjoyable quick read that sticks with you for days and leaves the reader to ponder those deeper topics that are all too often pushed below the surface of our day to day lives.” Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

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“Extremely imaginative and quite brilliant.” Advocate Of Books

“The short stories of Strange Medicine are bizarre and enchanting. This is magical realism at its best, its most intriguing and unsettling.” Rustling Reads

Strange Medicine takes Mike Russell’s work to another level… This is a book that should proudly sit on anyone’s shelf as it is a brave and personal effort that just works and everyone who has read it agrees. Mike Russell tries something new and it breaks my heart and mends it over and over… Full of meaning and emotion, with an awesome front cover to go with it. Great Stuff.” Always Trust In Books

“They say you must never judge a book by its cover, but some books like to bend the rules, and Strange Medicine is certainly one of the game-changers. Its simple yet wacky stories are oddly brave… The title sums up the book perfectly; it’s a quirky little collection of short stories, some of which are very (wonderfully) odd indeed. I enjoyed reading these tales… they were funny and charming. Mike Russell seems to have mastered the art of throwing absurdities onto paper, but keeping his writing bright and interesting at the same time.” Cultured Vultures

“Strange Medicine is a wonderful collection of delightfully weird and strange short stories. Even Alice couldn’t imagine anything this strange when she fell down the rabbit hole. Strange Medicine is a must read for all connoisseurs of weird and wonderful things that challenge the limits of the mind!” The Faerie Review

“I raved about Mike Russell’s first book, ‘Nothing Is Strange’ last year and this new collection blew me away as well. These stories are entertaining but they also make you think – and may even make you question reality. Reading this book gave me the same feeling I have when looking at the work of such artists as Renee Magritte, M.C. Escher or Salvador Dali. Mike Russell does with words what they did with imagery. It’s amazing and completely, wonderfully bizarre stuff!” Jeff Barnes

“This collection of undoubtedly strange fiction made me think of both dystopian worlds and Alice in Wonderland!” Tacita French for GeekLyfe

“This will knock your socks off!” Seraphina Moon

“Weird, but in the best way possible” The Book Nook

“I sunk my teeth into it and came out of the other side enlightened! Mike Russell sure can write thought-provoking and strangely satisfying stories.” 5ft2review

“A truly fantastic book! Once again, Mike Russell has demonstrated the power that short stories can have. I will always treasure these stories.” Miles Holmes

“Each story is creatively woven together, a true artist with words… The characters and their stories make you realise that there is so much more to life, the world, the universe in fact than we dare to imagine.” EJMason

“Each and every story is unique and comparable to nothing else out there. Russell brings on the strange, the bizarre and the totally mind-blowing!” AReneeHunt

“I LOVED this book…Mike Russell has mastered the art of making this wonderfully odd short story collection so entertaining that I could barely peel myself away from it. Story after story introduced one surprise after another.” CL Smart

“Short, quirky and extremely strange… these stories are truly bizarre and take you on an original, creative ride.” Spiralbounds

“I found myself snort laughing on the train home from work at the unexpected absurdity of the first story; a nice touch for the book, but not so much for the appearance of my sanity to the other passengers.” SammiKM

“Unlike anything I’ve read before… Strange Medicine offered a unique experience.” OuterNerd

“It’s just one of those books that’s so intriguing you just need to carry on reading more.” SWorthington

 “The writing is really good and the author is very talented… Each story has its own charm and is incredibly unique and original.” Quoth The Book Lover

“The powers of both imagination and communication on display here are impressive. It’s truly bizarre, surreal and even shocking in places, but always easy to read and very enjoyable… Over the course of just a few pages, you are led to a point where something outrageous can make sense and be believable. In many ways, I found it a highly transportive read and affecting experience. To me, Mr Russell seems to have a unique voice and something important to say.” BHurt

“The back cover says that these are ‘weird and wonderful stories for all that ails you’, and not only are they weird, they’re downright odd, offbeat, and strange, making them just what the doctor ordered…I always look forward to Mike Russell’s work, he’s so out there that it’s refreshing.” Oddly Weird Fiction

“These intriguing short stories are delightful exercises, surely therapeutic and enjoyable, too. There is a simplicity and ambiguity that is immediate and profound.” JFCross

“It packs a punch much heavier than its size.” Michael at Goodreads

“Strange Medicine blew me away… If you want to teleport into a few weird, fantastical stories, try Strange Medicine and see where it takes you… 141 pages of fun, horror, humour, and thoughtfulness. I had no idea where this book would take me (and I’m still not quite sure where it took me) but I’m so happy with the journey I found myself on. Mike Russell has an extensive imagination. I’ve never read a short story collection with such a wide variety of characters…  If you are convinced that short stories are not for you, I urge you to try this book; it’s very different from anything else I’ve read.” Hedgehog Book Reviews

Strange Medicine is the book for you if you’re tired of reading the normal stuff and wish to try something fresh.” Regina Foo

“5 out of 5 stars… Very well written short stories… Each story represents abstract conceptual problems in tangible, concrete ways. I would really recommend this book.” Thoughts In Books

“The first pages completely blew my mind… This book contains 8 surreal stories, some funny, touching but most of all: weird! They make you laugh, think and question reality.” Rob

“Like nothing else I have ever read before.” Holly’s Book World

“If you are into the unusual… then this is for you.” KeithRGR

“Give this medicine a try and be amazed at the form the cure takes – inspiration, invigoration and a fresh perspective on the world!” Whittaker

“Brilliant. A genuine work of genius.” CPouncer

“Unashamedly weird but really wonderful.” Charlie Edwards

“What a ride and what a devilishly fun and diverse collection of stories. Each one progressively weirder and stranger than the next.” Hanaa at Goodreads

“Deliciously weird” Jeyran Main at Review Tales

“Hand on heart, I’ve never read anything like this in my life…I think Russell has to be appreciated for going completely outside the box, not sticking to populist writing conventions and creating something truly unique.  I will never forget reading this book.” The Book Reviewer

“I was gripped.” Constantly Caffeinated

“If you like weird or strange you will absolutely love this bizarre concoction…  Mike Russell for me is the Picasso of short stories, depending on which angle you view each one from you will find something different every time.” Books From Dusk Till Dawn

“Another amazing collection of stories by Mike Russell! Each story is thought provoking, funny, just plain weird and I love it! I can’t wait to read his next book.” Asriel on Goodreads

“This book just flabbergasts me, in the best way possible of course. The author has a way of telling basically a whole book’s worth of story in a short story, his writing style is incredible and brilliant. I can’t say enough good things about Mike Russell’s work! If you like all things odd and strange and even mildly disturbing…I highly suggest this book.” A Bibliophile’s Book Blog

“Strange Medicine has officially started me on a quest for more fantasy reads!
Recommended read for those fantasy biblio-lovers who look for a twist in their reads!” Dr. Ravinjit Gill

“A truly bizarre and wonderful world… His writing packs so many emotions that the characters and situations feel very real (with a unique twist of course!) An enjoyable and fascinating read.” Vincent’s Bookshelf

“Strange Medicine is a book filled with crazy, funny and very peculiar stories…. Reading this book felt like walking around through Dali’s world… If you like surrealism, crazy story-lines and different versions of reality, Strange Medicine is definitely the book you should read!” SKornips

“The eight stories in Strange Medicine were immersive and I felt more for the characters than I thought possible in such a short amount of time.  The stories are weird, funny, sad, thought provoking, and beautiful… The imagery that Russell used was genius…everyone will find something they can connect to while reading it. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick and enjoyable read that is different from anything you may have read before. ” Reading In The Wings (Diary of a Backstage Bookworm)

“Skilfully written… It wasn’t just strange for the sake of being strange, it managed to convey a deeper message through its weirdness. For me that is a perfect combination. For me this was a 5/5 book. I would take this kind of medicine every day.” Olivia’s Comfort Zone

“The stories were enchanting and kept me hooked till the end.” Bookish Reveries

“Mike Russell is back to scramble your brains!! Go and read Mike Russell’s ‘Strange Medicine’!! I believe no prescription is necessary.” Chloe Taylor

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.