Books by Russell Helms
Books by Russell Helms

Books

Fugue: The Vox Humana, Book 6

Reece Myers is trapped in a top-secret facility, Organon, following the murder of what appears to outsiders as his daughter Mia. Reece travels via seizures between universes to a strange town known as Gadam 3981 to find the real Mia who has been abducted by the mysterious entity Dahlia and replaced by the look-alike that Reece has killed. Through his travels, Reece unravels the mystery of Dahlia and grows ever closer to finding Mia. 

Fusion: The Vox Humana, Book 5

In an alternate universe, Reece Myers finds himself in the small Ethiopian of Gwar, working with an Icelandic medical team and his interpreter Afewerki. The place seems familiar, as he conducts a health survey for his master’s degree. Nurses Svana and Eydis, tasked with weighing local children, are a handful, drinking with the men and raising eyebrows. Their boss, Dr. Thorsonn, tries to keep order, but the village administrator, known as the Snake, challenges his work at every step.

Flux: The Vox Humana, Book 4

Back from Ethiopia, Emma Smith wonders if the rape has resulted in pregnancy and continues to pursue a relationship with Reece Meyers, whose engagement to Kristin seems more in peril with each passing day.

Fluid: The Vox Humana, Book 3

Godo, Ethiopia, 1986, and Reece Myers has been shot in the head and evacuated back to Alabama, his fiancée Kristin in shock. As Reece fights to regain his life, the budding romance with fellow clinic nurse Emma from back in Ethiopia overshadows his engagement and spells trouble. As Reece recovers and reexamines life with Kristin, Emma longs for him and soon meets her own tragic fate.

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Fortune: The Vox Humana, Book 2

Godo, Ethiopia, 1986, and Reece Myers has been shot in the head and evacuated back to Alabama, his fiancée Kristin in shock. As Reece fights to regain his life, the budding romance with fellow clinic nurse Emma back in Godo overshadows his engagement and spells trouble. As Reece recovers and reexamines life with Kristin, Emma longs for him and soon meets her own tragic fate.

Famine: The Vox Humana, Book 1

It’s 1986, and the famine machinery is humming in Ethiopia. It’s been two years since the greatest famine of the twentieth century has been uncovered with the deaths of half a million and counting. Clinic nurse Emma Smith, alone and rattled in the remote village of Godo, hears that a new nurse, Reece Myers, is coming and welcomes him with open arms. What begins as a working relationship under trying conditions buds into a likely romance, but Reece is engaged to a woman back home and soon finds himself at the wrong end of an AK-47, dashing Emma’s hopes. 

Depression Since Prozac: Finding the True Self

Worldwide, depression is the number one cause of disability, and every forty seconds someone commits suicide. There is little reason to suffer without treatment, and one need not fear that the true self will be compromised. To be true to ourselves, we must live to our full potential, which depression robs.

ayahuasca! (or not)

Disappointed by a failed mortgage, Daniel treks to the jungles of Peru for an encounter with the legendary ayahuasca.  He’s been warned that his medications are a deadly mix with the juice of the sacred vine, but he’s up for the challenge anyway.

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Cube Steak: Stories

Russell Helms tackles tornados, virginity cults, IKEA, and cube steak with grace and the mundane horror of life that plagues us all.

Knife

Tightly knit, these five stories weave an unholy mélange of revenge and ultimate kindness—a Frankenstein tale, vignettes wired together, spanning a thousand years
of language, birth, cruelty, justice, and incest.

Knob

A disjointed soliloquy of textual iimages.

Pianotown

Disturbing and comical, Pianotown lays fame to a giant cat and kidnapped hitchhikers. When in doubt, the eclectic inhabitants of this surreal
and twisted world consult messages on cans of hairspray scattered about town. Not for the faint of heart or kidney.

 

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Sprinkle Cheese

Pregnant with Bobby Hartwig’s child, Thai nurse Silliporn tracks him down to Alabama where, having survived a jump from a bridge in Bangkok, Bobby’s back home taking care of stroke-victim Harold Suggs and falling in love with his gorgeous granddaughter Bee.

The Infirm

After viciously attacking a judge, while giving him a pedicure, Jack escapes the domed city of Pan, Alabama, and begins his quest to free his secret love Lura from the grips of the Infirm, the grotesquely disabled leaders of his world—an over-the-top literary adventure in gothic Southern malaise.

 

The World Split Open

Helms drives his imaginary pen through neighborhoods we may not really want to visit, but once there cannot keep our eyes from prying. From trampolines to peanut butter, The World Split Open explores the dim edges of things humorus, grotesque, and otherwise mildly frightening.

What's Next?

Who knows?