When a severely deformed corpse lands on his embalming table, skilled mortician, Horace Carver is forced to confront his apathy towards life and the dark secrets hidden within himself, his family, and his hometown of Always, Indiana.
This stylized novel uses mythology as a base for a narrative that examines the nature of life by exploring the ways we die.
Ernest Gordon Taulbee grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky called Salyersville. He received both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Upon completing his MA he moved to Louisville -- where he has lived most of his adult life.
Love of reading and writing has been a theme in his life. Through the decade and a half since he finished his MA, Mr. Taulbee has worked a variety of jobs, from populating a cubicle in a large corporation to making and selling mead. Throughout his whole life, writing has remained his singular professional and artistic passion.
When I started writing this, I had a character that could not be developed, Aquila Rose Paul.
I needed a way to interact with this character and Dr. Ellsworth became a way to do that. By the time, I had a few of the letters written, the doctor had become a strong character I wanted to explore and his story intertwined with Aquila Rose's.
In essence, Dr. Ellsworth became a secondary narrator and I am quite proud of his sections.
A Sibling in Always
This name was given to me in an early summer of this century’s infancy, when I was born in this town, the town that has been the setting for my entire life: Always, Indiana. The town you seemingly injected with new life, only to abandon as she was reborn!