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.
I wrote this after I had let the relationship between Aquila Rose and Dr. Ellsworth become very dark. Dr. Ellsworth gave a grim warning to Clifford Paul that someone would have to pay. He hoped it would be Paul. It also borrows from mythology and the Greek idea of passage into the underworld.
In essence, much of the novel borrows from mythology. The Aquila Rose and Dr. Ellsworth parts create the stories own, original mythology.
A Sibling in Always
It will be waiting for you, the eyeless stare waiting to tell you your true name.