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.
This was a hard part to write. It was about inflicting pain and wisdom into Ellsworth to start his descent into madness.
Also, it was about allowing Aquila Rose to truly commune with another human being.
Still . . . it felt like it created some worthwhile prose.
A Sibling in Always
I am saddened I am the only one who will get to witness these two souls reduced down to the most basic elements of human existence. I see a purity few will behold, and I know it to be true and good.