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.
In the Interludes, fact and fiction become quick enemies.
There are elements of truth to the interludes, in regards to history, but much of it is my own invention.
Like Always is a fiction town, the world where Always exists is fictional too. It history departs from our own and the interludes are an example of that.
A Sibling in Always
So clumsy an evolution it was, that few would ever be aware Abraham Lincoln, our great president and the man who preserved our sacred Union, was embalmed by a dentist.