When I was in High School I read a book of collected stories that mixed science fiction and horror. It was one of the best books that I have ever read and set me on my path in wanting to be a science fiction writer in my own right. So this past weekend, when I came across a Darker Tides: The Weird Tales of Eric Frank Russell, I was gushing with happiness. You see, for me, that book that I read all those years ago was something special. For me it was a book that I couldn’t put done until the last page was read. This is a readers dream, finding the book that keep you so engrossed that the rest of the world just becomes a distant echo. It’s what every serious readers longs for. Hopefully this book will be the same kind of salvation and escape.