Russell Bittner


Available Books (Digital or in Print)

TROMPE-l’OEIL at in the U.S.; in the U. K.

STORIES IN THE KEY OF C. MINOR. at in the U. S. in the U. K.




Other Prose Publications

In journals/magazines: The International Journal of Erotica; The Edgar Literary Magazine; Beyond Centauri; Snow Monkey; Swill Magazine; SEINundWERDEN; Skive Magazine; The Whortleberry Press; ABCTales; and Snow Monkey.

On-line at: 3AM; Pindeldyboz; Satin Slippers; DeadMule; Ink-Mag; GirlsWithInsurance; UndergroundVoices; HackWriters; BlueFood; ALongStoryShort; SouthernHum; DeadDrunkDublin; 10,000 Monkeys; Yankeepot-roast; SkiveMagazine; Quintessence; writeThis; SwillMag; SuffolkPunch; MannequinEnvy LauraHird; Per Contra; ThievesJargon; UndergroundVoices; SUSS: Another Literary Journal; Cezanne’sCarrot; Sliptongue; RedPeter; TheSquirrelCage; FarawayJournal; VerbSap; TheRose&Thorn; 3rdActs; CliteratureJournal; TheCerisePress; EclecticFlash; DonovanHall; Dogmatika; DanseMacabre; SuffolkPunch; Writers’BlocMag; and ISMsPress.

Poetry Publications

In print journals/magazines: The American Dissident; The Blind Man’s Rainbow; The Lyric; The Barbaric Yawp; The International Journal of Erotica; Wicked Hollow; Æsthetica; The Raintown Review; CRITJournal; Tuesday, an Art Project; Grey Book Press; Inkspill Magazine; The Feline Muse; Sonnetto Poesia; and Trinacria.

On-line at: EdificeWrecked; ken*again; SpillwayReview; Quintessence; Erotica-readers; Ink-mag; GirlsWithInsurance; Fireweed; ThievesJargon; MadHatter’s Review; ALongStoryShort; LauraHird; SouthernHum; ZygoteInMyCoffee; OpiumMagazine; JustusRoux; PWReview; DifferentVoices; VoidMagazine; MindfireReview; Salome-Magazine; Plum Biscuit (a journal of the NYC Writers Coalition); 3AM; Dogmatika; ALittlePoetry; EvergreenReview; theBreath; Sliptongue; Chanterelle’sNotebook; AscentAspirations; TheLinnet’sWings; 3rdActs; DeadDrunkDublin; The CentrifugalEye; Dogzplot; TheNewFormalist; Per Contra: PartyOfTheFirstPart; DISPATCHLitareview; Litsnack; ClockwiseCat; TheFelineMuse; and at LucidRhythms.

Conduct monthly interviews of notable English-language poets at (“Poet’s Corner”).

Where to find Russell Bittner online

Where to buy in print


Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 158,250. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
A story of love, lust and loss.
Girl from Baku
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,380. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce and children
(5.00 from 1 review)
A personal memoir of desperation, despair...and hope.
The Dead Don't Bitch
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,240. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Urban
"The Dead Don't Bitch" is a perhaps an odd title for a collection of shorts (plus one novella) ranging from a simple children's Christmas story to an apocolyptic vision of NYC on the decline. It occurred to me one afternoon while I was strolling through Green-wood Cemetery, in Brooklyn, New York. The title made perfectly good sense to me at the time. It still does, as only the dead don't bitch.
Stories in the Key of C. Minor.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,290. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Five short stories and one novella, all taking place within a radius of five miles from the original "Ground Zero" -- the Empire State Building in New York City, New York. Stories of passion, of intrigue, of coming-of-age, of murder by proxy/moxy. In short, stories of the human condition in all of its many-splendored glory. Adult situations, but none of them unsuitable for anyone with a heart.

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Smashwords book reviews by Russell Bittner

  • Bright, Still on March 03, 2014

    As D.Z.C. him- (or herself) says, this is a collection of "four old-fashioned ghost stories." But that—at least to my way of thinking—is gross understatement. I don’t wish to give away anything about the actual storylines that could be construed as a teaser. Instead, I’ll simply comment upon D.Z.C.’s style—which, at least in my reading experience, is inimitable. All four of these stories are told in what I’ll call “staccato fashion”—which certainly befits the genre. Moreover, there’s both a subtlety and a density to the prose that require a reader’s unremitting concentration. If someone were to ask me how to write a good ghost story, I’d cite Bright, Still as a prime example. If someone were to ask me for an easy read, however, I’d caution him or her to stay away from Bright, Still. Is this because the syntax and vocabulary are particularly difficult? No. It’s simply because, in the present world of countless and relentless distractions, Bright, Still makes certain demands upon one’s attention—namely, that it be undivided. Miss a sentence or sometimes only half of one, and you may miss the whole point of the story. Ignore a turn, and you may find yourself at a dead-end in your understanding of that same story. Look to have the plot-line handed to you on a silver platter, and you might do better to look elsewhere. If this be “old-fashioned” story-telling, give me surfeit of it! RRB 03/03/14 Brooklyn, New York, U. S. A.