Books by Rachel Ingalls

BINSTEAD'S SAFARI by Rachel Ingalls
Released: Feb. 28, 2019

"Another witty, elegant story from a writer whose atavistic vision of romantic love is resonant and deeply satisfying. Escaping the overblown egos and endless self-indulgence of the males of their own species, Ingalls' women find their true soul mates elsewhere."
A feminist, fabulist, magical realist romance set in London and Africa, originally published in 1983. Read full book review >
MRS. CALIBAN by Rachel Ingalls
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"The love story is a delight, the social commentary sharp, the writing funny and fun—and yet the sorrow, even bitterness, at the core of this book about our perfidious species is inescapable and profound. Where is the movie?"
A lonely housewife gets a new lease on life in the strong, green arms of a sea monster. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"People who think they don't like horror stories are going to be very surprised."
Three novellas by a little-known master of horror visit luxurious locations in the twilight zone. Read full book review >
TIMES LIKE THESE by Rachel Ingalls
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"An uneven but still substantial work from a quirky, under-appreciated writer. "
Madness, mayhem and murder stalk these eight stories, the latest collection from a veteran American storyteller now living in London (Mrs. Caliban, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
BE MY GUEST by Rachel Ingalls
Released: June 8, 1992

Two novellas that, though more subdued than Ingalls's last collection (The End of Tragedy, 1989), show her as adept as ever at mixing the sinister and the commonplace to create psychological suspense. In Sis and Bud, Alma and Bruce are enjoying an ordinary American childhood, secure in the love of their decent if fuddy- duddy parents, Elton and Bess. When the kids turn 14, the parents tell them that they're adopted. Bruce is horrified, and determined to make his biological parents pay for their betrayal; but Alma is pleased, feeling free to love her dear brother in a new way (Bruce will have none of it). Time goes by. Bruce leaves his home, somewhere in the East, and tracks his birth mother to Kentucky. There, mother Joanna has a prosperous marriage and two grown daughters who Bruce (having ingratiated himself with the family) decides are ``too shallow to be hurt''; Joanna is his target. A climax involving incest and murder also reveals that Joanna wanted to pay back her own parents for their victimization of her; like mother, like son. In the title story, working-girl Sandra is a different kind of victim—not the captive of her genes but of romantic illusion. About to dump her insensitive boyfriend Bert, she is fair game for the first man who'll show her attention; and Roy Martinson seems like the perfect stranger, even if he's rumored to have killed his first wife and is the father of the exceedingly creepy Eric, who cut open his pet hamster ``to see what was inside.'' Roy proposes on their second date, and Sandra accepts, sustained by blind faith; but will it save her from these two operators? What's lacking here is the wildly inventive quality of Ingalls's best work—but, still, this is solid entertainment. Read full book review >