I’ve recently received two kind emails about Apartment 16 from appreciative readers in Russia. Thematically there is an actual Russian link to this story. Notes from the Underground by Russia’s own Fyodor Dostoevsky was one of my inpsirations for the novel. Part of me would never rest until I wrote a tortuous outsider novel. I made it my second horror novel so that my entire life wasn’t spent in angst and dissatisfaction. Here’s how we look in Russia.