Black Feathers – Ellen Datlow

In each of these fictions, you will encounter the dark resonance between the human and avian. You see in yourself the savagery of a predator, the shrewd stalking of a hunter, and you are lured by birds that speak human language, that make beautiful music, that cypher numbers, and seem to have a moral center. You wade into this feathered nightmare, and brave the horror of death, trading your safety and sanity for that which we all seek—the promise of flight. –

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Black Feather’s is a beautiful and diverse mix of dark and thrilling avian tales. Each one differs from the last and they complement each other perfectly.

We start with a beautiful poem O Terrible Bird by Sandra Kasturi which sets the mood for the following works. While I did enjoy most of the stories, I have to make a few special mentions of my favourites.

Great Blue Heron by Joyce Carol Oates
A beautifully written tale of a widow and her feelings of loss, of owing the world something and of breaking out of her walls.

Pigeon From Hell by Stephen Graham Jones
A secret crime with an interesting witness that comes to haunt a young girl.

I don’t want to give too much away about any of the stories because I think it is best to go in cold. I also found the order of these books very well structured though of course the joy of anthologies is that you can read them in any order you feel suits you.

Definitely a book I will recommend to friends as there is a little something for everyone.

For mature readers.

Available 7 February, 2017.


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