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Review of “Black Feathers” edited by Ellen Datlow

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Black Feathers giveaway on Goodreads

Goodreads are giving away 10 copies of Black Feathers. Enter here by 6th March 2017.

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At the end, eerie is the word that best describes the sensation of reading Black Feathers. Eerie people, eerie situations, eerie landscapes, and most of all eerie birds to haunt imaginations and trouble dreams.
Highly recommended.

-Michael R.Collings for Hellnotes (full review)

 

 

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Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow

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Black Feathers is a masterful presentation of dark avian-themed shorts. From the jarring, owl-like turn of a head, to the blood-flecked beaks, to the sinister gifts left by all-seeing pigeons, to the replacement eggs hatched… Eddie Generous for Unnerving Magazine (Full review)

Black Feathers is out now from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

 

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Review of Black Feathers Edited by Ellen Datlow

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Horror stories are oftentimes crime stories exaggerated to grotesque proportions, with the supernatural and uncanny occasionally standing in for the unsolvable; as a genre, it’s a literary detour past thriller and a dive over the boundary into terror. Black Feathers is no different, with a collection of tales of murder and abductions and madness—with birds, helpful or sinister or often both, as its central theme—from authors as renowned for their non-horror writings as Joyce Carol Oates and Pat Cadigan. It is however a lesser-known author who has written what is easily my favorite story from the collection. In “The Crow Palace,” Priya Sharma writes a cold-blooded tale of family and terrible secret bargains…Other short story standouts for me included Seanan McGuire’s “The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids,” about a young girl who counts birds as a way of preserving her fragile days, and Jeffrey Ford’s “The Murmurations of Vienna Von Drome”, one of the few stories set in a fantastic world. Relatable enough to crime fans, this latter story follows a police investigator on the trail of a serial killer. I also enjoyed the fresh narrative voice of the teenaged first-person narrator in Stephen Graham Jones’s “Pigeon from Hell.” Doreen Sheridan for Criminal Element (Full Review)

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Storyville: 10 Highly Anticipated Books for 2017

In Storyville, his regular column for Litreactor, Richard Thomas features his ten highly anticipated books for 2017.

I’ve already bought number one on his list (“Behind Her Eyes” by Sarah Pinborough) and am delighted that “Black Feathers” is on there too-

Do I really have to sell you on anything edited by Ellen Datlow? With work by Stephen Graham Jones, Priya Sharma, Livia Llewellyn, Usman T. Malik, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Tremblay, and Seanan McGuire this is sure to be a big hit.

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Out 7th Feb in the USA and 7th March in the UK

Review:

“Black Feathers” is another triumph for this talented editor and highly recommended for its diverse and skilled contributors. It will definitely cause you to think twice the next time you see a flock of birds soaring through the sky or hear their songs outside your window. Alan Cranis for Bookgasm. (Full review)

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Black Feathers Edited by Ellen Datlow

I am very pleased to be included in Black Feathers, an anthology by Ellen Datlow due to be released in 2017 by Pegasus Books.

Table of Contents

O Terrible Bird by Sandra Kasturi

The Obscure Bird by Nicholas Royle  (reprint)

The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids by Seanan McGuire

Something About Birds by Paul Tremblay

Great Blue Heron by Joyce Carol Oates

The Season of the Raptors by  Richard Bowes

The Orphan Bird by Alison Littlewood

The Murmurations of Vienna Von Drome by Jeffrey Ford

Blyth’s Secret by Mike O’Driscoll

The Fortune of Sparrows by Usman T. Malik

Pigeon from Hell by Stephen Graham Jones

The Secret of Flight by A.C. Wise

Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring by M. John Harrison (reprint)

A Little Bird Told Me by Pat Cadigan

The Acid Test by Livia Llewellyn

The Crow Palace by Priya Sharma

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The 777 Writing Challenge

I received these instructions from Sharon Kae Reamer. Primary Fault

“Take a current WIP (I think it can also be published, I mean, it’s up to you) and go to the 7th page, and then go down 7 lines, and then post the next 7 lines.

I like these sometimes inane challenges to show our underpants. But you may feel differently.”

As she is so gorgeous, it would be churlish of me not to play along.

This is from “The Crow Palace”, one of a few things I’m working on.

“Your dad was a terrible patient. They told him he should have an operation to clear his arteries but he refused.” Elsa opens one of the kitchen cupboards. “Look.”
I take out some of the boxes, shake them, read the leaflets. There’s twelve months of medication here. Dad never took any of it. Aspirin, statins, nitrates, ace- inhibitors. Wonder drugs to keep his stodgy arteries patent and the blood flowing through them.
I slam the door shut, making Elsa jump. It’s the gesture of a petulant teenager. I can’t help it. Dad’s self neglect is a good excuse to be angry at him for dying.

The Bureau of Them

Next up is lovely Cate Gardner.

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