Murmurations - Uncanny stories about birds – Nicholas Royle (editor) | 2011 | Two Ravens Press | Paperback | ISBN: 9781906120597
Award-winning editor Nicholas Royle brings together previously published stories by Daphne du Maurier, Anna Kavan, Russell Hoban and others with brand-new tales by contemporary writers including Bill Broady, Adam Marek, Regi Claire and many more. With a foreword by Angelica Michelis, senior lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University.
NB Contributors’ royalties and editor’s fee to be donated to the RSPB.
The Guardian said of this collection: ‘These tales exude a striking weirdness and a sense of wonderment … Exploring “the way in which birds inhabit the border between the mundane and the extraordinary”, these stories provide a startling glimpse into a world of otherness capable, at times, of eerily mirroring our own.’
I have little to offer by way of criticism or comment except to say that this volume, like many anthologies, is pretty variable in tone, quality of prose, and, most of all, imagination. Some stories entertain, some invoke the beginnings of a shiver and others are just weird without meaning a great deal to this reader.
This is one of those books that might be among the pile by the bed when you are looking for a tale or two to punctuate the factoids of non-fiction collections.
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