The Obscure Bird by Nicholas Royle

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Title: The Obscure Bird
Author: Nicholas Royle
In: Black Feathers (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Horror
Dates read: 27th January 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Pegasus Books Ltd.
Year: 2017
5th sentence, 74th page: Lying in the darkness, she heard his carefully weighted footsteps approach their bedroom door, stop for a moment and then continue past.

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There is something dark and twisted sitting between a married couple. But it isn’t until the end that you realise how truly dark it is…


This story started out interesting and with a little mystery. It was engaging and I really liked it. And then it very quickly become uncomfortable. Very, very, very uncomfortable.

I’ve always liked owls and other birds of prey. There is something both mysterious and intriguing about them. Also a little creepy and dangerous. So the fact that this story took those aspects of owls and used them to create a horror short story worked really well for me. A little bit too well if I’m being honest… I had some very weird and shadowy dreams after reading this just before bed…

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