Title: Something About Birds
Author: Paul Tremblay
In: Black Feathers (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Horror
Dates read: 29th January 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Pegasus Books Ltd.
5th sentence, 74th page: Or I didn’t consciously realize, if that makes sense.
An interview with a cult horror writer begins to turn weird when the interviewer is given an exclusive invite. And then it starts to get down-right scary…
The mirror image of the horror short story in the story and the one that you are reading works beautifully. If not a little confusedly. Especially as the story unfolds, parts of the tale in the story unfolds too. And there is this constant echo between the snippets of interview and what happens after, in Ben’s house. This sense that not all is as it seems, and things are headed for a not-so-pleasant ending.
The dual imagery throughout this story was intense and engaging. However, this wasn’t as spine-tingling as many of the other stories that I’ve read in the Black Feathers collection. It’s engaging and entertaining, a little creepy. But it doesn’t have the intensity of goosebumps that many of the other stories have. Which is probably why I enjoyed the change of pace… it was horrific, but not terrifying…
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