Title: The Season of the Raptors
Author: Richard Bowes
In: Black Feathers (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Horror
Dates read: 18th February 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Pegasus Books Ltd.
5th sentence, 74th page: When that happened, the parents stopped feeding them.
The countryside seems to be obsessed with birds of prey, and more specifically, the hawks that have taken up residence. But is there a more sinister side to this obsession?
The flickering between real world observations of the hawks and the dreamscape that the lead character finds himself in creates an incredibly spine tingling (and somewhat confusing) dreamscape across this storyline. It makes feelings of horror and goosebumps come to the forefront as the storyline unfolds. And leaves a feeling of uncanny confusion and, even slight obsession when you turn the last page.
I think one of the things that left me with the most intense goosebumps on reading this story is the fact that I myself have a slight obsession with raptors. There is something about them that really draws me in. So the fact that this is a story about obsession slowly turning into insanity… well, that is uncomfortable. Which kind of feels like the point of most of the stories in the Black Feathers collection…
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