Prepare to be seduced by powerful magic — the sorcery of lust, need, and sensuality. Multiple award-winners Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have gathered together twenty-two tales of unearthly temptations wickedly concocted by some of today’s most potent literary conjurers — including Neil Gaiman, Jan Yolen, Michael Swanwick, and Joyce Carol Oates. Here are stories of incubi and succubi, of forbidden fruits harvested in erotic gardens, of pleasures that persist beyond death. So heed the sirens’ song. Lie back, relax, and submit to the darkest delights you have ever experienced.
This collection isn’t quite toe curling, it isn’t quite horrific, but a nice mix between the two. It makes you think about the weirdness of sexuality. And the uniqueness of those things that go bump in the night. And thrive upon our sexual, deepest, darkest desires. I was honestly expecting this to be a little more of an uncomfortable read. However, mostly, I just found it intriguing.
This is a great collection of some very familiar authors, and some very new authors. It was a good way to depart from the realities of the world and be entertained by the imaginations of some very creative people. It wasn’t necessarily my favourite collection ever, the thread tying each of these tales together wasn’t as distinct as other collections. But it was a seriously enjoyable journey regardless.
This is definitely a collection that I’ll pick up again at some point in the future. It’s fun, light and easy. Also, there are a number of authors that I still need to hunt out books for… I enjoyed each and everyone of these stories.
A dazzling anthology of avian-themed fiction guaranteed to frighten and delight, edited by one of the most acclaimed horror anthologists in the genre.
Birds are usually loved for their beauty and their song. They symbolize freedom, eternal life, the soul. But there’s certainly a dark side to the avian. Birds of prey sometimes kill other birds, destroy other birds’ eggs, and even have been known to kill small animals. And who isn’t frightened by birds who eat the dead – vultures awaiting their next meal as the life-blood flows from the dying.
In each of these stories, you will encounter the dark resonance between the human and avian. You will see in yourself the savagery of a predator, the shrewd stalking of a hunter, and you will be lured by birds that speak human language, that make beautiful music, that cypher numbers, and seem to have a moral center. You will wade into this feathered nightmare, and brave the horror of death, trading your safety and sanity for that which we all seek – the promise of flight.
This is my first collection of horror stories. Actually, it’s
really my first ever horror novel. So reading this has been a very interesting journey.
One that I was surprised to enjoy so much. And, although I didn’t really read
any of these stories late at night, I also didn’t get any horrifying nightmares
from the tales either. Unlike some of the crime, mystery and thriller novels
that I’ve read.
Birds have always fascinated me. And I’ve been wanting to
get a parrot for a little while. This collection definitely cured me of that desire.
Actually, it cured me of really wanting anything much to do with birds for a little
while if I’m being honest. This story not only used the symbolism and activities
of birds as a catalyst for the tales of horror, but also pulled them out of your
Pick this book up if you want a great introduction to the
horror genre. And if you have a bit of a fascination with the avian community…
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John Reedy Heart is setting everyone’s hearts, and loins, on fire. But what are the consequences to this? Does uninhibited lust create a world in which no one is safe?
Everyone has their first moments of lust and obsession when
they’re young. And there always seems to be one boy in the entire school that inspires
this feeling more than any other. That one boy that makes every girls heart
beat faster as she hopes that he’ll finally notice her. So it kind of makes
sense that in a collection of romance and lustful stories, there is one that features
this obsessive, adolescent lust and fascination.
This is a really jumpy and kind of hard to follow story. There
isn’t a specific beginning, middle and end. Or really any kind of specific
storyline. But it does have a lot of emotion, activity and movement. It made a
very convoluted reading, but it was one that I did seriously enjoy. One that I would
like to read again and again, just so I can get a better grasp on the storyline
each and every time.
Title: Great Blue Heron Author: Joyce Carol Oates In: Black Feathers (Ellen Datlow) Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!) My Bookshelves:Death, Horror, Mental health Dates read: 30th January 2019 Pace: Slow Format: Short story Publisher: Pegasus Books Ltd. Year: 2017 5th sentence, 74th page: The wife is shivering, her feet are getting wet, she would like to turn back but the husband presses forward, he has something to show her.
The Wife is mourning the loss of her husband. The Wife keeps on remembering moments together and seeing a Great Blue Heron flying free. As her grief and love for the birds collide, there is no telling what will happen next.
This story had my heart racing. Something about the pace of
it and the way in which it was written felt like an intense horror story. That,
and the setting is based around a lake with overcast days… the perfect setting for
a horror story and a horrific murder if I ever did hear one.
This is the fourth story in this series of bird-based
horrors (I never knew that there was such a thing, or that it could be this
TRULY scary… but I digress). And it is the second story that has an essence of
grief and loss in its heart. This feeling of loss and grief is intense and the
slightly broken way in which this story is told really drives this idea home. There
is an almost ethereal quality to the storyline which makes it both solidly real
and wispily dreamlike.