Murmurations edited by Nicholas Royle

”Freud observed that birds ‘don’t seem to be submitted to the same laws of gravity as us’, although without gravity they would die, as they need it to swallow. Birds are all around us; they could not be more familiar. And yet at the same time they are alien, unheimlich ‘ uncanny.’

BFS member Nicholas Royle has focused on the uncanny nature of birds ‘ and the result is Murmurations, ‘Uncanny stories about birds’, edited by Royle and published by (appropriately) Two Ravens Press (‘9.99, although less on their website). It is a beautifully designed book, with black endpapers and cover flaps — and a paperback, to boot.

‘Freud observed that birds ‘don’t seem to be submitted to the same laws of gravity as us’, although without gravity they would die, as they need it to swallow. Birds are all around us; they could not be more familiar. And yet at the same time they are alien, unheimlich ‘ uncanny.’

BFS member Nicholas Royle has focused on the uncanny nature of birds ‘ and the result is Murmurations, ‘Uncanny stories about birds’, edited by Royle and published by (appropriately) Two Ravens Press (‘9.99, although less on their website). It is a beautifully designed book, with black endpapers and cover flaps — and a paperback, to boot.

This anthology includes over 30 stories, by luminaries such as Adam Marek, Joel Lane, Russell Hoban, Tom Fletcher, Jack Trevor Story, Mark Valentine, Conrad Williams, R B Russel, Michael Kelly and, naturally, Daphne du Maurier. Hopefully, a review will soon appear on the BFS website.

Proceeds from this book, including royalties, will be donated to the RSPB ‘ so an extra reason to buy Murmurations.

In case you are not aware, Two Ravens Press operates from a ‘croft by the sea, right at the end of the most westerly road on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.’ So no long London lunches for the publishers, then. But what scenery!