Stephen Gregory knocked me off my feet with his novel,THE CORMORANT. Since that time I've tried to read everything he's written. Valancourt Books has been the sole reason I discovered this author. For that, and many other reasons, I am grateful to them.
These stories have one thing in common and that is winged creatures. Be they cormorants, (the seed for that novel is a short story in this volume), moths, sparrows or crows, they're all here. Not all of these stories are horror or dark fiction either. Some of these tales are light hearted, some just quick literary vignettes and others, like THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T WAKE UP are beautifully written and almost brutally poignant, (it was my favorite story in this collection)
THE PROGRESS OF JOHN ARTHUR CRABBE, THE DREAMING PIG, THE DROWNING OF COLIN HENDERSON, and THE BLACKBIRD'S SONG were my other favorites, but to be honest, all of the stories were good.
ON DARK WINGS is an elegant, exquisitely written collection of tales. There is something about Gregory's descriptive talents that pulls me in, each and every time I read his work. A wide range of tales, not all horror, and some not dark at all, but all involving the wings of...something. Here it's Gregory's writing that soars. At this point, I would read his grocery list.
My highest recommendation!
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*Thanks to Valancourt Books for the e-ARC of this collection in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*