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Ornithologiæ is Egaeus Press’s long-awaited collection of strange, dark and hallucinatory stories and poems on the theme of birds.
Herein, and alongside the more or less familiar, feathered avian varieties, you will find creatures of pure myth, impossibilities; birds reimagined, reconstructed; birds as symbols and metaphors for all that is both irreconcilably fascinating and alien to humanity.
The book comprises a total of 27 stories and poems, including, amongst other gems, a previously unpublished story by the late and sadly missed Ron Weighell.
The full table of contents is as follows:
Oystercatcher – Martin Ruf
Aberration & Essence – Charles Wilkinson
Ravenbaby – Die Booth
Chattering Pies – Henry Everett
The Spirit Plate – Sara Rich
Being A True Account of The Death & Burial of Poor Cock Robin – William Curnow
My Love Will Shine from Depths Unknown – John Llewellyn Probert
The Sin-Eaters – Suzanne J. Willis
Pretty Bird – Florence Sunnen
Chanticleer & The Peacock – Rose Biggin
Huitzilopochtli – Lorraine Schein
Oileán na nÉan – Albert Power
The Jingwei Bird Filling Up The Eastern Sea – Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
The Hunger – Romy Wenzel
Leather Cormorant – Richard Gavin
Doctor Cuckoo – Douglas Thompson
The Dread Machinery – Martin Jones
The Owl is Called Mother – Rebecca Lloyd
My Avian Daughter Devours Meteors – Alicia Hilton
The Embassy at Fontainebleau – Damian Murphy
Eyes Like Small Black Stones – David Surface
Soul Catcher – Ron Jon
The Songbird of Medina – Karim Ghahwagi
Flight – David Yates
Calling – Ruhul Amin
Spirits of the Dead – Ron Weighell
Edited by Mark Beech
The book is a lithographically printed, 288 page hardback with colour endpapers; limited to 460 copies.