STORY OF THE WEEK: ‘Each Little Bird’ by Robert Rigby
A classic case of haunting and ghosts in the night, in this short story from the Cracked Eye collection:
An English country town in the 1970s: a young reporter desperate to make his mark on the local newspaper and impress his acerbic editor, a mysterious woman with psychic gifts and a forgotten tragedy from the past…
These classic elements make for a rich and seductive tale in the tradition of the timeless English ghost story. Robert Rigby’s ‘Each Little Bird’ will entice and enchant you, but you may well feel a slight chill in the air on an English summer evening… a chill that runs down your spine.
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What to expect: A dark and unsettling story about a family’s confrontation with death and violence in the South while travelling from Georgia to Florida. Themes of redemption, grace, comedy and tragedy culminate in a story that is once read and never forgotten.
Best known for: Its unnerving and controversial ending, which throws the morals of the main character into dispute (but we wont spoil it).
Interesting Fact: The story was adapted into a folk song by Sujfan Stevens telling the story from the antagonist’s perspective.
Best Quote: “She would have been a good woman,” said The Misfit, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”
Final Words: This is a classic, and Flannery O’Connor’s best known – read it if you want to see how a short story can really pack a punch in so few words.
The compendium of winning short stories from our writing competition, The Cracked Eye Weekend Challenge, is out today!
Storms, Lies & Wildcards…
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