Dark Autumn Birds and Their Magic

The Magic of the Loons   by Paula Cappa  (2014)

The Birds   by Daphne du Maurier  (1952)

Tuesday’s Tales of Terror   October 7, 2014






The feathered race! You might recall fairy tales about birds: Grimm’s The Golden Goose, The Raven, The Seven Ravens, The Three Crows, The Ugly Duckling, Russia’s The Firebird. Alfred Hitchcock’s  film The Birds was an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s The Birds, a novella about how birds attacked people in Britain (after WW II).  In du Maurier’s story, the birds are revolting but we don’t know why. Same with Hitchcock’s version, the birds’ behavior is unexplained, although who could forget that last scene with the caged lovebirds.


This week’s two tales of terror are in the same category but very different in nature and scope. If you’ve never read du Maurier’s The Birds, this novella is suspenseful with evocative prose, and so perfect for a Halloween read.

On December the third, the wind changed overnight, and it was winter. Until then the autumn had been mellow, soft. The leaves had lingered on the trees, golden-red, and the hedgerows were still green. The earth was rich where the plow had turned it.  Black and white, jackdaw and gull, mingled in strange partnership, seeking some sort of liberation, never satisfied, never still. Flocks of starlings, rustling like silk, flew to fresh pasture, driven by the same necessity of movement, and the smaller birds, the finches and the larks, scattered from tree to hedge as if compelled. 

On the more contemporary side of our feathered friends, my own short story The Magic of the Loons is published in the October issue of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine. My story is more edgy fantasy: a little bit sexy, a little bit magical realism,  a lot of mystery. Come meet the Loon Woman, Kai:

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Kai dressed up as his Loon Woman with a string of black and white shells coiled about her neck, silvery veils twisted skin-tight on her arms and legs. She pinned back her hair into a long twisted tail, all blue-black and lustrous. Feathers framed her face with eyes elaborately painted smoky red. Absolutely ravishing. What man could resist her spells and tricks? What man wouldn’t thrill under her bewitching attention?

I’m so pleased to have my work published in Dark Gothic Resurrected as they were named one of the Top Ten Best Fiction Magazines by Preditors and Editors in 2013 for content, art, and covers. They offer short stories, author interviews, art and poetry.

Begin this Halloween season with two stories about the birds of dark autumn.

Read  The Birds at NexusLearning.net

Read my Magic of the Loons (page 84) at Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine

(available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.com)


Buy for Kindle on Amazon.com

Buy Paperback Magazine, October Issue on Amazon.com

2013 P&E awards


And, please, Readers, don’t be shy about leaving me a comment about Magic of the Loons. I’m looking for reviews!


Other Reading Web Sites to Visit

Bibliophilica       Lovecraft Ezine

Horror Novel Reviews    Hell Horror    HorrorPalace

HorrorSociety.com       Sirens Call Publications

 Monster Librarian  Tales to Terrify       Spooky Reads

 Rob Around Books    The Story Reading Ape Blog

For Authors/Writers:  The Writer Unboxed

Don’t forget to view the INDEX above of more free Tales of Terror classic Authors.


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7 responses to “Dark Autumn Birds and Their Magic

  1. maéva

    Hello, i love the picture of the woman, can you please tell me who are the designer ? I would like to contact him. Send me a e-mail: maevabur1@gmail.com


  2. Hey there, Jay. Yes, most people think Hitchcock was the originator of The Birds and Psycho, but both were short stories by other authors that he adapted. I found the story fascinating. Thanks so much for your support re Dark Gothic Resurrected! The Magic of the Loons is an unusual pick for this publication since they seem to favor heavy horror. My story is more magical realism.


    • Jay

      By way of an update: I went to a Local Author Fair this weekend and I posed the “who wrote the story…” question a few times. The only ones who got it were a couple who wrote/published mystery stories. I immediately purchased a copy of their anthology. 🙂

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      • Oh, they sound like they are in the loop. What anthology was it, Jay?


      • Jay

        I’ll have to check for the exact title when I get home from work. Basically a series of mystery genre short stories either by Indiana authors or that take place in Indiana – and all with a sports-related background. Sounded interesting…


  3. Jay

    Hi Paula,

    “Who wrote the short story upon which Hitchcock’s movie, ‘The Birds’ is based?” is one of my favorite ‘I bet you didn’t know’ trivia questions. (admittedly this is probably because I didn’t know that for the longest time myself!) I remember that movie scared the bejesus out of me when I was little. Maybe I identified with the children running from the birthday party that the birds attacked. “It’s the end of the world…” 🙂

    Also, I bought the Kindle version of the issue of Dark Gothic Resurrected which includes your short story. If I don’t get to it for my October ‘scary’ reading I will certainly assign a spot in the 2015 edition of my Deal Me In challenge.


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