Charles Packer has given David Rix’s short story collection “Feather” a highly respectable 8 out of 10, over at the Review Graveyard website. Charles singles out the stories “Yellow Eyes”, “The Angels”, and “Touch Wood” for particular attention, saying:
“…by the end of the collection, Feather… remains an enigma. Based in a recognisable contemporary Britain, Rix covers his world with a Lovecraftian blanket, providing most of the stories with an intentional feeling of imminent danger.
We are introduced to her in the first story Yellow Eyes, which also introduces Rix’s form of lyrical use of language and strange mix of the macabre and the wondrous. Feather’s father forms the basis of many of the people she encounters throughout, full of mystical madness, it is difficult to decide whether they experience a greater form of reality, or have taken one too many steps away from it. Isolated from the world, under the watchful eye of her paranoid father, she longs to break free of his influence, to experience the world beyond the forest of her captivity…
…The remaining stories continue to explore the concept of an unknowable world as we view further stories in, Magpies, The Book of Tides, To Call the Sea and The Whispering Girl all contain stories of people trying to grapple with the inexplicable, although this lack of explanation may well just exist in both the readers mind, as well as Feather’s. her Lack of worldly experience means that she takes all the situations, no matter how strange, at face value. Perhaps that, ultimately, is the message of the book: that experience is often more important than explanation.”