Plague of Gulls by Stephen Gregory

Retro Review

Plague of Gulls by Stephen Gregory
Horror Fiction, 155 pages
It’s David Kewish’s eighteenth birthday, but it doesn’t turn out quite as he expected. After suffering a horrible accident, he receives a bizarre present in the form of a baby black-backed gull. Only this bird isn’t his friend; instead, his curious connection to the young gull is the catalyst for a series of incidents which turn everyone against him. 

Kes meets The Birds in this terrifying story of loneliness and madness in a small seaside town in Wales.

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If you’re looking for dark fiction that keeps you guessing, Plague of Gulls is a definite recommend. It is filled with upsetting and disturbing turns and nowhere along the way could I anticipate where things were going. I love when that happens and it doesn’t happen nearly enough in my reading life.

I also love a well written sense of creeping dread and writing that can turn the mundane into something just slightly ominous with a turn of phrase and Plague of Gulls captures those feelings perfectly and maintains them throughout the piece. I could not put this one down.

“Kenny watches, the smile like a wound on his mouth.”

So, what’s it about? I’m going to be vague so as not to ruin it. Basically it’s about a young man named David going through an extremely low point in his life. He had visions of a summer filled with music and friendship but because of circumstances, he spends his time mostly alone or at a quarry that hides pain deep within its depths. And then a baby seagull comes into his life and things go from awful to tragically dark. And that’s all I’m giving you.

I despise poor-me types and was a little worried at the beginning that David was going to be one of those oh woe-is-me whiny boys that give Eeyore a run for his money.

Even David admits that he’s not sympathetic but after a few chapters I didn’t find that to be true at all. This kid had been dealt a hand of poo that festered and continued to grow with every move he made and it would’ve been hard for me not to sympathize with him.

It’s creepy, it’s sad and it has moments of unexpected humor but the descriptive prose is what grabbed me and won me over. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

“I wait for the pain to ease. The walls of the castle and the old town lean around the house and smother it with their shadows.”


  1. I love Eeyore, but the book in the character might drive me over the edge right now. At least it sounds like the character showed some growth. Glad you enjoyed this one. You always have such interested reads. I really need to pick up another horror book soon.

    1. He wasn't as bad as he could've been, that's for sure! I'm not a fan of "poor me" types in books or in life but he was tolerable, at least.

  2. I'm glad I found your blog! Great review.

    1. I'm so glad you found me too Moonlight! I just added you to my Bloglovin' feed which I"ll be using to keep track of my BL friends. I'm so excited to see you partner with OB. Your blog is going to be awesome.

  3. Thanks for sharing, you have me curious and a like the infusion of unexpected humor.

    1. It's a very unique little story. More people should read it :)


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