"The Black Bird"
- Lightspeed, October 2012
- The Dragon Done It, edited by Eric Flint and Mike Resnick, Baen books, March 2008
- New Voices in Science Fiction, edited by Mike Resnick, DAW Books, December 2003
       * Locus magazine 2003 Recommended Reading List - Anthologies
- Gothic.net, August 2000

    Spade opened his drawer and took out an iron file. He began scraping away at the bird's leaden neck.
    The bird chuckled. "Oh. You're getting even warmer now."
    Lead filings flaked away. Spade scraped deeper and deeper. Finally, something began to emerge beneath the lead. Spade took a deep breath and blew, sending filings flying away into the smoky air.
    Beneath the lacquer and the lead, the bird was made of gold and jewels, which glowed and sparkled even in the dim light of Spade's office. "Congratulations," the bird cried, "You solved the mystery!"
    "Something's not right here," Spade said.
    He took up his pocketknife again, and poked the largest jewel. The tip of the knife sank a few centimeters in, as if the jewel were made out of chocolate. Carefully, Spade started scraping it away altogether. Beneath, was something else.
    "Oh boy," said the bird. "Now you've done it. The plot thickens--"

    Dashiell Hammet's Sam Spade discovers that the Maltese Falcon is also Edgar Allan Poe's Raven in this darkly twisted philosophical tale.
    This story is free to read or listen to online.
    New Voices in Science Fiction is an anthology of stories by "science fiction stars of tomorrow." Here's the table of contents:

Introduction by Mike Resnick
"The Black Bird" by David Barr Kirtley
"Intergalactic Refrigerator Repairmen Seldom Carry Cash" by Tom Gerencer
"Nucleon" by David D. Levine
"Chicken Brain" by Janis Ian
"Lifeblood" by Michael A. Burstein
"The Faithful" by Kage Baker
"Messenger" by Mark M. Stafford
"1-800-WICKED1" by Lisa Mantchev
"Different Worlds" by James Van Pelt
"Four-Eyes" by Tobias S. Buckell
"The House of Faces" by Kay Kenyon
"Extended Family" by Shane Tourtellotte
"Flowers From Alice" by Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross
"Dressmaker to the Princess" by Robyn Herrington
"Bubbles and Boxes" by Julie E. Czernada
"Aphrodite on a Bar Stool" by Barbara J. Galler-Smith
"Insubordination" by Susan R. Matthews
"Nine-Fingered Maria" by Hilary Moon Murphy
"The Echo of Silence" by Paul Crilley
"Custer's Angel" by Adrienne Gormley

    The Dragon Done It is an anthology of supernatural detective stories. Here's the table of contents:

Introduction by Mike Resnick & Eric Flint
"The Long and Short of It" by Mike Resnick
"Dead Wolf in a Hat" by Graham Edwards
"This Town Ain't Big Enough" by Tanya Huff
"The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds" by Neil Gaiman
"The Whistling Room" by William Hope Hodgson
"Doppelganger" by Laura Resnick
"Claus of Death" by Michael M. Jones
"McNamara's Fish" by Ron Goulart
"Gunsel and Gretel" by Esther M. Friesner
"Alimentary, My Dear Watson" by Lawrence M. Schimel
"Fox Tails" by Richard Parks
"A Case of Identity" by Randall Garrett
"The Case of the Skinflint's Specters" by Brian Thomsen
"The Black Bird" by David Barr Kirtley
"The Enchanted Bunny" by David Drake
"The Adventure of the Pearly Gates" by Mike Resnick
"The Seventh Chapter" by Harry Turtledove
"The Detective of Dreams" by Gene Wolfe
"The Witch's Murder" by Dave Freer and Eric Flint
 

Cover illustration by Bob Eggleton for the anthology The Dragon Done It. This illustration depicts a noir detective surrounded by a group of supernatural creatures, including a gigantic orange dragon.
Cover illustration by Bob Eggleton for the anthology
The Dragon Done It. Used with permission.

 
    David wrote "The Black Bird" at the 1999 Clarion writers workshop.

 
"My guess is that, fifteen or twenty years from now, when the historians of the field name the ten best writers to break in within three years, either direction, of the millennium, you'll find at least half of them in [New Voices in Science Fiction]."
- Mike Resnick

"Award-winning writers, all early in their careers, all destined to leave their mark on the genre. This new wave is eclectic and witty, serious and silly, and whether they're on about the new space opera or modern fantasy, they all seem to be having fun doing it ... David Barr Kirtley leads [New Voices in Science Fiction] with 'The Black Bird' ... call it a magical-realist-noir-detective piece."
- SFRevu.com

"[New Voices in Science Fiction] showcases rising stars ... David Barr Kirtley's collection opener, "The Black Bird," offers a new and nasty look at the demise of a familiar detective."
- Booklist

"Incredibly diverse (stories run the gamut from hard-core sci-fi to horror to sardonic fiction) and utterly enthralling, [New Voices in Science Fiction] is a winner."
- The Barnes & Noble Review

"Editor Mike Resnick's New Voices in Science Fiction is another excellent anthology. These 20 short tales blur the traditional lines between sci-fi and fantasy ... This collection is a good place for newcomers to enter the genre, or for current sci-fi fans to pick up an author sure to please."
- Romantic Times Book Club

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