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Don't Look Now, Stories

Don't Look Now, Stories

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Classic horror stories by one of masters of the form. Full of bone-chilling tales, this collection includes "The Birds," the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same title, and other creepy classics. 

Daphne du Maurier wrote some of the most compelling and creepy novels of the twentieth century. In books like Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, and Jamaica Inn she transformed the small dramas of everyday life—love, grief, jealousy—into the stuff of nightmares. Less known, though no less powerful, are her short stories, in which she gave free rein to her imagination in narratives of unflagging suspense.

Patrick McGrath’s revelatory new selection of du Maurier’s stories shows her at her most chilling and most psychologically astute: a dead child reappears in the alleyways of Venice; routine eye surgery reveals the beast within to a meek housewife; nature revolts against man’s abuse by turning a benign species into an annihilating force; a dalliance with a beautiful stranger offers something more dangerous than a broken heart. McGrath draws on the whole of du Maurier’s long career and includes surprising discoveries together with famous stories like “The Birds.” Don’t Look Now is a perfect introduction to a peerless storyteller.



Blackwell North Amer

Classic horror stories by one of masters of the form. Full of bone-chilling tales, this collection includes "The Birds," the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same title, and other creepy classics. 

Daphne du Maurier wrote some of the most compelling and creepy novels of the twentieth century. In books like Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, and Jamaica Inn she transformed the small dramas of everyday life—love, grief, jealousy—into the stuff of nightmares. Less known, though no less powerful, are her short stories, in which she gave free rein to her imagination in narratives of unflagging suspense.

Patrick McGrath’s revelatory new selection of du Maurier’s stories shows her at her most chilling and most psychologically astute: a dead child reappears in the alleyways of Venice; routine eye surgery reveals the beast within to a meek housewife; nature revolts against man’s abuse by turning a benign species into an annihilating force; a dalliance with a beautiful stranger offers something more dangerous than a broken heart. McGrath draws on the whole of du Maurier’s long career and includes surprising discoveries together with famous stories like “The Birds.” Don’t Look Now is a perfect introduction to a peerless storyteller.



Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781590172889
1590172884
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUMAU...D
Characteristics: xiii, 346 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McGrath, Patrick 1950-

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Du Maurier was able to hop between writing novels and writing short stories effortlessly and she was equally as successful at both. This collection features five stories of mystery and slow, creeping horror.


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LPL_KatieF Jun 09, 2019

Daphne Du Maurier's stories are creepy, twisty, and full of anxiety and paranoia. I loved this collection and read it quickly - I wanted to jump right into the next story whenever I finished one. The titular story, "Don't Look Now," and the story that inspired Hitchcock's film, "The Birds," were my favorites. I found myself thinking a lot about the narrative tricks Du Maurier effortlessly pulls off: seeding bits early in the story that only later flourish into doom and gloom. I'd recommend this book to fans of Shirley Jackson and Kate Chopin. I can't wait to read more of Du Maurier's work - "Rebecca" is on deck!

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advega718
May 10, 2015

First Edition review:
Very enjoyable compilation of five short stories. Dark, suspenseful, and superbly written. I may be a bigger fan of Du Maurier's short form.

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