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Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories By Daphne du Maurier Echoes from the Macabre Selected Stories Contains Don t look now The apple tree The pool The blue lenses Kiss me again stranger The chamois Not after midnight The old man The birds
  • Title: Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780385126557
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories By Daphne du Maurier Contains Don t look now The apple tree The pool The blue lenses Kiss me again, stranger The chamois Not after midnight The old man The birds
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    1. Daphne du Maurier

      If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have created magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she married.Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England, Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald a Portrait , a biography of her father The du Mauriers , a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers , a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains , an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful and romantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love or fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius , Rebecca and The Parasites , is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.In Rebecca , on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.

    701 thoughts on “Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories”

    1. Quiet and nuanced, tending toward suspense than horror, you will not find the fantastical twists and turns that tweak us in present day reads of this ilk What you will find is Daphne du Maurier s beautiful writing Atmospheric, moody, and thoughtful The majority of the short stories in this collection were written in the 1950 s, with this particular anthology being published in 1978, and selling for a whopping 1.95 The Old ManAfter reading this, I was completely nonplussed, and immediately read [...]

    2. ECHOES FROM THE MACABRE is actually the perfect title for this collection of longish short fiction from the reliable Daphne Du Maurier Up to this point, I d only read The Birds which appears here inescapable in many an anthology of my youth , Don t Look Now love the story which appears here as well as the excellent film and the odd parallel timeline piece Split Second not here , so it was nice to be able to sink my teeth into a solid selection and explore her writing.What you get here, as might [...]

    3. Aka, the fine art of storytelling Nine mostly longish short stories ranging from the delicate, wistful fantasy of The Pool to the growing apocalyptic fear of the classic The Birds Other favorites include the also classic Don t Look Now with its still shattering conclusion, the dark humor of The Blue Lenses, the morbid Kiss Me Again, Stranger, and the shortest tale here, The Old Man, which concludes in such a surprising fashion I had to go back and reread a few pages just to see how DuMaurier, a [...]

    4. Don t Look Now The Apple Tree 1 2 The Pool The Blue Lenses Kiss Me Again, Stranger The Chamois Not After Midnight The Old Man The Birds

    5. Short stories from Daphne du Maurier this and The Breaking Point , which I read at the same time and had some of the same stories included were fast reads and some were better than others The Birds was fantastic very different and I feel convincing, creepy and thought provoking than the movie Not After Midnight was bizarre and spooky, as was The Apple Tree and Kiss Me Again, Stranger I enjoyed both books but they felt far removed from the novels I ve read from her.

    6. This was a fairly solid collection of stories complete with terrific and well below average offerings This was my first Du Maurier read and I can clearly see that she is a gifted storyteller Her writing is fluid, descriptive without being overly so, and has some well placed wit within it My favorite stories in the collection were The Birds, I love the film, and The Blue Lenses which I found to be highly inventive The biggest stinkers of the bunch for me were The Pool, The Old Man, and The Chamoi [...]

    7. 48 du Maurier, Daphne DON T LOOK NOW and other stories 2007 We are all familiar with du Maurier s novels Rebecca, The House on the Strand, and Jamaica Inn How many of us have read her short stories, though with the possible exception of The Birds In this edition put out by The Folio Society, nine of her stories are collected, plus there is an introduction by Patrick McGrath The book is also illustrated by Helen Smithson, an artist I don t know, but whose paintings catch the mood of each story ri [...]

    8. This is Du Maurier in her uncanny and supernatural mode Three of the stories, Don t Look Now , The Pool and The Blue Lenses , have to do with visions of the protagonists, a bereaved father on holiday in Venice with his wife, an adolescent girl, and a woman recovering from eye surgery The question for the characters and the reader is to what extent the visions correspond to objective reality and to what extent they might be a sign of mental instability The Apple Tree is a or less traditional gho [...]

    9. I took out this book, a collection of short horror weird fiction by Daphne du Maurier, on library loan.Two stories I highly recommend are The Birds This story was adapted into the famous Hitchcock movie But there are major differences between the two The original story takes place in Great Britain, and it is a family under attack by birds And it is implied that this is just one battle in the world wide struggle between the human race and the berserker birds The original story is better than the [...]

    10. Don t Look Now Intriguing psychological suspenseThe Apple Tree Weird, in the best possible way, reminded me of something Hitchcock would have done on his TV showThe Pool The Blue Lenses Kiss Me Again, Stranger Very enjoyable, lightly creepy story in the best way with a surprise endingThe Chamois OK story of an emotionally unattached married couple on a hunting tripNot After Midnight The solitary nature of the main character, Timothy Grey, called out to me loudly He was a school teacher, who had [...]

    11. Echoes from the Macabre by Daphne du Maurier is a collection of short stories, many of which are also in the Don t Look Now collection It was also the last book I read for the Tuesday Book Reads twitter book club I m just too busy with schoolwork to keep up with a weekly reading schedule.The stand out story though in the collection is The Birds While the Hitchcock film is set in California, the original is set in England, in a rural village miles from anything That isolation combined with the re [...]

    12. This was a mixed bag of short stories, some lame, some weird, some very good, one world class The best of the bunch was The Birds I loved Hitchcock s adaptation of this story, but du Maurier s is far creepier, full of apocalyptic foreboding.

    13. Meh Read it for The Birds maybe Don t Look Now if you ve never read that before, and then save some time by stopping there.

    14. It s so rare for me to find a collection of short stories in which I love every story Even my favorite writers occasionally offer up a dud or some filler This is the second story collection I ve read from du Maurier that is all killer, no filler This is the perfect book for cold autumn nights in the week leading up to Halloween Du Maurier offers a satisfying blend of psychological terror and borderline supernatural eeriness that makes for the ideal Weird Tale Her style at the sentence level I ca [...]

    15. Every story in this selection is a winner The best were Don t Look Now, The Old Man, The Blue Lenses and probably Daphne Du Maurier s most famous story The Birds The short story, The Birds, is an allegory of the terror of modern weaponry and warfare and is much deeper and philosophical than the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name.

    16. Enjoyed these macabre and dark short stories, which included the famous The Birds which was made in to a film by Hitchcock.

    17. This isn t a scary book, really, so any easily frightened people like me should not be deterred immediately.

    18. In this collection of the works of Daphne Du Maurier, she really leaves her reader with a sense of unease A great read for anyone who enjoys the Horror or Weird Fiction.

    19. I picked up Echoes from the Macabre at a library sale for only a buck or so, and it was certainly well worth that price, just for the sake of reading horror flavored stories from an older era I vaguely recognized the name of Daphne du Maurier but only as I actually cracked open the book did I discover that she was the original author of the short story that became Alfred Hitchcock s The Birds.Most of the stories in this volume are fairly low key horror wise, by modern standards they felt to me r [...]

    20. After several false starts I have finally read Echoes from the Macabre a collection of 8 short stories by Daphne Du Maurier I was unfamiliar with these as I d only previously ever read Rebecca hangs head in shame and it was a very enjoyable read I d never read the 2 short stories of hers that became celebrated films The Birds and Don t Look Now I was impressed by how much Hitchcock had made of the former but I liked the claustrophobia of the actual story in the family imprisoned in their home no [...]

    21. 3.6 average stars Most of these stories tended to be slow moving and very descriptive They reminded me of Twilight Zone episodes with strange and unexplained events and a surprise twist at the end.Most of the stories feature a couple with an aggressive male and a docile female.Don t Look Now Longish tale with a predictable ending I did like the Venice setting.The Apple Tree Strange story about a disagreeable man who has issues with an old apple tree.The Pool Long, slow story about a pool of wate [...]

    22. Well, this was a bit of a letdown after reading Rebecca and the great Jamaica Inn Still, there are some good stories in this collection including the two most obvious ones, Don t Look Now and The Birds I also enjoyed Kiss Me Again Stranger, The Chamois and Not After Midnight I loved the film adaptations of Don t Look Now and The Birds Roeg s version of Don t Look Now was very faithful to the story, but the screenplay was filled with little gems of detail that made it a richer experience and the [...]

    23. Echoes from the Macabre Selected Short Stories is a collection of 9 short stories written by du Maurier Some of these stories are also in her Don t Look Now short story collection This volume contains the following stories Don t Look Now, The Apple Tree, The Pool, The Blue Lenses, Kiss Me Again Stranger, The Chamois, Not After Midnight, The Old Man, and The Birds.It s du Maurier, so the stories are written excellently, are somewhat sparse but still intense, and overall everything is definitely c [...]

    24. When a story was good in this short story collection, dear god, it was good There are plenty of 2 star stories in this collection to bring it down, but hold on for the last one The Birds which I didn t realize until the moment I checked this out from the library the short story that inspired Hitchock s The Birds The short story is even better than the movie Daphne du Maurier can really bring on the intensity.My favorites included The Apple Tree, The Blue Lenses, and of course The Birds Side note [...]

    25. I love Daphne DuMaurier s writing Her tales of quiet terror were entertaining and inventive Some of them were strange in a way I didn t quite connect with, but all were well written and most gave me a satisfying shiver of delightful discomfort My favorites were The Apple Tree and The Birds I have to say, I never really understood Hitchcock s film adaptation of The Birds, but I understand his fascination with DuMaurier s story it s unsettling in a way I didn t expect but thoroughly enjoyed.

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