The title story of this collection is the story from which Alfred Hitchcock based his famous movie "The Birds". This movie is NOTHING like the story, and it is this original story that brings the terror home in a far more stark and chilling manner.
The story evolves around a farmer and his family in an isolated part of England. The birds gather and attack in more and more numbers as the story progresses, and the tale details the fear the family feels and the lengths they must go to to save their own lives. It is a marvellously crafted story, and one of the greatest realistic horror tale you will ever read. You will never look at birds which flock close to you in the same way again.
I hope that you like Daphne Du Maurier (1907 - 1989). Because if you don't, you won't want to read a sizeable number of my book reviews over the next 18 months or so. After two years semi-immersion in Rudyard Kipling, it's now time for something similar between me and Miss Du Maurier. In 1952 London-born Du Maurier issued a collection of six novellas and short stories called THE APPLE TREE, named for one of the stories. Almost immediately the same collection … more