Author(s): Daphne Du Maurier
A grieved couple depart to Venice after the sudden death of their daughter. Here the visions of a blind psychic push their already fragile relationship to its limits. Will they heed her warnings or disregard the ramblings of an old woman; and at what cost? In this work of short stories, Du Maurier parades her talent for turning the pangs and heartaches of everyday living into psychological nightmares, driving her characters relentlessly towards the brink of insanity.
Daphne du Maurier began writing short stories and articles in 1928, and in 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. Two others followed. Her reputation was established with her frank biography of her father, Gerald: A Portrait, and her Cornish novel, Jamaica Inn. When Rebecca came out in 1938 she suddenly found herself to her great surprise, one of the most popular authors of the day. There were fourteen other novels, nearly all bestsellers. These include Frenchman's Creek (1941), Hungry Hill (1943), My Cousin Rachel (1951), Mary Anne (1954), The Scapegoat (1957), The Glass-Blowers (1963), The Flight of the Falcon (1965) and The House on the Strand (1969). Besides her novels she published a number of volumes of short stories, Come Wind, Come Weather (1941), Kiss Me Again, Stranger (1952), The Breaking Point (1959), Not After Midnight (1971), Don't Look Now and Other Stories (1971), The Rendezvous and Other Stories (1980), and two plays The Years Between (1945) and September Tide (1948).