One of my favourite authors is Daphne Du Maurier. She’s most well known as a writer of ‘gothic romances’ – Rebecca, Frenchman’s Creek, Jamaica Inn. And if that’s all she was known for, she would still fully deserve her reputation, they are haunting, thrilling books that totally envelope you in their world.
But Daphne Du Maurier also wrote the stories The Birds and Don’t Look Now – two stories that became two of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. I’ve just read The House on The Strand, which is basically sci-fi. The Scapegoat is an excellent crime drama.
Daphne Du Maurier crossed from genre to genre and wrote brilliantly in each one. She is proof that a good writer doesn’t have to stick to one genre – as long as they write the stories that interest them, they can write well in any genre they choose.
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