The Birds – Daphne Du Maurier (A Spook-tacular Giveaway)

Get ready for a couple of book giveaways happening over the next few days on Savidge Reads because I feel like after having abandoning you on and off over the last few weeks, those of you who have carried on visiting (you hardcore bunch) deserve some thanks. The first of these is a book giveaway that is utterly befitting of the time of year and that is the newly reissued edition of Daphne Du Maurier’s collection The Birds and Other Stories. Be warned, the cover is so stunning it is X rated on the book cover porn stakes…


… See I told you that it was stunning. I read this collection for the first time back in 2010 and, as you can see from my review here – which is old so don’t judge it too harshly, I absolutely loved it. Not only does it have the title story, which Hitchcock then immortalised in the movie, but it also spooky tales like ‘The Apple Tree’, ‘Monte Verita’ and ‘Kiss Me Again, Stranger’. So perfect for this time of year.

Speaking of the movie, this weekend I will be hosting a special screening of The Birds in Waterstones Tottenham Court Road with The Bluestocking Club and Virago, which you can find more details here though I think it is almost sold out so if you want a ticket grab it quick. Virago and I thought it might be nice to share the (creepy) birdy book love, as it is so apt for this time of year, and so they have kindly offered up THREE copies of the book to give away to Savidge Readers in the UK. So, if you would like a copy of the book then please let me know what your favourite creepy book or story is and why in the comments below. You have until the stroke of midnight on All Hallow’s Eve (so midnight GMT next Monday) to enter. Good luck, I can wait to hear all your scary suggestions…


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29 responses to “The Birds – Daphne Du Maurier (A Spook-tacular Giveaway)

  1. Lisa Jenkins

    my favourite scary book so far is salem’s lot by Stephen King. Let’s face it, Stephen King is brilliant at scary anyway, but there was something about Danny Glick at the window that really gave me the heeby jeebies! I would love a chance to win a copy of the birds. It has been on my wish list for a very long time!

    Hope you’re feeling better simon!

    • Minxy

      Diane Setterfield’s Thirteenth Tale is deliciously dark and gothic, and has one of the best knitting scenes I’ve ever read. I’m an avid knitter, and am always on the lookout for woolly writing.

    • Minxy

      The Shining is still one of the only books I’ve read where I was scared to turn the page. People can be a bit sniffy about King, but the man knows scary!

  2. Iciar M

    Definitely “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Poe. I dont know exactly why but I think it has to do with the fact that it the first ever scary story I read

  3. I know I’m not eligible for the prize but I still want to share my favorite creepy books! Jennifer McMahon’s two recent books, The Winter People and The Night Sister, are super atmospheric and chilling. I also really like another recent book, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay – so good. And others I like are The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin, Pet Sematary by Stephen King (my favorite of his books) and The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle. Happy Halloween!

  4. littlehux

    My favourite scary book is The Haunting of Hill House easily, which scared me so much I had to sit in the courtyard in Somerset House in the middle of summer so I wouldn’t be too scared to finish it. Three different books have made me audibly scream before though – The Road, Let the Right One In and The Call.

  5. For me, it has to be “The Woman in White”. Wilkie Collins. I never get tired of it.

  6. Sarah

    I’m not good with creepy books, but I read “Night Film” by Marisha Pessl because I’m really into cinema, and had to stop reading it at night because it was creeping me out so much! I also had the same thing recently with “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters, so it’s possible that I’m just a wuss…

    Would love to win a copy, I’ve only read “Rebecca” so far!

  7. I don’t read a lot of strictly horror books at all but this post served to remind me of the true scariness of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca which is one of my favourite books. I love it because you think you’re getting one story and you know where it will go but that opening chapter is so mysterious and intriguing. Manderley is such a potentially creepy place that I love being thrown off kilter by it, and I am every single time I read it!

  8. What a fab prize Simon, you and Virago are splendid folk to offer them to us. An author whose books have always terriffied me and guaranteed me a sleepless night is James Herbert and in particular The Secrets of Crickley Hall or The Rats. Crickley Hall is especially scary for me because the thought of all the ghosts of little children haunting the place and doors opening on their own… There now, that ensures i wont sleep again tonight.
    Have you read any of his books?
    Hope you’re on the mend, take care

  9. A Kiwi in Oxford

    Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. Maybe not too terrifying but enough for me. A wonderful mystery – is it real or is it all fiction? I like the fact that there is no ending, as there often isn’t in real life.

  10. ‘Hex’ by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (translated by Nancy Forest-Flier) is a perfect read for Halloween. It is set in contempoarary America, in a picturesque town with a dark secret – the ghost of a woman sentenced to death in 1664 for witchcraft. To prevent her casting evil spells former townsfolk sewed up her eyes and mouth, chaining her arms to her body that she may be unable to remove the stitches. There is a deep seated fear of what could happen should her eyes ever be opened. You just know as you turn the pages that something dreadful is about to be unleashed. A great read because, even with the presence of a ghost, the story comes across as all too believable. Deliciously chilling.

  11. Iciar Mosquera

    The Tell-Tale Heart by Poe has to be it. First scary story I ever read

  12. At the moment it has to be Green Tea by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, from his collection In A Glass Darkly. It has a very strong sense of paranoia and terror which runs throughout the whole story. There is a section where the narrator rides the bus and suddenly understand the horror that surrounds him. I’d recommend the whole collection, but you can also get Green Tea as a single title from the recent Penguin Little Black Classics collection.

    That cover of The Birds is gorgeous!

  13. I don’t read a lot that could be called “scary,” but two suspenseful books I enjoyed recently were The Many by Wyl Menmuir (from the Booker Prize longlist) and The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson (about Patricia Highsmith).

  14. Deborah Mika

    The man in the picture by Susan Hill. Like all her books especially the slightly spooky ones.

  15. MR James’ story Whistle and I’ll Come for You. Whatever you do, do not read that when home alone!

  16. I don’t even think it’s supposed to even be scary, it’s the little friend by Donna tartt made me feel so unsettled and scared (especially the snake bits- I actually had to put it away for a few days and pluck up my courage to read it again).

    It just felt very…raw? And almost dream like in its own particular brand of terror/fear?

    I don’t know if anyone else will agree with me but…that’s my nomination for a scary book. I love it because it stuck with me and even though it’s been several years since I read it, I can still get that twisted feeling in the pit of my stomach thinking about it!

  17. My favourite scary book is definitely ‘The Woman in Black’ by Susan Hill. She combines the gothic with a classic ghost story and then adds a nice dash of the superbly sinister into the mix. The film, for all its focus on jump scares and atmosphere, failed to be as scary as the book! I first read it whilst on a caravan holiday one Halloween in the space of one evening while thunder and lightening rolled around me – I didn’t sleep a wink all night!!

  18. Dave

    Umm difficult as I don’t think books scare me …they can get creepy but I can always fall immeadiatly to sleep. I think I’d go for either The Silence of the Lambs and the tension ratcheted up whenever the killer was close or James Herbert’s The Moon which I remembered reading in my teens and certainly was creepy !

  19. Nancy Palmer

    The first scary book I really couldn’t read before going to sleep was Stephen Kings’s The Shinnig. I read a lot of mystery and thrillers, but this one really gave me the creeps.

  20. I think it would have to be Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The original vampire story, before they all became sparkly teenage boys.

  21. Averil Clarke

    The House of Leaves by Daniel Z. Danielewski. Scary.

    That book cover is so cool! I would love to win.

  22. There are some excellent choices here, but I would nominate John Avjide Lindqvist’s Let The Right One In. It is a slow-burning portrait of uncanny happenings in a dreary Stockholm suburb. Good and evil are shown to be blurry states in a beautifully structured novel that is disturbing and poignant in equal measure.

  23. Not in the UK, and I’m coming up short in terms of scary books. I just wanted to say, damn, what a cover. Is it shiny? I feel like it should be shiny.

  24. Wow there are a few, I think Stephen King’s Cujo stayed with me coz of the harsh irony within the story. More recently, S.K. Tremaine’s The Ice Twins was unexpectedly chilling, really did not see the ending coming at all.

  25. That is a gorgeous cover. My favourite is always short stories by MR James. You can’t beat them. I really like The Mezzotint, I think it’s called.

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