In honor of Halloween, authors; Angela Brown, Roland Yeomans, Gwen Gardner, & Tara Tyler are hosting From the Great Beyond Blog Hop! So, everyone join hands, let's contact the dead...
A lover of all things horror, I'm not spooked by ghosts, goblins, and such, but the unknowns and what-ifs send shivers up and down my spine. I've always been fascinated by the concept of the movie, The Birds. Gah! Who wouldn't be creeped out by killer flocks of birds, pecking you slowly to death?
Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE (1907 - 1989) was an English author and playwright, and she wrote the short story "The Birds" which later was adapted into the film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Author du Maurier passed away at the age of 81 in 1989.
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It seems author Frank Baker believed that du Maurier had plagiarized his novel The Birds (1936) in her short story, "The Birds" (1952). Du Maurier worked as a reader for Baker's publisher when Baker submitted the manuscript. When the movie The Birds was released in 1963, Baker considered pursuing costly litigation against Universal Studios, but never followed through with it.
I discovered not one, but three allegations of plagiarism throughout du Maurier's writing career. O_O
Not to stir up any angry spirits from the great beyond, but what if she did plagiarize? I'd like to think she didn't and go on believing du Maurier wrote one of the most frightening pieces of fiction (in my opinion).
And yet, I wonder...
Don't forget to stop by the other participant's blogs and have a peek at who'd they'd like to contact from the Great Beyond... You can find the list of participants on Gwen's, Roland's, Angela's, or