Patrick McGrath is the author of two story collections and seven novels, including Port Mungo, Dr. Haggard’s Disease, Spider (which he also adapted for the screen), and most recently, Trauma. Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution won Italy’s Premio Flaiano Prize, and his 1996 novel, Asylum, was short-listed for both the Whitbread and the Guardian Fiction prizes. McGrath is the co-editor of a collection of short fiction, The New Gothic. He lives in New York.
Novelist Patrick McGrath (Asylum, Trauma) selects eight of his favorite stories—including “The Birds” and “The Blue Lenses”—by du Maurier, a writer who excelled at the art of the psychologically telling horror tale.