The Dark World of Daphne du Maurier’s Short Fiction

Did the British novelist express herself most honestly in short stories?

In a Daphne du Maurier short story, the most ordinary moment can shift to one soaked in fear.

Near the end of du Maurier’s short story “The Apple Tree,” a widower delivers firewood to the local pub and stays for a few drinks before driving home in a blinding snowstorm. His car sent sliding off the road, he abandons it and, exhausted, continues to his dark, empty house on foot. Passing his apple…