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14 of My Favorites in Suspense (1959)

by Alfred Hitchcock

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Hitchcock writes one of the best Prefaces I have ever read. He simply idiosyncratically compiled his own favorites, hopes we like them, and cheerfully charges for his effort. He assails the anthologists who become apologists, and warns us that as far as Who-done-it, somebody did.

As for the therapeutic value of mystery or suspense stories cleansing one of homocidal tendencies, "allowing hm to enjoy those crimes he has always wanted to commit but didn't because he lacked the get-up-and-go", he offers enough crimes "to relieve every possible suppressed desire". So it's a public service. Besides, "I am confident that several of these cheerful little stories will put an end to the loose talk about truth being stranger than fiction".[10]

Contents:

The Birds - Daphne du Maurier
Man with a Problem - Donald Honig
They Bite - Anthony Boucher
The Enemy - Charlotte Armstrong
The inexperienced Ghost - HG Wells
Sentence of Death - Thomas Walsh
Spring Fever - Dororthy Salisbury Davis
The Crate at Outpost 1 - Matthew Gant
My unfair Lady - Guy Cullingford
New Murders for Old - Carter Dickson
Terrified - C B Gilford
The Duel - Joan Vatsek
Four O-Clock - Price Day
Too Many Coincidences - Paul Eiden

14 masters of the macabre, and at least 4 are women.
  keylawk | Dec 28, 2012 |
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