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Stories Not for the Nervous

by Alfred Hitchcock (Editor)

Other authors: Robert Arthur (Editor), Raymond E. Banks (Contributor), Margot Bennett (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Joseph Payne Brennan (Contributor)9 more, Fredric Brown (Contributor), Carter Dickson (Contributor), Bruno Fischer (Contributor), Michael Gilbert (Contributor), Christine Noble Govan (Contributor), Gerald Kersh (Contributor), Julian May (Contributor), William Sambrot (Contributor), Dorothy L. Sayers (Contributor)

Series: Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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A solid collection of stories that perhaps had slightly misleading cover art and blurbs. Not that there is anything wrong with the cover: it's actually pretty great, featuring Hitchcock surrounded by various monsters, vampires and aliens. And Hitchcock's introduction is suitably suspenseful, warning against the perils of these stories for people who jump when a door slams or screech when someone shouts "Boo!" in their ear. (Guilty on both counts.) But the stories in this collection, while being weird and consistently interesting, are not really as scary as the cover would have you believe.

There's a fairly diverse group of authors and subject matter represented in this collection: Dorothy L. Sayers and Carter Dickson (aka John Dickson Carr) each contribute more mysterious sorts of stories, while Ray Bradbury and Julian May have more science fiction covered. The other stories fall toward one end or another of the mystery/sci-fi spectrum and seemed to be organized fairly well -- the long stories weren't all grouped together, and the subjects were different enough to distinguish neighbouring stories from each other. My personal favourites were probably "The Dog Died First", "The Twenty Friends of William Shaw" and "Don't Look Behind You", which frankly made me glad that I was reading with my back to the wall. I also enjoyed the Sayers novelette, "The Man With the Copper Fingers".

Overall I would recommend this collection to fans of quick, unusual short stories -- but you can probably read them at night with no fear. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 25, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hitchcock, AlfredEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arthur, RobertEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Banks, Raymond E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bennett, MargotContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brennan, Joseph PayneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, FredricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickson, CarterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fischer, BrunoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Govan, Christine NobleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kersh, GeraldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
May, JulianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sambrot, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sayers, Dorothy L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The fireworks sizzled across the cool-tiled square, banged against adobe café walls, then rushed on hot wires to bash the high church tower, while a fiery bull ran about the plaza chasing boys and laughing men.
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This is a compilation of Stories Not for the Nervous, Part One and More Stories Not for the Nervous. Please do not combine them,
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A Brief Message from Our Sponser - Alfred Hitchcock
To the Future – Ray Bradbury
River of Riches - Gerald Kersh
Levitation - Joseph Payne Brennan
Miss Winters and the Wind - Christine N. Govan
View from the Terrace – Mike Marmer
The Man with Copper Fingers - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Twenty Friends of William Shaw - Raymond E. Banks
The Other Hangman – John Dickson Carr (as Carter Dickson)
Don't Look Behind You - Fredric Brown
No Bath for the Browns - Margot Bennet
The Uninvited" (a.k.a. "A Prince of Abyssinia") - Michael Gilbert
Dune Roller - Julian May
Something Short of Murder - Henry Slesar (as O.H. Leslie)
The Golden Girl - Ellis Peters
The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes – Margaret St. Clair
Walking Alone - Miriam Allen deFord
For All the Rude People - Jack Ritchie
The Dog Died First - Bruno Fischer
Room with a view - Hal Dresner
Lemmings - Richard Matheson
White Goddess - Idris Seabright
The Substance of Martyrs - William Sambrot
Call for Help - Robert Arthur
Sorry, Wrong Number - Lucille Fletcher and Allan Ullman
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