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A Hint of Hitchcock: Stories Inspired by the Master of Suspense
by Cameron Trost (Editor)
One name springs to mind when we think of classic suspense films; Alfred Hitchcock. His silhouette is instantly recognisable as no one else has quite the same pouty lips and round, chubby face. The way he posed for photographs and his penchant for making cameo appearances in his films bear witness to his larger-than-life personality, but it was his ability to tell a spellbinding tale coupled with his technical brilliance that earned him the epithet of "Master of Suspense". His groundbreaking use of camera movement and the way he framed shots to maximise anxiety and fear place films like "Vertigo" among the very finest examples of creative achievement ever produced within the seventh art. In "Rear Window" he builds edge-of-your-seat tension by placing us in James Stewart's wheelchair and making us watch events unroll through his eyes, and the use of cutting-edge special effects in "The Birds" is almost impressive as the fact that more than three thousand were trained for the film. What else do these three films mentioned have in common, along with "Psycho" and "Rebecca" and so many others? That's right...they were based on novels or short stories; the written word. In "A Hint of Hitchcock" we turn our attention back from the screen to the page, and bring you, the avid suspense reader, modern tales that chill and surprise, all inspired by the work of the master of suspense. Better Not Look Down - Josh Pachter, Golden Curls - Rebecca A. Demarest, More Than Suspicion - Joseph S. Walker, Paranoia - Paulene Turner, The Suitcase - Jason Fischer, Rebecca Redux - Elizabeth Elwood, Highwayman's Hitch - Cameron Trost, Relish - David Carroll, Karma is a Thief in the Night - Roger Johns, Scallion's Head - H.K. Stubbs, Closed Circuit - Mark Blackham, Vault - Andy Rausch
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