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‘Alfred Hitchcock’ – This One Will Kill You

Posted by demonik on October 19, 2011

‘Alfred Hitchcock’ (ed.) – This One Will Kill You   (NEL 1972: originally Dell, 1969)

Jonathan Craig – Six Skinny Coffins
Richard Deming – Clock Is Cuckoo
Jack Ritchie – Plan 19
James Holding – Misopedist
John Lutz – Fair shake
Henry Slesar – Item
Ed Lacy – Curtain Speech
Richard Hardwick – His Brother’s Caper
Robert Edmond Alter – Shunned House
C.B. Gilford – Don’t Call It Murder
Michael Brett – Comfort, In A Land Of Strangers
Hal Ellson – Where Credit Is Due
Fletcher Flora – Variations On An Episode
Robert Colby – Voice In The Night

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Alfred Hitchcock – The Graveyard Man

Posted by demonik on August 16, 2010

Alfred Hitchcock – The Graveyard Man (NEL, October 1968)

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Josh Kirby

C. B. Gilford – The Cemetery Man
Clark Howard – Spook House
W. Sherwood Harman – Poltergeist
Robert Bloch – A Killing In The Market
C. B. Gilford – Never Marry A Witch
Avram Davidson – A Shot From The Dark Night
Henry Slesar – Murder Delayed
Lawrence Treat – Shoot A Friendly Bullet
William Link & Richard Levinson – The Man In The Lobby
Robert Edmon Alter – The Shunned House

Blurb:
“Some of the best and most eerie story material in the world can be found in the locale where I am pictured on the cover.’
So writes Alfred Hitchcock, King of Chills and Master of the Macabre, in the introduction to this latest unholy collection of tales.
And he backs up his claim by presenting herein for your delectation stories by such literary ghouls as

Robert Bloch
Avram Davidson
Lawrence Treat
Henry Slesar
and many more.
We suggest you check on your nerves before ven­turing into this domain of death.

At 96 pages all in, minimalist even by NEL standards and doubtless much of the material is more crime than horror-supernatural orientated, though where there are titles like The Cemetery Man and Poltergeist there is hope. i’ve heard only good things about Carney Kill author Robert Edmon Alter’s haunted house story and Clark Howard wrote the occasional horror short including the ghoulish The Keeper Of The Crypt, which enlivened a summer of love issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Columbo co-creators Link & Levinson contributed a minor ‘when seafood attacks’ effort to Fred Pickersgill’s And Graves Give Up Their Dead. Bloch’s is only one of three stories i didn’t write up from his Fear & Trembling collection, meaning it was either too complex or routine for me to desecrate.

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Alfred Hitchcock – This Days Evil

Posted by demonik on May 17, 2009

Alfred Hitchcock [Peter Haining] – This Days Evil (Four Square, 1967)


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Josh Kirby

Ed Lacy – Lucky Catch
August Derleth – The Story Of The Intarsia Box
Robert Sheckley – Pousse Cafe
Henry Slesar – How To Stop Smoking
Borden Deal – Get-Away
Jack Ritchie – The Travelling Arm
Arthur Porges – The Missing Bow
Hal Ellson – The Pulque Vendor
De Forbes – Flora Africana
Bryce Walton – Never Hang Another
Mann Rubin – The Alibi-Makers
Jonathan Craig – This Day’s Evil
Donald Westlake – The Sound Of Murder
Francis Swann – I Still Scream
Jay Street – The Painless Method
C. B. Gilford – Deduct One Wife
Douglas Campbell – Fiesta Time
Jack Ritchie – Where The Finger Points

Well, there are other books that didn’t inspire me with confidence but turned out OK so who’s to say? The Deleth’s one of his Solar Pons outings and made the Oriental Tales Of Terror anthology but that could well be it for the horror content. Sheckley, Porges and the staggeringly prolific Slesar are all accomplished genre hoppers, equally at home with each, so if they’re writing for something called Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine it’s a fair bet they’ll take the ‘Mystery’ bit as their guideline. Bryce Walton wrote an excellent voodoo story, The Devil Doll, for Dime Mystery which Bill Pronzini happily revived for his Tales Of The Dead monsterpiece (Book Club, 1987).

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Peter Haining – Beyond The Curtain Of The Dark

Posted by demonik on May 12, 2009

Peter Haining – Beyond The Curtain Of The Dark (Four Square, October, 1966: Nel, 1972)


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Bruce Pennington

Foreword – Judith Merril
Introduction – Peter Haining

Robert Bloch – Lizzie Borden Took An Axe
Patricia Highsmith – The Snail Watcher
Ambrose Bierce – Chickamauga
Harry Harrison – At Last, The True Story Of Frankenstein
Guy De Maupassant – The Horla
Ray Bradbury – Fever Dream
Theodore Sturgeon – The Other Celia
Edgar Allan Poe – The Oval Portrait
W. C. Morrow – The Monster Maker
Frederic Brown – Come And Go Mad
H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth – The Survivor
H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth – The Ancestor
Mary Shelley – The Mortal Immortal
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
Henry Kuttner – By These Presents
Henry Slesar – Whosits Disease
Edgar Allan Poe – King Pest
Harold Lawlor – Mayaya’s Little Green Men
F. Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
Edogawa Rampo – The Human Chair
J. S. Le Fanu – The Fortunes Of Sir Robert Ardagh
Robert Bloch – Return To The Sabbath
Clive Pemberton – The Will Of Luke Carlowe
Isaac Asimov – Eyes Do More Than See

I think the Haining legend really starts picking up momentum with this collection. Other early ones like the same years Where Nightmares Are and The Hell Of Mirrors relied too much upon those classics we all have a billion times over, but this looks like the work of a man who loves, and is widely read in the genre. This is where I first read Bierce’s decidedly non-escapist Chickamauga, a detached account of a war crime and one of the most horrible stories ever written. Maupassant’s The Horla is a coming race story of, literally, insane genius and Edogawa Rampo (say it fast) is kinky-cute in the extreme. Of the Frankenstein variations, W. C. Morrow’s ghastly The Monster Maker just shades it from Harrison’s short ‘n nasty effort.

Four Square edition, cover by Josh Kirby

Four Square edition, cover by Josh Kirby

Thanks to Nightreader for scanning the Four Square cover.

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