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            In 1957, publishers Simon and Schuster approached Alfred Hitchcock, an avid reader of horror and suspense tales, about compiling a book of short stories to be "branded" with the title of his popular television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  Their proposal was accepted and the book was a resounding success.  Various additional publishers entered the fray, including Random House, Dell, Davis Publications, and H.S.D.  More than 100 Alfred Hitchcock mystery books followed during the next forty plus years. Actually, several books in this collection predated this time frame!

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #2  (Tales To Take Your Breath Away)  M93  Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  This is the second in the series of anthologies of stories from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  The even-numbered volumes in the series will consist of stories the editors of AHMM believe to be the best published in the magazine the previous year.  29 tales in all, and each of them calculated to leave you breathless - the total collection rife with the rogues and roguishness you've come to expect from the Master of Suspense.  The Dial Press, 1976, 1977 Davis Publications.  373 pages.  Contributing writers include Robert S. Aldrich, William Bankier, Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, William Brittain, Duffy Carpenter, John Coyne, Nelson DeMille, Robert Edward Eckels, Bruce M. Fisher, Brian Garfield, Everett Greenbaum, Joyce Harrington, Edward D. Hoch, John Lutz, Mick Mahoney, Clayton Matthews, Carroll Mayers, Vincent McConnor, James McKimmey, Francis M. Nevins, Jr., Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Isak Romun, Jeffry Scott, Nedra Tyre, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen, Robert W. Wells.

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Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology #3  Tales To Make Your Blood Run Cold.   M39B   Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  (Anthology #3, Fall-Winter 1978). 1978 Davis Publications. 352 pages. 35 Chillers.  From the Introduction by Mr. H.: "Here is the third volume in this series of Alfred Hitchcock's anthologies. It is entitled "Tales To Make Your Blood Run Cold" and it consists of stories culled from twenty years of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  Included are 35 tantalizing stories, each one chock full of suspense and surprise. You'll find crime, organized and disorganized; executions, legal and otherwise; manhunts, con games, love-hate triangles, psychopaths, suspicious hitchhikers, smugglers, and storms.  Age has not tarnished these delightful offerings - they are still as fresh and sparkling as when originally published. So lean back, turn the lights down low, and snuggle down under the covers. It is a collection, remember, that is calculated to make your blood run cold."  Abetting writers include Harold R. Daniels, Nedra Tyre, Allen Kim Lang, Michael Bruen, Robert Colby, Al Nussbaum, Ron Goulart, Paul W. Fairman, C. B. Gilford, Donald Honig, Mann Rubin, Henry Slesar, Carroll Mayers, Michael Zuroy, Edward D. Hoch, Robert Edmond Alter, Carl Marcus, James Holding, Pauline C. Smith, Talmage Powell, Joseph Payne Brennan, Avram Davidson, Guy Cullingford, Mike Brett, Hilda Cushing, Harold Dutch, Herbert Brean, Lloyd Biggle, Jr., Rufus King, Richard M. Ellis, E. X. Ferrars, Jack Ritchie, Bryce Walton, John Lutz, Joseph Csida.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology #4   M39C  Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  (Anthology #4, Spring-Summer 1979).  1978 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  26 stories + a short novel, The Graveyard Shift, by William P. McGivern.  From the Introduction by Alfred Hitchcock: "This latest anthology consists of 26 gripping stories by some of the finest authors ever published in AHMM, including the story by Jack Ritchie that was later made into the wonderfully comic movie, A New Leaf, with Elaine May and Walter Matthau.  And, as a bonus, a short novel by the distinguished writer of police procedurals, William P. McGivern - 27 tales in all, each of them calculated to startle, shock, dismay, and appall you in the manner you've come to expect from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine."  Contributing writers include Donald E Westlake, James Holding, Edward D Hoch, August Derleth, Dan J Marlowe, Jonathan Craig, Libby MacCall, Bill Pronzini, Ron Goulart, Kate Wilhelm, Lawrence Block, Arthur Porges, Henry Slesar, Jack Ritchie, James M. Ullman, Ross Brown, Nedra Tyre, Lawrence Treat, Patrick O'Keeffe, Frank Sisk, John Lutz, Theodore Mathieson, Helen Kasson, Hillary Waugh, Charles Boeckman, Donald Olson.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology #6   M40  Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  (Anthology #6, Spring - Summer 1980). 1979 Davis Publications. 350 pages.  30 stories.  From the introduction by Editor Eleanor Sullivan; "Fair warning. Even if you are naturally cautious it would be remiss of me not to advise prudence as you proceed from story to story in this new death-and-defiance-filled anthology. If you heed this admonition, your discretion will be rewarded - with shock-absorbing revelations and dark insights. So do go chary into this good collection and you will rage against the dying of your reading light."  Contributing writers include  Edward D. Hoch, Mary Barrett, Henry Slesar, Oscar Schisgall, Pauline C. Smith, Edward Wellen, C. B. Gilford, Boyden Deal, Donald E. Westlake, Bill Pronzini, Clayton Matthews, Patricia Matthews, John Lutz, Arthur Gordon, Stephen Wasylyk, Frank Sisk, Margaret B. Maron, Betty Ren Wright, Donald Olson, Jacques Gillies, Lawrence Block, Jack Ritchie, Helen Nielsen, Talmage Powell, Richard Deming, Ron Goulart, Dan J. Marlowe, James Holding, Margaret Chenoweth, Charlotte Edwards.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology #7   M40B   Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  (Anthology #7, Fall-Winter 1980). 1980 Davis Publications. 352 pages. 27 stories.  From the Foreword by Mr. Hitchcock:  "In reading this seventh anthology in the new series of Alfred Hitchcock anthologies you will undoubtedly experience some inner disquietude, a certain lack of ease in your usual, normal surroundings. The attitudes and actions of many of the so-called human beings you will encounter in these pages will make you look at spouse and sibling, stranger and friend with unaccustomed suspicion and dread.  This reaction from you was carefully planned, in cold blood, with malice afrethought, by the 28 authors who brought these characters to such ferocious, passionate, sinister life. I confess to my role in the scheme with no small elation. But that shouldn't surprise you. No one could ever accuse me of saying, Never fear, Alfred Hitchcock is here."   Contributing writers include Edward D. Hoch, Helen Nielsen, Patrick O'Keeffe, Donald Honig, Talmage Powell, Henry Slesar, Bryce Walton, Donald Olson, Barry N. Malzberg, Robert McKay, Jack Ritchie, Theodore Pratt, Robert Colby, Charlotte Edwards, Dan J. Marlowe, James M. Ullman, Raymond E. Banks, Fletcher Flora, Pauline C. Smith, Jeff Heller, William Link & Richard Levinson, Richard Stark, Mary Braund, Jack Sharkey, Al Nussbaum, F. J. Kelly, Ed McBain.  

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology #10   M41  Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  (Anthology #10, Spring - Summer 1982).  1981 Davis Publications. 349 pages.  26 stories.  From the Introduction by Editor Eleanor Sullivan; "Half of the stories in this collection were written by prize-winning mystery writers - but all of the stories were selected because they have won high marks of approval from readers of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine."  Contributing writers include  Edward D. Hoch, Stephen Wasylyk, Babs H. Deal, Stewart Pierce Brown, Donald Honig, Irwin Porges, Lawrence Block, Nedra Tyre, Jules Archer, Frank Sisk, Henry Slesar, Don Tothe, Jack Ritchie, Patrick O'Keeffe, Stephen Marlowe, William Link & Richard Levinson, Robert Colby, Clayton Matthews, Ron Goulart, Lawrence Treat, Richard Deming, John Lutz, Harold Q. Masur, James Holding, Clark Howard, William Bankier.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology #11   M41B   Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #11, Fall-Winter 1982).  1982 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  "27 Bloodchilling stories of Mystery and Crime."  From the Introduction by editor Cathleen Jordan: "The first issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, from whose archives all but one of the stories included here were taken, was published in December, 1956.  Most of the writers represented here are very practiced hands at the mystery story business, and most, as well, have done numerous stories for AHMM.  And we hope that, in the best Hitchcock custom the whole collection will keep you very scared and very entertained.  Contributing writers include Pauline C. Smith, Jack Ritchie, Jaime Sandaval, Charles W. Runyon, Michael Collins, W. L. Heath, Clark Howard, Richard Deming, James Holding, Bill Pronzini, Stephen Wasylyk, Arthur Porges, Reynold Junker, Norma Schier, Jonathan Craig, Douglas Farr, Edward D. Hoch, Lee Chisholm, Maeva Park, Elijah Ellis, Fletcher Flora, Ed Lacy, Georges Carousso, Thomasina Weber, Dan J. Marlowe, James McKimmey, Jr, W. E. Dan Ross.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #12  (Fear)   M57  Edited by Cathleen Jordan, with Gail Hayden.  (Anthology #12, 1982).  1982 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the Introduction by The Editor - "The collection of stories brought together in this volume is, we think, a special one. It brings together a wide variety of very good authors, for one thing - from Conan Doyle to Isaac Asimov to Jack Ritchie, winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story of 1981. And for another, it shows the extraordinary range of the mystery story. Crime can, it seems, be written about in almost any manner. Jack Ritchie's "Play a Game of Cyanide" is a light and playful story, as its title indicates. Helen Mcloy's "Chinoiserie" is full of dreams from a vanished China. And Damon Knight's "Anachron" combines the sense of past, present, and future in so special and unusual a way that they almost become one."  Contributing writers include Donald Honig, Helen McCloy, Isaac Asimov, Randall Garrett, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Erle Stanley Gardner, M. R. James, Clark Howard, Damon Knight, Elijah Ellis, W. T. Quick, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack Ritchie, Larry Niven, Algernon Blackwood, August Derleth, James Holding, Frederick Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth, Tom Godwin.  Feast!

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #13  (Death-Reach)   M54  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #13, 1983).  27 Stories of Murder and Mystery.  1982 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the Introduction by Editor Cathleen Jordan; "Edgar Allan Poe obviously started something with The Murders in the Rue Morgue. For upwards of a century and a half now, fictional bodies have been turning up across the country (and in a good many others, England being especially notable in that regard), in libraries and drawing rooms and at the foot of cellar steps, dropping past us out of windows and reaching out for our unwary feed in the dark corners of nighttime back yards. They've turned up in swimming pools and fishponds, in their own snug beds where they've just pretended to die peaceful deaths, and, startlingly, at the dinner table where there's usually something appallingly wrong with the wine. All of which makes for some excellent reading. And the authors of the stories in this volume have conjured up some especially ingenious tales of mystery and mystery-solving, and of that long reach of death.  Contributing writers include  Michael Collins, Stanley Abbott, Phil Davis, William Jeffrey, James Holding, George Antonich, Hal Ellson, Allen Lang, James Cross, Robert Turner, Al Nussbaum, Fletcher Flora, Bryce Walton, Edwin P. Hicks, Borden Deal, Helen Nielsen, Edward D. Hoch, Robert Alan Blair, Bill Pronzini, Donald Honig, Richard Hardwick, Jack Ritchie, Donald Martin, Douglas Campbell, George Grover Kipp, John Crowe, Michael Van De Ven.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #17  (Mortal Errors)   M71  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #17, Spring, 1984).  30 Stories of Mystery & Detection.  1983 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the editor's Introduction - "Wherever the mystery story abounds, there also lie catalogued some at least of the sins flesh is heir to. And if they're all pretty unsettling, some are worse than others (i.e., murder), with particularly dire consequences for the victim, who is the recipient of a mortal error indeed! But if our mortal nature - in both senses - leads to trouble (and if, thereby, the murder mystery has proliferated among us), it has also led to some good story telling, of the sort Alfred Hitchcock was especially alert to. So have been the editors of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine over the years, and nearly all the stories that follow come from its files. Stories of error of every description, as long as it's criminous - and stories that just naturally also involve puzzles, suspense, unexpected turnings, and ingenious investigation. All in all, 30 stories to keep you guessing, and perhaps up a bit later than you'd meant to be. But that, we'll hope, is all right, for at least here, on the whole, the errors are deciphered, the puzzles solved, mortality somehow taken cognizance of. And sometimes - best of all - overruled."  Abetting contributors include Gil Brewer, William Brittain, Jonathan Craig, Jamie Ellis, Leo R. Ellis, Isabel Field, Fletcher Flora, W. Sherwood Hartman, Edward D. Hoch, James Holding, Donald Honig, Clark Howard, William Jeffrey, George Kipp, William Link & Richard Levinson, John Lutz, Dan J. Marlowe, Harold Q. Masur, Al Nussbaum, Donald Olson, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Mark Sadler, Henry Slesar, Pauline C. Smith, Wyc Toole, Nedra Tyre, Max Van Derveer, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #19  (Grave Suspicions)   M61  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #19, Winter, 1984).  28 Short Stories of Crime & Detection.  1984 Davis Publications. 347 pages.  From the Introduction by the editor - "The 28 short stories collected here have all been taken from the files of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and all 28, naturally, have to do with crime - murder, mostly. They demonstrate the proposition that almost anything - from chartering a boat on the Indian Ocean to attending a masquerade party to a miraculous recovery from brain surgery - can be perilous indeed.  Grave Suspicions, in short, seem to be in order at every turn in these pages. About the only thing you can be sure of, as a matter of fact, is that you will be kept guessing - and that every story has its own set of surprises, conjured up for you by an outstanding band of mystery story tellers (who are very good at solving puzzles, too). They include  Thomasina Weber, William M. Stephens, Robert Edmond Alter, Helen Nielsen, Jack Ritchie, Neil M. Clark, Henry Slesar, Talmage Powell, Ed Dumonte, Frank Sisk, Jack Morrison, George C. Chesbro, Betty Ren Wright, Donald Olson, Jonathan Craig, C. B. Gilford, Pauline C. Smith, Carroll Mayers, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen, Nora Caplan, Bill Pronzini, James Holding, Donald Honig, John Lutz, Arthur Porges, Leo P. Kelley, Eleanor Boylan.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #22  (Mystery By The Tale  M77   (Anthology #22/Fall 1986).  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  28 Short Stories of Mystery and Suspense.  1986 Davis Publications. 374 pages.  "When we set out to collect the stories for this anthology, I Started Most Innocently (O.H. Leslie). But in The Small Hours (Ernest Savage) of the night - A Woman's Work Is Never Done (Helen Fislar Brooks) - we found that You Can Die Laughing (Robert Arthur). To Make My Death Bed (Babs H. Deal) wasn't exactly what we had in mind at that moment, but then we rapidly became involved in Meditations Upon A Murder (Donald Martin) as well as in ghostly doings, though some of that was a False Alarm (Ann Morice). Next in Line (Jack Ritchie) turned out to be Understanding Electricity (John Lutz) - reading mysteries late at night may be fun but it's definitely no Parlor Game (Gary Brandner). With morning, though, came the Flight of the Sparrow (Gerald Tomlinson), bright Thin Air (Bull Bronzini), and The Letter Carrier (Kathryn Gottlieb). Taking the stories - Typed for Murder (Nedra Tyre) - out of Drawer 14 (Talmage Powell), we left Home Ground (A.F. Oreshnik) and set out for the office via subway, thereby cleverly avoiding Murder on the Edinburgh-London Express (John H. Dirckx). We didn't see The Fanatical Ford (Arthur Porges) anywhere on our street. Passing some Stately Ruins (Frank Sisk), but no A Grave on the Indragiri (Alvin S. Fick), we-the Last of the Big-Time Spenders (Duffy Carpenter)-bought a token and on the way to town contemplated Martha Myers, Movie Star (Raymond Mason), and Albert and the Amateurs (Len Gray), who were discussing The World According to Uncle Albert (Penelope Wallace); it seemed he lived by The Unstained Code (George Grover Kipp). As you can tell, having A Mystery by the Tale can be somewhat unnerving experience, but that's the nature, as everyone knows, of Alfred Hitchcock's work (Beware: Dangerous Man - C.B. Gilford). Nonetheless, we hope you'll take A Little Time Off (Stephen Wasylyk) to enjoy these stories from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine as much as we did, and that you'll be Happy as a Harp Song (Pauline C. Smith)!"

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #24  (The Shadow of Silence)   M82  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #24, Fall / Winter 1987).  1987 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  "I saw old Autumn in the misty morn Standing shadowless like silence, listening To silence." - Thomas Hood.  From the Introduction by Editor Cathleen Jordan; "28 stories are collected in this volume - 28 occasions for nefarious activity by the likes of thieves and scoundrels, murderers and mischief-makers generally. Unsettling little surprises come in the mail; mystifying phone calls are made as well as received; corpses converse; and reality is tampered with. In these stories, brought together as is our custom from the files of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, you wil encounter a corner of Paris and of rural England; a tunnel to freedom; an island packed with sheriffs; a mansion of imitation ghosts; and a dream steam room (or was it?). You'll meet a boy with a magic tree; a salesman who makes a shoplifter buy up a storm; a barber with a past; a dog who follows a cat; and a millionaire's daughter (or was she?). It's enough to keep a person guessing - or so we hope. Not to mention entertained."  Contributors to the guesswork include  Vincent McConnor, Richard Hardwick, Thomas M. Disch, Stephen Wasylyk, Fletcher Flora, Michael Zuroy, Charles Einstein, Leo R. Ellis, James Holding, Charles McIntosh, Miel Tanburn, Bryce Walton, Anthony Marsh, Ray T. Davis, Pauline C. Smith, Clayton Matthews, Elijah Ellis, Jack Webb, Bill Pronzini, James McKimmey, John Lutz, Mary Linn Roby, August Derleth, Dick Ellis, Max Van Derveer, Jack Ritchie, Donald E. Westlake, C. B. Gilford.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #26  (Shrouds and Pockets)   M83  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #26, Winter 1988).  26 short stories of Mystery and Detection, all of which previously appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine 1988 by Davis Publications. 348 pages.  Word of Warning from Editor Cathleen Jordan; "Pockets: Lined by insurance fraud, house burglary, confidence games, supermarket holdups, forgery, drug smuggling, spouse murder, false representation, price-gouging, counterfeiting. More methods are doubtless possible. Lined by silk, cotton, denim, and artificial fabrics. Lined by honest work, chicanery, and metaphor. Sometimes pockets have holes; this is well known. And sometimes they aren't there.   Shrouds: Not lined, so far as we know. Often produced by desire for revenge, jealousy, bigotry and stupidity, desire for more for pockets, and fear of exposure.   By-product: When the cloth of either is imaginary, the fabric of fun."  Contributing writers include  Janet Biery, John C. Boland, Caryl Brahms & Ned Sherrin, Ron Butler, Barbara Callahan, Herschel Cozine, Isabel Langis Cusack, Richard Deming, Alvin S. Fick, Joe L. Hensley, Edward D. Hoch, John Lutz, Dana Lyon, Vincent McConnor, Arthur Moore, Kevin O'Donnell, Jr., Arthur Porges, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Ernest Savage, Frank Sisk, Kay Nolte Smith, Dick Stodghill, Robert Twohy, Lawrence Treat & Richard Plotz, James Michael Ullman, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen, Michael Zuroy.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Anthology #27  (Murder & Other Mishaps)   M73  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #27, 1989).  1989 Davis Publications. 318 pages.  21 Stories of Mystery and Suspense.  From the Introduction by the editor - "For about a dozen years now, the publishers of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine have been putting together collections of stories mostly taken from that magazine's past. this is our 27th such anthology (and there are more to come!). If you've just joined us, welcome. You'll find within these covers tales of crime and mystery in considerable variation, from straightforward, clue-filled investigations of murder to chilling suspense to some decidedly unexpected approaches to crime-solving. Some are laced with humor; some inject a touch of the supernatural. But all are written with the special voices of these 21 outstanding practitioners of crime on paper, and all, we hope, will catch you by surprise along the way. We think you'll like them. And if you've been with us before, welcome back, and read on..."  Contributing writers include Henry Slesar, C. B. Gilford, Bruce M. Fisher, Jack Ritchie, William Campbell Gault, Charles Peterson, Joyce Porter, James Holding, Robert Arthur, Bryce Walton, Gary Brandner, Pauline C. Smith, Talmage Powell, Janwillem Van de Wetering, Ernest Savage, Tom Parsons, T. M. Adams, Loren D. Estleman, Mann Rubin, Jim Thompson, Alec Ross.

 

The Alfred Hitchcock  Murder Case   by George Baxt.  M5  "An unauthorized novel by the author of The Dorothy Parker Murder Case."  "...moves with the clicking efficiency of the best of the Hitchcock chasers." - The Village Voice1986 by George Baxt. International Polygonics Limited New York City. 277 pages.   "Baxt's celebrity series has the bounce and humor of both (The Pharoah Love and the Van Larsen/Plotkin series) along with a smooth assurance of its own, a solidity that comes from a real knowledge of the past and an unquestionable affection for the artists whose personalities he's taking advantage of, as well as for their works. The most appealing thing about the new Baxts is the way they appear to be contemplations, rather than exploitations, of the famous dead." - Michael Feingold, The Village Voice.  From the foreword by George Baxt; "This novel has not been authorized or endorsed by Alfred Hitchcock, his estate, or any of the individuals or companies that may be licensed to use the name 'Alfred Hitchcock.' It is simply a historical novel, a work of fiction that includes Alfred Hitchcock as a character."

        "On a Monday Afternoon, June 11, 1923, George Baxt was born on a kitchen table in Brooklyn.  He was nine when his first published work appeared in the Brooklyn Times-Union. He received between two and five dollars for each little story or poem the paper used. His first play was produced when he was eighteen. It lasted on night.  Mr. Baxt has been a propagandist for Voice of America, a press agent, and an actor's agent. He has written extensively for stage, screen, and television. During stays in England in the fifties, he wrote a number of films (Circus of Horrors; Horror Hotel; Burn, Witch, Burn) which are now staples of late night television.  His first novel, A Queer Kind of Death, was published in 1966. His other novels include Swing Low, Sweet Harriet; A Parade of Cockeyed Creatures; Topsy and Evil; "I!" Said The Demon; Process of Elimination; The Dorothy Parker Murder Case; and most recently The Alfred Hitchcock Murder Case.  Mr. Baxt lives in New York, is a bachelor, and is devoted to his VCR." (Author notes as of 1986).

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Anti-Social Register   M44   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Sabotage.  Once again Alfred Hitchcock, not-so-secret agent of the underworld, has been discovered consorting with known mad-men, murderers, ghouls and other unsavory characters. Posing under a cloak of respectability, Hitchcock is clearly seeking to torpedo the Good Life. Although Hitchcock will not admit this sinister charge, the evidence is stacked against him, as witness his  Anti-Social Register.  A new and diabolic masterpiece of propaganda from Hitchcock and a hand-picked team of talented collaborators totally dedicated to the cause of terrifying the good, the kind, the innocent of the world."  Dell. 1965 H.S.D. Publications. 206 pages.  "The Fine Art of Murder.  A murder can be as delicious and titillating as a glass of rare vintage champagne or as pedestrian and bland as a vanilla malted. This volume is concerned only with the former - deaths contrived with loving thought and meticulous planning, masterpieces of murder perpetrated only by those willing to execute their missions with savoir faire and extraordinary skill. Be they amateurs or professionals, nosy landladies or successful thespians, uncles, wives or sons... be their motives money, revenge or love... they will not fail to inspire even the most jaded of crime aficionados."  Contributing writers include Fletcher Flora, James Holding, Stanley Abbott, Robert Edmond Alter, Donald Honig, Hal Dresner, Richard Curtis, Helen Nielsen, Henry Slesar, C.B. Gilford, Arthur Porges, Bryce Walton, Richard Hardwick, Jack Ritchie.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  A Baker's Dozen of Suspense Stories   M42  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "The eerie imaginations of Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury, Graham Greene, John Steinbeck, and nine other masters of the strange and terrifying."  Dell. 1949 Alfred J. Hitchcock. 192 pages.  "Never say die... For those who had the courage to come back for more, that generous master of suspense has provided a baker's dozen of the bizarre, a little extra in the way of horror and intrigue. Here is a supreme collection of skin-prickling suspense, cunningly chosen to startle and terrify, by... Alfred Hitchcock."  "The signs are unmistakable - sever drops of still-moist blood, two sinister shadows in the night, a half-empty bottle of arsenic... Alfred Hitchcock has been at it again, in collaboration with  Agatha Christie, D. H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck, Mary Deasy, F. Tennyson Jesse, Samuel Blas, Ellis St. Joseph, Ray Bradbury, Georges Carousso, Louis Pollock, Robert Lewis, Graham Greene, Eugene Manlove Rhodes.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Bar The Doors   M11B   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "13 Great Tales of Terror by Masters of the Macabre."  Dell Publishing. 1946 Alfred J. Hitchcock. 192 pages.  "Speaking of Terror, for the foreword by Alfred Hitchcock:  A collection of stories of suspense which I edited for Dell Books having proved a success, the publishers asked me to bring together a group of tales which I admire because of their skillful handling of the element of terror. Really this seems to me to amount to another collection of suspense stories, for terror is often accompanied by suspense in the unfolding of a thrilling narrative -- or, to put it another way, a story which gives the reader a feeling of terror necessarily contains a certain measure of suspense.  Wouldn't it be well, my friends, to bar the doors before you commence to read this assortment of chills and shivers?"  "Don't Anybody Move - Here, selected by the master, are thirteen superlative tales designed to keep you frozen to your seat and written by the world's most ingenious creators of the weird, the shocking, and the fantastic.  Among them:  H. G. Wells, Alexander Woollcott, Dubose Heyward, Ambrose Bierce, Margaret Irwin, Samuel Hopkins Adams, Wilbur Daniel Steele, August Derleth, McKnight Malmar, Peter Fleming, F. Marlon Crawford, Alfred Noyes, Martin Armstrong.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Behind the Death Ball   M45  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "That master hustler of horror chalks up a new high in terror."  Dell. 1974 H.S.D. Publications. 176 pages.   "Mr. Hitchcock needs your help. Any artist is only as good as his audience, and that master orchestrator of terror, Alfred Hitchcock, is no exception. What good is his fearful brand of fiendish fun if he has no nerves to twist, no teeth to set chattering, no vocal chords to strum into high notes of horrified hysteria? That's where you come in, dear reader. Just put yourself in Hitch's skillful hands, and he'll give you a screaming good time with personally selected stories and novelettes by such masters of menace and the macabre as  Lawrence Treat, August Derleth, Arthur Porges, Helen Nielsen, Henry Slesar, Talmage Powell, C.B. Gilford, Fletcher Flora, Bruce Hunsberger, Ed Lacy, John Lutz, Hal Ellson, Robert Alan Blair, Syd Hoff.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  The Best Of Fiends   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.   M45B   "It's always evil weather, when Alfie and his pals get together!"  "Kill and Tell. Alfred Hitchcock doesn't believe that roses should blush unseen, or murderers should hide their masterpieces from the public. After all, says Alfie, what's the good of constructing a perfect crime if only its evil architect can appreciate its baleful beauty?  It is because Alfie believes so passionately in the public's right to know that he has assembled this delightfully devilish collection of stories.  When you toss and turn in bed after finishing this book, and wake up screaming from nightmares dancing in your head, you'll be able to thank the one and only Alfred Hitchcock for his ever-so-thoughtful gift of terror. " 14 Stories. Dell Publishing. 1972 by H.S.D. Publications. 208 pages.  "Let It All Hang Out! Everybody knows Alfred Hitchcock is the world's foremost connoisseur of evil, but few realize he is also a pioneering psychologist. According to Alfie, the only way to get rid of our dark and violent impulses is to give free play to them -- and as proof of the gloriously grisly fun fully liberated fields can have, he is presenting fourteen brilliant writers who follow his perverse prescription right down to the final terrifying scream. Here are great novelettes and stories by  H. A. DeRosso, C. B. Gilford, Rog Phillips, Edwin P. Hicks, Richard Deming, Dick Ellis, Fletcher Flora, Neil M. Clark, Gilbert Ralston, Mary Linn Roby, Ed Lacy, Robert Colby, Jack Ritchie, Richard O. Lewis.

 

Alfred Hitchcock   The Best of Mystery   M1  Sixty-three Short Stories Chosen by the Master of Suspense.   Here are 65 spine-tingling tales, introduced by the master of suspense, the late Alfred Hitchcock.  Galahad Books New York. 1976 Davis Publications. 636 pages. These suspenseful stories originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and, in the words of the master himself, are "calculated to make your blood run cold."  Many of the best mystery writers got their start in AHMM, and continue to be regular contributors.  Contributing writers in this volume include Edward D. Hoch, Henry Slesar, Pauline C. Smith, Avram Davidson, Lawrence Block, Jack Ritchie, Hillary Waugh, Charles Boeckman, Roderick Wilkinson, Bill Pronzini, F.J. Kelly, Ed McBain, Gilbert Ralston, Borden Deal, Rebert Colby, Ron Goulart, Donald E. Westlake, Lawrence Treat, John Lutz, James Michael Ullman, Patricia Highsmith, William Link & Richard Levinson, Richard Stark, Jean Potts, Rufus King, Richard M. Ellis, C.B. Gilford, James Holding, Wenzell Brown, Charlotte Edwards, Dan J. Marlowe, Paul W. Fairman, E.X. Ferrars, Bryce Walton, Mary Barrett, Kate Wilhelm, Paul Tabori, Eleanor Dally Boylan, Helen Nielsen, Donald Honig, Holly Roth, Lawrence Page, David Ely, Nedra Tyre, Carroll Mayers, Margaret Chenoweth, William P. McGivern.  (Also see "Library of Mystery" on this page.  The book also comes as part of a two book boxed set, paired with "Tales of Terror")!

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Bleeding Hearts   M46  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "If at first you don't succeed, kill, kill again!  Alfred Hitchcock believes that practice makes perfect, especially in the fine art of murder. Your first crime might be jumped on by critics - a messy corpse, clumsily dropped clues, maybe even a victim left alive. But don't despair. Just do your thing awhile - and you'll kill them every time! In fact, you just might approach the diabolical expertise you'll find in every one of the 14 chillers Hitch has selected for your shivery delight."  Dell. 1974 H.S.D Publications. 238 pages.  Contributing writers include Robert Bloch, H.A. DeRosso, Jack Ritchie, Richard Hardwick, Michael Brett, Richard Deming, Robert Alan Blair, Frank Sisk, Hal Ellson, Fletcher Flora, Donald Honig, Theodore Mathieson, John Lutz, Talmage Powell.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Borrowers Of The Night   M46B   Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  27 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.  1983 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  "Those who 'Borrow The Night' to carry out fell deeds may do so literally (by hiding themselves in darkness) or figuratively (by hiding their identities in secrecy).  What follows, in most cases, is a mystery for the rest of us to unravel, and Alfred Hitchcock's Borrowers of the Night is full of them -- a varied collection of stories crammed with dark plots, clues, and detectives on their trail."  Contributing writers include Lawrence Block, Michael Collins, Jonathan Craig, August Derleth, Ed Dumonte, Elijah Ellis, Ron Goulart, Marilyn Granbeck, Edwin P. Hicks, James Holding, Donald Honig, George Grover Kipp, Margaret B. Maron, Arthur Moore, Al Nussbaum, Patrick O'Keeffe, Donald Olson, Arthur Porges, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Nancy Schachterle, Pauline C. Smith, Max Van Derveer, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen, Donald L. Westlake, Waldo Carlton Wright.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Boys And Ghouls Together   M47  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Here's Hitch -- wishing you good night and pleasant screams!"  Dell. 1974 H.S.D. Publications. 253 pages.  "Hitch's encounter group.  Alfred Hitchcock has developed his own form of shock therapy for those in need of straightening out their twisted lives. It consists simply of bringing together cunning killers and unsuspecting victims in let-it-all-hang-out sessions set up either to kill or cure -- preferably the former. Now Hitch has assembled a chilling casebook of diabolically successful experiments in this excruciatingly exciting area of research -- fourteen tales guaranteed to turn your dreams into nightmares by such masters as  Lawrence Treat, Robert C. Ackworth, Henry Slesar, C.B. Gilford, August Derleth, Robert Colby, Ed Lacy, Richard Hardwick, Arthur Porges, Donald E. Westlake, Elijah Ellis, Fletcher Flora, Frank Sisk, Robert Alan Blair.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Breaking The Scream Barrier   M12  (Stories to be Read With the Lights On, Vol. II).  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Harold Q. Masur.  "Hitchcock has come up with the Great New Sound of the '70s!"  Dell. 1973 Random House New York. 220 pages.  "Test your terror threshold. Dodd you twitch at the sight of a corpse? Does a bit of another's blood make your own run cold? Does a menacing shadow beneath a streetlight late at night make you walk a little faster? Does the rattling of a window at three in the morning find an echo in the chattering of your teeth? No? Well, then let Alfred Hitchcock give you his ultimate test as he puts you in the hands of masters of mystery and the macabre whose business and pleasure are to carry you beyond the boundaries of safety and into the heart of the terror that waits for us all. Here are 20 great nerve-twisters by such star spellbinders as  Robert L. McGrath, Rose Million Healey, Ardath F. Mayhar, Al Nussbaum, Jack Ritchie, Nancy C. Swoboda, Betty Ren Wright, Barry Malzberg, Harold Q. Masur, William F. Nolan, Bill Pronzini, Harold Rolseth, Paul Theridion, Waldo Carlton Wright, Berkely Mather, David Montross, Joan Richter, William Sambrot, Jeffrey M. Wallmann, Mitsu Yamamoto.

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A Brief Darkness  M7   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock 1988 by Castle Books. 379 pages.  Published years after The Master's death presented are 35 tales ala Alfred Hitchcock by contributing writers Robert Arthur, Gary Brandner, Helen Fislar Brooks, Duffy Carpenter, Babs H. Deal, Johh H. Dirckx, Alvin S. Fick, C. B. Gilford, Kathryn Gottlieb, Len Gray, George Grover Kipp, O. H. Leslie, John Lutz, Donald Martin, Raymond Mason, Anne Morice, A. F. Oreshnik, Arthur Porges, Talmadge Powell, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Ernest Savage, Frank Sisk, Pauline C. Smith, Gerald Tomlinson, Nedra Tyre, Penelope Wallace, Stephen Wasylyk, Miel Tanburn, Lawrence Treat, Ann F. Woodward, Stephen Wasylyk, Henry Slesar and Brian Garfield.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  A Choice of Evils    M43  Edited by Elana Lore.  Thirty-four stories of mystery & suspense.  Offered is a varied menu of evils in this collection - from the subtle to the fantastic.  And, as you will see, even the most innocent among us can be drawn into its tangled web.  The Dial Press. 1983 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  Contributing writers include Gloria Amoury, Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, Charles Boeckman, William Brittain, Stanley Cohen, Borden Deal, Richard Deming, Robert L. Fish, W. Sherwood Hartman, Joe L. Hensley, Edward D. Hoch, Clark Howard, Evan Hunter, William Link & Richard Levinson, Virginia Long, John Lutz, Dan J. Marlowe, Harold Q. Masur, Charles Mergendahl, Sonora Morrow, Patrick O'Keeffe, Donald Olson, Arthur Porges, Talmage Powell, Jack Ritchie, Frank Sisk, John F. Suter, Lawrence Treat, James Michael Ullman, Stephen Wasylyk, Thomasina Weber, Edward Wellen, Donald E. Westlake.

        Elana Lore is a former editor of both Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.  Her most recent book was Alfred Hitchcock's Fatal Attractions (see below), a collection of stories of suspense and the supernatural.  She is, in her other life, managing editor of Sylvia Porter's Personal Finance magazine.  (Background info as of 1983).

 

Alfred Hitchcock hand-picks and introduces A Bouquet of Clean Crimes and Neat Murders   M43B  Written by Henry Slesar.  From the Introduction by Alfred Hitchcock... "In the past five years of Alfred Hitchcock Presents it has been my pleasure to dispose of several hundred victims in your living room.  I trust the resultant gore hasn't made too much of a mess of your carpets.  We have tried to keep our crimes clean and our murders neat.  Some part of our success in this direction is demonstrated in this collection.  These stories, all of which were translated into television programs, are prime examples of the program's philosophy.  In case you didn't realize we had a philosophy, allow me to describe it for you.  It consists of these principles:  1) Murder isn't nice.  2) Violence is a bore, unless there is a good reason for it.  3) Nobody is really squeamish.  4) Crime may not pay, but it can certainly entertain.  5) The play's the thing.  

        This last principle, while not entirely original, is perhaps the most important.  On Alfred Hitchcock Presents we have continually endeavored to place the Story above the Gory.  Our rather large audience likes it that way (and our sponsors rather like our large audiences).  Henry Slesar, whose name should be familiar to those persistent viewers who watch our program to the very last credit line, is the author of the following tales.  You will discover that Mr. Slesar agrees with our principles wholeheartedly.  A soft-spoken young man with an excellent criminal record (in fiction, of course), he has produced for your amusement and edification such engaging characters as Milt Potter, who stole two hundred thousand dollars and wouldn't give it back; a kindly waitress with a habit of serving arsenic; a burglar willing to listen to reason; a man who cannot sleep -- for the most curious reason; a lady who cannot keep her mouth shut -- even to save her life; an escape artist who cannot escape; and other entertaining specimens. Charming people, all - scoundrels, murderers, and victims alike.

        I am sure you will enjoy meeting them in their original published form. Sadly, we are forced to omit the commercials from this volume. However, you may enjoy both commercials and stories every week by simply tuning in Alfred Hitchcock Present every Tuesday evening on NBC Television. I shall be present to lead you gently into both. Now I would suggest that you turn the page, and have yourself a shudderingly good time."  1960 Avon Book Division, The Hearst Corporation. 160 pages.  Stories Included:  Not the Running Type, A Fist Full of Money, Pen Pal, Trust Me, Mr. Paschetti, One Grave Too Many, 40 Detectives Later, the Morning After, The Deadly Telephone, Something Short of Murder, The Right Kind of a House, M is for the Many, The Last Escape, The Man With Two Faces, Case of the Kind Waitress, Make Me an Offer, Sleep Is for the Innocent, The Day of the Execution.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's   Coffin Break   M48  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock Dell 1974. 222 pages.  "Sit down, relax and enjoy the rich aroma of 100% pure evil. Alfred Hitchcock, the Insidious One, has selected only the most chilling morsels for this unholy blend of choice tales of terror, all hand-picked from the fiendish fields of murder, mystery and mayhem. So take a break from the innocence and tranquility of everyday life and pore through this deliciously diabolic mixture. Join the Insidious One in a refreshing taste of ingenious malevolence, brewed to criminal perfection such sages of the sinister as  Richard Deming, Gil Brewer, Syd Hoff, Helen Nielsen, C.B. Gilford, Arthur Porges, Henry Slesar, Hal Ellson, John Lutz, Ed Lacy, James Holding, Dick Ellis, Hal Dresner, Jonathan Craig.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Coffin Corner   M49  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Alfie's back - with a coffin full of devilish new delights."  Dell. 1968 H.S.D. Publications. 220 pages.  "A" is for the arsenic he's fond of. "L" is for his lethal taste in tales. "F" is for the fiends who are his best friends. "I" is for the icepicks that they use. "E" is for the extra-special pleasure he takes in every slaying that's well done.  Put them all together they spell ALFIE, the man who says that murder can be fun."  "Down by the old blood stream. That's where Alfred Hitchcock, that chillingly cheerful master of ghoulish gambols, likes to stroll when he's in the mood for a little gory refreshment. Entertainment is supposed to turn people on, but Alfie likes the kind that turns them off - permanently. You'll agree, when you sample his newest offerings of macabre murder and thumb-screw suspense, that he's out to give you a screaming good time.  Contributing writers include Donald Honig, Talmage Powell, Mary Linn Roby, Richard Deming, William Brittain, Richard O. Lewis, Hal Ellson, Richard Hardwick, H.A. DeRosso, Arthur Porges, August Derleth, John Lutz, Frank Sisk, John Arre.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Crime Watch   M50  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #18, Summer, 1984).  25 Stories of Mystery & Murder.  1984 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the Introduction by Editor Cathleen Jordan;  "If one undertakes to look out for crime, one must keep a sharp eye out for hot tempers and dark alleys, for lost love and sudden wealth (tiresome spouses are particularly vulnerable, and anyone at all who has put his name to a Last Will and Testament). One should keep firmly in mind that things are rarely what they seem to be, but nevertheless, one should always adopt a guarded stance around guns, knives, bottles of poison and bottles of sleeping pills (and therefore around cups of hot chocolate and bottles of wine, especially sealed ones). One should look out for jewelry cases, revelatory diaries, unlocked French doors, packets of white powder, and rare stamps. One must, however, be careful Not To Know Too Much if one does not wish to cease to know a thing. Which can make crimewatching tricky. In its nearly three decades of publishing new mystery stories, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine has come upon thousands of such important details. The stories that follow are all taken from its archives, and they suggest, at least, the range of clues and confoundments that crimewatchers can get mixed up with. And be entertained by."  Abetting writers include  Charles Boeckman, Douglas Farr, Fletcher Flora, James Holding, Donald Honig, George Grover Kipp, Ed Lacy, Allen Lang, John Lutz, Dan J. Marlowe, Donald Martin, Helen Nielsen, Donald Olson, Henry T. Parry, Talmage Powell, S. S. Rafferty, Carl Henry Rathjen, Jack Ritchie, Frank Sisk, Henry Slesar, Pauline C. Smith, William M. Stephens, Lawrence Treat, Thomasina Weber, Betty Ren Wright.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Dates With Death   M13  (Formerly, Tales From A Month of Mystery) Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "When Hitchcock asks you out, get ready for a bloody good time."  Dell. 1969 Random House New York. 214 pages.  "Alfred Hitchcock loves his work - but even he has to admit his schedule is getting overcrowded. From the moment he wakes with dawn breaking over the cemetery to the midnight screams that lull him to sleep after a long day's lethal labors, the master of the macabre has barely a moment free of fiendish fun and gory goings-on. But what is wearing for Hitchcock is wonderful for the reader as Hitchcock comes up with the pick of the crop from his non-stop harvest of horror. Here are 15 tales to terrify by such all-time top spellbinders as Ross Macdonald, Michael Gilbert, Lawrence Treat, Romain Gary, E.C. Bentley, Edward D. Hoch, Harry Muheim, Stephen Marlowe, Matthew Gant, Howard Rigsby, Basil Cooper, Helen McCloy, James Holding, William Sambrot, Alex Gaby. 

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Death Bag   M51  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Open it, look inside. But don't say we didn't warn you!"  Dell. 1969 H.S.D. Publications. 159 pages.  "Terror, Anyone? Of course, it's not for everyone. Some prefer the sunny side of life. Others like tales of rousing inspiration. There are even those - believe it or not - who find homicide somehow distressing. But if you don't mind a chill a page, a little blood splattered here and there, and an infinite amount of diabolical cunning, we think Alfred Hitchcock's latest gathering will be just your cup of tea. And don't mind that slightly bitter taste. Its only... But why spoil the surprise?"  "Murderers of the world, just go do your thing! Don't let the squares stunt your self-expression. Painters need canvas and paint. Writers need paper and ink. And an artist like you needs a nice victim or two or three or more - at least if you're one of the purveyors of swinging death all tied up and ready to be delivered for macabre reading pleasure in Alfred Hitchcock's Death Bag."  Stores by such master of mystery as Hal Ellson, Mary Linn Roby, Henry Slesar, C. B. Gilford, Helen Nielsen, Talmage Powell, H. A. DeRosso, Jack Ritchie, Robert Colby, Arthur Porges, Michael Brett, Robert Edmond Alter, Richard H. Hardwick, Hal Dresner.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Death Can Be Beautiful   M52  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Turn on to terror, say Hitch -- in a brand new coffin full of grisly delights."  Dell. 1972 by H.S.D. Publications. 215 pages. "Many a murderer has been left to blush unseen.  Beauty should be open to all, says Alfred Hitchcock, and it pains that connoisseur of the fine art of evil to think of all the beautiful acts of horror that the public never gets to appreciate. That's why Hitch has dedicated his life to letting the general population see how talented the best of fiends can be - and now he presents the latest, greatest showing in his gallery of terror. You'll scream for more when you read spine-tingling gems by such masters as:  H.A. DeRosso, Arthur Porges, Donald Honig, Hal Ellson, Jack Webb, August Derleth, James Holding, C.B. Gilford, Fletcher Flora, Donald E. Westlake, Nedra Tyre, Ed Lacy, Robert Colby, James H. Schmitz.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Death-Mate   M53  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "The clock runs out fast when Alfie's ghoulish grandmasters make their moves!"  Dell. 1973 H.S.D Publications. 224 pages.  "Endgames. Alfred Hitchcock loves the murder game because it offers such an infinite possibility of moves. A drop of arsenic in coffee, a silken noose around the neck, a sharpened knife in the back, a bullet in the brain, are just a few of the classic ploys -- and there is always somebody to come up with a fascinating new variation. Now Alfie has set up his chessboard of evil, and turned his grandest masters of the macabre loose to do their bloodcurdling best -- in novelettes and stories by such fiendish favorites as  Jack Ritchie, Hal Ellson, Fletcher Flora, Syd Hoff, C.B. Gilford, Henry Slesar, August Derleth, Richard O. Lewis, Talmage Powell, Michael Brett, Charles W. Runyon, Elijah Ellis, Theodore Mathieson, James Holding.

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Alfred Hitchcock   Death On Arrival  M2  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "A Chilling Reception awaits you... 14 Excursions into Terror."  Dell. 1979 Davis Publications. 253 pages.  The best from Alfred Hitchcockk's Mystery Magazine #38.  "Alfred Hitchcock is your guide on a one-way trip to terror... You're in the hands of the Master himself when you book passage with Hitchcock. The terrain is murderous, and the schedule quite killing - but then there's nothing conventional about this journey.  Hitchcock's idea of an out-of-the-way place is the bottom of the ocean, and when he takes you off the beaten track, don't be surprised to find that it includes a graveyard. Among your many stopovers, you'll be dropping in on  Richard Deming, Robert Alan Blair, Edward D. Hoch, C.B. Gilford, Hal Ellson, Fletcher Flora, Robert Colby, John Lutz, Arthur Porges, Richard Hardwick, Frank Sisk, William Brittain, Donald Honig, Dick Ellis.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Death-Reach   M54  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #13, 1983).  27 Stories of Murder and Mystery.  1982 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the Introduction by Editor Cathleen Jordan; "Edgar Allan Poe obviously started something with The Murders in the Rue Morgue. For upwards of a century and a half now, fictional bodies have been turning up across the country (and in a good many others, England being especially notable in that regard), in libraries and drawing rooms and at the foot of cellar steps, dropping past us out of windows and reaching out for our unwary feed in the dark corners of nighttime back yards. They've turned up in swimming pools and fishponds, in their own snug beds where they've just pretended to die peaceful deaths, and, startlingly, at the dinner table where there's usually something appallingly wrong with the wine. All of which makes for some excellent reading. And the authors of the stories in this volume have conjured up some especially ingenious tales of mystery and mystery-solving, and of that long reach of death.  Contributing writers include  Michael Collins, Stanley Abbott, Phil Davis, William Jeffrey, James Holding, George Antonich, Hal Ellson, Allen Lang, James Cross, Robert Turner, Al Nussbaum, Fletcher Flora, Bryce Walton, Edwin P. Hicks, Borden Deal, Helen Nielsen, Edward D. Hoch, Robert Alan Blair, Bill Pronzini, Donald Honig, Richard Hardwick, Jack Ritchie, Donald Martin, Douglas Campbell, George Grover Kipp, John Crowe, Michael Van De Ven.

 

Alfred Hitchcock  Don't Look A gift Shark In The Mouth  M3  (Formerly "More of My Favorites In Suspense").  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Watch out! You're about to be hooked on terror."  Dell. 1959 Random House New York. 287 pages.  "Hitchcock's finest catch of terror and suspense. No fan of Hitchcock worth his salt would want to miss these stories, with plots as intricate and sinister as the icy depts. And, as usual, nothing worth shuddering at has escaped the master's net.  A word of caution though. You're likely to find yourself squirming as Hitchcock angles to land his chilliest collection yet. This volume includes 6 stories and one full-length novella by the likes of Jack Finney, William Sambrot, Robert Arthur, F. Tennyson Jesse, Hilda Lawrence, Mann Rubin, William Daniel Steele.  From the Introduction by the Master of the Macabre - "And now, if you are anxious to curl up with a good book, perhaps we should be getting on. When you begin reading, may I suggest you choose a time when you are alone in the house. If there are people there, get rid of them. The book is full of suggestions of how this can be accomplished. Now turn out all the lights you possibly can, look over the stories and take one before retiring. If you want to sample another, help yourself, but be careful. An overdose could be fatal. After all, this is a highly toxic book."

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Down By The Old Bloodstream   M55  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Hitch invites you to jump right in - the gore is fine!"  Dell. 1971 H.S.D. Publications. 195 pages.  "Murderers' Lib. Now that every sexual and other human grouping seems to be demanding equal rights, Alfred Hitchcock thinks it's time for his favorite kind of people to make their wants known. Simple justice is all they're asking for. Good jobs and housing. Public recognition of their achievements. And, of course, an end to all those laws that so harshly discriminate against them. Hitch doesn't like to think what might happen if these reasonable requests are denied. Nothing as polite as protests, naturally, nor as crude as bombs. Hitch's killing crew have so many other ways of making their displeasure known - as you'll find out in the fourteen chilling tales in - Down by the Old Bloodstream." "You can get anything you want at Hitch's Restaurant! Like horror on the half-skull? Corpses bloody rare? Suspense done to the last turn of terror? Mystery seasoned with bizarre imagination and served up with grisly relish? You'll find the nerve-tingling treats you want at Hitch's place, where you are invited to sit right down and enjoy a lip-smacking, throat-clutching feast prepared by Alfred Hitchcock's personal choice of such master literary chefs as  Hal Ellson, Richard Hardwick, Fletcher Flora, Richard Deming, Talmage Powell, Robert Edmond Alter, James Holding, Jack Webb, Ed Lacy, Michael Brett, Arthur Porges, Pat Stadley, C.B. Gilford, Frank Sisk.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Fatal Attractions   M56  Edited by Elana Lore.  Twenty-one stories of suspense and the supernatural.  Throughout the years Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine has published many stories of the bizarre, the occult, and the supernatural, and they thought it might be fun, since these kinds of stories are so popular right now, to put some of them, along with some classic stories in the field, together in a collection. Well, here it is, full of clairvoyants, psychic healers, demonologists, poltergeists, and ghosts, plus some things we just knew were strange, but couldn't quite put our finger on.  The Dial Press. 1983 by Davis Publications. 348 pages. Contributing writers include Robert Alan Blair, Marjorie Bowen, Ernest Bramah, George C. Chesbro, G. K. Chesterton, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Jacques Futrelle, Randall Garrett, C. B. Gilford, Dorothy Gilman, Ron Goulart, W. F. Harvey, Edward D. Hoch, W. W. Jacobs, Clayton Matthews, Patrick O'Keefe, Donald Olson, Arthur Porges, James H. Schmitz, Henry Slesar.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Fear   M57  Edited by Cathleen Jordan, with Gail Hayden.  (Anthology #12, 1982).  1982 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the Introduction by The Editor - "The collection of stories brought together in this volume is, we think, a special one. It brings together a wide variety of very good authors, for one thing - from Conan Doyle to Isaac Asimov to Jack Ritchie, winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story of 1981. And for another, it shows the extraordinary range of the mystery story. Crime can, it seems, be written about in almost any manner. Jack Ritchie's "Play a Game of Cyanide" is a light and playful story, as its title indicates. Helen Mcloy's "Chinoiserie" is full of dreams from a vanished China. And Damon Knight's "Anachron" combines the sense of past, present, and future in so special and unusual a way that they almost become one."  Contributing writers include Donald Honig, Helen McCloy, Isaac Asimov, Randall Garrett, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Erle Stanley Gardner, M. R. James, Clark Howard, Damon Knight, Elijah Ellis, W. T. Quick, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack Ritchie, Larry Niven, Algernon Blackwood, August Derleth, James Holding, Frederick Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth, Tom Godwin.  Feast!

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Fireside Book Of Suspense   M57B  Edited and With Introductory Notes By Alfred Hitchcock.  Simon and Schuster New York. 1947. 367 pages.  From the Introduction by Mr. Hitchcock: "It seems to me that suspense is the significant element in every story -- else what we are dealing with is not a story at all. A child who begs to be told a story does not want one without suspense in it. Suspense is the plot device which makes storytelling an art. The primitive man who, reciting the perils of the hunt, held his fellows spellbound as they crouched around the fire, was aware of the effect of suspense. I merely present these stories as I might introduce a number of respected and interesting friends of mine. I trust that you may like them all the more for this informal type of meeting, and that hereafter they will be regarded as your friends too."  Mystery tales by Perceval Gibbon, Graham Greene, Carl Stephenson, Edwin Corle, William Outerson, Phyllis Bottome, Donald Henderson, Ralph Straus, Ross Santee, A.D. Divine, Sidney Herschel Small, Ralph Milne Farley, John Dickson Carr, Margery Sharp, William Irish, John Metcalfe, Allan Vaughan Elston, Albert Payson Terhune, Harold Lamb, Hanson Baldwin, T.O. Beachcroft, Robert Bloch, James M. Cain, Lord Dunsany, "Ex-Private X", W.W. Jacobs, Stephen Vincent Benet.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents  5 Classic Stories   Edited by Cathleen Jordan1986 Davis Publications. 60 pages.  From the Introduction by editor Jordan: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents had been on the air about a year when the first issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine was published, in late 1956. The magazine promptly became one of Mr. Hitchcock's sources for stories for the television show -- and, in fact, two of the stories collected herein, Lawrence Treat's "Suburban Tigress" and Henry Slesar's "The Day of the Execution," appeared in early issues. Altogether, some thirty stories were adapted for TV over the years, with the last show of all being Edward D. Hoch's "Winter Run."  Alfred Hitchcock ceased filming for television in 1965, not long after AHMM's ninth birthday, but the magazine continued to flourish and will, in December, 1986, celebrate its thirtieth year of publication. In those three decades it not only brought its readers numerous stories by all the five authors whose tales are included below, it has also brought them thousands of other stories by hundreds of other expert mystery story writers. Any current issue of AHMM is still packed with murder and revenge, detection and suspense, and often with the humor that Jack Ritchie especially was so famous for. (Not to mention Alfred Hitchcock himself.)  We are pleased that you enjoyed your first year of AHMM and that you'll be with us for the year to come. (And maybe for the next thirty as well!) Thank you on behalf of the entire editorial staff for your recent renewal. And now we -- all -- have some stories to read..."  Contributing writers include Lawrence Treat, Henry Slesar, Donald Honig, Jack Ritchie, Edward D Hoch.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents  14 Of My Favorites In Suspense   M14  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock FEATURES "THE BIRDS"! "When Hitchcock's the judge, make dead sure your nerves can stand a trial by terror!"  Dell. 1959 Random House New York. 286 pages.  "Hitchcock's Superstars. Tennis has Jimmy Connors. Golf has Jack Nicklaus. Boxing has Muhammad Ali. But the only sport that Alfred Hitchcock thinks is worth watching is the murder game, and its superstars prefer to stay far from the limelight until Hitchcock ferrets them out. Here are artists of evil who can tie your nerves into a noose with an elegant trigger finger or a strangler's skillful hands. Here are masters of menace who can send shivers up your spine with a touch of poison or a cold knife blade. Here are 14 of the finest terror tales by the most diabolically effective writers who it has ever been Alfred Hitchcock's perverse pleasure to present:  Daphne Du Maurier, Donald Honig, Anthony Boucher, Charlotte Armstrong, H.G. Wells, Thomas Walsh, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Matthew Gant, Guy Cullingford, Carter Dickson, C.B. Gilford, Joan Vatsek, Price Day, Paul Eiden.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  14 Suspense Stories To Play Russian Roulette By   M57B   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Something for everyone... For Water Enthusiasts: an unknown horror from the vast depths of the sea. For Nature Lovers: the terrible power of unconquerable nature in the form of... ants! For The Sentimental: a supreme - and terrifying - test of true love. Alfred Hitchcock, revered master of the subtle torture, the delicate terror, has concocted a universal collection of masterful suspense."  Dell Publishing. 1945 by Alfred J. Hitchcock. 208 pages.  "Here, there and everywhere. Alfred Hitchcock is forever prowling about, sneaking up when you least expect him. With just a few well-chosen tales, he slyly creates delicious agonies of suspense with such distinguished cohorts in terror as C. B. Gilford, Phyllis Bottome, A. D. Divine, Hanson W. Baldwin, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Ralph Milne Farley, Capt. William Outerson, Frank R. Stockton, Ambrose Bierce, Margery Sharp, Albert Payson Terhune, James M. Cain, Ralph Straus, Stephen Vincent Benet.

 

Frenzy   a novel by Arthur La Bern.  M57C   Stein and Day Publisher New York. 1966 by Arthur La Bern. 218 pages. Formerly published as "Goodbye, Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square". 214 pages.  The book upon which the Hitchcock movie "Frenzy" was based.  "The cards seem stacked against Dick Bamey. He meets his ex-wife for lunch -- she's found murdered the same afternoon. A bar waitress befriends him, and she winds up dead. Both women are the victims of a sex maniac. And now the hunt is on for Bamey. This utterly gripping novel carries you from one memorable scene to another: a matrimonial agency where Ramey fills out an application form with amusing crudity; an overnight stay in a flophouse -- and, on another night, a seedy hotel room to which Ramey has taken on amorous barmaid; a meeting in a London park that leads to a cover-up flight to Paris; a second murder, which is discovered through a sack of potatoes that has legs."  

        Arthur La Bern is the author of eight previous books; his It Always Rains on Sunday became an international bestseller and also a major film. A Londoner, Mr. La Bern was for many years a Fleet Street reporter and feature writer; during World War II he was the Pacific correspondent for the London Evening Standard. A script writer today, he is a work on his tenth novel.  (Bio notes as of 1966).

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Games Killers Play   M58  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Deadly Endsville. It's a place where murderers come in every size and shape, from the kindly gentleman next door to the luscious blonde posing in the window across the street.  It's a place where murder flourishes in the most outlandish forms - a place where knives are for nitwits, and strychnine is for sissies.  It's a place where a man never quite knows what killed him.  It's a nice place to visit, but an easy place to die in... Alfred Hitchcock's Games Killers Play."  Dell. 1967 H.S.D. Publications. 160 pages.  "Homicide - Hitchcock Style.  Murder is nasty. Nice people don't do it. Of course not. That's why the world's so safe. That's why we all live to a ripe old age. So smile. Laugh. Above all, don't get nervous. Because that master of murderous mayhem, Alfred Hitchcock, is about to introduce you to as convincing a crew of keen killers and mangled victims as you'd never care to meet. Today's tops in spellbinding suspense and tasty terror by  August Derleth, Michael Brett, Hal Ellson, Robert Edmond Alter, Jack Ritchie, Talmage Powell, Richard Hardwick, Duane Decker, Nedra Tyre, James Holding, Henry Slesar, Jonathan Craig, Donald E Westlake - PLUS - a bonus Novelette Selection "Pattern Of Guilt" by Helen Nielsen.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's   Get Me To The Wake On Time   M59  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Alfie's in a hurry to deliver a brand new batch of bloody delights!"  14 stories. Dell 1970 H.D.S. Publications. 192 pages.  From Alfie's Introduction; "I am a firm believer in the adage that one good deed deserves another and, if you will read the exciting stories that follow, you will be doing one for me."  "Graveyard Shift. Alfred Hitchcock doesn't like to complain - but sometimes it seems his work is never done.  He's up early every morning, scanning the obituaries. Days are spent racing from funeral to funeral. But the nights are the hardest of all.  Some researchers use libraries to dig up new material. But Alfie's different. To delight his millions of fans, he has to use a flashlight and shovel... See what Alfred Hitchcock has personally unearthed for your shivering reading pleasure in Get Me To The Wake On Time."  Contributing writers include Gil brewer, C. B. Gilford, Ray Russell, Talmage Powell, Jack Ritchie, Fletcher Flora, Rog Phillips, Helen Nielson, Henry Slesar, Michael Brett, Arthur Porges, Donald Honig, Richard Hardwick, H. A. DeRosso.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Grave Business   M60  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "You'll really dig this great new grisly gathering!"  Dell. 1975 H.S.D. Publications. 205 pages.  "Let's hear that old primal scream!  Good news, all you freaked-out fans! Alfred Hitchcock has come up with a great new cure for your mental ills -- and he guarantees that the only hang-up you'll have to worry about is a rope around your neck. So don't be shy. See how it works. Have a mind-blowing encounter with a group of terror tales by such masters of electric-shock suspense as  Douglas Farr, William Brittain, Jack Ritchie, Jonathan Craig, Frank Sisk, Elijah Ellis, Talmage Powell, Richard Deming, James Holding, Richard Hardwick, Helen Nielsen, Theodore Mathieson, Robert Edmond Alter, Robert Colby

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Grave Suspicions   M61  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #19, Winter, 1984).  28 Short Stories of Crime & Detection.  1984 Davis Publications. 347 pages.  From the Introduction by the editor - "The 28 short stories collected here have all been taken from the files of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and all 28, naturally, have to do with crime - murder, mostly. They demonstrate the proposition that almost anything - from chartering a boat on the Indian Ocean to attending a masquerade party to a miraculous recovery from brain surgery - can be perilous indeed.  Grave Suspicions, in short, seem to be in order at every turn in these pages. About the only thing you can be sure of, as a matter of fact, is that you will be kept guessing - and that every story has its own set of surprises, conjured up for you by an outstanding band of mystery story tellers (who are very good at solving puzzles, too). They include  Thomasina Weber, William M. Stephens, Robert Edmond Alter, Helen Nielsen, Jack Ritchie, Neil M. Clark, Henry Slesar, Talmage Powell, Ed Dumonte, Frank Sisk, Jack Morrison, George C. Chesbro, Betty Ren Wright, Donald Olson, Jonathan Craig, C. B. Gilford, Pauline C. Smith, Carroll Mayers, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen, Nora Caplan, Bill Pronzini, James Holding, Donald Honig, John Lutz, Arthur Porges, Leo P. Kelley, Eleanor Boylan.

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Alfred Hitchcock  The Graveyard Man   Presented by Alfred Hitchcock.   M61B  "Dark tales unearthed by the master of the macabre."   Mr. Hitchcock backs up his claim by presenting herein for your delectation stories by such literary ghouls as  Robert Bloch, Avram Davidson, Lawrence Treat, Henry Slesar, C.B. Gilford, Clark Howard, W. Sherwood Hartman, William Link & Richard Levinson, Robert Edmon Alter. This collection H.S.D. Publications, 1968. First NEL edition October 1968. "Conditions of sale: this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser."  Published by The New English Library Limited from Barnard's Inn, Holborn, London E.C.1.  A message from your hose:  "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.  The spade you see is merely symbolic of unearthing the facts, and just the facts, I swear. Actually all that is needed is an observing eye and a nose for news... to exhume a good story. When I was a boy and with the family I sometimes visited an old English graveyard to pay my respects to dear, departed Aunt Bessie who made, without doubt, the best Yorkshire pudding in the district, I noticed the aura of mystery in certain epitaphs chiselled on the older headstones. My interest and imagination immediately soared, especially when I came across this one: 'Here lies Tillie Hull, She died at twenty-two, From a blow on the skull.' to this day when ideas for stories, or TV films, seem hard to come by I often think what rare material could be gathered if only I could take the time to wander through an old cemetery. However, with the help of some of the best thriller writers in the world we still find time to keep you properly chilled with the spine-tingling stories you savor, like those in this book." 

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  A Hangman's Dozen   M62  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Let Alfie knot your nerves into a noose!"  Dell. 1962 Dell Publishing. 222 pages.  "Who's that staring at the scaffold? Why, it's that lovable master of mystery and menace, Alfred Hitchcock, bidding farewell to one of his dear fiends. There's a tear in Alfie's eye as he recalls the splendid strangling the fellow performed, or perhaps it was a neat bit of knifework, or a pretty poisoning. Yes, Alfie's come to say good-bye to another great old ghoul and to assure him that though he may be going, he'll not be forgotten. For Alfie makes it his job to make sure that every truly talented act of deviltry receives its due, as you will see when you view the ones he's brought to light in A Hangman's Dozen."  "Swing and sway the Alfie way! There's nothing that Alfred Hitchcock likes better than a gentle summer breeze - if there are a few hanging bodies swinging in it. It's not that Alfie likes punishment, you understand. But usually where there's punishment, there's a crime to be found, and now Alfie wants to show you what fiendish fun the best of crimes can be as he digs into his treasure trove of gruesome goodies to unearth 15 of his very favorite terror tales. Here are marvelous masterpieces of the macabre by such great names as  Evan Hunter, John Cortez, Ray Bradbury, Richard Stark, Richard Matheson, Helen Nielson, Donald Westlake, Richard Deming, Jack Ritchie, Jonathan Craig, C.B. Gilford, Jay Street, Robert Arthur, Fletcher Flora, Charles Einstein.

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Alfred Hitchcock's   Happiness Is A Warm Corpse   M63  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  Dell. 1969 H.S.D. Publications. 205 pages.  "Tetanus Anyone?  That's one way to insure a prompt departure from this vale of tears. But there are many other methods just as swift and sure. Nor are there lacking shadowy citizens only too eager to employ them. You might not want to meet these nefarious purveyors of ingenious homicide in the flesh -- but you'll have a screaming good time with them in these superb tales of macabre mystery and suspense by such talents as  Jonathon Craig, Robert Colby, Robert Edmond Alter, John Cortez, Fletcher Flora, Diane Frazer, Hal Ellson, James Holding, Jr., Gilbert Ralston, Robert O. Lewis, Richard Deming, Pat Stadley.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's   Happy Deathday!   M65  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Alfie's throwing a party -- so get set for a bloody good time."  Dell. 1972 by H.S.D. Publications. 212 pages.  "Alfred Hitchcock, that well-known host of horror, has decided to throw a blast to end all murder orgies. Every fan of the master of the macabre is invited to come to his little marble crypt at the edge of the cemetery to enjoy the fiendish fun. You can be sure of the quality of the entertainment when you take a look at his guest list of spellbinding writing talents, with novelettes and stories."  Contributing writers include Henry Slesar, Frank Sisk, John Lutz, Donald Honig, Fletcher Flora, Phillip Tremont, Talmage Powell, Richard Deming, Richard Hardwick, Robert Colby, Mary E. Nutt, Elijah Ellis, Jack Ritchie, Stanley Abbott.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Hard Day At The Scaffold   M64   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "That master organizer of way-out trips into the realm of bizarre mystery, Alfred Hitchcock, has once again arranged a first-class excursion into terror. He has selected only the most talented literary concocters of evil as guides, and invites everyone to come along. After all, you have nothing to lose but your sanity." 12 stories, 2 novelettes.  Dell. 1967 H.S.D. Publications. 175 pages.  "Hung up with the cares of the world?  The mate?  The kids?  The bills?  The weather?  The job?  The stopped faucet or the haywire ignition?  Well, don't feel too bad.  We're all in the same leaky boat.  And some of us, you might say, are in it right up to our necks.  Take the group of characters Alfred Hitchcock is about to introduce you to.  If you want to see a bunch with real hand-ups, come join the master in A Hard Day At The Scaffold."  Contributing to this mess are Jonathan Craig, Conald E. Westlake, Michael Brett, C.B. Gilford, Duane Decker, Syd Hoff, Richard Deming, Ed Lacy, Hal Dresner, James McKimmey, Jr., Hal Ellson, Helen Nielsen, Henry Slesar, Fletcher Flora.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Having A Wonderful Crime   M66  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Whenever the eeriest in evil emerges, Hitchcock wishes you there!"  "When some people take a vacation, they want peace and quiet. Others prefer to ski or fish or hit a tennis ball. But when Hitchcock goes on a holiday, he heads for the exotic shores of evil and proceeds to unearth sinister secrets. So if that's the kind of journey you enjoy, the master of the macabre invites you to join him for fiendish fun and gruesome games provided by the most devilishly good storytellers." Dell. 1977 Davis Publications. 224 pages.  14 spinetinglers by Frank Sisk, James Holding, Richard Deming, Donald Honig, Edward Hoch, Joyce Harrington, Clayton Matthews, Robert Colby, Arthur Porges, C.B. Gilford, William Brittain, Henry Slesar, Richard O. Lewis, Richard Hardwick. Says Mr. H. in the Introduction - "Fortune, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.  I now invite all true believers and skeptics alike to behold the spine-tingling chillers that follow, confident that both will find them to be rare beauties."

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Alfred Hitchcock's  A Hearse Of A Different Color   M67  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Warning: You can die laughing on Alfie's brand new joy ride!"  Dell. 1972 H.S.D. Publications. 207 pages.  "Hitchcock Roulette. Alfred Hitchcock is well known for his love of games of chance. Nothing delights him more than seeing a man risk his life on the spin of a fixed wheel or the turn of a marked  card. But most of all, needless to say, Alfie likes Russian roulette - so much so that he's even invented his own version of it. Alfie suggests that instead of putting a bullet in just one chamber of a pistol, you load all six. He promises that you'll get a really big bang out of it! And it's just as sure a bet that you're in for a treat with every one of these novelettes and stories by the greatest masters of the macabre today, in A Hearse Of A Different Color."  "Murder is the best medicine. Alfred Hitchcock, that jolly genie of lethal legerdemain, has little use for doctors, miracle drugs and the like. After all, what can they do but postpone the inevitable for a few decades at most? Alfie much prefers a neater cure for the ills the flesh is heir to - and to prove his point he's assembled the leading exponents of this drastic form of therapy. You may feel squeamish at the means, but you can't deny the deadly effectiveness of such spellbinding writing talents as  Ed Lacy, Arthur Porges, C.B. Gilford, Frank Sisk, Rog Phillips, Douglas Farr, James Holding, Edwin P. Hicks, August Derleth, Lawrence Treat, William R. Coons, Richard O. Lewis, Robert Alan Blair, Robert Edmond Alter.

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Hitchcock's Henchmen   Edited by Cathleen JordanM96B  1993 Premium Anthology 1993 Bantam Doubleday Dell magazines. 64 pages.  "Five Tales About Our Crowd".  "Gather round - let's sort this crowd out before we go much further. The criminals will remain faceless, of course; you wouldn't want us to identify them. But we can tell you that murderers and thieves are among us, and one especially dread underworld type. Our world, though, is also inhabited by quite a variety of law-abiding citizens (well, sometimes not all that law-abiding) who follow all kinds of paths to get at the unworthy. The amateur sleuth is here - Miss Jane Cavanaugh, for instance, a Midwestern lady of a certain age, in Brenda Melton Burnham's "To Kill a Cavanaugh." A pair of laid-back detectives with the 8th Army Criminal Investigation Division in Korea - George Sueno and Ernie Bascom - in Martin Limon's "Seoul Story." Amos Walker, a well-known Detroit private eye, in Loren D. Estleman's "The Man Who Loved Noir." A resourceful young woman with an alternate agenda in Judith L. Post's "The Pegeon." And, in Dan Crawford's "Extra Cheese...," a kid delivering pizza encounters his own kind of mystery.  The five stories collected here are from past issues of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine... a lot of humor, a touch of horror, a ghost or two - maybe a spy."

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Hold Your Breath   Stories To Turn In Your Grave ByM96C  Collected by Alfred Hitchcock.  Dell Publishing Company. 1947 by Alfred J. Hitchcock. 192 pages.  "This business of selecting stories for a Dell Book anthology is getting to be a habit with me, though not a bad one, I trust. The first book consisted of suspense stories, the second of terror stories -- and in this third compilation I return to the tale of suspense. Reading stories to make up these collections has been fun for me; they seem to have furnished some entertaining hours for readers; and I am sure that the present collection will not let its readers down. A glance at the table of contents should indicate the reasons for my confidence. If it turns out that you and I once more substantially agree, perhaps there will be more such collections."  "Chosen by that master hand (with an evil eye), Mr. Alfred Hitchcock, here are stories by such great names as  H. G. Wells, Norman Mailer, Agatha Christie, Walter D. Edmonds, Geoffrey Household, Alec Hudson, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Margaret Manners, C. E. Montague.  "They are guaranteed to stun, startle, shock and surprise."

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Book Of Horror Stories  (Book 3)    M96D   Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  "Blood curdling tales from the Master of Terror."  Davis Publications 1976, 1977. First published in Great Britain 1982 by Max Reinhart Ltd. as the second half of a hardback edition entitled "Tales To Take Your Breath Away."  Coronet Books Hodder and Stoughton. Coronet edition 1984.  "In these pages you will find the most dastardly of plots, the most suspicious of circumstances and the strangest of fiction. Each tale is calculated to startle, shock, dismay and leave you breathless. Who would expect less from the Master of Horror?"  "Fiendish shadows will prey on your petrified mind, gruesome fears haunt you, and the darkest hours before dawn hold terror unknown. But who can resist the temptation to glimpse into a world so vile that the eyes of man are scorched by its pitch-black depths? A glimpse of vistas forbidding and paths untrodden that only the Master himself can reveal..."  Contributing writers include Robert Block, Clayton Matthews, James McKimmey, Carroll Mayers, Robert W. Wells, Duffy Carpenter, Edward Wellen, Stephen Wasylyk, Jack Ritchie, Jeffry Scott, Nedra Tyre, Bruce M. Fisher, Joyce Harrington, Robert Edward Eckels, William Bankier

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents  I Am Curious (Bloody)   M16  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Alfie's back - and the goodies are rated "X" for EXcruciatingly EXciting."  "Take a murderer to lunch today! Killers have been discriminated against too long, says Alfred Hitchcock, the best friend a fiend ever had. Now is the time to get acquainted with this poor oppressed minority. To get the ball rolling, Alfie has arranged a diabolically delicious feast, and invited his very favorite masters of homicide to attend. You'll have an absolutely ripping time - if you don't let the corpses interfere with your appetite." Dell. 1971 H.S.D. Publications. 208 pages.  13 shocking spellbinders by the likes of Dan Sontup, Arthur Porges, Robert Colby, Michael Brett, John Lutz, Richard Hardwick, C.B. Gilford, Richard Deming Edward Hock, Phillip Tremont, Hal Ellson, Grover Brinkman, Talmage Powell.

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Intrigue    M16A   The Great Spy Novels of Eric Ambler.  Introduction by Alfred Hitchcock.  From the introduction by Mr. Hitchcock: "Perhaps this was the volume that brought Mr. Ambler to the attention of the public that make best-sellers. It becomes possible for the reader to identify himself with these heroes in a way that is wholly impossible in the typical thriller. What happens to the journalist, for example, could easily have happened to you. You are riding in a train. A stranger asks you to carry a wallet or a portfolio for him across the approaching border. It is a small service and you agree because you will be paid well for it and you are stony broke. From that moment half a dozen men are trying to assassinate you... and that's just for beginners."  Included: "Background To Danger" - 1937; "A Coffin For Dimitrios" - 1939; "Cause For Alarm" - 1939; "Journey Into Fear" - 1940; "Intrigue" - 1943.  1943 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 631 pages.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  I Want My Mummy    M17  (Formerly titled, "Stories To Be Read With The Door Locked, Vol. II").  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Harold Q. Masur.  "Hitchcock takes the wraps off his favorite fiends!"  Dell. 1975 Random House New York. 251 pages.  "Hitchcock has stayed A Child At Heart.  Despite his reputation for adult evil and sophisticated skulduggery, Alfred Hitchcock retains his happy childhood. He can while away the hours picking the legs off flies and toasting caterpillars on a stick. And he still demands each evening a bedtime story with an ending that promises satisfying nightmares when he goes to sleep with his headless doll cradled in his arms. Feeling that there are others who share his pleasure in the simple horrors of life, he has gathered together his very favorite chillers as he proudly presents two great and grisly novelettes and 13 terrific terror tales by  Theodore Sturgeon, Rex Stout, Jack Ritchie, John D. MacDonald, Pat McGerr, Gerald Kersh, Warner Law, Edward D. Hoch, Gary Brandner, William P. McGivern, Joseph Payne Brennan, Michael Gilbert, Bill Pronzini, Joseph N. Gores, Alan Dean Foster.

 

Alfred Hitchcock  Killers At Large   Edited by Alfred HitchcockM4  "Uncaged terror when Hitchcock lets loose 14 masters of shock-suspense!"  Dell. 1978 Davis Publications. 223 pages.  "A Hitchcock's-eye view of a world of evil. Alfred Hitchcock invites you to join him in exploring the lower depths of human deviltry and the heights of hair-raising suspense. He has generously provided 14 excruciatingly exciting novelettes and stories to transport you far beyond the borders of safety into the realm of cunning, violence, and perverse poetic justice. And he has personally selected the finest of modern storytellers to be your irresistible guides. Here are unforgettable terror tales by Richard Deming, Elijah Ellis, Richard Hardwick, Glenn Canary, Max Van Derveer, Philip Ketchum, James Holding, Richard O. Lewis, Donald Honig, William Brittain, Fletcher Flora, F.J. Smith, Arthur Porges, C.B.Gilford.  From the Introduction by Mr. H. - "I now invite you to entertain yourself with the works of another group of specialists, the contrivers of the superb suspense tales that follow. I promise you that you will find their specialty a nerve-tingling delight."

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Let It All Bleed Out   M68  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Swing and slay the Alfie way!"  Dell. 1973 H.S.D. Publications. 221 pages.  "Alfie's nomination for the national game.  Baseball? Football? Golf? Tennis? Alfred Hitchcock, that sinister sportsman supreme, disdains such effete activities. The kind of double-header he cheers is best achieved with a guillotine, he'd much rather pass the poison than the pigskin, and the only score he keeps is a body count. Now he's out to make fiendish fans of us all with his most lethal lineup of bloodcurdling spellbinders ever - unforgettable tales of terror by such masters of menace as: Jonathan Craig, Nedra Tyre, William Brittain, Richard Hardwick, David A. Heller, Hal Ellson, Elijah Ellis, Arthur Porges, James Holding, Talmage Powell, Stanley Abbott, H.A. DeRosso, John Lutz, Henry Woodfin. 

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Library of Mystery   M69   DOUBLE VOLUME SET.  105 Short Stories chosen by The Master of Mystery.  Includes Portraits of Murder  Galahad Books 1988 Davis Publications. 47 Stories. 503 pages. (See description elsewhere on this page) and Tales Of Terror  Galahad Books @ 1986 Davis Publications. 58 Stories. 631 pages. (See description elsewhere on this page). 

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Library of Suspense   M70   DOUBLE VOLUME SET.  121 Short Stories chosen by The Master of Suspense.  Includes The Best Of Mystery Galahad Books 1976 Davis Publications. 63 Stories. 636 pages. (See description elsewhere on this page) and Tales Of Terror (See description elsewhere on this page).  Galahad Books 1986 Davis Publications. 58 Stories. 631 pages.

WONDERFUL GIFT FOR THE HITCHCOCK MYSTERY FAN!

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  The Master's Choice   M18  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Harold Q. Masur.  "Twenty-seven Tantalizing Stories Selected by the World-Renowned Connoisseur of the Ultimate in Mystery and Suspense."   Random House New York. 1979. 340 pages.  From Mr. Hitchcock's introduction:  "Good evening.  I trust you have enjoyed a pleasant dinner.  You have?  Good.  Then you are now ready for dessert.  I have gathered together in this collection a group of macabre pastry chefs and they have prepared a number of alarming concoctions.  Not only for your hedonistic gratification, but for the more sensitive gastronomes a nougat or two that will nourish your soul.  Contributing writers include Robert Edmond Alter, Robert G. Anderson, Charlotte Armstrong, Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, Fredric Brown, John Collier, Ursula Curtiss, August Derleth, Philip K. Dick, Robert L. Fish, Michael Gilbert, Davis Grubb, James Hay, Jr., John Keefauver, Warner Law, Clayre & Michel Lipman, John D. MacDonald, Ross Macdonald, Barry N. Malzberg, Harold Q. Masur, Richard Matheson, William F. Nolan, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Ray Russell, Henry Slesar.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  A Month Of Mystery   M19  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock with Robert Arthur.  Random House New York. 1969. 403 pages.  Quote the Master "I have assembled a sample of stories embracing many aspects of the mystery tale.  There are thirty-one of them.  If you ration yourself and read one each night, they will last you exactly a month.  Of course, you will have to pick a month with thirty-one days, and start on the first."  Contributing writers include Harry Muheim, Stephen Marlowe, Joe Gores, Matthew Gant, David Alexander, Michael Zuroy, James Holding, Andrew Benedict, William Sambrot, Alex Gaby, Jack Ritchie, Mike Marmer, Michael Gilbert, Lawrence Block, Ross Macdonald, Lawrence Treat, Sax Rohmer, Craig Rice, E. C. Bentley, Melville Davisson Post, Harold Q. Masur, Romain Gary, Edward D. Hoch, M. S. Waddell, John Keefauver, Howard Rigsby, John D. MacDonald, Gerald Kersh, Basil Copper, Helen McCloy, Sterling E. Lanier.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  More Of My Favorites In Suspense   M20  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Six ingenious stories and an exceptional novelette in the inimitable Hitchcock manner."  Dell. 1959 Random House New York. 287 pages.  From the Preface by Mr. Hitchcock - "And now, if you are anxious to curl up with a good book, perhaps we should be getting on. (My final parenthetical remark: the only things I know of that actually like to curl up with a good book are the silverfish in my basement.) When you begin reading, may I suggest you choose a time when you are alone in the house. If there are people there, get rid of them. The book is full of suggestions of how this can be accomplished. Now turn out all the lights you possibly can, look over the stories and take one before retiring. If you want to sample another, help yourself, but be careful. An overdose could be fatal. After all, this is a highly toxic book."  "Here lie seven deadly tales. Eye-opening yarns that delight in the unexpected and unique, woven by shrewd craftsmen of sinister situations... Hilda Lawrence, Jack Finney, William Sambrot, Robert Arthur, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Mann Rubin, F. Tennyson Jesse.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  More Stories For Late At Night   M21  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Lights on! Doors locked!"  Dell. 1961 Random House New York. 207 pages.  From the Introduction by Mr. H. - "The blunt instrument, the gang murder, the paid assassin have always seemed to me positively indelicate. Murder is a fine art and needs the embellishment of a sophisticated imagination. The true aficionado prefers to have his nerves ruffled by the implied threat - the Borgias rather than the Syndicate. What is more delightful than a domestic crime, when it is executed with subtlety and imagination? I leave to other more pedestrian talents materials based on newspaper accounts. True crimes, ugh! Alas, most of them are dull and give no evidence of the careful planning and loving thought that should go into any human activity as rewarding as murder."  Ten after-hours spine-tinglers and one nerve stretching novelette from the insidious, insomnious genius of  Roald Dahl, Edward L. Perry, Ruth Chatterton, Jerome Bixby, William Hope Hodgson, Cyril Hume, George Langelaan, Brett Halliday, Margaret Ronan, Pauline C. Smith, Henry Slesar.

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Alfred Hitcock Presents:   More Stories Not For The Nervous   M22  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Why use an alarm clock? Alfie will make you wake up screaming!"  Dell. 1965 Random House New York. 188 pages. "Caution: Reading of this book may be detrimental to your peace of mind. This book is definitely not for:*  Sheltered little old ladies who believe all stories must have a happy ending and crime should never pay. * Impressionable children who go into hysterics at the sight of a dead ant (or aunt). * Big, strong men who would be embarrassed to have their wives see them hiding beneath the bedcovers. * Anyone else who might be offended by Alfred Hitchcock's special brand of menace, murder and un-innocent merriment.  As for all the rest of us, we can enjoy a delicious shiver of anticipation as we open up the pages of -- more stories not for the Nervous!"  "Organic Evil. In this age of misleading labeling and weird additives, Alfred Hitchcock has remained more dedicated than ever to his high standards of quality. Now he once more proudly offers his guarantee: In this spinetingling collection of stories, all the blood is absolutely real, and all the villainy unadulterated by any trace of virtue. So if you want your horror pure and your nightmares assured, be sure not to miss these terrorizing tales by such masters as Idris Seabright, Richard Mathieson, Henry Slesar (his name is misspelled on back of book!), Mike Marmer, Ellis Peters, Miriam Allen deFord, Margaret St. Clair, Jack Ritchie, Robert Arthur, Hal Dressner PLUS "Sorry, Wrong Number", the complete novel by Lucille Fletcher and Allan Ullman.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  More Stories To Stay Awake By   M23  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Hitch makes sure that you won't want to turn off the lights."  Dell. 1971 Random House New York. 238 pages.  "Hitch invites you to spend the night with him.  You favorite host has gone all out to make you as uncomfortable as is inhumanly possible. He hopes you won't mind using a cemetery slab for a mattress and a headstone for a pillow - which is what your bed will feel like when you enter a moonlit maze of mystery and terror diabolically designed to make slumber as elusive as a corpse's pulse. Of course, as Hitch says, there's always plenty of time to sleep - in the grave. And meanwhile you can enjoy 18 shivery, shuddery spellbinds by  John Keefauver, Lel J Littke, Jack London, John D. MacDonald, Patricia McGerr, James McKimmey, Margaret Manners, Harold Q. Masur, Margaret Millar, Jack Ritchie, Mary Linn Roby, Jane Speed, Pat Stadley, Fay Grissom Stanley, Theodore Sturgeon, John F. Suter, Bryce Walton, Jay Wilson. 

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Mortal Errors   M71  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #17, Spring, 1984).  30 Stories of Mystery & Detection.  1983 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the editor's Introduction - "Wherever the mystery story abounds, there also lie catalogued some at least of the sins flesh is heir to. And if they're all pretty unsettling, some are worse than others (i.e., murder), with particularly dire consequences for the victim, who is the recipient of a mortal error indeed! But if our mortal nature - in both senses - leads to trouble (and if, thereby, the murder mystery has proliferated among us), it has also led to some good story telling, of the sort Alfred Hitchcock was especially alert to. So have been the editors of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine over the years, and nearly all the stories that follow come from its files. Stories of error of every description, as long as it's criminous - and stories that just naturally also involve puzzles, suspense, unexpected turnings, and ingenious investigation. All in all, 30 stories to keep you guessing, and perhaps up a bit later than you'd meant to be. But that, we'll hope, is all right, for at least here, on the whole, the errors are deciphered, the puzzles solved, mortality somehow taken cognizance of. And sometimes - best of all - overruled."  Abetting contributors include Gil Brewer, William Brittain, Jonathan Craig, Jamie Ellis, Leo R. Ellis, Isabel Field, Fletcher Flora, W. Sherwood Hartman, Edward D. Hoch, James Holding, Donald Honig, Clark Howard, William Jeffrey, George Kipp, William Link & Richard Levinson, John Lutz, Dan J. Marlowe, Harold Q. Masur, Al Nussbaum, Donald Olson, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Mark Sadler, Henry Slesar, Pauline C. Smith, Wyc Toole, Nedra Tyre, Max Van Derveer, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Most Wanted - The first Lineup    M72   Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #25, Summer 1988).  "21 Outstanding Stories Of Mystery and Suspense."  The Best of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine 1980-1985.  1988 by Davis Publications. 398 pages.  From the Introduction by the Editor;  "These, in our view, are very special stories from those particular years (1980-1985) of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, ones we've loved for a variety of reasons and ones we've enjoyed collecting together in this special book.  Much indeed is here. And if you like a good puzzle, a good shivery tale of suspense, a hardhitting crime story, a ghost or two, here they are.  We venture to say, furthermore, that the characters are unforgettable, that the situations they find themselves in are unique, that the manner of telling will capture you as it inevitably captured us."  Contributing writers include Tonda Barrett, Ron Butler, Barbara Ninde Byfield, Bill Crenshaw, Loren D. Estleman, Linda Haldeman, Brent Haywood, Rick Hills, James Holding, Clark Howard, Rob Kantner, John Lutz, F. M. Maupin, S. S. Rafferty, Jane Rice, Walter Satterthwait, Ernest Savage, Dan A. Sproul, Robert Twohy, Edward Wellen & Josh Pachter, Alan K. Young.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Murder & Other Mishaps   M73  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #27, 1989).  1989 Davis Publications. 318 pages.  21 Stories of Mystery and Suspense.  From the Introduction by the editor - "For about a dozen years now, the publishers of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine have been putting together collections of stories mostly taken from that magazine's past. this is our 27th such anthology (and there are more to come!). If you've just joined us, welcome. You'll find within these covers tales of crime and mystery in considerable variation, from straightforward, clue-filled investigations of murder to chilling suspense to some decidedly unexpected approaches to crime-solving. Some are laced with humor; some inject a touch of the supernatural. But all are written with the special voices of these 21 outstanding practitioners of crime on paper, and all, we hope, will catch you by surprise along the way. We think you'll like them. And if you've been with us before, welcome back, and read on..."  Contributing writers include Henry Slesar, C. B. Gilford, Bruce M. Fisher, Jack Ritchie, William Campbell Gault, Charles Peterson, Joyce Porter, James Holding, Robert Arthur, Bryce Walton, Gary Brandner, Pauline C. Smith, Talmage Powell, Janwillem Van de Wetering, Ernest Savage, Tom Parsons, T. M. Adams, Loren D. Estleman, Mann Rubin, Jim Thompson, Alec Ross.

 

Murder On Main Street   Edited by Cynthia Manson.   M73B   40 Tales of Small-town Crime.  Small-Town crime from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine & Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine 1993 by Dell Magazines, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group.  This edition published by Barnes & Noble by arrangement with Dell Magazines, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group.  486 pages.  "Murder On Main Street offers an abundance of mystery in forty tales of murder, revenge, and mayhem, all situated in the most tranquil of settings.  Yes, murder is in the heart of those friendly people who live down the block or across the fence that divides you from them. Dark secrets and darker crimes are hidden behind those white picket fences, curtained kitchen windows, and under those finished basements and rose gardens. And in Murder On Main Street some of our finest mystery writers will make you acutely aware of that fact."  Contributing writers from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine include Steve Barancik, Lawrence Block, Brenda Melton Burnham, Jeffrey Bush, Ellane Caveney, Vickie Dubois, Gloria Ericson, Augusta Hancock, Joseph Hansen, Joyce Harrington, Jeremiah Healy, Joan Hess, Rob Kantner, Jean Leslie, Virginia Long, William T. Lowe, James McKimmey, Don Marshall, Rex Miller, Sharon Mitchell, Judith O'Neill, Karen Parker, J. A. Paul, Jas R. Petrin, Ed Poole, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Lawrence Treat, Stephen Wasylyk, E. N. Welch.  Also includes 11 short mystery stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

 

Alfred Hitchcock  Murderers' Row   M9   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Hitchcock's in a league by himself when the game is horror."  Dell. 1975 H.S.D. Publications.  "Hitchcock's ideas of a national pastime is murder!  Ever the sportsman, Hitchcock gives you fair warning - these stories are not for the faint of heart or the squeamish. The deeds assembled herein represent play far more foul than fair, and as such are frowned on by authority. Unless, of course, the authority happens to be Hitchcock. As the master himself has been known to observe, rules, like bones, were made to be broken.  Forewarned is forearmed. Hitchcock's lineup includes the following:  Richard Deming, Richard Hardwick, Frank Sisk, C.B. Gilford, Henry Slesar, David A. Heller, William Brittain, Richard O. Lewis, Theodore Mathieson, Arthur Porges, Ed Lacy, Fletcher Flora, Edward Hoch, Rog Phillips. 

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Murder-Go-Round   M74  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Hold on tight to your nerves - 14 excursions into freezing fear!"  Dell. 1978 Davis Publications. 204 pages.  "Welcome to Hitchcockland - As far as Alfred Hitchcock is concerned, Disneyland is okay for wholesome kiddies, but his fans need a different brand of fun. Therefore he's converted the most elegant cemetery in town into a perverse pleasure park to delight the most devilish of appetites for evil. So get ready for roller-coaster terror, murderers reflected in the house of mirrors, real corpses instead of waxworks, and leaky boat rides in a stream of blood. And to give you full menace for your money, these masters of the macabre have been selected to be your guides, in 14 great stories by Robert Alan Blair, Harold Q. Masur, Robert Colby, Fletcher Flora, Richard Hardwick, Irwin Porges, Wenzell Brown, D.S. Halacy, Jr., Dick Ellis, Henry Slesar, Edward D. Hoch, Charles W. Runyon, Frank Sisk, John Lutz. Messages from Hitchcock's Misfortune Cookies: "Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down." "A kill in time saves nine." "The family that slays together, stays together." "Suicide is for sissies - murder is a man's game." "The female of the species is more deadly than the male." "Do to your neighbor what he would like to do to you - and do it first." "Use organic arsenic." ...and for fuller explorations of the nature of evil, turn to the terror treats waiting for you on --- Murder-Go-Round...

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Alfred Hitchcock   Murders I Fell In Love With   M6  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Here he comes again - loaded with 14 brand-new grisly goodies."  From the Master's Introduction; "I wonder whether any of you is aware of the dangers, discomforts and hardships that I am subjected to in my never-ending quest for unusual murder methods and the painstaking effort that goes into documenting their authenticity. As you know, I am a man of forthright character, dedicated to the search for truth. May I suggest that you peruse the following stories which are powerful in their impact."  Dell. 1969 H.S.D. Publications. 207 pages. Contributing writers include Jack Webb, C.B. Gilford, Henry Slesar, Jack Ritchie, Arthur Porges, Ed Lacy, Robert C. Ackworth, Fletcher Flora, Paul & Karen Anderson, Nedra Tyre, Hal Dresner, Bill Pronzini, Frank Sisk, Wenzell Brown.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Murders on the Half-Skull   M75   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Alfie's back - with a brand new feast of fiendish fun!"  Dell. 1970 H.S.D. Publications. 208 pages.  "Alfie's Complaint. When Alfred Hitchcock was a child, his mother forbade him to read about Jack the Ripper at night, in his little trundle bed, and she yanked the bats he was dissecting right out of his tiny hands. We all now know the results of that cruel repression. Alfie just can't get his fill of the world's ghoulish goodies - and here that lovable master of the macabre serves up his greatest gathering of diabolical mystery and superlative suspense."  Novelettes and stories by such glittering names as  Jack Webb, Jack Ritchie, Helen Nielsen, Murray Wolf, Lawrence Block, Arthur Porges, Richard Deming, C. B. Gilford, Henry Slesar, James Holding, Jr., Nedra Tyre, Elijah Ellis, Edwin P. Hicks, Ed Lacy.   Morir Para Ver (Spanish version) - Right.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Murder Racquet   M76  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Brand new aces of evil - served up by the greatest pro of them all."  Dell. 1975 H.S.D. Publications. 176 pages.  "Lessons From the Master.  It has not been widely publicized, but Alfred Hitchcock has set up a training camp for all those who wish to become masters of his favorite sport - the murder game. Hitchcock will show you the proper form for plunging a knife, pulling a trigger, pouring poison, giving a push off a precipice, or any other of the moves that make the difference between a good hit and a messy miss. And just to give you a bit of inspiration, he has personally assembled the most chilling champions in the field. Here are 14 novelettes and stories by such great and ghoulish winners as Frank Sisk, James Holding, Douglas Farr, Ed Lacy, C.B. Gilford, Alice-Mary Schmirring, Robert Colby, Jeffrey M. Wallman, Fletcher Flora, Gilbert Ralston, Edwin P. Hicks, Elijah Ellis, Richard Hardwick, Richard Deming.

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Murder Takes A Holiday   Edited by Cynthia Manson.   M76A  Stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  Barnes & Noble Books New York.  Take a sleuth's tour of thirty exotic locales with Patricia Highsmith, Ruth Rendell, Joan Aiken, Lawrence Block, Simon Brell & many others.  1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group. 643 pages.  Contributing writers:  Robert L Fish, Patricia Highsmith, Janwillem van de Wetering, Kathryn Gottlieb, Edward D Hoch, Georges Simenon, Peter Godfrey, William Bankier, Janet O'Daniel, L Frank Baum, Joyce Porter, Alec Ross, Albert Bashover, Dan Crawford, Joan Aiken, James Powell, Lawrence Block, Simon Brett, Peter Lovesey, Walter Satterthwait, Josh Pachter, James S Dorr, Anthony Olcott, Anton Chekhov, Doug Allyn, H R F Keating, Wyc Toole, Martin Limon, Ron Butler, Henry T Parry, James Holding, Ruth Rendell, Jeffry Scott, James M Fox, Gary Alexander, Clark Howard, Avram Davidson, Isaac Asimov, Tonda Barrett, Tim Heald, Geoffrey Hitchcock, Justin D'Ath, Emmy Lou Schenk.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  My Favorites In Suspense    M24  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Patricia O'Connell.  Quoting Mr. Hitchcock from the Introduction "And now, if you are anxious to curl up with a good book, perhaps we should be getting on.  When you begin reading, may I suggest you choose a time when you are alone in the house.  If there are people there, get rid of them.  The book is full of suggestions of how this can be accomplished.  Now turn out all the lights you possibly can, look over the stories and take one before retiring.  If you want to sample another, help yourself, but be careful.  An overdose could be fatal.  After all, this is a highly toxic book."  20 stories, one novelette, 1 novel.  Random House New York. 1959. 502 pages.  Daphne du Maurier (The Birds), Donald Honig, Anthony Boucher, Charlotte Armstrong, H. G. Wells, Thomas Walsh, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Matthew Gant, Guy Cullingford, Carter Dickson, C. B. Gilford, Joan Vatsek, Price Day (Four O'Clock), Paul Eiden, Jack Finney, William Sambrot, Robert Arthur, F. Tennyson Jesse, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Mann Rubin, Hilda Lawrence, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Mystery By The Tale   M77   (Anthology #22/Fall 1986).  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  28 Short Stories of Mystery and Suspense.  1986 Davis Publications. 374 pages.  "When we set out to collect the stories for this anthology, I Started Most Innocently (O.H. Leslie). But in The Small Hours (Ernest Savage) of the night - A Woman's Work Is Never Done (Helen Fislar Brooks) - we found that You Can Die Laughing (Robert Arthur). To Make My Death Bed (Babs H. Deal) wasn't exactly what we had in mind at that moment, but then we rapidly became involved in Meditations Upon A Murder (Donald Martin) as well as in ghostly doings, though some of that was a False Alarm (Ann Morice). Next in Line (Jack Ritchie) turned out to be Understanding Electricity (John Lutz) - reading mysteries late at night may be fun but it's definitely no Parlor Game (Gary Brandner). With morning, though, came the Flight of the Sparrow (Gerald Tomlinson), bright Thin Air (Bull Bronzini), and The Letter Carrier (Kathryn Gottlieb). Taking the stories - Typed for Murder (Nedra Tyre) - out of Drawer 14 (Talmage Powell), we left Home Ground (A.F. Oreshnik) and set out for the office via subway, thereby cleverly avoiding Murder on the Edinburgh-London Express (John H. Dirckx). We didn't see The Fanatical Ford (Arthur Porges) anywhere on our street. Passing some Stately Ruins (Frank Sisk), but no A Grave on the Indragiri (Alvin S. Fick), we-the Last of the Big-Time Spenders (Duffy Carpenter)-bought a token and on the way to town contemplated Martha Myers, Movie Star (Raymond Mason), and Albert and the Amateurs (Len Gray), who were discussing The World According to Uncle Albert (Penelope Wallace); it seemed he lived by The Unstained Code (George Grover Kipp). As you can tell, having A Mystery by the Tale can be somewhat unnerving experience, but that's the nature, as everyone knows, of Alfred Hitchcock's work (Beware: Dangerous Man - C.B. Gilford). Nonetheless, we hope you'll take A Little Time Off (Stephen Wasylyk) to enjoy these stories from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine as much as we did, and that you'll be Happy as a Harp Song (Pauline C. Smith)!"

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Mystery Sampler   M77B   (Fall 1962).  Edited by Lisa Belknap, Associate Editor Pat Hitchcock.   "More than 20 short stories presented by the master of suspense."  From the Introduction by Mr. H.:  "Have you noticed a physical similarity between this stout little volume and me? The important thing, however, is its intention: to introduce you to the type of entertainment offered each month in my magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The Sampler is actually composed of two issues of the magazine bound together. And after you've had it as an appetizer -- and a most substantial and vitamin-enriched one it is -- you will be most eager, I am sure, for more and more of this kind of mystery fare. Scattered among the 256 pages of this volume, you will find several different subscription offers. All of these offers are still available at the prices quoted. I won't keep you any longer. Take a deep breath and plunge into the first story. May you have a shivering good time."  Contributing writers include Donald E Westlake, Donald Honig, Paul Eiden, Henry Slesar, Jack Dillon, Talmage Powell, Gilbert Ralston, Jay Street, C.B. Gilford, Alex Austin, Philip Tremont, Jay Folb, Eleanor Boylan.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Sampler  M77C  (Fall 1965).  Edited by G.F. Foster, Associate Editor Pat Hitchcock.  "More than 25 short stories presented by the master of Suspense."  Contributing writers include a novelette by Fletcher Flora and short stories by Edward D. Hoch, James Holding, Dean R. Carter, Dick Fales, Talmage Powell, Frank W. Martin, Kate Wilhelm, Arthur Porges, William Brittain, Lee Millar & Wayne Hamilton, Jane Hardy.

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Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Sampler  M77D  (Fall 1968).  Edited by Ernest M. Hutter, Associate Editor Patricia Hitchcock.  "More than 25 short stories presented by the master of Suspense."  Subscription promo in back of book:  "Subscribe to 36 issues for $12.00."  Contributing writers include a novelette by Richard Deming and short stories by Clark Howard, P.J. Cohen, C.B. Gilford, L.L. Poteet, Bill Pronzini, Ray Conaway, Robert Colby, Edwain P. Hicks, Frank Sisk, Edward Y. Breese, Clayton Matthews, Carl Henry Rathjen, Carroll Mayers.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  No Harm Undone   M78  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  "These 24 stories, brought to you from the files of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, make up a collection full of crime and detection, mystery and suspense.  They will intrigue you, puzzle you, lead you on, trip you up, keep you guessing, make you shiver, and often - for there are funny tales here, too - make you laugh."  Contributing writers include Jack Ritchie, Charles Einstein, Michael Zuroy, Ed DuMonte, Lawrence Treat, Steve O'Connell, Pauline C. Smith, Henry Slesar, Stephen Wasylyk, James R. Berry, Charles Willeford, Anthony Marsh, Charles W. Runyon, Earl Fultz, Hal Dresner, Kris Giles, Nora and Lee Caplan, Talmage Powell, Ernest Savage, Marshall Schuon, Allen Lang, R. A. Lafferty, Fred S. Tobey, Alex Austin.  Longmeadow Press by Davis Publications New York. 1985. 285 pages.

        Cathleen Jordan, herself a mystery novelist, is the editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  She has also edited seven previous Alfred Hitchcock anthologies.  (Background info as of 1985).

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Noose Report    M79  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Fourteen breath-taking hangman's knots that are not to be missed."  Dell Publishing. 1966. 191 pages.  From Sir Alfred's Introduction; "The stories in this album represent some of the more promising endeavors towards the goal of rescuing villiany from oblivion."  Contributing henchmen include Richard Hardwick, Gilbert Ralston, August Derleth, C. B. Gilford, Jack Ritchie, Borden Deal, Robert Bloch, Laurence M. Janifer, Fletcher Flora, Richard Deming, Jonathan Craig, Ed Lacy, Dan J. Marlowe, Henry Slesar.  

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Once Upon A Dreadful Time   M80  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  Dell. 1964 by Alfred Hitchcock. 192 pages.  "Murderers to remember. Greedy husbands, hen-pecking wives, fickle bachelors, nosey spinsters, grumbling servants, wronged maidens, crooked executives, jealous siblings - these are the unsung heroes and heroines of crime. Where professionals rarely execute an inspirational murder, these mere amateurs persecute and kill with passionate ingenuity. But, alas, all too often the brilliance of their acts has to be admired by them alone. For a perfect crime, by definition, must go undetected. In this volume you are given a rare opportunity to observe, with their reluctant permission, these dedicated masters of murder at their ingenious best. It is an experience you are likely never to forget."  "Who's afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? Here are 16 haunting stories from the few stout-hearted men who aren't afraid of the gentleman... and nearly scared him to death  Richard Deming, Donald Westlake, Hal Ellson (publisher misspelled his name on back cover), Lawrence Block, Talmadge Powell, Richard Hardwick, Fletcher Flora, Fredric Brown, Gilbert Ralston, Paul Eiden, Robert Arthur, Philip Ketchum, John Faulkner, Hal Dresner, Tom MacPherson, C.B. Gilford.

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Alfred Hitchcock   Portraits of Murder   M10  Forty-seven Short Stories Chosen by the Master of Deadly Suspense.  Here are 47 heart-gripping tales on the fine art of murder, introduced by the expert in suspenseful story-telling, the late Alfred Hitchcock.  Profit revenge, accident or assassination - whatever the motive, these stories from the annals of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine have all the twists and turns - and terror - that are the trademarks of the master himself.  Galahad Books New York. 1988 by Davis Publications. 503 pages.  Harrowing lessons in the deadliest of crimes!  Contributing writers include Stanley Abbott, William Bankier, Richard Levinson, Lawrence Block, George C. Chesbro, Michael Collins, Jonathan Craig, Phil Davis, Babs H. Deal, Borden Deal, Elijah Ellis, Hal Ellson, Fletcher Flora, C.B. Gilford, Edwin P. Hicks, Edward D. Hoch, Donald Honig, Clark Howard, William Jeffrey, Reynold Junker, Ed Lacy, William Link, Margaret B. Maron, Harold Q. Masur, Clayton Matthews, Al Nussbaum, Patrick O'Keeffe, Donald Olson, Arthur Porges, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, W.E. Dan Ross, Charles W. Runyon, Nancy Schachterle, James H. Schmitz, Henry Slesar, Pauline C. Smith, Don Tothe, Lawrence Treat, Nedra Tyre, Bryce Walton.  (Believe it or not, the publisher has Hitchcock's name misspelled on the inside front flap of the dust jacket)!

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Psycho   by Robert Bloch.    M10B   The novel upon which the classic Alfred Hitchcock classic was based.  Simon and Schuster. 1959 by Robert Bloch. 136 pages.  "She stepped into the shower stall... and let the warm water gush over her. That's why she didn't hear the door open. At first, when the shower curtains parted, steam obscured the face. then she saw it... A face, peering through the curtains, hanging in midair like a mask. A head-scarf concealed the hair, and glassy eyes stared inhumanly. The skin was powdered dead-white and two hectic spots of rouge centered on the cheekbones. But it wasn't a mask... Mary started to scream. And then the curtains parted further and a hand appeared, holding a butcher knife..."

        Robert Bloch has a wife named Marion, a daughter named Sally Ann, a dog named Tiny, and a typewriter Royal. Since the age of 17 he has collaborated with the latter to produce six novels, two short-story collections, and several hundred stories, novelettes and articles for mystery, fantasy, science-fiction and men's magazines. He has done a radio series, written children's programs for television, and made weekly TV appearances on a panel show from Milwaukee for a number of years. He also collaborated with Edgar Allan Poe (posthumously, he hastens to add) by completing Poe's last, unfinished story, "The Lighthouse." (Bio notes as of 1959).

 

Psycho II   by Robert Bloch.   M10C   "Bloch turns the shower on again -- and your blood runs cold!"  Warner Books. 1982 by Robert Bloch. 315 pages.  "For a moment it seemed to Sister Cupertine that the blurred, bending figure beside her resembled some sort of bird -- a bird of prey. But only for a moment.  Then the figure straightened and turned, just as the lightning came.  In its glare sister Cupertine saw the contorted face beneath the coif and the upraised hand holding the gleaming tire iron as it swung forward.  She never heard the thunder..."  "Norman Bates will never die... You remember Norman -- the shy motel manager with the fatal mother fixation. Now, years after his bout of butchery that horrified the world, Norman Bates is at large again, breaking free from the psycho ward, cutting a shocking swath of blood all the way to Hollywood -- where so it happens, they are making a movie about Norman's life and crimes. A movie that suddenly and terrifyingly becomes a lot like real life..."

        "Robert Bloch is one of the alltime masters. No one else could have written Psycho II. It plunges the reader into terror within the first few pages, and then never lets up." - Peter Straub.   "Perhaps the finest psychological horror writer working today and... never in finer form." - Stephen King.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Rogues' Gallery    M80B   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Evil with a Master's touch."  Dell. 1978 Davis Publications. 255 pages.  "Welcome to the world of Alfred Hitchcock... where a dream job turns into a nightmare trap triggered to kill at the first wrong move... where the mind plays tricks that turn the nicest guy into the nastiest of murderers... where a housewife strikes a truly deadly blow for women's equality... where a cheating husband has to pay the wages of sin... where the perfect crime stumbles on one perverse human kink... where a song of love turns into a shriek of horror when blood-lust calls the tune... you won't forget the people you meet face-to-fearful=face in Rogues' Gallery."  "Hitchcock's Hall of Infamy. When Alfred Hitchcock puts on a show, he wants to make sure his audience has a good tie -- which is why he has assembled this blue-ribbon gallery of evil-at-work. Each one of his personal selections is a masterpiece of the macabre. Fourteen tales by masters of terror and suspense:  Frank Sisk, Wenzell Brown, John Lutz, Clayton Matthews, Henry Slesar, Richard M. Ellis, Robert Colby, Max Van Derveer, Irwin Porges, Edward D. Hoch, Elijah Ellis, Talmage Powell, Ed Lacy, Helen Nielsen.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's   Rolling Gravestones   M81  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "The kind of rock Alfie digs always has a death date on it."  Dell. 1971 H.D.S. Publications. 209 pages.  "The only grass that Alfred Hitchcock gets high on is the kind that grows in the cemetery, and the only acid that blows his mind is the sort that can be thrown in someone's face. Diabolical death is Alfie's special kick, and he wants you to enjoy it, too. For that purpose he's harvested a brand new crop of terror tales, and served them up to you with a grisly relish.  Here is the master's personal choice of 15 spine-chilling spellbinders."  Abetting writers include Stephen Marlowe, Jonathan Craig, Robert Colby, Edward Hoch, Helen Nielsen, Jack Ritchie, Rog Phillips, John Lutz, H.A. DeRosso, Ed Lacy, Henry Slesar, Charles Einstein, Michael Brett, Mary Linn Roby, Richard Deming.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Rope   M81B   From the Famous Play by Patrick Hamilton.  "The Strange Story of a Strange Murder."  A Warner Bros. Release.  This is a Dell "Map" book from Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Rope".  Dell Publishing Company New York.  1948 by Transatlantic Pictures Corp. 188 pages.  Persons this story is about:  Brandon, suave, wealthy, good-looking, and arrogant, is convinced that his talent and position entitle him to live by his own laws;  Morgan, a gifted pianist, whose fingers are stronger than his character. He follows where Brandon leads, until it is too late; Kenneth, a fellow student of Brandon and Morgan, is more than just an acquaintance and less than a friend. He is a handy man to fill out a party; Janet, young career girl, member of the same set as the others, casually almost engaged, at one time or another, to several of them; Rupert Cadell, who taught Brandon, Morgan, and Turner at prep school. Cynical when he was a schoolmaster, he returned from the war with a limp and a wry disregard for convention. He is one of the few people Brandon regards as an equal; Henry Kentley, collector of rare books, cherishes kindly thoughts about human decency. Janet Walker is engaged to his son David; Alice Atwater, Kentley's sister-in-law, who adores parties and astrology and fads, but doesn't get in anybody's way; Mrs. Wilson, Brandon's middle-aged housekeeper, watches over her employer as well as his house.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Scream Along With Me   M25  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "Alfie's gala feast of fiendish fun... "One of the best!" - August Derleth.  "Good to The Last Shriek - Alfred Hitchcock is noted as a connoisseur of fine foods and wines. But his taste in the ultimate in terror is even more famous. Now with his usual loving care he has heaped the bloody board high with his very favorite tales of heart-stopping shock. And, smiling his devilish grin, the master invites you to enjoy, enjoy. After all, you can only die of fear once". Dell. Random House New York 1967. 224 pages. From the Master from the Introduction - "Ahem! ...if I may have a moment... I do no more than affirm that the stories in this book all gave me one or more of the pleasurable sensations associated with fear. Some quite terrified me. Some profoundly disturbed me and fleft me with a sense of deep uneasiness. Others prickled my nerve ends pleasurably, touched my spine with chills, or made me swallow hard as I registered their impact. Some did several of these things at once. I offer them to you, trusting you will share with me these emotions, so enjoyable when they can be experienced in the smug embrace of an easy chair in the comfort of one's home."  Abetting writers include Irvin S. Cobb, Basil Cooper, Miriam Allen deFord, Robert Arthur, Thomas M. Disch, Adobe James, Ellis Peter, Margaret St. Clair, William Sambrot, T.H. White, Robert Somerlott, William Wood, Robert Specht, Donald E. Westlake, Algis Budrys, Henry Slesar, and a novelette by Theodore Sturgeon.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  The Shadow of Silence   M82  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #24, Fall / Winter 1987).  1987 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  "I saw old Autumn in the misty morn Standing shadowless like silence, listening To silence." - Thomas Hood.  From the Introduction by Editor Cathleen Jordan; "28 stories are collected in this volume - 28 occasions for nefarious activity by the likes of thieves and scoundrels, murderers and mischief-makers generally. Unsettling little surprises come in the mail; mystifying phone calls are made as well as received; corpses converse; and reality is tampered with. In these stories, brought together as is our custom from the files of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, you wil encounter a corner of Paris and of rural England; a tunnel to freedom; an island packed with sheriffs; a mansion of imitation ghosts; and a dream steam room (or was it?). You'll meet a boy with a magic tree; a salesman who makes a shoplifter buy up a storm; a barber with a past; a dog who follows a cat; and a millionaire's daughter (or was she?). It's enough to keep a person guessing - or so we hope. Not to mention entertained."  Contributors to the guesswork include  Vincent McConnor, Richard Hardwick, Thomas M. Disch, Stephen Wasylyk, Fletcher Flora, Michael Zuroy, Charles Einstein, Leo R. Ellis, James Holding, Charles McIntosh, Miel Tanburn, Bryce Walton, Anthony Marsh, Ray T. Davis, Pauline C. Smith, Clayton Matthews, Elijah Ellis, Jack Webb, Bill Pronzini, James McKimmey, John Lutz, Mary Linn Roby, August Derleth, Dick Ellis, Max Van Derveer, Jack Ritchie, Donald E. Westlake, C. B. Gilford.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Shrouds and Pockets   M83  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  (Anthology #26, Winter 1988).  26 short stories of Mystery and Detection, all of which previously appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine 1988 by Davis Publications. 348 pages.  Word of Warning from Editor Cathleen Jordan; "Pockets: Lined by insurance fraud, house burglary, confidence games, supermarket holdups, forgery, drug smuggling, spouse murder, false representation, price-gouging, counterfeiting. More methods are doubtless possible. Lined by silk, cotton, denim, and artificial fabrics. Lined by honest work, chicanery, and metaphor. Sometimes pockets have holes; this is well known. And sometimes they aren't there.   Shrouds: Not lined, so far as we know. Often produced by desire for revenge, jealousy, bigotry and stupidity, desire for more for pockets, and fear of exposure.   By-product: When the cloth of either is imaginary, the fabric of fun."  Contributing writers include  Janet Biery, John C. Boland, Caryl Brahms & Ned Sherrin, Ron Butler, Barbara Callahan, Herschel Cozine, Isabel Langis Cusack, Richard Deming, Alvin S. Fick, Joe L. Hensley, Edward D. Hoch, John Lutz, Dana Lyon, Vincent McConnor, Arthur Moore, Kevin O'Donnell, Jr., Arthur Porges, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Ernest Savage, Frank Sisk, Kay Nolte Smith, Dick Stodghill, Robert Twohy, Lawrence Treat & Richard Plotz, James Michael Ullman, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen, Michael Zuroy.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  16 Skeletons From My Closet   M26  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock 1963 Dell. 221 pages.  A few words from Mr. Hitchcock; "Perhaps a rolling pin; a jungle knife brought back from the Amazon country years ago by the original owner who had traveled with Theodore Roosevelt; a dose of poison in the soup; a thin but strong cord across the top of the staircase... I can promise you a shudderingly good time in the pages to com."  Contributing writers include Robert Block, Charles Mergendahl, Henry Kane, James Holding, Robert Turner, Donald Honig, Lawrence Treat, David Alexander, Craig Rice, Robert Arthur, Richard Deming, C.B. Gilford, Dion Henderson, William Logan, Jack Ritchie, Fletcher Flora.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Skeleton Crew   (formerly titled More Stories For Late At Night).   M26B    Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "11 Irresistibly Evil Tales".  Dell. 1961 Random House. 207 pages.  "Hitchcock says: Don't shout until you see the whites of their bones!"  "Hitchcock believes in breaking new ground. There are some jaded souls who say that there is nothing new under the moon -- but Alfred Hitchcock isn't one of them. It's Hitchcock's fervent belief that there's always a bigger and better evil waiting to be unearthed; you can almost hear him whistling his favorite dirge as he heads toward the cemetery to begin his long night's work.  Now Alfred Hitchcock proudly presents the fresh harvest of underground horror that his indefatigable spadework has brought to chilling light. He invites you to sit back and shiver as with a grisly grin he introduces you to his Skeleton Crew."  "The lovable master of the menacing macabre always has an abundant supply of hands as well as arms, legs, torsos, and other mischievous momentos sent to him by his legion of fiendish fans. Now he has put together his choicest bits of horror to create a whole body of spine-tingling suspense and shock.  Alfred Hitchcock presents superbly sinister stories by such shattering spellbinders as Roald Dahl, Brett Halliday, Ruth Chatterton, Jerome Bixby, William Hope Hodgson, Cyril Hume, George Langelaan, Edward L. Perry, Margaret Ronan, Pauline C. Smith, Henry Slesar.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Skull Session   M84  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  Dell. 1968 by H.S.D. Publications. 192 pages.  "Death Can Be Beautiful when it's dealt out by the expert hands that Alfred Hitchcock has gathered together in his never-ending quest for the ultimate in chilling mystery, nerve-tingling suspense and macabre wit. So take a good grip on your easy chair, try to keep your heart out of your throat, and prepare to enjoy the finest stories ever by such brilliant writers as Donald E. Westlake, Henry Slesar, Helen Nielsen, Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Charles Einstein, Donald Honig, Paul Eiden, C.B. Gilford, Talmage Powell, Robert Alan Blair, Michael Brett, Jack Webb, Fletcher Flora.  "The Do-it-yourself murder kit: To do a good, honest job of murder (and nowadays you pretty much have to do it yourself, labor costs being what they are) you need several all-important ingredients. Choose a weapon. That's hard. there are just so many of them. But remember, a workman is no better than his tools. Find a victim. That's easy. There are just so many of them. But remember, an artist is no better than his material. Then a plan. That's where this book will come in handy..."

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Slay Ride  (more tales from Stories That Scared Even Me).    M27   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur.  "Let Alfie be your guide into the icy depths of eerie deviltry."  Dell. 1967 Random House New York. 240 pages.  (More tales from "Stories That Scared Even Me").  "Alfie is your host in his grand hotel of horrors. He's gone out of his way to make your stay a delightfully uncomfortable one. No fiendish pains have been spared to assure you a perfect night's sleeplessness. Every guest is assured of a corking ghostly light at bedside, easy access to hot and cold running blood, and a beautifully clear view of unspoiled evil. And Alfie doesn't even expect a tip. He's sufficiently rewarded by your trembling..." "Alfie Knows The Way.  That world-renowned explorer of the ultimate in evil, Alfred Hitchcock, invites you on a guided tour of his very favorite fiendish funspots. For the rare horrors he's unearthed for you, the price is rather modest. Your nerves. Your sleep. Perhaps a bit of your sanity. Oh yes, one other piece of travel information before you depart. Alfie's tickets to terror are always one way... Great stories by such masters as  Gerald Kersh, Damon Knight, John Burke, Fritz Leiber, Nugent Barker, E. Phillips Oppenheim - PLUS the complete text of John Wyndham's famous spellbinding novel "Out Of The Deeps."  

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Speak Of The Devil    M85   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "A red-hot feast of fiendish fun - served up with satanic skill."  Dell. 1975 H.S.D. Publications. 235 pages.  "Alfred Hitchcock is keeping the home fires burning because he's invited his very favorite fiends to drop by, and he doesn't want them to feel out of place. There are lilies in the vases, strychnine in the champagne, and ground glass in the caviar. If you're invited, don't expect much small talk, just a lot of groans and screams and hideously triumphant laughter. But Hitchcock advises you to just hang in there. He guarantees you a coffin-full of kicks and a lot of devilish fun in these fourteen infernally enthralling terror tales by such masters of the macabre as  Jonathan Craig, Richard O. Lewis, Syd Hoff, Fletcher Flora, Lawrence Treat, Ed Lacy, Richard Hardwick, Edward D. Hoch, William Brittain, C.B. Gilford, Theodore Mathieson, Edwin P. Hicks, Robert Alan Blair, Richard Deming.  From the foreword by The Master of the macabre; "And now... we can happily get to what we were put on earth to do - that is, curl up in a comfortable chair in a dimly-lighted room with a corking good mystery story. I've provided the means for that, as you'll find as you read on..."

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Stories For Late At Night   M28  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock with Robert Arthur.  Random House New York. 1961. 469 pages.  Two novels, two novelettes, 21 stories.  Contributing writers include Robert Arthur, Jerome Bixby, Ray Bradbury, Ruth Catterton, John Collier, Roald Dahl, John B. L. Goodwin, C. L. Moore, Brett Halliday, William Hope Hodgson, Cyril Hume, M. R. James, Will F. Jenkins, Frank Belknap Long, Philip MacDonald, George Langelaan, Gouverneur Morris, Edward L. Perry, Margaret Ronan, Henry Slesar, Pauline C. Smith, Robert Trout, Evelyn Waugh, Margaret Millar.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Stories My Mother Never Told Me   M29  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur.  "You are in for the full gamut of emotional reactions - barring, of course,  the tender sentiments, with which I will have no truck.  I have even included a tale or two primarily for entertainment.  But do not look upon this as a sign of weakness.  Even in these tales there are underlying frissons to give a curious relish to the reading.  and there are other stories which I consider well-nigh diabolical', said Mr. H. in the Introduction.  Random House New York. 1963. 401 pages. 2 novelettes, 1 novel, 23 stories.  Contributing writers include Grace Amundson, Robert Arthur, Andrew Benedict, Ray Bradbury, Stuart Cloete, John Collier, Roald Dahl, Gerald Kersh, Avram Davidson, Jeremiah Digges, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Hitchcock, Edward D. Hoch, Shirley Jackson, George Mandel, Richard Matheson, Jane Rice, Mack Morriss, Jack Ritchie, Idris Seabright, Henry Slesar, Don Stanford, Gilbert Thomas, Joan Vatsek, Richard Wormser, Theodore Sturgeon.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Stories Not For The Nervous   M30  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur.   A collection of the macabre and horrifying tales, presenting 21 stories, 3 novelettes and one complete novel.  Said The Master on the jacket "Take a seat, any seat, and start wherever you wish. Break for an intermission whenever you choose and return when you are ready. Informality rules in your enjoyment of this smorgasbord of stories. There is, I think, something for every taste. Except, that is, for the nervous."  Random House New York. 1965. 363 pages.  Contributing writers include Robert Arthur, Raymond E. Banks, Margot Bennett, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Payne Brennan, Fredric Brown, Miriam Allen deFord, Carter Dickson, Hal Dresner, Michael Gilbert, Christine Noble Govan, Gerald Kersh, Mike Marmer, Richard Matheson, Ellis Peters, Jack Ritchie, Margaret St. Clair, Will Sambrot, Idris Seabright, Henry Slesar, Bruno Fischer, Julian May, Dorothy L. Sayers, Lucille Fletcher and Allan Ullman.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Stories That Go Bump In The Night   M31  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur.  Tales of Delicious Evil, Mystery and the Macabre - Selected by the Master of Suspense.   Contributing writers include Ambrose Bierce, Roald Dahl, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Mignon G. Eberhart, Jack Finney, Robert L. Fish, James Hay, Jr., Dion Henderson, Patricia Highsmith, Edward D. Hoch, Antony Horner, Veronica Parker Johns, Don Knowlton, John D. MacDonald, Ross Macdonald, Harold Q. Masur, Richard Matheson, Steve O'Connell, Talmage Powell, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Theodore Sturgeon, Nancy Swoboda, Arthur Train.  Random House New York. 1977. 342 pages.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:   Stories That Scared Even Me   M32  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur.  Random House New York. 1967. 463 pages. 1 novel, 1 novelette, 23 stories.  Said Mr. Hitchcock "I do no more than affirm that the stories in this book all gave me one or more of the pleasurable sensations associated with fear.  Some quite terrified me.  Some profoundly disturbed me and left me with a sense of deep uneasiness.  Others prickled my nerve ends pleasurably, touched my spine with chills, or made me swallow hard as I registered their impact.  Some did several of these things at once."  Contributing writers include Irving S. Cobb, Basil Copper, Miriam Allen deFord, Gerald Kersh, Damon Knight, John Burke, Fritz Leiber, Nugent Barker, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Robert Arthur, Ray Russell, Theodore Sturgeon, Thomas M. Disch, Adobe James, Ellis Peters, Margaret St. Clair, William Sambrot, T. H. White, Robert Somerlott, William Wood, Robert Specht, Donald E. Westlake, Algis Budrys, Henry Slesar, John Wyndham.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:   Stories To Be Read With The Door Locked   M33  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur.  "Murder and Suspense That Will Chill, Excite, or Even Occasionally Amuse."  Random House New York. 1975. 368 pages.  Quoting Mr. H from the jacket: "Unlike television, the editing of this volume requires no sponsors. As a consequence, we do not have to waste time listening to peddlers hawking deodorants or denture fixatives that permit octogenarians to chew salt-water taffy. We can get right down to the business at hand. So, if you please, make sure the door is locked. then double-lock it, turn the page and start to read."  Contributing writers include Robert L. Fish, Adobe James, Jerry Jacobson, William Jeffrey, Charles W. Runyon, Betty Ren Wright, Roald Dahl, Isaac Asimov, Richard Matheson, John Keefauver, Jacques Futrelle, Harlan Ellison, Waldo Carlton Wright, Harold Q. Masur, Pat McGerr, John D. MacDonald, Warner Law, Gary Brandner, Joseph Payne Brennan, Bill Pronzini, Alan Dean Foster, Theodore Sturgeon, Jack Ritchie, Gerald Kersh, Edward D. Hoch, William P. McGivern, Michael Gilbert, Joseph N. Gores, Rex Stout.

 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Stories To Be Read With The Lights On   M34  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur.  Random House New York 1973. 402 pages.  Said Mr. Hitchcock in  I accept no responsibility.  The risk is yours.  After all, you must like this sort of thing or you would not be here in the first place."  Contributing writers include Mary Barrett, Fredric Brown, Robert Colby, Zena Collier, Ron Goulart, Roald Dahl, Harold R. Daniels, Miriam Allen deFord, Joe Gores, James Cross, Robert J. Higgins, Edward D. Hoch, John Keefauver, Warner Law, Dana Lyon, Dee Stuart, William P. McGivern, Robert L. McGrath, Barry Malzberg, Rose Million Healey, Harold Q. Masur, Berkely Mather, Ardath F. Mayhar, William F. Nolan, David Montross, Al Nussbaum, Bill Pronzini, Joan Richter, Jack Ritchie, Harold Rolseth, William Sambrot, Nancy C. Swoboda, Paul Theridion, Jeffrey M. Wallmann, Betty Ren Wright, Waldo Carlton Wright, Mitsu Yamamoto.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Stories To Stay Awake By   M35  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur.  Thirty-five startling, frightening, suspenseful, chilling exercises in the art of murder and suspense.  Said Hitchcock on the jacket "If you enjoy tingling excitement, lock the doors, lock the windows, turn the page, and begin."  Random House New York. 1971. 464 pages.  Contributing writers include William Arden, Charlotte Armstrong, Francis Beeding, Robert Bloch, Lawrence G. Blochman, Joseph Payne Brennan, Marguerite Dickinson, Charles Einstein, Guy Fleming, Anthony Gilbert, Joe Gores, Dion Henderson, Morris Hershman, Edward D. Hoch, James Holding, Adobe James, John Keefauver, Day Keene, Lael J. Littke, Jack London, John D. MacDonald, Patricia McGerr, James McKimmey, Margaret Manners, Harold Q. Masur, Margaret Millar, Jack Ritchie, Mary Linn Roby, Jane Speed, Pat Stadley, Fay Grissom Stanley, Theodore Sturgeon, John F. Suter, Bryce Walton, Jay Wilson.

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Suspense   stories Collected by  Alfred Hitchcock.   M96C   "Complete with map on back cover."  Dell Publishing Company New York. 1945 by Alfred J. Hitchcock.  From the foreword by Alfred Hitchcock: "All of my life I have possessed a profound interest approaching fascination for the quality of Suspense - a fact which probably will not be surprising to the thousands of movie-goers who have been kind enough to share my enthusiasm for stories which have this quality.  When this enthusiasm for Suspense became so closely identified with my name that a publisher was prompted to invite me to edit a volume of Suspense Stories, I faced the difficulty of defining and limiting the quality upon which I had presumed myself to be something of an authority.  It is the thread of the story itself which draws you from the opening paragraph to the next page, and the next, and the next to the story's end. You want to know how it will turn out. That is Suspense.  Contributing writers include Carl Stephenson, Phyllis Bottome, A. D. Divine, Hanson Baldwin, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Ralph Milne Farley, Capt. William Outerson, Frank Stockton, Ambrose Bierce, Margery Sharp, Albert Payson Terhune, James M. Cain, Ralph Straus, Stephen Vincent Benet.

 

Suspense Stories   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.   M96C   Thirteen short mystery stories selected by Alfred Hitchcock.  Dell. 1949 by Alfred J. Hitchcock. 192 pages.   From the foreword by Mr. Hitchcock:  "The story of suspense continues to enjoy widespread favor (thank heaven)! We live in the heyday of the psychological thriller, the narrative of chase-and-pursuit, of lethal hide-and-seek, of the hidden menace and the waiting for the blow to fall. Readers can't seem to get their fill of this kind of tale - hence another collection! Here they are: thirteen tales of tension. If they keep you as engrossed as they did me this book's success will be a matter of course."  Well known and lesser known writers include Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, John Steinbeck, Ellis St. Joseph, F. Tennyson Jesse, Graham Greene, Robert Lewis, Samuel Blas, Mary Deasy, D. H. Lawrence, Georges Carousso, Louis Pollock, Eugene Manlove Rhodes.

 

Alfred Hitchcock   Tales Of Terror   M96    58 Short Stories Chosen by the Master of Suspense    Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  Galahad Books New York. 1986 Davis Publications. 631 pages.  "Here are 58 blood-curdling tales introduced by the master of suspense, the late Alfred Hitchcock.  These stories originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and in the words of the master himself, are guaranteed to chill and unnerve.  Many of the best mystery writers got their start in AHMM and continue to be regular contributors.  Contributing writers to this volume include Nedra Tyre, John R. Suter, Robert Bloch, Joseph Payne Brenner, Bill Pronzini, Lawrence Block, Vincent McConnor, Isak Romun, Nelson DeMille, William Brittain, John Lutz, Brian Garfield, John Coyne, Edward Wellen, Jack Ritchie, James Holding, Libby MacCall, Henry Slesar, Donald Olson, William P. McGivern, Borden Deal, Donald Honig, Michael Zuroy, Edward D. Hoch, Alice Scanlon Reach, Clayton Matthews, Patricia Matthews, Steven Wasylyk, Frank Sisk, Margaret Maron, Betty Ren Wright, Helen Nielsen, Ron Goulart, Charlotte Edwards, Barry N. Malzberg, Patrick O'Keefe, Talmage Powell, Robert Colby, Fletcher Flora, Pauline C. Smith, Mary Braund, Richard O. Lewis, Hal Ellson, Irving Schiffer, Samuel W. Taylor, Harold Q. Masur, S. S. Rafferty, Al Nussbaum, Theodore Mathieson, Arthur Porges, Bryce Walton, Gary Brandner, Michael Brett, James M. Gilmore, William Dolan, Bob Bristow, Robert W. Alexander, August Derleth.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Tales Of The Supernatural and The Fantastic   M87  Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  Gathered in this book are more than 30 tales taken from the pages of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  Combining the elements of mystery, crime, intrigue, and the supernatural are some of the creepiest stories by the hottest mystery writers.  Smithmark Books. 1993 by Bantam Doubleday. 469 pages.  Contributing writers include J.A. Paul, Charles Peterson, William T. Lowe, Charles Ardai, Donald Olson, Frank Stockton, Michael Beres, Lawrence Block, Rob Kantner, George Ingersoll, F. M. Maupin, H. G. Wells, Bruce Bethke, W. Sherwood Hartman, Jas. R. Petrin, George C. Chesbro, Patricia Moyes, Jane Rice, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles M. Saplak, Maggie Wagner-Hankins, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dan Crawford, Terry Black, Chet Williamson, Charles Garvie, Arthur Conan Doyle, J. P. McLaughlin, Taylor McCafferty, Marion M. Markham, K. D. Wentworth, Oscar Wilde, Robert Loy.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Tales To Be Read With Caution   M88  Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  "Thirty stories to be read with extreme care."  From Mr. H. - "Fair warning, even if you are naturally cautious it would be remiss not to advise prudence as you proceed from story to story in this new death-and-defiance-filled anthology. If you heed this admonition, your discretion will be rewarded - with shock-absorbing revelations and dark insights. So do go chary into this good collection and you will rage against the dying of your reading light.  A few words of special interest about this anthology. It is enhanced by stories from both the best-selling Patricia Matthews and her distinguished husband, Clayton Matthews. And "Frightened Lady," by C.B. Gilford, received a scroll from the Mystery Writers of America as one of the best mystery short stories published in 1972. None of the 30 stories has appeared previously in print any later than 1972."  The Dial Press, Davis Publications, New York 1979, 350 pages. Contributing writers include Mary Barrett, Lawrence Block, Margaret Chenoweth, Borden Deal, Richard Deming, Charlotte Edwards, C.B. Gilford, Jacques Gillies, Arthur Gordon, Ron Goulart, Edward D. Hoch, James Holding, John Lutz, Dan J. Marlowe, Margaret B. Maron, Clayton Matthews, Patricia Matthews, Helen Nielsen, Donald Olson, Talmage Powell, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Oscar Schisgall, Frank Sisk, Henry Slesar, Pauline C. Smith, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen, Donald E. Westlake, Betty Ren Wright.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Tales To Fill You With Fear and Trembling   M88B  Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  27 stores.  "In reading this seventh anthology in the new series of Alfred Hitchcock anthologies you will undoubtedly experience some inner disquietude, a certain lack of ease in your usual, normal surroundings.  The attitudes and actions of many of the so-called human beings you will encounter in these pages will make you look at spouse and sibling, stranger and friend with unaccustomed suspicion and dread. This reaction from you was carefully planned, in cold blood, with malice aforethought, by the 28 authors who brought these characters to such ferocious, passionate, sinister life. I confess to my role in the scheme with no small elation. But that shouldn't surprise you. No one could ever accuse me of saying, Never fear, Alfred Hitchcock is here." - Alfred Hitchcock.  Dial Press, Davis Publications. 1980. 350 pages.  Contributing writers include Raymond E Banks, Mary Braund, Robert Colby, Charlotte Edwards, Fletcher Flora, Jeff Heller, Edward D. Hoch, Donald Honig, F.J. Kelly, Richard Levinson & William Link, Barry N. Malzberg, Dan J. Marlowe, Ed McBain, Robert McKay, Helen Nielsen, Al Nussbaum, Patrick O'Keeffe, Donald Olson, Talmage Powell, Theodore Pratt, Jack Ritchie, Jack Sharkey, Henry Slesar, Pauline C. Smith, Richard Stark, James M. Ullman, Bryce Walton.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Tales To Keep You Spellbound   M89  Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  Here, published the same month as the 20th Anniversary issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, is an anthology of stories that first saw the light of day in AHMM.  The Dial Press, 1976 Davis Publications New York. 381 pages.  Contributing writers include Robert Bloch, Joseph Payne Brennan, Wenzell Brown, Robert Cennedella, Robert Colby, Hilda Cushing, Avram Davidson, Borden Deal, Charlotte Edwards, David Ely, Paul W. Fairman, C. B. Gilford, Edward D. Hoch, Donald Honig, Clark Howard, Miriam Lynch, Libby MacCall, Clayton Matthews, Helen Nielsen, Lawrence Page, Jean Potts, Bill Pronzini, Gilbert Ralston, Jack Ritchie, Holly Roth, Henry Slesar, John Suter, Nedra Tyre, Hillary Waugh, Edward Wellen.

        Eleanor Sullivan is editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine & managing editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.  She was born in Cambridge, Mass., and her stories and articles have appeared in various magazines and newspapers.  She is secretary of the Mystery Writers of America.  (Background info as of 1976).

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Tales To Make You Quake & Quiver   M89B   Edited by Cathleen Jordan.  27 stories. Eleventh Anthology. The Dial Press. Davis Publications. 1982. 348 pages.  "The first issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, from whose archives all but one of the stories included here were taken, was published in December, 1956, the year Alfred Hitchcock had produced the new version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. Before that, in the 1950s alone, Hitchcock had brought us movies like Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief, among others.  In 1955, his popular television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, had first been aired, the start of nearly a decade's run. Mr. Hitchcock was keeping those of us who were around in those years very scared and very entertained, and we knew, with pleasure, that he was going to continue to do so. From the beginning, AHMM continued that tradition.  And this past December, it celebrated its 26th birthday. Over the years, the magazine has published thousands of tales, by a great many notable writers.  In 1977, its editors began compiling some of those stories into anthologies, of which this is the eleventh volume. One third of it has been contributed by writers from the early days of the magazine, and in some cases the stories included here are their first ones."  Contributing writers include Georges Carousso, Lee Chisholdm, Michael Collins, Jonathan Craig, Richard Deming, Elijah Ellis, Douglas Farr, Fletcher Flora, W. L. Heath, Edward D. Hoch, James Holding, Clark Howard, Reynold Junker, Ed Lacy, James McKimmey, Jr., Dan J. Marlowe, Maeva Park, Arthur Porges, Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, W. E. Dan Ross, Charles W. Runyon, Jaime Sandaval, Norma Schier, Pauline C. Smith, Stephen Wasylyk, Thomasina Weber.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Tales To Make Your Teeth Chatter   M90    Edited by Eleanor Sullivan. (Alfred Hitchcock Anthology).  Dial Press  1980 Davis Publications. 350 pages.  28 short mystery stories.  "If you've designed a motion picture correctly in terms of emotional impact, Alfred Hitchcock once said, the Japanese audience should scream at the same time as the Indian audience. By the same token, if a mystery story is written correctly, every reader will react as its author intended in a given place in the story.  What makes our teeth chatter? A freezing day? Something more ominous? A wintry reception? A bitter glance? An icy atmosphere? A cold-blooded act? The chill of cold metal? A raw, cutting edge? A grave, watery or otherwise?  Perhaps it's unfair to publish this new Alfred Hitchcock Anthology in the dead of winter, but that is where the unfairness ends. The Tales in the collection all meet the shiverous standards readers have come to expect from the Master of Suspense."  Contributing writers include Lawrence Block, Robert Colby, Duane Decker, Richard Deming, Charlotte Edwards, Hal Ellson, Joyce Harrington, Edward D. Hoch, James Holding, Clark Howard, Leo P. Kelley, Richard Levinson & William Link, Richard O. Lewis, John Lutz, Harold Q. Masur, Clayton Matthews, Helen Nielsen Talmage Powell, Carl Henry Rathjen, Jack Ritchie, Irving Schiffer, Frank Sisk, Henry Slesar, Samuel W. Taylor, Fred S. Tobey, James Michael Ullman, Stephen Wasylyk and Donald E. Westlake.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Tales To Make You Weak In The Knees    M90B   Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  (This is the tenth Alfred Hitchcock Anthology Ms. Sullivan edited).  "Half of the stories in this collection were written by prize-winning mystery writers -- but all of the stories were selected because they have won high marks of approval from readers of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine."  The Dial Press Davis Publications. 1981. 349 pages.  26 stories of suspense written by Jules Archer, William Bankier, Lawrence Block, Stewart Pierce Brown, Robert Colby, Babs H. Deal, Richard Deming, Ron Goulart, Edward D. Hoch, James Holding, Donald Honig, Clark Howard, Richard Levinson & William Link, John Lutz, Stephen Marlowe, Harold Q. Masur, Clayton Matthews, Patrick O'Keeffe, Irwin Porges, Jack Ritchie, Frank Sisk, Henry Slesar, Don Tothe, Lawrence Treat, Nedra Tyre, Stephen Wasylyk.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Tales To Scare You Stiff    M91   Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  The fourth in a series of anthologies of stories from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine contains 27 gripping tales by some of the finest authors ever published in the magazine.  27 tales in all, each of them calculated to startle, shock, dismay, and appall you in the manner you've come to expect from Alfred Hitchcock.  The Dial Press, Davis Publications New York. 1978, 348 pages.  Contributing writers include Donald E. Westlake, James Holding, Edward D. Hoch, August Derleth, Dan J. Marlowe, Jonathan Craig, Libby MacCall, Bill Pronzini, Ron Goulart, Kate Wilhelm, Lawrence Block, Arthur Porges, Henry Slesar, Jack Ritchie, James M. Ullman, Ross Bowen, Nedra Tyre, Lawrence Treat, Patrick O'Keffe, Frank Sisk, John Lutz, Theodore Mathieson, Helen Kasson, Hillary Waugh, Charles Boeckman, Donald Olson, William P. McGivern. 

 

Alfred Hitchcock's Tales To Send Chills Down Your Spine   M92   Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.   Do you like to be agitated?  Shocked?  Jarred?  Do you like your reading disquieting, turbulent, icy?  Do you like it to shake you up?  To pack a wallop?  To fill you with fear and trembling?  This fifth anthology of stories from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine provides the kind of chill-causing excitement you've come to expect from the Master of Suspense.   The Dial Press, Davis Publications, New York. 1979. 343 pages, 29 stories. Contributing writers include Borden Deal, Robert Arthur, Robert Bloch, Evans Harrington, Paul Tabori, Henry Slesar, Eleanor Daly Boylan, Donald E. Westlake, Donald Honig, James Holding, Glenn Andrews, Donald Martin, Jean Garris, Bob Bristow, Warren Donahue, Michael Zuroy, Jack Ritchie, Wenzell Brown, Lawrence Block, Michael Wilson, Edward D. Hoch, Roderick Wilkinson, Bill Pronzini, Alice Scanlan Reach, Richard Deming, Donald Olson, Will Brittain, James Michael Ullman, Patricia Highsmith.

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Alfred Hitchcock's  Tales To Take Your Breath Away  M93  Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.  This is the second in the series of anthologies of stories from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  The even-numbered volumes in the series will consist of stories the editors of AHMM believe to be the best published in the magazine the previous year.  29 tales in all, and each of them calculated to leave you breathless - the total collection rife with the rogues and roguishness you've come to expect from the Master of Suspense.  The Dial Press, 1976, 1977 Davis Publications.  373 pages.  Contributing writers include Robert S. Aldrich, William Bankier, Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, William Brittain, Duffy Carpenter, John Coyne, Nelson DeMille, Robert Edward Eckels, Bruce M. Fisher, Brian Garfield, Everett Greenbaum, Joyce Harrington, Edward D. Hoch, John Lutz, Mick Mahoney, Clayton Matthews, Carroll Mayers, Vincent McConnor, James McKimmey, Francis M. Nevins, Jr., Bill Pronzini, Jack Ritchie, Isak Romun, Jeffry Scott, Nedra Tyre, Stephen Wasylyk, Edward Wellen, Robert W. Wells.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  Terror Time   M36  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur"More tales from A Month Of Mystery."  "Alfie says it's time to let off a little scream!"  205 pages. Dell. 1972.  From the forward by Mr. H.; "I feel that evening is the best time to approach the stories I have gathered together. An easy chair, a darkened room, and a pool of light to read by offer the ideal setting in which to enjoy the varied attractions of these tales. If at all possible, avoid sharing the room with a teenager playing records that thump, shriek, and wail at you. This is bound to be distracting. Unless, of course, you are a teenager yourself. But if you are a teenager, what are you doing reading this book? Shouldn't you be out organizing a protest against something?"  Contributing writers include Jack Ritchie, Melville Davisson Post, Craig Rice, Joe Gores, John Keefauver, Sax Rohmer, Sterling E. Lanier, Mike Marmer, John D. MacDonald, Andrew Benedict, Michael Zuroy, Lawrence Block, M. S. Waddell, Gerald Kersh, Harold Q. Masur, David Alexander.

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Alfred Hitchcock  13 More Stories They Wouldn't Let Me Do On TV   M11   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  From Mr. Hitchcock's Preface:  "I was Johnny-come-lately to television, and some persons have claimed that I was waiting for the screens to become wide enough to accommodate me (an allegation which I stoutly deny). However, I have become quite fond of the medium, and I trust that this book will not be interpreted as a criticism but merely an admission that there are a number of taboos and that there are some stories to which TV cannot do justice. As for my dear sponsor: he is really a rather tolerant fellow, and on the program when I bite the hand that feeds me I really have my tongue firmly in my cheek. I am sure this is the neatest trick of the week, and if you want to see how it is done you are welcome to tune in any Sunday evening. But now I had better fade away while you select the first story to read. Good night and good hunting."  Dell. 1957 by Alfred Hitchcock. 224 pages.  "They said it couldn't be done - so Hitchcock didn't try to do it. Instead Alfred Hitchcock gathered together the most grisly treats that TV moguls refused to let him screen - and put them in the most gloriously ghoulish gift package he's ever offered his fans. If you love to shiver, if you yearn for shock, if you loathe safety and simply hate to go to sleep., you'll find that Hitchcock has given you everything you want and more than you've ever imagined in thirteen unbeatable and nearly unbearably terrifying tales by  Stanley Ellin, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, John Collier, Leonid Andreyev, Richard Connell, Robert Bloch, C.P. Donnel, Jr., A.M. Burrage, Thomas Burke, D.K. Broster, Robert Arthur, James Francis Dwyer.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  This One Will Kill You   M37  Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "You'll have a screaming good time when Alfie tickles your horror bone."  "Come see the house that Alfie's built. There's hot and cold running blood for all. Every closet has a skeleton. The beds are fine for tossing and turning, the sheets simply wonderful for soaking up sweat. And best of all, each and every chamber of horrors has been designed by an outstanding master of bizarre murder and eerie evil, as Alfred Hitchcock offers you tales by such superbly spinetingling writers as Ed Lacy, John Lutz, Fletcher Flora, Robert Colby, Jonathan Craig, Richard Deming, Richard Hardwick, Robert Edmond Alter, Michael Brett, Jack Ritchie, James Holding, Henry Slesar, Hal Ellson, C.B. Gilford. Dell. 1971 by H.S.D. Publications. 205 pages.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  12 Stories For Late At Night   M38  Edited by Alfred HitchcockDell. 1961 Random House New York. 223 pages.  "All the yarns live up to Hitchcock's high standard... and most of them couldn't be done for television." - San Antonio Express.  "Wonderful... the macabre, the supernatural, the imaginative." - Berkeley Daily Gazette.  Twelve nightmares from ingenious minds that never sleep including Philip MacDonald, Robert Arthur, Ray Bradbury, Evelyn Waugh, Will F. Jenkins, John B. L. Goodwin, Gouverneur Morris, Frank Belknap Long, M. R. James, Robert Trout, C. L. Moore, John Collier.  "Picked with an unerring flair for what will make your flesh creep. Wow!" - San Francisco Chronicle.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  12 Stories They wouldn't Let Me Do On TV    M39   Edited by Alfred Hitchcock.  "A devil's dozen that will leave you screaming for more!"  "Hitchcock tune you in to terror... with Saki's eerie tale of the evil that lurks in the hearts of children... with William Sansom's irresistible invitation to an infernal embrace and the kiss of death... with M. R. James' horror-ridden exploration of the darkest depths of the supernatural... with Philip MacDonald's gruesome chiller about a mind-blowing last laugh after a perfect crime.  Whatever page you turn to in this superlative collection, you can be sure of a clear picture of vivid viciousness - and the only interruptions will be the trembling of your hand."  Dell. 1957 by Alfred Hitchcock. 224 pages.  "Uncensored shock!  Some books are meant for childish eyes. Others are tailored for readers with delicate sensibilities and fragile nerves. Still others can be safely scanned before going to sleep at night. This book, however, is not one of them. For when Alfred Hitchcock is the man in charge, you can be sure of a feast designed to please the strongest appetite for pure horror and unadulterated evil. Here are 12 ultimate thrillers by  Arthur Williams, Robert S. Hichens, William Sansom, Margaret St. Clair, Saki, Q. Patrick, Jerome K. Jerome, Philip MacDonald, John Russell, M. R. James, Edward Lucas White, William Hope Hodgson.

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The Vertigo Murders : An Alfred Hitchcock MysteryM97   by J. Madison Davis, Madison J. Davis and Dan Auiler.  The year is 1957, and the sun-tanned citizenry of Los Angeles is in the grip of a bizarre series of murders. Alfred Hitchcock is developing his latest film when he receives a painting from an old friend and director. Shortly after receiving it, his friend turns up murdered, and the painting becomes a clue to the identity of the criminal who has paralyzed the city. Joining forces with an L.A.P.D. detective, Hitch sets out on a trail that takes the pair from the mansions of Beverly Hills to the haunts of forgotten starlets and the docks of Long Beach Harbor, as the mystery grows more and more like a thrilling Hitchcockian film itself.  2000. Ibooks.  "This struck me as very much of an imitation of Stuart Kaminsky's Toby Peters books. The first-person narrator is an ex-cop who spent some time in movie studio security and then sets up as a private investigator; the milieu is Hollywood; and there's significant use of real (albeit now dead) people in the book. There are differences, of course. The book is set in 1957 rather than the early '40s. Chess Slattery doesn't have Toby Peters' bad back that's an ongoing theme of that series. Neither is exactly major. The closest thing to a major difference is that in this book Alfred Hitchcock not only employs Slattery - he also solves the mystery, with Slattery primarily providing the legwork. Briefly, an aspiring starlet is brutally murdered and mutilated. Hitchcock had seen her on the golf course behind his house the night after she was supposed to have been murdered, apparently being arrested by a couple of cops. He hires Slattery to help him find out what really happened. There are a couple more murders, along with significant involvement on the parts of Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak (the co-stars of Hitchcock's Vertigo, which is being filmed during the course of the book and gives it its title). It appears that the author may have a series in mind; at the end of the book Hitchcock proposes retaining Slattery as a steady employee." - David G. Hulan.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Words of Prey   M94   Edited by Lois Adams and Gail Hayden.  (Anthology #21 Summer 1986).  29 Short Stories of Crime and Mystery.  1986 Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the Introduction by Editor Lois Adams; "There's a hush that falls over the audience just before the curtain rises, a long, expectant moment when everybody can almost feel the actors in the wings, preparing to walk on and say their first lines. The same thing happens when you pick up a book and turn to the first page - all of the stories and characters are there in your hands, about to come alive and speak in their own voices. Vibrant characters are waiting in these pages, and complicated stories that are not always what they seem. There are words of prey, but who is the hunter and who the prey? The real prey here, of course, is your attention. And now that you have been captured and your attention is in thrall, you'd better curl up in a comfortable chair and settle your self to follow the trail until the last mystery is solved and the last page is turned."  Purveyors of prey include  T. M. Adams, Gary Alexander, William Bankier, Jon L. Breen, Jean Darling, John H. Dirckx, Richard M. Ellis, Hal Ellson, Bruce M. Fisher, Tonita S. Gardner, Brian Garfield, Kenneth Cavrell, Kathryn Gottlieb, Seiko Legru, John Lutz, Al Nussbaum, Kevin O'Donnell, Jr., Patrick O'Keeffe, Arthur Porges, Talmage Powell, Jack Ritchie, Jeffry Scott, Frank Sisk, Henry Slesar, Miel Tanburn, Lawrence Treat, Max Van Derveer, Stephen Wasylyk, Ann F. Woodward.

 

Alfred Hitchcock's  Your Share Of Fear    M95   Edited by Cathleen Jordan, with Gail Hayden.  Nineteen Short Stories of Crime, Ghosts, and the Beyond.  1982 by Davis Publications. 348 pages.  From the introduction by Cathleen Jordan:  "The collection of stories brought together in this volume is, we think, a special one.  It brings together a wide variety of very good authors, for one thing - from Conan Doyle to Isaac Asimov to Jack Ritchie, winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story of 1981.  And for another, it show the extraordinary range of the mystery story. Contributing writers include Isaac Asimov, Algernon Blackwood, August Derleth, Arthur Conan Doyle, Elijah Ellis, Erle Stanley Gardner, Randall Garrett, Tom Godwin, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, James Holding, Donald Honig, Clark Howard, M. R. James, Damon Knight, Helen McCloy, Larry Niven, Frederick Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth, W. T. Quick, Jack Ritchie.

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