A gritty and thrilling anthology of 30 new short stories in tribute to pulp noir master, Cornell Woolrich, author of 'Rear Window' that inspired Alfred Hitchock's classic film.
Featuring Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, James Sallis, A.K. Benedict, USA Today-bestseller Samantha Lee Howe, Joe R. Lansdale and many more.
An anthology of exclusive new short stories in tribute to the master of pulp era crime writing, Cornell Woolrich. Woolrich, also published as William Irish and George Hopley, stands with Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett as a legend in the genre.
He is a hugely influential figure for crime writers, and is also remembered through the 50+ films made from his novels and stories, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, I Married a Dead Man, Phantom Lady, Truffaut's La Sirène du Mississippi, and Black Alibi.
Collected and edited by one of the most experienced editors in the field, Maxim Jakubowski, features original work from:
Joe R. Lansdale
Barry N. Malzberg
Paul Di Filippo
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Joseph S. Walker
Samantha Lee Howe
O'Neil De Noux
Ana Teresa Pereira
The 30 stories in this superior anthology from Jakubowski (Invisible Blood) capture the feel of Woolrich's iconic noir fiction. In a brief introduction, "Why Cornell Woolrich Matters," Neil Gaiman aptly observes: "The world Cornell Woolrich painted for us with his words is a world in which we will always be disappointed... in which our hopes and our dreams burn brightly, but in their burning they only make the shadows darker." Highlights include James Grady's "Eyes Without a Face," in which a man spies on an attractive female neighbor via a hacked security feed while also watching Hitchcock's Rear Window, which was based on a Woolrich story. That classic tale also inspired another standout, Kim Newman's "Black Window," about a man's frantic attempts to get the police to believe he witnessed a matricide. Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, distinguishes himself with "Sleep! Sleep! Beauty Bright," about a man's search for the person who put his wife into a coma. The variations on Woolrich's themes, even when set in the present day, resonate. This is a welcome companion to In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block.