These are mystery-suspense stories. Some will keep you on the edge of your chair with excitement. Others are calculated to draw you along irresistibly to see how the puzzle works out. I have even included a sample or two of stories that are humorous, to show you that humor and mystery can also add up to suspense.
"So here you are, with best wishes for hours of good reading!" Alfred Hitchcock
COLLECTOR'S 1967 true first edition, first printing vintage hardcover book - Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense. Stories of mystery and excitement selected by the Master of Suspense. Has original unclipped dust jacket, and is the third book in series of three written for adults or teens.
Illustrated by Harold Isen. Publisher: Random House, New York, Copyright, 1967, true first edition, probable first printing. No isbn. Not a later reprint. Not ex-library. Not softcover.
SUPERB illustrations by Harold Isen; each painting is a brilliant work of art. Vibrant turquoise, black & white full page plates; each story opens with a smaller drawing. Outstanding duo page fright decorated endpapers in turquoise and black. True to Hitchcock's nature he makes an appearance just like he did in all his movies. Photos do not fully capture exact hues and detail; wait until you see. WOW!
Anthology of thirteen short stories of mystery, terror, intrigue and suspense by the literary masters. All you film buffs may be particularly interested in "The Birds," inspired by Hitchcock's film of the same name. What a movie director, if you haven't see his classics, Alfred Hitchcock made some of the best films ever, he was a master at frightening you in a very suspenseful way!
Table of contents:
"The Chinese Puzzle Box" by Agatha Christie "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier "Puzzle For Poppy" by Patrick Quentin "Eyewitness" by Robert Arthur "Man From The South" by Roald Dahl "Black Magic" by Sax Rohmer "Treasure Trove" by F. Tennyson Jesse "Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper" by Robert Bloch "The Treasure Hunt" by Edgar Wallace "The Man Who Knew How" by Dorothy L. Sayers "The Dilemma of Grampa DuBois" by Clayre and Michel Lipman "P. Moran, Diamond-Hunter" by Percival Wilde
A brief message from Alfred Hitchcock:
If you have been keeping pace with this series of books that I have been bringing you, you know that in the past I have gathered for your enjoyment tales of ghosts, spooks and spirits. I have given you a group of ingenious solve-them-yourself mysteries. I have paraded before your eyes a collection of monsters who took my fancy. This time I have assembled for your entertainment a choice group of stories of suspense.
But what, indeed, is suspense? I prefer the simplest definition — suspense is that quality in a story which makes you want to keep on reading it to find out what happens. By this definition any good story, of course, has suspense in it. A love story can have suspense — does it end happily? A mountain climbing story can have suspense — does the hero get to the top or does he slip and fall over a cliff?
I can assure you, however, that you will find neither love stories nor mountain-climbing stories in this collection. These are mystery-suspense stories. Some will keep you on the edge of your chair with excitement. Others are calculated to draw you along irresistibly to see how the puzzle works out. I have even included a sample or two of stories that are humorous, to show you that humor and mystery can also add up to suspense. So here you are, with best wishes for hours of good reading from your perennial host— ALFRED HITCHCOCK.
Three book series. First: 1961 "Haunted Houseful" for not so young children. Second: 1962 "Ghostly Gallery" for teens, adults. Third: "Spellbinders in Suspense." DJ back flap: Ghostly Gallery, Haunted Houseful, Sinsister Spies, Monster Museums descriptions, $3.95 each. Oversize hardcover, unclipped DJ, vibrant laminated color pictorial boards, aqua/black illustrated endpapers, 206 cardstock pages, 10"x 8". Illustrations MINT.
Binding tight. Fine vintage condition. Pages fine/bright/crisp/clean/minimal wear if any. Cover near fine/bright/clean/minimal shelfwear includes spine end rub. DJ excellent overall/bright/clean/light shelfwear includes light edgewear-light chipping. Top flap below printed 395/395-small scribble might be over original price/reverse side dj small clear tape.
This is in terrific gift condition; will make a FABULOUS gift!!