Tag Archives: Alfred Hitchcock

Pocket Shorts Review: Scary Stories from Alfred Hitchcock, Part V

“Men Without Bones,” by Gerald Kersh, 1954 This one has my favorite windup and pitch so far, I think. In this case the story’s told to a nameless worker loading a banana boat in Puerto Pobre, Peru—interesting how so many of these narrators remain nameless, the better to grab you by the collar and make […]

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Pocket Shorts Review: Scary Stories from Alfred Hitchcock, Part IV

“Two Spinsters,” by E. Phillips Oppenheim, 1926 OK, so this collection has thus far managed to insult African Americans, Jews, and now Unmarried Women of a Certain Age who Have Been Jilted and Thus Driven Criminally Insane. I think that about covers this one, although Oppenheim does an especially gorgeous job of the lonely, wet […]

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Pocket Shorts Review: Scary Stories from Alfred Hitchcock, Part III

“Journey to Death,” by Donald E. Westlake, 1959 This one’s short, sharp, and to the point. It’s a tale of two men trapped in a sunken ocean liner, nothing more or less, and in lieu of any bogeymen or supernatural trappings you have insomnia, hopelessness, claustrophobia, darkness, and hunger. It doesn’t get much more stripped […]

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Pocket Shorts Review: Scary Stories from Alfred Hitchcock, Part II

Today’s picks involve some creepy justice and a blue-faced, yellow-eyed troll. Read on… “Camera Obscura,” by Basil Copper, 1965 The trouble with scary morality tales is that you pretty much know how they’re going to end: The unrepentant miscreant is consigned to some form of horrible hell, the only real variables being the type of […]

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Pocket Shorts Review: Scary Stories from Alfred Hitchcock, Part I

Sometime in the past year I dropped a well-earned 50¢ at a library sale and picked up a copy of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Scared Even Me—fortunately minus the dust jacket, which I think would have scared even me. I’m not a big connoisseur of horror stories, and somehow I suspect that the kind […]

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