Read so farOne drop of blood Somebody on the
PHONE 2DEBT OF HONOR AKA IOU ONE LIFE THE 2Debt of honor aka IOU one life The upstairs The most exciting show in town aka Double feature The night reveals Steps going up aka Men must die aka Guillotine The hummingbird comes home Adventures of a fountain en aka Dipped in blood I won t take a minute AKA Finger of doom aka Wait for me downstairs Read two stories out of this old collection miraculously found for me by ILL it s actually a tie in to the old horrorsuspense radio show THE INNER SANCTUM famous for it s creaking door When listening to transcriptions of the show about twenty years ago I remember Raymond your sardonic creep of a host often hawking books in this series but never expected to read oneI Won t Take A Minute starts with another Woolrich standard a sudden nightmarish scenario welling up out of nowhere in the everyday life of an average man Here our somewhat cynical main character has finally found a girl he loves and who loves him They stop before a lanned night out on the town a girl he loves and who loves him They stop before a Code Name: Silence planned night out on the town that she can run up to an apartment and drop something off for her boss She never comes down He waits and waits Nothing Finally he searches for her and finds no trace the apartment she was bound for is empty eventually he brings in theolice who exhaust all the options available after searching the building and interrogating the inhabitants casting the net wider and wider until her very existence in this world comes into uestion did she really exist is he crazy The opening does a fine job sketching character a tone a relationship and an attitude through simple voice writ. 10 Short Works One Drop of Blood Somebody on the Phone Debt of Honor The Ma. .
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and a redecessor of Richard Matheson s Dying Room Only of course and the answers when they come can a redecessor of Richard Matheson s Dying Room Only Of Course And The of course and the when they come can be as satisfying as the set up view spoileras I ve said before in other reviews Woolrich has a enchant for weaving vast conspiracies into some short stories which he must invariably dismantle by the ending usually to less satisfaction than the wind up hide spoiler The unvarnished badness of the villains is what makes most of these stories work These guys are unapologetically unredeemable And I wanted all of them to win well maybe not ALL of them I mean the one guy s oor mother is blind These are fun stories which you ve The Wapshot Scandal probably seen some version of fifty years later but they still work because he uickly creates characters you care about in conflicts you want to seelay out A surprising new find for me A great collection of noir style mystery stories I knew of Cornell Woolrich vaguely from a writing credit on an episode of Darkroom Steps Going Up was turned into an episode I also know he wrote some Alfred Hitchcock The NIGHT. Erotischer Roman plots But I really enjoyed every story in this collectionThelots are good but it is the suspenseful build of each story that really grabs you You never know what is happening There are a few uirky coincidences In one story the narrator even oints out a once in a lifetime coincidence Still it is the journey in these stories that I enjoyed My favorite was I Won t Take a Minute where a man waits outside an apartment building for his girlfriend who has stopped off just to drop off a ackage for her employer She never. N Upstairs The Most Exciting Show in Town The Night Reveals Steps Going Up. Comes out leaving him in a anic to figure out what happenedOther great ones are Steps Going Up about a man on death row whose only chance to live is a traditional Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 pardon granted if the executioner dies Adventures of a Fountain Pen tells the twisted tale of an explodingen that goes from hand to hand before doing its job Highly
RECOMMEND THE COLLECTION I LOVE IT IS IT BECAUSE the collection I love it Is it because the language or the way it s being used Is it the stories or how it s being told I can t tell It just got under my skinLike in some of those worst dreams you were staying close to watch almost too close No matter who they were where they were what they were doing you were always magically shifted to a spot under the shadow close but safely distanced and watched You knew it s safe for you as you were aware that you were merely watching You knew you were safe because from somewhere in your consciousness you always knew it was a dream However from time
TO TIME OCCASIONALLY THERE WAS Atime occasionally there was a and suddenly you became not that sure Because you worried that they would find you look into your eyes Because you worried that the shadow that covered you would move away anyway it was just a creation of your subconscious imagination Because most of the time in your dream your body didn t listen to you even when you d yield at it escapeUnlike these worst dreams that usually wouldn t announce their arrival these stories only manifest themselves when you are ready Well believe me that is much better You ll love the feeling when you are ready and when you are watching and when everything comes to an endFull review here. The Hummingbird Comes Home Adventures of a Fountain Pen I Won't Take a Minu.