Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense
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Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense

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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...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published February 12th 1982 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1967)
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Kathy
I've loved this book since I was young. I find it hard these days to find clean suspense stories that I can actually share with my boys. These are timeless stories that are well written and keep me wanting more.
Anne
Oh My God. Look at what's in here.

"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
"The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier
"Man From The South" by Roald Dahl
"Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper" by Robert Bloch

Holy sh*t, has anyone ever put that many classic stories in one place? You need to read this! Oh... are some of those unfamiliar? Let me prompt you.

The most Dangerous game had me and my friend Richard digging a Burmese tiger pit in the lot next door and lining it with sharpened sticks. If that's not a good wa...more
Tatiana
okay, so the deal with all the alfred hitchcock books is that i'm trying to find a short story i read when i was really young that really creeped me out. and i thought it was in 'spellbinders in suspense', so i re-bought it recently, but it was not in there. so in a fit of frustration i bought all the AH short story collections i could find in order to track down the story. but it was not to be found. clearly that story has gone the way of the children's book about the bear (amazing book that i...more
Ken
A great group of short stories. A few are what I'd call "flawed gems"; I'll single out two. The Jack the Ripper story had a big surprise ending, but we were in the mind of the killer for the whole story and I'd say the surprise was totally "unfair" considering there should have been clues to that effect. The Birds is an absolutely classic tale of one household holding up during an apocalyptic attack - but it doesn't have an ending! I would have surmised that once the weather conditions changed,...more
Christopher O'Brien
Oh thank you for having this book on the lists! I thought it was probably forgotten by all others. I still have and cherish my copy. I don't know how much actual hands-on work Hitch had on these books but God they are great. Also Hitch's "Solve-them-yourself" mysteries with "The Mystery of the Three Blind Mice" was fabulous. I want to remind myself, too, to add the fantastic "Three Investigators" series with Hitch as the Charlie to Jupiter Jones, Bob Andrews, and Pete Crenshaw's Angels. So aweso...more
Michael
This was a very important book in my childhood . I read it in the 4th grade , and it showed me that there was more to horror than just Edgar Allan Poe . Four stories in particular stand out among my favorites of all time and introduced me to their authors whom I immediately began to collect . " The Most Dangerous Game " by Richard Connell , " Man From the South " by Roald Dahl , " Yours Truly , Jack the Ripper " by Robert Bloch , and " The Birds " by Daphne du Maurier .
Jen (Fefferbooks)
Hahaha. An article I read today mentioned the story "The Most Dangerous Game," which reminded me of this book. It was one of my favorites when I was in the 8-12 age range...the stories were spooky and creepy, which is right up a young reader's alley. I wonder if this is still on my parents' shelves somewhere...?
Carmen Tudor
Fab collection of suspense favourites. Although many of these well known stories can be found anthologised, some standouts in this collection include Daphne Du Maurier's "The Birds", Roald Dahl's "Man From the South" and Agatha Christie's Poirot tale "The Veiled Lady".
Jacalyn
If you like suspense, this is definitely one to look into. With masterful stories such as "The Most Dangerous Game" and "The Birds", you would be hard pressed to find a better collection of brilliantly crafted classics.
Jazmyn
This is one of my favorite books of all time! I read it when i was younger and i keep coming back to it. Classic tales collected by a master!
Tintaglia
3 stelle e mezzo. Collezione nel complesso piacevole, dal sapore (e ingenuità) d'altri tempi, con alcune vere e proprie gemme.
Scott
Not a bad collection of stories, although most I had already read in high school.
Ayashe
My Mom gave this to me when I was in school. Love the stories :)
Nancy
I read this book every year in grammar school!
Jenny
I prefer Donald Chaffin's illustrations.
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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE was an iconic and highly influential film director and producer, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres.

Following a very substantial career in his native Britain in both silent films and talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood and became an American citizen with dual nationality in 1956, thus he also remained a British subject.

Hitchcock dire...more
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