Cornell Woolrich ´ 9 READI love it Is it because of the language or The Way It S Being Used Is It The Stories way it s being used Is it the stories 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 a feeling 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 eady Well believe me that is much better You ll love the feeling when you are eady and when you are watching and when everything comes to an endFull Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey review here 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 plots But Ieally enjoyed every story in this co. 10 Short Works One Drop of Blood Somebody on the Phone Debt of Honor The Ma. .
LlectionThe plots are good but it is the suspenseful build of each story that eally grabs you You never know what is happening There are a few uirky coincidences In one story the narrator even points 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 minutea Minute a man waits outside an apartment building for his girlfriend who has stopped off just to drop off a package for her employer She never comes out leaving him in a panic to figure out what happenedOther great ones are Steps Going Up about a man on death ow whose only chance to live is a traditional pardon gran 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 poor mother is blind These are fun stories which you ve probably seen
some version of fifty years later but they still work becauseversion of fifty years later but they still work because uickly creates characters you care about in conflicts you want to see play out Read two stories Out Of This Old Collection of this old collection found for me by ILL it s actually a tie in to the old horrorsuspense Buying the Night Flight: The Autobiography of a Woman Foreign Correspondent (Updated Edition) radio show THE INNER SANCTUM famous for it s creaking door When listening to transcriptions of the show about twenty years ago Iemember Raymond your sardonic creep of a host often hawking books in this series but never expected to ead oneI Won t Take A Minute starts with another Woolrich standard a sudden nightmarish scenario welling up out of. N Upstairs The Most Exciting Show in Town The Night Reveals Steps Going Up. Nowhere in the everyday life of an average man Here our somewhat main character has finally found a girl he loves and who loves him They stop before a planned night cynical main character has finally found a girl he loves and who loves him They stop before a planned night on the town so that she can un 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 apartment she was bound for is empty eventually he in the police 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 Adam und Eva im Paradies. Für die fröhlichen Nachkommen aufgezeichnet really exist is he crazy The opening does a fine job sketching character a tone aelationship and an attitude through simple voice writing in first person It s The Lady Vanishes and a predecessor of Richard Matheson s Dying Room Only of course and the answers when they come can never be as satisfying as the set up view spoileras I ve said before in other eviews Woolrich has a penchant 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 Read so farOne drop of blood Somebody on the phone 2Debt of honor aka IOU one life The man upstairs The most exciting show in town aka Double feature The night eveals Steps going up aka Men must die aka Guillotine The hummingbird comes home Adventures of a fountain pen aka Dipped in blood I won t take a minute AKA Finger of doom aka Wait for me downstairs. The Hummingbird Comes Home Adventures of a Fountain Pen I Won't Take a Minu.