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Four Rare Cornell Woolrich Novellas, Unavailable for Decades, Are Published

Suspense master Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) is best known for his novella “Rear Window,” the basis of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1950s film. The most riveting of his other novellas have now been collected in a single volume entitled Four Novellas of Fear (A. J. Cornell Publications).

New York, NY, March 11, 2010 --( Cornell Woolrich, who has been called the “Father of Noir” and the “Edgar Allan Poe of the 20th Century,” is unsurpassed in his ability to create and sustain sheer suspense. In his tales of terror, ordinary people find themselves in the most extraordinary circumstances; and, as readers, we share their spine-tingling tension every step of the way. Now, collected for the first time, are four of his long-out-of-print but most nail-biting novellas.

Eyes That Watch You (1939)
Greedy Vera Miller plots her husband’s murder right under the nose of her mute, paralyzed mother-in-law. After all, the old lady won’t be able to tell anyone about the crime. Or will she?

The Night I Died (1936)
Nice guy Ben Cook, goaded by his scheming common-law wife, fakes his own suicide and moves to another town—all to trick his life insurance company into making a large payout. No one en route or at the new address will recognize him, will they?

You’ll Never See Me Again (1939)
Ed Bliss’s new bride, miffed by her husband’s insults about her biscuits, promises that Ed will never have to see her again—and storms out! When she doesn’t return within a few days, Ed begins to suspect foul play—but when he reports the crime to the police, he’s the first one they suspect!

Murder Always Gathers Momentum (1940)
For his wife’s sake, Dick Paine approaches a former employer for back wages he is owed—but things go terribly wrong and the old boss ends up dead. Now the guilt-ridden Paine, who’d never before committed a crime, is convinced that people will figure out what happened. As his paranoia gathers momentum, anyone he meets is at risk of becoming his next victim.

A. J. Cornell Publications was founded in 2003 as an educational publisher specializing in vocabulary-building books, but which also publishes books on grammar and U.S. history—and now quality fiction. Says company founder Mark Phillips, “Our company’s name is a tribute to my favorite writers, A. J. Cronin and Cornell Woolrich, and I first learned many of the vocabulary words featured in our vocabulary-building books by reading the works of Cronin and Woolrich.”

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