Stories to Be Whispered

Cornell Woolrich


Welcome to the cradle of Cornell Woolrich’s inimitable style. In many ways, the short story was Woolrich’s métier. Each of the tales in this treasury is a taut, tough, sometimes terrifying example of Woolrich’s ability to mix murder and mood with dashes of agonizing suspense. Here you’ll find characters on desperate, fear-fueled journeys through urban underbellies and dark alleyways.
       “After Dinner Story” bathes us in cold, claustrophobic fear as several men are trapped in an out-of-control elevator — where a murder has just been committed. “An Apple A Day,” “Cigarette,” and “The Heavy Sugar” take us on sinister sojourns through dark city streets, each about a character desperate to hunt down a telltale clue linking him to a dastardly crime. “Detective William Brown” chronicles the rise and fall of a brilliant but vicious detective, whose uncontrollable ambition leads to murder and a truly twisted redemption.
       Suspicion and paranoia play out in “The Case of the Killer Diller,” as the songstress in a jazz troupe struggles to solve the murder of one of her bandmates; each member of the group has an airtight alibi at the time of the killing. “Guillotine” is a classic exercise in tension, as a condemned killer meticulously crafts a plot to keep his head from rolling — by executing his executioner. “All At Once, No Alice” is vintage Woolrich: a young newlywed sweats blood as he searches for his bride, who disappears after spending the night in a sleazy hotel — with no evidence that she even existed.
       Between these covers is some of Cornell Woolrich’s finest work. Start early; you’ll be turning the pages long after dark.

edition information

  • Limited to 300 copies.
  • Introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz.
  • Several reprints of old Cornell Woolrich Stories to Be Whispered covers, all in full color.
  • All copies signed by Stefan Dziemianowicz, Matt Mahurin, and Jacob McMurray.
  • Sewn binding, rounded back, ribbon marker, head and tail bands, printed endpapers, top-edge stain, and other extras.
  • Original book price: $75.
  • Published April 2016.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-151-7.