Phantom Lady, 1942 in a Pocket Book 1945 edition
- 9th printing 1945 with beautiful surrealistic Dali-esque Cover art by
Leo Manso (1914-1993)
The Poet of the Shadows
(Mörkrets poet) - Francis M. Nevins .... The
Master of Noir
Cornell Woolrich (Cornell
George Hopley-Woolrich) 1903-1968 is my Favourite among the crime writers.
Often melodramatic and tormented like a shriek in the night and no one
could've depicted the color Black in
his writings better than Woolrich. His beautiful
dark and romantic prose gave him his
The Poet of the Shadows.
Maybe no other of the 1930's-1940's pulp fiction
authors has been filmed as often as Woolrich, some of them
are The Leopard Man (Jaques Torneur 1943), Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak
1944), Deadline at Dawn (1946),
The Black Angel och The Chase (1946), Fear in the Night och Night Has
a Thousand Eyes (1948), I Wouldn't be
in Your Shoes (19489, The Window (1949), Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock,1954),
The Bride Wore Black (1968)
and Mississippi Mermaid (1969) by Francois Truffaut and Seven Blood Stained
Orchids (Umberto Lenzi 1972)
... but there are dozens more. Film Noir masterpiece Detour is NOT a Woolrich
however, but it feels like it
För de som läst denna
min Film Noir och Pulp Fiction sida så syns det nog att min stora
favorit bland 1900-talets
kriminalförfattare är Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich (1903-1968)
som även skrev under namnen George Hopley och
William Irish, den plågade författaren vars dystra liv var
en dans med döden och vars mörka unikt vackra romantiska
språk gav honom epitetet Mörkrets poet - av hans levnadstecknare
Francis M. Nevins, Jr.
Ofta både melodramatisk och uppgiven har väl ingen bättre
skildrat färgen svart - Noir i litteraturen. Deckarexperten
Jan Broberg ser honom som thrillergenrens store romantiker, endast jämförbar
med Edgar Allan Poe.
Phantom Lady was released
in 1942, and higher up you can see the Gorgeous Pocket Book edition.
Here are the
Swedish 1946 1st edition from Centrum (Bokförlagsaktiebolaget Centrum)
and a 1972 pulp fiction (kioskdeckare)
edition from B. Wahlströms. Well, the sleeve with the 2 identical
hats really is a spoiler to the mystery.
The Race Against
Time and Death
We, the Woolrich lovers,
we're fascinated and hypnotized by his beautiful prose, his romantic style
of dark poetry
and the plot elements are of lesser interest. They often are the same
and may have big holes in them, like Swiss cheese.
Often, the story is about an innocent unfortunate accused of a crime and
the ensuing race against time and death ....
like in Phantom Lady where a trusty secretary makes it her mission to
free her boss from the death cell.
Don't miss the Great film 1944 version by Robert Siodmak with Ella Raines
- and please read much
more about this Film Noir Classic in the Film Noir section of my Film
Noir and Pulp Fiction page
Nightmare (Nattmara) 1956 in a Swedish 1960 edition
from Gebers (Almqvist & Wiknells). A Collection of 6 short stories
written between 1938 - 1956.
I'll Take You Home, Kathleen (Jag följer dig hem, Kathleen), Screen
test (Filmtest), Three O'Clock (first
published in Detective Fiction Weekly 1938), I.O.U. (Skuldsedeln, first
published in Double Detective 1938),
Nightmare (Nattmara) and Bequest (Arvet)
Nightmare was filmed in 1947 in a strange but fascinating B
movie Noir by Maxwell Shane. I would love to see this again, but in better
quality than in this rotten DVD
Woolrich was a master of
the short story and there has been a bunch of collections released