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Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich (December 4, 1903 – September 25, 1968) was an American novelist and short story writer who sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms William Irish and George Hopley. Though more well known for his hardboiled, noirish suspense thrillers, Woolrich also dabbled in the arenas of horror and the supernatural. A few of the many films based on his novels and short stories are The Leopard Man, Phantom Lady, Deadline at Dawn, Night Has a Thousand Eyes, The Window, Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, and Mississippi Mermaid.


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Night Has a Thousand Eyes: Pretty horrifying, after all

Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Cornell Woolrich

On the cover of my Dell paperback edition of Night Has a Thousand Eyes (with a cover price of 25 cents), the author is listed as William Irish, with an asterisk next to the name. At the bottom of the cover, next to the footnote asterisk, is another name: George Hopley. This should not fool any prospective readers, though. Both names were pseudonyms of Cornell Woolrich, the author whom Isaac Asimov called “THE Master of Suspense”;


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Dark Melody of Madness: The Supernatural Novellas of Cornell Woolrich

Dark Melodies of Madness: The Supernatural Novellas of Cornell Woolrich by Cornell Woolrich

Because New York City-born author Cornell Woolrich so excelled at tales of suspense, crime, murder and noirish mayhem, there might be some who find it hard to believe that he could also excel in the arena of horror. But those who have read Woolrich’s truly frightening novel of 1945, Night Has a Thousand Eyes, which combines the occult, clairvoyance, death and predestination into one tasty chiller, already know how capable he could be in that field.


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