Noir: Three Novels of Suspense

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Noir contains three long-lost thrillers by Richard Matheson, the grand master of suspense. Originally published in the 1950s, at the very beginning of Matheson’s distinguished career, these page-turning classics have been largely out-of-print for decades. Now readers everywhere can savor three unforgettable tales of crime, corruption, and cold-blooded murder. . . .

Someone Is Bleeding--Dave Newton has fallen hard for Peggy, a leggy blonde with a lurid past and a heartbreaking ...

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Overview

Noir contains three long-lost thrillers by Richard Matheson, the grand master of suspense. Originally published in the 1950s, at the very beginning of Matheson’s distinguished career, these page-turning classics have been largely out-of-print for decades. Now readers everywhere can savor three unforgettable tales of crime, corruption, and cold-blooded murder. . . .

Someone Is Bleeding--Dave Newton has fallen hard for Peggy, a leggy blonde with a lurid past and a heartbreaking smile. But as bloody corpses begin to litter his path, Dave is forced to confront the terrifying possibility that the woman he loves is a deranged killer!

Fury on Sunday--In the wee hours of one fateful Sunday morning, a homicidal maniac embarks on a rampage of terror and violence that threatens everyone who crosses his path, culminating in a deadly confrontation in a Manhattan apartment building.

Ride the Nightmare--Chris and Helen had the perfect suburban life--until Helen discovers her husband’s guilty secret. Overnight, their peaceful existence descends into a vortex of fear and brutality that may cost them the life of their only child!

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From the iconic author of classic novels like I Am Legend, A Stir of Echoes, and Hell House, as well as countless unforgettable television and film scripts (including The Twilight Zone's "Little Girl Lost" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet") comes a collection of three long-lost novels of suspense.

Originally published in the 1950s and out of print for decades, this trio of "noir classics" by Richard Matheson is finally available once again. Paranoia and panic are dominant themes in much of Matheson's work, and these three novels are no different. In Someone Is Bleeding, "writer of novels and seeker of truths" David Newton falls for a leggy blonde with big brown eyes. Peggy is a classic damsel in distress -- recently divorced from a cruel husband, without a job or any friends -- and Newton is just the man to save her. Unfortunately, the more he finds out about the enigmatic Peggy, the more he begins to realize that he might be the one who needs rescuing! Fury on Sunday follows the trail of an escaped madman obsessed with vengeance, and Ride the Nightmare pits a loving husband and father against deep, dark secrets from his past.

Editor Matthew R. Bradley aptly described the three novels as: "Crime fiction at its toughest: booze, guns, knives, chases, aberrant psychology, blackmail, icepick murders, femmes fatales, sinister psychos, brutish thugs, drunks, nymphos, homicide dicks, and a generous helping of sweat." Plain and simple, this resurrected collection is timeless, nail-biting suspense at its very best -- a must-read! Paul Goat Allen

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"Perhaps no author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions . . . ."--The New York Times

"Crime fiction at its toughest: booze, guns, knives, chases, aberrant psychology, blackmail, icepick murders, femmes fatales, sinister psychos, brutish thugs, drunks, nymphos, homicide dicks, and a generous helping of sweat."--Matthew R. Bradley from the Introduction to Noir

“The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson.”--Stephen King
“Matheson is the master of paranoia--pitting a single man against unknown horrors and examining his every slow twist in the wind.”--San Jose Mercury News

“His stories not only entertain, but touch the mind and heart.”--Dean Koontz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765311405
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,217,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    three fine suspense thrillers

    ¿Someone Is Bleeding¿. In Santa Monica, writer Dave has fallen in love with Peggy. However, he begins to have doubts when he begins to find male corpses everywhere he goes. Could his sweet Peggy be a man-hating serial killer and if yes how can he avoid joining her deadly list? --- ¿Fury on Sunday¿. Manhattan concert pianist Vincent was already a bit crazy when he finally goes off the deep end. He begins murdering people who cross his path turning the mean streets even meaner with a final confrontation in his apartment. --- ¿Ride the Nightmare¿. In California, Chris has come a long way from his misspent youth. He loves his wife Helen and their daughter and is willing to die to keep them safe. He soon has the opportunity as his past has arrived in California not concerned about collateral damage. --- These three suspense thrillers were written in the 1950s by the author of Duel (basis for the Spielberg movie). ¿Ride the Nightmare¿ and ¿Someone is Bleeding¿ are fabulous novellas that hook the audience from the start and never slows down as seemingly nice middle class people get caught in maelstroms of perilous trouble. On the other hand ¿Fury on Sunday¿ follows a maniac without getting inside him making his killing spree seem endless this tale would have been better as a short with a smaller body count. Still overall NOIR lives up to its title. --- Harriet Klausner

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