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three stories read in three days, one each day.it started off promisingly with someone is bleeding , which was my favorite by the last line i had to take a deep breath because i ve been holding it for too long without realizing it and because of this story only near dawn did sleep come damn you mr matheson so very good oh but there was one part when the narrator davie called peggy a rape prone woman and that got me mad yeah sure blame the victim rolls eyes the next two stories was three stories read in three days, one each day.it started off promisingly with someone is bleeding , which was my favorite by the last line i had to take a deep breath because i ve been holding it for too long without realizing it and because of this story only near dawn did sleep come damn you mr matheson so very good oh but there was one part when the narrator davie called peggy a rape prone woman and that got me mad yeah sure blame the victim rolls eyes the next two stories was suspense filled to the brim and got me sweatin.4 stars LAST BOOK OF THE YEAR And these were REALLY fun1950s suspense, sharp writing, just a ton of fun If you can, listen to this book it s a total romp I am Legend remains my favorite novel from Matheson, but this was a blast This is a great collection of short novels from one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century Someone is Bleeding is the first, and it is the noiriest noir tale I ve ever read If aliens showed up and wanted to know what noir is, I would hand them this book It s got it all from femme fatales to boozed up brawlers, etc I almost felt like I was reading something by Ed Brubaker, so I figure this book must have had an enormous influence on him Fury on Sunday is the second, and it reminds This is a great collection of short novels from one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century Someone is Bleeding is the first, and it is the noiriest noir tale I ve ever read If aliens showed up and wanted to know what noir is, I would hand them this book It s got it all from femme fatales to boozed up brawlers, etc I almost felt like I was reading something by Ed Brubaker, so I figure this book must have had an enormous influence on him Fury on Sunday is the second, and it reminds me a lot of Robert Bloch s early work just after he grew out of his Lovecraft phase A sorely deluded maniac escapes from the nuthouse to kill the person he perceives to be his nemesis when in all reality, his so called nemesis doesn t really think all that much about him It s harrowing But you know what isharrowing than that The third book, Ride the Nightmare A woman discovers her husband and the father of her daughter is not what he says he is Many years back he helped in a heist gone wrong, and his partners just escaped from jail with only one thought on their minds revenge.If you re going to pass on this volume after reading everything that I just said, you re unhinged Maybe you re Vince from Fury on Sunday Don t be Vince READ THIS BOOK Richard Matheson, who just turned 87, is now a veteran author with dozens of screenplays, novels and short stories to his credit mostly in SF, fantasy and horror genres Like most novice writers he dabbled in many genres Three of his early mystery suspense novels, originally published as individual disposable paperbacks in the 1950s are included in this aptly named anthology The stories are Someone Is Bleeding, Fury On Sunday both 1953 and Ride the Nightmare 1959 Of these, Someone is Blee Richard Matheson, who just turned 87, is now a veteran author with dozens of screenplays, novels and short stories to his credit mostly in SF, fantasy and horror genres Like most novice writers he dabbled in many genres Three of his early mystery suspense novels, originally published as individual disposable paperbacks in the 1950s are included in this aptly named anthology The stories are Someone Is Bleeding, Fury On Sunday both 1953 and Ride the Nightmare 1959 Of these, Someone is Bleeding is the best and most disturbing There is no nuance in these early works or really complex characters, but in SiB there is the beginning of the archetypical Mathesonian tropes of terror, paranoia and power In this case, power is perverted and power is lost Noir is an anthology of three separate novels by a master of suspense, one of my favorite scripters for The Twilight Zone, Richard Matheson Others will know him as the author of such science fiction standards as I Am Legend and The Incredible Shrinking Man So, I was not exactly surprised that each of these novels, originally published separately, balanced on the knife edge of sanity The three novels compiled in Noir are Someone is Bleeding, Fury on a Sunday, and Ride the Nightmare Only the Noir is an anthology of three separate novels by a master of suspense, one of my favorite scripters for The Twilight Zone, Richard Matheson Others will know him as the author of such science fiction standards as I Am Legend and The Incredible Shrinking Man So, I was not exactly surprised that each of these novels, originally published separately, balanced on the knife edge of sanity The three novels compiled in Noir are Someone is Bleeding, Fury on a Sunday, and Ride the Nightmare Only the first is told in first person, a classic style dealing with impending madness, but the second pair is told from an omniscient author s point of view nonetheless Best of all, all three novels have a different feeling even though all have one character of another descending into their personal equivalent of the concentric circles of Dante s Inferno Someone is Bleeding is told by a protagonist narrator who is an author, an author inflicted with writer s block who has moved to sunny California to find inspiration Lounging on the beach, he finds inspiration of a somewhat different kind He becomes infatuated to the point of falling for a lovely young woman named Peggy But, he soon discovers that either she is lying to him on several levels or his college friend is deceiving him for some reason, or both The title, Someone is Bleeding, could easily represent the literal murders which occur in this narrative or the figurative sense in which someone is bleeding psychologically Low brow thugs, degenerate sophisticates, and characters who seem fated populate this thriller of weak characters entwined.Although Someone is Bleeding was just exactly the sort of story I was expecting in this genre, Fury on a Sunday was significantlyintense Matheson takes us inside the mind and motivation of an angry, and mentally disturbed, individual One soon learns that Vince, once an up and coming classical pianist, has not only murdered prior to his institutionalization, but he is obsessed with committing another to acquire his desperately desired revenge and to obtain the reward he expects for earning that revenge One might call Vince a crazy man in this tightly wound tale of what happens in the space of a day from wee early morning hours till the resolution later in the day , but his clever ad lib actions when his plan keeps going off the rails make him seem crazy as a fox I m not sure some of the dramatic elements are totally realistic, but such a person as Vince would definitely be unpredictable, his conflicting emotions and highly embellished hopes just might make these elements possible, if not probable.The point of view shifts in Ride the Nightmare A phone call disturbs a happily married, young couple as it points to either a case of mistaken identity or an unwelcome message from the past We see the wife as she struggles with feelings of loss of integrity and intimacy, such that she has trust issues which, in turn, complicate the situation The husband keeps seeking resolution on many levels, but many of his solutions end up having threatening loose ends It is, after all, a noir story Before the tale reaches its climax, the spouses aren t the only ones with trust issues The antagonists who threaten the lives of the young couple and their daughter express trust issues The banker from which a character tries to secure ransom money has trust issues The doctor who is called to deal with a particular, but familiar, emergency has trust issues The mother in law who was sought as a port in the frightening and growing storm has trust issues Ride the Nightmare has the familiar trope of the character who is well advised to stay away from somewhere, but has such an independent streak that said character ends up escalating the trouble with her his presence And, it has the familiar trope of the character who is so curious that said character ends up escalating the trouble Indeed, Ride the Nightmare is the most realistic of the three stories for me because the really horrible portions could really happen Noir is the best kind of genre anthology It features novels instead of short stories, and each one offers an experience of delightful fear distinctive from the other one It is no wonder Matheson s craft lives on Matheson VA LETTO Fine della recensione La famosa Trilogia in nero di Richard Matheson raccolta finalmente in un solo libro Noir.Primo romanzo della Trilogia in nero , Ricatto mortale un affascinante e morbosa opera noir anni 50 Scritto agli inizi della carriera di Matheson, ad appena ventitre anni, il libro tratta di David Newton, giovane scrittore trasferitosi a Los Angeles, che si ritrova il mondo sconvolto da Peggy, bellissima e ingenua ragazza dal passato oscuro Ispirato dalla vita che conduceva all epoca, Matheson s La famosa Trilogia in nero di Richard Matheson raccolta finalmente in un solo libro Noir.Primo romanzo della Trilogia in nero , Ricatto mortale un affascinante e morbosa opera noir anni 50 Scritto agli inizi della carriera di Matheson, ad appena ventitre anni, il libro tratta di David Newton, giovane scrittore trasferitosi a Los Angeles, che si ritrova il mondo sconvolto da Peggy, bellissima e ingenua ragazza dal passato oscuro Ispirato dalla vita che conduceva all epoca, Matheson stesso confess che l incontro tra David e Peggy fu la trasposizione quasi identica del primo incontro che ebbe lui con la propria moglie Ruth, ma fortunatamente per lo scrittore il paragone fra le due giovani donne si ferma qui Come sempre, Matheson riesce a trarre il meglio da un genere che sembra aver detto tutto, sapendoti ancora sorprendere.Lo stile di Matheson inconfondibile, cos semplice e scorrevole, tuttavia qui si sente d essere di fronte ad un opera scritta agli esordi dello scrittore, a tratti ancora immatura Infatti, la trama funziona piuttosto bene, ma in molti momenti pare trattata in maniera frettolosa Inoltre, questo senso di immaturit percepito proprio nella psicologia dei personaggi da sempre cavallo di battaglia di Matheson , soprattutto per quato riguarda il taglio psicologico del protagonista che a volte risulta piatto o cambia personalit in funzione della trama, non risultando quindi molto lineare Sicuramente, il personaggio pi funzionante Peggy, in cui si avverte proprio la cura di Matheson nel realizzare una creatura cos complessa e credibile Per essere stato scritto agli inizi degli anni 50, i temi trattati attraverso il personaggio di Peggy sono incredibilmente attuali e questo fa davvero riflettere su come Matheson sia sempre stato all avanguardia nelle sue opere In Noir porta la traduzione del suo titolo originale Qualcuno si agita Tre ore di pura follia un romanzo che ho letteralmente bevuto Matheson, con il suo stile sobrio e la sua trama magnetica, mi ha tenuta incollata alla sua storia, lasciandomi senza fiato Secondo romanzo della Trilogia in nero , Tre ore di pura follia il viaggio nella pazzia di un giovane pianista, Vince, ed il suo tentativo di riprendere il controllo della sua vita, tramite la vendetta Vince un personaggio potente quanto fragile, in grado di ispirare tanto ti quanta compassione Davvero consigliato In Noir porta la traduzione del suo titolo originale Una domenica di rabbia Noir termina, infine, con Incubo , storia adrenalinica e controversa che ci catapulta in un dramma familiare che sfiora la morte Che cosa accadrebbe, infatti, se la vostra felice vita fosse fondata su una menzogna, ma voi non ne foste a conoscenza Questa l agghiacciante realt che Helen dovr affrontare, volente o nolente Incubo , come Una domenica di rabbia , racconta le ore di terrore vissute da una famiglia Un romanzo davvero interessante che ti sa tenere con il fiato sospeso Lo stile di Matheson sempre impeccabile Ho apprezzato molto, inoltre, il punto di vista alternato tra Helen, la moglie, e Chris, il marito, entrambi vittime di questa situazione Due personaggi molto umani e affascinanti, come solo Matheson pu creare Voto 3,5 My first Matheson experience and I decided to start with a collection of three of his earliest short novels assembled here in Noir You have to go into this book realizing this was written in the 50s so it s a little dated although surprisingly it doesn t feel as dated as I thought it would I was shocked at how much violence, sex and other R rated material there was in these stories It really caught me off guard Best way to describe the flow of these stories is Hitchcock like They re sto My first Matheson experience and I decided to start with a collection of three of his earliest short novels assembled here in Noir You have to go into this book realizing this was written in the 50s so it s a little dated although surprisingly it doesn t feel as dated as I thought it would I was shocked at how much violence, sex and other R rated material there was in these stories It really caught me off guard Best way to describe the flow of these stories is Hitchcock like They re stories that grab you and keep you interested but aren t going to leave you thinking about them too much the next day A nice little introduction to an accomplished author and it s made me that muchexcited to read some of hissuccessful works such as I Am Legend and Hell House `DOWNLOAD EBOOK ↱ Noir: Three Novels of Suspense ⇸ Noir contains three long lost thrillers by Richard Matheson, the grand master of suspense Originally published in the s, 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