Halloween Reading List: Alfred Hitchcock

Halloween is just around the corner and we’re counting the days. Literally.

UPM has published a surprisingly large amount of books on the frightful topics of horror film, ghosts, witches, and zombies. In the days leading up to Halloween, we’ve asked our staff members to choose their favorite Halloween-themed book. And every day until Halloween, we will post a new staff pick.

Follow along all week for our curated Halloween reading list.

Today, Editorial Assistant Lisa McMurtray encourages readers to grab a copy of Alfred Hitchcock: Interviews before Halloween. 

Every October, I dim the lights, turn up the volume, and put on an Alfred Hitchcock movie. To be fair, I do this most months, but in October, there is little I like more than turning on a movie and hearing the eerie caw of crows as they swarm overhead or the ominous opening stands of Psycho’s iconic score.

Whether it be his mainstay classics like Rear Window, Psycho, or Vertigo, or a marathon of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I prefer my scares to be character driven, atmospheric, and unsettling enough to linger for hours. What unnerves me the most about Hitchcock, though, is his exploitation of the everyday—the normal turned strange, unfamiliar, even sinister.

If, like me, you love to sink into the suspenseful beauty of a Hitchcock film, pick up Sidney Gottlieb’s Alfred Hitchcock: Interviews. Hitchcock is often as enigmatic as his films, and this book provides fascinating insights into Hitchcock’s complex creative process, his cinematic innovations, and the development of what, truly, makes a Hitchcock film.