Alfred Hitchcock Presents

10 books that inspired Hitch's hits

Alfred Hitchcock was undoubtedly a brilliant filmmmaker--perhaps one of the greatest ever--but he often had some literary inspiration for the spine-tingling tales he committed to celluloid. Celebrate the great director's 13 August birthday in literary style by checking out some of the books and stories that inspired his greatest films.

1. Rear Window

Cornell Woolrich
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2. Marnie

Winston Graham

3. The Lady Vanishes

Ethel Lina White
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4. The Trouble with Harry

Jack Trevor Story
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5. To Catch a Thief

David Dodge
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7. Psycho

Robert Bloch
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9. Strangers on a Train

Patricia Highsmith
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10. The 39 Steps

John Buchan

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust