A baker's dozen with a minimum of butchery. The least palatable (and one of the best known) is Richard Connell's chilling story of a human hunter stalking a human prey; the other, less skillful stomach-twister is Roald Dahl's about a man who wants to cut off fingers. Agatha Christie's entry is a predictable surprise-ending Hercule Poirot, and there's similar sleight of hand from Robert Bloch in Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper. From Daphne du Maurier we have The Birds, made famous by the Hitchcock film but more restrained in the original; Dorothy Sayers' contribution is an ironic tale of a practical Joker and a man who believed him. Percival Wilde, Clayre and Michel Lipman, Edgar Wallace, F. Tennyson Jesse, Sax Rohmer, Robert Arthur, and Patrick Quentin complete the lineup. Balanced among humorous, mysterious and shocking--Hitchcock taste for Hitchcock fans.