This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith is the story of David Kelsey, a scientist whose obsession with Annabel – an ex-lover – spirals wildly and violently out of control. In the late ‘70s it was made into a French film starring Gerard Depardieu and Miou Miou but it is perhaps more fitting that it was adapted as an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, renamed ‘Annabel’ and starring a well-cast Dean Stockwell.
Indeed, Hitch and Highsmith are inextricably linked in my mind since, like most people, I first became familiar with her work through Hitchcock’s adaptation of ‘Strangers On A Train.’And there is even a very, very ‘Vertigo-esque’ look to this striking-looking Pan books edition, eh? One which I used to own once upon a time, before my own life spiraled off in a different direction. A cover that reflects the contents of the book very well, too, as well as looking more than somewhat cool. You can check out John Grant’s review of ‘Annabel’ here.