Robert Bloch / May 31, 2020

Psycho The story was all too real indeed this classic was inspired by the real life story of Ed Gein a psychotic murderer who led a dual life Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated and turned the book into on

  • Title: Psycho
  • Author: Robert Bloch
  • ISBN: 9781590203354
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story was all too real indeed this classic was inspired by the real life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.Norman Bates loves his Mother She has been dead for the past twenty years, or so people think NThe story was all too real indeed this classic was inspired by the real life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.Norman Bates loves his Mother She has been dead for the past twenty years, or so people think Norman knows better though He has lived with Mother ever since leaving the hospital in the old house up on the hill above the Bates motel One night Norman spies on a beautiful woman that checks into the hotel as she undresses Norman can t help but spy on her Mother is there though She is there to protect Norman from his filthy thoughts She is there to protect him with her butcher knife.

    • Ì Psycho || ☆ PDF Download by ✓ Robert Bloch
      349 Robert Bloch
    • thumbnail Title: Ì Psycho || ☆ PDF Download by ✓ Robert Bloch
      Posted by:Robert Bloch
      Published :2020-02-23T14:27:01+00:00

    About "Robert Bloch"

      • Robert Bloch

        Robert Albert Bloch was a prolific American writer He was the son of Raphael Ray Bloch 1884, Chicago 1952, Chicago , a bank cashier, and his wife Stella Loeb 1880, Attica, Indiana 1944, Milwaukee, WI , a social worker, both of German Jewish descent.Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over twenty novels, usually crime fiction, science fiction, and, perhaps most influentially, horror fiction Psycho He was one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle Lovecraft was Bloch s mentor and one of the first to seriously encourage his talent.He was a contributor to pulp magazines such as Weird Tales in his early career, and was also a prolific screenwriter He was the recipient of the Hugo Award for his story That Hell Bound Train , the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award He served a term as president of the Mystery Writers of America.Robert Bloch was also a major contributor to science fiction fanzines and fandom in general In the 1940s, he created the humorous character Lefty Feep in a story for Fantastic Adventures He also worked for a time in local vaudeville, and tried to break into writing for nationally known performers He was a good friend of the science fiction writer Stanley G Weinbaum In the 1960 s, he wrote 3 stories for Star Trek.


    1. Nowadays, it seems like every horror movie is either a remake, a sequel or the kind of vile torture porn that makes you want to puke in your bag of popcorn. Filming one of these flicks requires tens of millions of dollars for a platoon of pretty actors, gallons of fake blood, special effects and a marketing campaign. Oddly, they don’t seem to spend any money on scripts for these things.But Alfred Hitchcock only needed about nine grand to buy the rights to this book. Then it only took a blonde, [...]

    2. ugh this was just so good.I really love how short this was, so there was never a dull moment. I still haven't seen any of the movie adaptations but I can only imagine how fast paced they must be.I will say, I binge watched Bates Motel not too long ago and that's the main reason I picked this up, but I loved how different this was (in a way). Bates Motel took a little nugget from this book and turned it into a much more broad-scope world and story (which was awesome) and this story is just a tiny [...]

    3. When Mary Crane skips town with $40,000 of her boss's money, she drives and drives, bedding down at the Bates Motel. She meets Norman Bates, who harbors secrets even more interesting than stolen moneyEveryone knows the basic beats of Psycho due to the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film. Woman gets knifed in the shower, psychotic mama's boy, etc. When it popped up for ninety-nine cents, I figured, what the hell? Shooting Star / Spiderweb was pretty good. Psycho was definitely worth the buck.Inspired by [...]

    4. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/4.5 StarsThat’s what I tell my boys all the time. I hope they turn out just as friendly and loyal to their momma as Norman did.Is there anyone even on the planet who hasn’t at least heard of Psycho before? What can I say that you don’t already know? Well, I can confirm that this book is short at roughly 200 pages. Due to its brevity, I can also say not a paragraph is wasted on filler. Every scene that occurs does so for a reason. What else? Ah yes, [...]

    5. We all go a little crazy sometimes.My generation and everyone since has grown up with the concept of Psycho, stemming from Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller, but all this began with Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel.Reading this after having seen the film and grown up with the story, I dealt with a fair amount of theatrical irony. While the film stayed mostly true to Bloch’s vision, there were some departures and these were enjoyable to experience. Bloch’s prose is tight and the atmosphere de [...]

    6. First published in 1959, there is no doubt about it, PSYCHO is an absolutely great horror classic.If by some freak of nature you happen to be in the dark regarding Robert Bloch's Psycho I will warn you not to go in the shower at the Bates Motel, and be green with envy that you can read the novel with no prior knowledge of the intriguing plot.If you are familiar with Alfred Hitchcock's movie version (released in 1960) then you will notice two obvious differences when reading the book, the first o [...]

    7. 2.5 "sensationalistic, dated, a tad ridiculous, entertaining" stars !!OksI was mildly entertained while I mostly cringed-characterst well formed.1950s stereotypes-writing.written at a grade four level but for adults-knowledge of psychopathology.rish, outlandish, unbelievable-plausibilitylow no make that very lowdespite this I was entertained, mildly entertained but it would have sufficed to have just seen the movie and I have seen it several timesI will not move to Psycho (the sequel).No Jaidee [...]

    8. “We're all not quite as sane as we pretend to be.”I am a great fan of Alfred Hitchcock and his films, but this is the only film that I haven't watched more than once. Sure, that includes a string of other Oscar winners like Shawshank Redemption and Forest Gump; I'm just a weirdo. Psycho really scared me when I was young, though. There was no way to explain how the silhouette of mother's chair rocked on its own while Norman was at the hotel. I don't like unexplainable things.The novel was act [...]

    9. Solo puedo decir que después de leer este libro estoy completamente obsesionada con todo lo que tenga que ver con psicosis, la película me encanta y ahora estoy viendo la serie Bates Motel que es I N C R E Í B L EA pesar de ya saber cual era el plot twist del libro, me enganche desde el principio y lo terminé de leer en 3 horas, definitivamente la película es casi igual, excepto que en la novela podemos reconocer a Norman Bates más como psicópata debido a que tb leemos lo que está pensan [...]

    10. First, it wasn't a scary as I thought it would be (which is a very good thing for me, if you're wondering) and secondly, I had foreseen everything that was going to happen at page 10 (which, to be honest, is not as good). This is, however, not the book's fault, as I see it: I believe this is the case of a classic that has become so classic we start to think of it as trite, which in origin it mustn't have been at all. It saddens me, obviously, but this phenomenon often occurs with works so great, [...]

    11. Horror is my "go to" genre, my bread and butter. Although more than 50 years have passed since the movie was made, Psycho remains at the top of the tree on my list of best horror flicks. It's dated, certainly. Filmed in black and white, complete with melodramatic music and exaggerated close-ups, but it works beautifully by leaving something to the imagination. The book, written in 1959, stands the proverbial test of time, as well. 'You do not want Mother using her keys.' Quite right. The poundin [...]

    12. A gripping story!If you've seen the movie this is better, you get that missing insight of being in Norman's mind. The story is a page-turner. Bloch is a good writer and has plotted the story well no sentence is wasted or boring. After reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter I thought I would try and get into rambling mind of a different kind of killer. Bates is obsessed with his mother wants to be like her And wants her to be part of him.Some factsThe novel "Psycho", written by Robert Bloch, was actually [...]

    13. Absolutely one of my favourite classic horror stories. I loved Norman Bates in the tv show Bates Motel and I love him in this book!!(I will not be posting a full review on my blog. I don't have a lot to say about it)

    14. What strikes me most about this book is: the things for which its movie is known are ABSENT from these pages.The movie Psycho gave us that bedrock upon which all future slasher films were built - sex = death.The 'bad girl' - bad because she had premarital sex - will die. The virgin will live. (If you don't know these rules, you need to watch Scream.)Psycho the film actually opens in the bedroom, where our heroine is in her bra having just had sex with a man to whom she's not married.Norman Bates [...]

    15. Other than Norman being a Tubby Trooper in the book instead of the Starved Stanchion he is in the movie and television series, I found no glaring differences between the Hitchcock film and the book. I can't even say that the book is better than the movie. They are completely equal in my eyes. Now the sequels? I haven't a clue. I have not seen the later movies, nor have I read the follow-up novels Bloch published (Psycho 2 and Psycho House). Now that I've tackled the first book, I feel comfortabl [...]

    16. I've been meaning to get around to reading this defining work of horror for quite some time. In fact, SK recommended it to me within Danse Macabre, and I just knew that someday, somehow, I'd come back around to it.Of course, this book was already old when I read that SK book back in '89 and now I feel kinda foolish for putting off this classic so damn long.What's my excuse? I thought the story would be kinda you know old. Out of date. Without tension.I really shouldn't listen to myself.This was [...]

    17. What a great classic to read leading up to Halloween. And what better costume could you come up with than that of, my man, Norman Bates. Just put on dead moms dress, smear on some make-up and let's get crazy. I think the book is very close to the movie version. Obviously you get a greater visual of the shower scene in the movie, but the book really put me more in the head of Norman and I could see the psycho in him much deeper than is revealed in the movie. Psycho is well written, short, and giv [...]

    18. Nota: 4,5Antes de ler o livro, eu nunca tinha assistido ao filme e pra falar a verdade nem sabia do que se tratava. Conhecia a famosa "cena do chuveiro" e só.Por conta disso, esse livro me surpreendeu bastante. O clima de suspense dura por todas as páginas, e a leitura flui muito rápido porque você quer saber logo o que que tá acontecendo de verdade!O que achei mais interessante foi essa coisa do mistério não ser "quem matou fulano?". Isso a gente já fica sabendo logo no começo e daí p [...]

    19. 4.5 I really enjoy the read. Something about the writing is so very…well, psycho. I’m sure, even if you know the big plot twist –who doesn’t- the book is addictive and completely interesting. It has a great inside-killer POV and a perfect pace, the last chapter is pure psychological gold. Special for psycho-thrillers fans and I would suggest reading the novel if you like the movie; you´ll definitely pay more attention to certain details. At the end Psycho is a great thriller book, it mi [...]

    20. Well-written. Straightforward third-party alternating narrations. No wasted words. Memorable classic scenes that have the ability to stay in your mind for a long time. Who has not seen the movie? Who does not remember the shower scene? The house on the hill behind the hotel? The old woman sitting on a rocking chair by the window?This is a classic crime book featuring the popular serial killer called Norman Bates. This 1959 book may not be the pioneer in this genre but the English film director a [...]

    21. The 1950's a simpler more innocent time when a man could dress up as his dead mother and kill people. Oh memories. Unless you live under a rock you know what Psycho is all about. The famous shower scene. I've seen the movie probably 40x I'm a Hitchcock fanatic but I had never read the book upon which the movie was based. I had watched a documentary about the man who inspired it Ed Gein, btw he was really psycho. I mean Mr. Gein inspired both Psycho and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Qui [...]

    22. Psycho felt like the perfect autumnal Halloween-month read. I'm a big fan of the Hitchcock film adaptation, and I always wanted to read this, so was excited to see it on display in my local library. Bloch's original novel is a quick read, despite having a not so fast-paced plot, and really allows you to get into the head of not only Mary Crane, but of Norman Bates as well. Norman's chapters were absolutely fascinating, and I loved seeing the constant narrative through his mind twisting and turni [...]

    23. If you ask the average person who wrote Psycho, they will probably say Alfred Hitchcock. But we here at know better. The book and movie were released very close together, and the subject matter was really strong for the time. I think the book and movie are probably equally as good, but the movie really went on to greater acclaim due to the direction of Hitchcock. The story was loosely based on Ed Gein (as was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and a few more stories as well.) I think almost anyone who [...]

    24. This is a very entertaining novel whose only problem is that people who have watched Alfred Hitchcock's movie version will not be able to enjoy the surprises. My thanks to the folks at theHorror Aficionados group for giving me the opportunity to read and discuss this and many other fine books.

    25. Hitchcock's adaptation of this book is a horror classic, and is one that is so iconic that it's part of common knowledge, regardless of whether the movie has actually been seen by the person holding an imaginary knife and screeching "Ree! Ree! Ree! Ree!" (You know what sound I mean. Don't look at me like that.)I have seen the movie, though it was years ago. And so, going into the book with the foreknowledge of the plot and the twist, I was able to focus on the writing and the technique along wit [...]

    26. Bloch was inspired to write Psycho after a real-life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic serial murderer who led a dual life. Hitchcock was a fan and turned this book into one of the BEST classic horror movies EVER made. Loved this book.

    27. Even though I've seen the Hitchcock movie, I still really enjoyed the novel (though I wished it was a bit longer). I will say that the characters are definitely more likable in the movie, but the book makes up for that by exploring the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother much more. The novel also feel a bit more sinister, and being inside Norman's head can be quite disturbing. Overall, Psycho is a quick, engaging, and thrilling read. I definitely recommend checking it out, whether y [...]


    Leave a Reply