Psycho (Psycho #1)
Robert Bloch's Psycho captivated a nation when it appeared in 1959. 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 Mothe...more
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But Alfred Hitchcock only needed about nine grand to buy the rights to this book. Then it only took a blonde, a ...more
That’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 ...more
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...more
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 actuall ...more
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.
The novel "Psycho", written by Robert Bloch, was actuall ...more
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 ...more
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.
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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 ...more
Antes 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 pra frente ...more
How lucky she was indeed. Norman, the owner of the place, was about to close. He lived there alone with his sick mother. Since the town wasn't that close and the weather was that bad he invited her for dinner. After the weird conversation during the dinner, Mary returned to her room. It was there where she decide that this all was a big mistake, in the mo ...more
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 a ...more
Why did is take me nearly 57 years to get around to reading Robert Bloch's Psycho? Maybe it was because I was a mere seven years old when it was first published and I was still reading such classics as Fun With Dick and Jane and it would be a number of years before I learned of the fun to be had with a good horror book and by then it just became lost in the all the new material released in the intervening years.
So what made me decide to read this essential work now? Well, this Monday ...more
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 ...more
I wish I had read this before seeing the movie! How amazing would this story have been h ...more
“I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.”
When Mary Crane stops for the night in a tiny, obscure little motel she thinks nothing of the odd but seemingly nice manager Norman Bates. All she’s concerned about is getting cleaned up and resting before she sees her fiancé the next day. The two are going to finally be able to start their life together after Mary stole $40,000 from her employer. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan for Mary Crane.
Psycho is one of those mandat ...more
Robert Bloch may not be a great writer but he struck literary ...more
Sigh. I gotta write a "real" review now.
This is on my "film is better shelf". I'm not a devoted slave to the movie, though. I' ...more
Surprisingly the book wasn't perfect insta-love ...more
Lo leí mientras esperaba el estreno de la tercer temporada de Bates Motel y me comí un pequeñísimo spoiler de la serie pero idfc.
Me gustó mucho la prosa ágil y sencilla, y la manera en la que todo va tomando forma a medida que avanza la trama; también me gustó muchísimo la manera en la que la última línea corta con el suspenso del último capítulo.
Es muy atrapante y se lee muy rápido, por lo que no p ...more
Hitchcock did an amazing job ramping up the scary/creepy factor of this story. The shower scene in the book, just does not compare. It was an amazing movie for it's time. I daresay, it still is. The movie (as many do) fell flat at the end if we are doing a direct comparison.
Now the book:
It is a really short quick read. And like most books that are made into movies, we get inside the characters head. It is always powerful. I enjoyed that, getting inside the heads of all the cha ...more
Psycho was straight forward, to the point, horror, and I loved it. Every word has a purpose, no rambling, word vomit here. The dialogue between Sam and Lila felt a bit forced, but it wasn't as noticeable in the interactions between the other characters.
I wish I would have read the book before watching the movies, the twist would have been mind blowing if I didn't already know it. In my opinion, the novel has much more suspense regarding the big reveal than the movies do. Great psychological hor ...more
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Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over twenty novels, usually crime fiction, science fiction, and, perhaps most influentially, horror fict ...more