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Psycho II (Psycho #2)

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  672 ratings  ·  76 reviews
You remember Norman Bates-the shy motel manager with the fatal mother fixation. Now, years after his bout of butchery that horrified the world, Norman is at large again, breaking free from the psycho ward, cutting a shocking swath of blood all the way to Hollywood-where, so it happens, they are making a movie about Norman's life and crimes. A movie that suddenly and terrif ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by iBooks (first published 1982)
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Marvin
This is the story of how this book came about, as related to me and others by Robert Bloch at a party.

Robert Bloch first heard that Universal Pictures were planning a sequel of Psycho through the studio grapevine. They didn't even bother to call him. He called the studio and offered to write the screenplay to which they replied "No thanks, we'll write our own." So the author said he would simply write his own sequel. In spite of threatened law suits, Bloch went ahead and wrote Psycho II before
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Wayne Simmons
This was a strange book.

Started off very promising, the focus - as you would imagine - squarely on Norman Bates, now a patient in a mental institution following the first book/ movie adaptation's outcome (and if that's a spoiler for you, you must have been living on the moon since 1960 :D). Safe to say, ol' Norm escapes, and we're back in business. This part of the book was excellent: Norman's twisted logic is brought to life brilliantly by Bloch, his stalk and slash scenes wonderfully realised
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Drew Graham
Almost thirty years after the horrific events at the Bates Motel, some Hollywood sleazebags are getting ready to produce a major motion picture about Norman and his mother. Norman, meanwhile, unaware of the plans the west coast vultures have been making, and having spent the decades cooped up in the local asylum and convinced of his innocence, manages to break out and begin a rampage of murder and sex and possibly revenge. When it seems Norman has been killed, his therapist Adam Claiborne knows ...more
Scott Rice
"There is a part of the Devil in every man. And I will show him to you." (Santo Vizzini, Chapter Twenty-Four)

And Robert Bloch does. Part pot-boiled paperback page-turner, and part biting criticism of the Hollywood horror/splatter film genre he had, in part, helped to create, this novel is twenty times better than any of sequels or prequels to Hitchcock's faithful adaptation of the original novel that have been churned out.

Norman Bates escapes from the mental ward where he has been imprisoned sin
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11811 (Eleven)
I knew in advance that Bloch wrote this primarily as a big "fuck you" to the movie industry but despite that, or perhaps because of it, I wanted to check it out. Most of it was a 3 star read that seemed to lack direction and I had no idea where everything was headed but my disappointment was a product of my own lack of imagination and faith in this author to impress me with a sequel. The ending changed all that and quickly brought this up to 4+ stars.

Brilliant. Highly recommended.
Stargirl
I have read this book a bunch of time and there is always something new to enjoy in it.

Bloch was a master and this is him at top form. In many ways it's the ultimate Bloch book. It's got the thrills, the satire, the humor, the insanity and the vicious puns that litter his entire output.

I wouldn't dare give away the ending.

I so wish Hollywood had the balls to adapt this book instead of going with the film they eventually put out (although granted, it wasn't too bad). But this book is really so
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Adam Dunn
Psycho was what pulp fiction can be. This lame sequel is what happens when an author tries to take it to another level.

I don't think anyone was asking for all the psychological insight, the commentary on violence in the media, the studio executives. I don't care about any of that. All I cared about was Norman Bates who leaves the book at 20% and doesn't come back until 96%.

The actor who is working undercover in a gay male strip club with Burt Reynolds and John Travolta is never heard from again
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Adriana
I had great hopes for this book, but was left dissapointed when I realized that Bloch used this sequel to write his own parody of slasher films instead of a proper continuation to Norman's story. As a thriller is not that bad, but I liked Psycho so much that I was expecting something more... Psycho II starts great, with Norman returning to his old self and trying to end what was started 22 years ago, but things go downhill from there, and I quickly lost most of my interest.
Richard
Who would have thought the sequel to Psycho would involve necrophilia, gang rape, and a closeted gay actor playing Norman Bates in the movie of his life? Actually, aside from Norman's escape from the mental hospital in the opening chapter, pretty much nothing else goes the way you might expect.

This is just pure pulpy goodness. Not the least bit subtle, but a hell of a lot of fun.

With Psycho, of course you know the twist, but the pleasure comes from Bloch's clever misdirection. With this book, yo
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Sophie
(J'ai beaucoup hésité entre le 3 et le 4 étoiles pour celui-ci)

(spoiler du tome 1 dans ce paragraphe) Psycho 2 est, comme son titre l'indique, la suite du roman à succès (et source des deux films) Psycho. Nous retrouvons Norman Bates, qui s'échappe, après plusieurs années, de l'institut psychiatrique où il avait été enfermé après les événements du premier roman. Celui-ci part dans une cavale et découvre qu'ils sont en train de faire un film sur son histoire, et décide d'aller faire un tour sur l
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Deni
I was extremely excited to read what comes next after the first book. It was catchy when Norman escaped the asylum dressed as a nun. I loved that part. This book concentrates a lot on the characters that are involved into making a movie about Norman Bates and the events that happened at the famous Bates Motel. Frankly, I got bored of them, until I reached the end. I thought Robert Bloch would come up with something else besides that alter ego schizophrenia thing. Even if I kinda expected somethi ...more
Natalie Casey
As a big fan of both the Psycho films and the first book, I had high hopes for Psycho II. Unfortunately I was left feeling disappointed after finishing this book which in itself I found a chore to read. I felt that it seemed rushed and poorly written and for something that started out as quite a good concept, the plot just went into decline very fast leading to a very abrupt ending. Without giving any spoilers, I did find the ending interesting in a way, however it still does not sit quite right ...more
Lana Revok
I know I'm in the minority here but I thought PSYCHO 2 was a little more intense than PSYCHO. It's some of the best writing that Robert Bloch has ever done.
Bill FromPA
This novel has a rather intriguing setup: after over 20 years of confinement Norman Bates escapes from the asylum – at the same time a movie of his story is being made in Hollywood. However, the Norman Bates that appears at the beginning of this book, while still an avid reader, does not seem to me to be quite the same Norman as the one who appeared in the book Psycho; after 20 years of treatment he might well have changed but I was disappointed in my hope that Bloch would fill in exactly what i ...more
Carrie Kellenberger
Classic Robert Bloch! He keeps you guessing to the very end!

Norman Bates doesn't waste any time in creating more mayhem when he escapes from the mental ward dressed as a nun. This time, he's headed for the Hollywood film set that is creating a movie about his life. Police are convinced that he was involved in an accident after his escape and he is presumed dead, but when the bodies start piling up, they quickly realize that the pyscho is still at large.

Robert Block wrote this sequel to Pyscho in
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Norma
La primera mitad del libro me gustó mucho, fluía bien y no me aburrió para nada, pero de ahí en adelante es un desastre. Siento que perdío un poco el hilo de la historia, y la trama estaba un poco enredada y forzada, no se muy bien si el final me ha gustado o no. Lo senti un poco cliché, pero bueno, leeré el siguiente a ver como termina esto.
Ignacio Senao f
Si te digo que trata sobre que quieren realizar la película de lo sucedido en Psicosis I y que Bates se escapa del manicomio y se dedica a matar. ¿A qué piensas que este autor quiso aprovechar el tirón de la película que hicieron sobre su primer libro? Con esta premisa e intenciones sólo puede salir este somnífero libro.
Lenny
I enjoyed this just as much as I did the first one as I really find Norman Bates to be a very good character and he plays an amazing chilling insane person. This continues the story of the first book and really goes into detail of how crazy Norman really is and how he has such an obsession over his "mother".
Jamie Henderson
It starts off well and makes an interesting alternative to the film which bore a completely different storyline but the middle section in particular drags on and does not pick up the pace until the last few chapters which was disappointing. Still it was good to see Norman back ( albeit briefly ).
Cassandra
interesting... Bloch gets on a high horse about Hollywood while continuing to be one of the most misogynistic writers I have ever encountered. I'm going to finish the trilogy only because it makes for easy audio book listening while at work.
James Arnold
Started off really good with his escape an everything else fell right into place. From those first few chapter the story took a bad nose dive. The ending was pretty good I will say. Great beginning, good ending, bad body. Nuff said.
Jenifer
Perhaps one of the weirdest horror/suspense books I've ever read.

Sure it kept me guessing till the end, but the ending left me...disappointed. Could have used a little more, but just didn't have it.
Tanner
This book served as a good sequel to the original Psycho, beginning with putting us back in Norman's POV as he lives in a mental hospital. Soon after, he escapes in a rainy night, leaving a body count and evidence pointing to him going to Hollywood to halt production on a movie being made about the events of Psycho. The beginning of the book was very gripping and hard to put down with it centering on Norman's escape. During the middle, it slows down a lot to focus on entirely new characters of t ...more
Donald
So so so so bad. Bloch should have stopped at Paycho. I certainly should have. Lady who lost her copy on the train, you have no idea how lucky you are ...
Don Roff
Sep 21, 2007 Don Roff rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans only
A wasted effort from an otherwise fine writer. Even the flawed PSYCHO II film (which thankfully wasn't an adaptation of this novel), was better, uh, executed.
Katie
For the first 100 pages or so I thought I might actually like this book better than the original, but then it slowed down a little. The surprise ending was good, but IMO it was marred by a completely unnecessary character. Or maybe just the weird, out of place background info about the character that feels like it was thrown in at the last minute. If you liked the first Psycho, read this one but DON'T read any further reviews! Many of them contain spoilers w/o warning. I wish I hadn't read them ...more
Panu Mäkinen
Psycho II on jatkoa teokselle Psycho . Norman Bates pakanee vankimielisairaalasta. Hänen lääkärinsä Adam Claiborne lähtee seuraamaan jälkiä ja päätyy Hollywoodiin, jossa tehdään elokuvaa Norman Batesin elämästä. Juoni on yllätyksellinen, mutta ei ehkä sillä tavalla, kuin olisin odottanut. Alun mukaansatempaavasta otteesta huolimatta Psycho II ei yllä Psychon tasolle, joskin suosittelen sitä silti jatkotarinaksi ensimmäisen kirjan lukeneille. ...more
Lissett  S Ordosgoitti
Good good good!... Luego escribo una mejor reseña :)
Richard
What a really strange book. It started off really well with Norman Bates, now in an institution, holding centre stage. Then about 25% into the book the story moves to Los Angeles where a film of the first book is about to be made. It's then all about the characters involved in the film and one of the doctors from the institution. It just rambles on until very near the end when it throws in a few surprises and ends on a high. If the book hadn't have been short, I would have given up halfway throu ...more
Yosef Shapiro
When Robert Bloch heard that a script was being developed for a sequel to his classic, he tried to submit a script. He was turned down. So, he wrote his own sequel and got it out before Psycho II, the movie version, hit the big screen.

The book starts out as you would expect. Norman escapes and seeks revenge on the people who helped put him away the first time. Then, he hears that they are making a movie about him. He jhourneys to Hollywood to disrupt the production. At the samentime, his ther
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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.

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