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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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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
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
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
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
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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I wish I had read this before seeing the movie! How amazing would this story have been h ...more
Robert Bloch may not be a great writer but he struck literary ...more
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This is on my "film is better shelf". I'm not a devoted slave to the movie, though. I' ...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
Surprisingly the book wasn't perfect insta-love ...more
I first became aware of Robert Bloch, who wrote this novel, before I was ever aware of PSYCHO. I had been given a book called ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S SPELLBINDERS IN SUSPENSE. My brother had another collection in that series. Hitchcock was his own brand name in the 1960s and several marvelous anthologi ...more
There was hardly anything that I wanted to write as a review for this book. It's very straight and common place a story. Yes, I know that it became a beacon of light for many an asp ...more
The chapters alternate between different points of view, and I like that very much. That said, Norman Bates' chapters were the best. They were definately spooky in that Norman was constantly wavering between being perfectly rational and completely insane. Bloch does a great job with Norman's chapters.
I wasn't wild about the other characters in the book - particularly Sam and Arborgast. They seemed real ...more
Se chiunque conosce il film del geniale regista britannico (o almeno la celebre scena dell'assassinio nella doccia), più difficile è trovare qualcuno, al di fuori della cerchia degli appassionati di horror classico, che conosca Robert Bloch e il suo romanzo da cui Hitchcock trasse il capolavoro cinematografico. Si tratta insomma di uno ...more
I'll end with this- A newfound appreciation for Alfred Hitchcock has bloomed within me. ...more
(view spoiler)[The way that Bloch talks around Mother is really reminiscent of the way that Agatha Christie talks a ...more
Verlässlichen statistischen Erhebungen zufolge kommt auf jeden 10.402 Leser einer, der Hitchcocks großartige Verfilmung aus dem Jahr 1960 nicht schon gesehen hat, bevor er Blochs PSYCHO in die Hand nimmt (weitere 78% der Leser haben den Namen Bloch noch nie zuvor gehört und sind erst durch dieses Buch - ja ist das denn nicht der Roman zum Film? - darauf gestoßen).
Eine sehr berechtigte Frage also lautet: Lohnt sic ...more
So what we have here is a cracking psychological thriller albeit not the first, to tackle the subject Beast In View could argubally lay claim to that title. It was a relief to see read that Bloch wrote the book in a way that Nor ...more
As a novel, Bloch could peek into places that a film would never go: Mrs. Bates's drawers and closets, Norman's lewd library, the inside of Norman's head. In spite of John Russell's dark and deft cinem ...more
I still feel exactly as I did when I first read this book. Though, honestly, I think I loved it even more this time. I reread it a) because it came up in my book club and b) BATES MOTEL. I am just having all kinds of Norman Bates feels lately, haha. It seemed time to revisit the original story so my brain can begin unconsciously comparing the two, as it has been known to do.
Also, that last chapter? Still my favorite. Maybe in all of literary history.
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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