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Robert Bloch's Psychos

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The late, great Robert Bloch (author of Psycho) was a master of macabre humor: he was fond of clever, grisly one-liners, often used as twist endings. He also liked to write about psychotic and psychopathic killers. This solid anthology, put out by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and completed after Bloch's death, honors his legacy with 22 tales about murderers and cra ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
All in All a good anthology. Had several stories I liked a lot.

It advertises as having a new story from Stephen King, but the story has now been published in other books...but Autopsy Room four is still a good tale.

I also enjoyed: Grandpa's Head (mostly because it made you wonder...what if I found that?), Point of Intersection (a time travel tale, with a twist. Very well written), Interview with a Psycho (never trust someone who tells you he has killed), and Safe (because it made me think of the
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The last story "Safe" is an unbelieveable lesson in the ever widening ripple that an act of violence causes. Very graffic description that then casues you to feel the ripple ...more
John W
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
An excellent collection of short horror fiction includes the following stories by contributing authors from the Horror Writers Association:

"Autopsy Room Four" by Stephen King
"Haunted" by Charles L. Grant
"Out There in the Darkness" by Ed Gorman
"Please Help Me" by Richard Christian Matheson
"The Lesser of Two Evils" by Denise M. Bruchman
"Point of Intersection" by Dominick Cancilla
"Doctor, Lawyer, Kansas City Chief" by Brent Monahan
"Grandpa's Head" by Lawrence Watt-Evans
"Lonelyhearts" by Es
Midnight Blue
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the best anthologies I have ever read....and I have read a LOT of anthologies. Robert Bloch passed away before he was done editing it and I think that it is a very fitting last work for one of the all-time masters of the horror/thriller. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. My particular favorite is the final story in the collection; "Safe" by Gary A Braunbeck is one of the best-written short stories I've had the privilege of reading. ...more
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I haven't read all the stories in this book, but really enjoyed the ones I did read...especially the short story by Stephen King. ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ორი სიტყვით ვიტყვი, უძლიერესი წიგნია!
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, october
A mixed bag - like most short story collections. I did find some new authors that I want to read more of though.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stalled-out
What a waste.............
Totally predictable endings designed to intrigue the reader.
Didn't work.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Senza dubbio ci si rende conto di quando si ha per le mani un libro assolutamente di valore, ed è difficile riuscire a trovarne. A maggior ragione se si tratta di antologie: autori diversi, stili diversi, con il solo punto in comune del genere. Unire thriller e horror, se fatto in modo sapiente, ha dato origine in questo caso a una raccolta che vale tutte le sue cinque stelle.
Ventidue racconti di ventidue autori, è il grande Stephen King ad aprire le danze con un racconto su uno dei peggiori inc
Dan Macdonald
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This one is a mixed bag. Some of the stories are excellent, some I felt I was drudging through. The Jack ripper story and the mother and child story were both worth the cost of the book tho and def recommended for horror fans
Maria Beltrami
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A cura del grande scrittore horror Robert Bloch, una raccolta di racconti che sviscerano l'orrore da tutti i punti di vista possibili.
Come sempre quando si tratta di racconti, la qualità non è omogenea, ma il livello è comunque abbastanza alto.
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
bunch of shorts should be good judging by the back cover pretty good fast stories
Kevin Gallan
Jan 14, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, own
Michelle Majors
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of the stories I enjoyed in this book was by Edo Van Belkom
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
A less-than-average anthology. Nothing too exciting or unpredictable. The only stories that stood out were "Lonelyhearts", "Echoes", "Blameless" and "Deep Down There". The others were OK at best. ...more
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ორი სიტყვით დავახასიათებ, უბრალოდ ძალიან ძლიერი წიგნია!
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great stories.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I need to re-read this book. Remember the anthology was hit and miss with it's bizarre stories. ...more
Veronica F
Same as others, some stories were good/ok. Others sucked.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Some good stuff, but the title is a little misleading as there are only a few with Norman Bates type characters.
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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.

Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over twenty novels, usually crime fiction, science fiction, and, perhaps most influentially, horror fict

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