Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Best of Robert Bloch” as Want to Read:
The Best of Robert Bloch
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Best of Robert Bloch

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  25 reviews
xi · Robert Bloch: The Man Who Wrote Psycho · Lester del Rey · in
1 · Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper · ss Weird Tales Jul ’43
21 · Enoch · ss Weird Tales Sep ’46
39 · Catnip · ss Weird Tales Mar ’48
55 · The Hungry House · ss Imagination Apr ’51
79 · The Man Who Collected Poe · ss Famous Fantastic Mysteries Oct ’51
97 · Mr. Steinway · ss Fantastic Apr ’54
113 · The
Paperback, 397 pages
Published December 31st 1977 by Ballantine Books (first published October 23rd 1977)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.21  · 
Rating details
 ·  274 ratings  ·  25 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Best of Robert Bloch
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Excellent read! I highly recommend!

“Enoch” and “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” are often mentioned as favorites of fans of Bloch. I can see why. They were both creepy tales. However, I also found “Catnip” and “The Hungry House” to be exceptionally scary as well. I take that to be quite a feat with the latter story because I find most haunted house stories to be not all that scary. “The Hungry House” was definitely creepy. It ranks up there with Shirley Jackson’s novella The Haunting of Hill House
Paul Ataua
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A fairly good collection of stories, the ‘short with a twist’ kind that got me into reading when I was in my early teens. None were earth-shattering, none were particularly memorable, but each one was a welcome diversion at coffee break time.
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It amazes me that so many fans of horror and short stories have never encountered Bloch.
Walt O'Hara
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Best of Robert Bloch is the old Del Rey edition "Best of" edition of SF master's short stories. If you were an active reader in the Seventies you will probably recognize the cover style. This collection is fairly lightweight, 22 short stories that range from a few pages to several pages. Bloch had a considerable range as a writer but perhaps is best when communicating sardonic tales featuring the best and worst of human nature. My personal favorites were Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, The Lea ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like any other genre, horror and science fiction can get predictable, repetitive and dull. So imagine my surprise when I picked up 'The Best of Robert Bloch' with stories ranging from the early 40s to 70's and with but a few exceptions was enamored with originality of each of the stories in this collection. The references within the stories may be dated, but the tales themselves aren't. One tale, The World Timer, includes String Theory (before there was String Theory) and we developed socially. ...more
Dawn Thompson
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read these stories all the time. Robert Bloch is the master.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Robert Bloch's short stories were very good reading! He was a master of the short story in my opinion...and I know that is a very difficult genre to write well in. Loved "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper," and "Catnip." ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ah yes I remember. I used to be such a happy girl because I had this book and it was a fave... And then I moved and some jerk from the moving service figure it was a great book too and it never made it to my home. Curse him.
Yes there is great inventive to this stories, I used to read them all the time and marvel at the genious, it has something to do with the voice, with the tone you try reading this out loud and you might convince yourself they're all so plausible like a tale that happen to a
Ekel Adolf
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This volume's title is as good as its worth. Beside some excellent horror and science-fiction stories, some of Bloch's shorter works included here, for example "How Like a God", "Daybroke" and "The Funnel of God", transcend mere genre boundaries and represent the finest and most intense pieces of literature in general. ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing author. This is one of the best short story collections I've ever read. Bloch just knows his craft. This collection is over 35 years old with some of the stories over 65 years old. Whatever. This guy could write circles around Steven King. Too bad he's no longer with us. Highly recommended book if you like getting goose bumps. ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
A good, but uneven collection of quiet horror and "weird" fiction stories. Sometimes the weird fiction seems a bit repetitive. ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mmm-2013
Wished I discovered Robert Bloch sooner! SCI FI, Fantasy, Horror he writes it all and it's all good! ...more
Fraser Sherman
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Robert Bloch deserves to be much better known for his print work than he is. this collection is a good demonstration of why. We have a whimsical (and very funny) Lewis Carroll tribute, a pastiche of Poe, the terrorist thriller "The Oracle" (damn, I think the scheme could work), assorted horror stories, the post-apocalyptic "Daybroke" (pure indulgence in scene-setting, but he sets the scene very well) and the Hugo-winning "Hellbound Train." There's even a utopian story, which is not at all what I ...more
Martin Štefko
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Bloch byl dobrý spisovatel, psát uměl, o tom není pochyb, ale pokud od knihy „Vlak do pekla a jiné povídky“ čekáte, že zjistíte, jak byl autor skvělým hororovým spisovatelem, tak docela ostrouháte. Je zde pár hororových povídek, ale třeba ta s Jackem rozparovačem je dost obyčejná a nijak Blochovo mistrovství neukazuje. Jeho schopnosti spíše ukazují jiné povídky, ty z ranku sci-fi a ty přemýšlivé. Právě to, jak dokázal o některých aspektech přemýšlet, to z něj dělá zajímavého autora. Z hle ...more
Randy Money
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Besides Psycho Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories in the mystery/crime, horror and s.f. genres. This is ostensibly a collection of his s.f., but most of his best work was in other genres and this collects a lot of that good work: "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper"; "Enoch"; "That Hell-Bound Train"; "The Hungry House" (Jeff and Ann Vandermeer's selection for The Weird). If you haven't read Bloch and you can get your hands on this, it's a good introduction to one of the premier horror story writers ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some gems in here, and some decent ones. Better than the average horror/SF collection for sure. The stories are brief with O.Henry twists a plenty, and a definite mid-century short story vibe. I happen to like that in my horror tales so it works well for me. There is a sad element of sexism which creeps in here or there, but generally better than others in the period. I particularly liked the Poe story.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good selection of short stories from a master of his art. There are some fine stories here from several genres, ranging from Poe-esque horror through to a sweet supernatural love story. I'd be very tempted to give this five stars if it wasn't for the false advertising! The book is part of the "Classic Science Fiction" series, and advertised as such on the cover - I would say only about half the stories are science fictional, however. Be warned if, like me, you were expecting only sf! ...more
Jiri Starek
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
S úctou Jack Rozparovač 3/5; Enoch 4/5; Hladový dům 4/5; Muž, který sbíral Poea 5/5; Pan Steinway 4/5; Staří mistři 4/5; Mám rád blondýnky 3/5; Sabat 4/5; Nový den 5/5; Šípková Růženka 3/5; Čestné slovo 3/5; Vlak do pekla 4/5; Belzebub 3/5; Hlavní je příběh 3/5; Jak podoben bohu 3/5; Němý film 4/5; Věštec 3/5; Výukový labyrint 4/5.
Sam Ahmed
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Of all horror authors Robert Bloch is my favorite and the most enjoyable . This collection is a mixture of innovative ideas that no one wrote before and was the inspiration of many horror icons or weird tales as have originally been .
I've finished it to be a big fan and a collector for more.
Michael Mallory
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a classic collection from the 1970s, but is it really the BEST of Robert Bloch? Probably not. For one thing, Del Rey's "The Best of..." series was simply the moniker under which the publisher marketed its single-author collections. Second, the "Best of..." books were geared toward the science-fiction market, while Bloch's actual best work was done in the mystery/suspense/horror genre(s). Still, there are a lot of collected gems in this book, including the story Bloch was best known for p ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Of all Ballantine’s Classic Science Fiction books I’ve read, this probably holds up the least. Mankind is fated to die, if not from overpopulation or nuclear war, then from too much advertising, too much entertainment, too much progress or too much nostalgia.

It’s horrible that mankind is inevitably going to destroy the world, but wouldn’t it be nice if someone else were to beat us to it?

That said, some of these stories are quite interesting, especially the ones that have been heavily reprinted:
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was going to rate this solid collection of fantasy stories a 3, but then I read the author's charming afterword in which he humbly explains his goals—to write readable stories—and I had to up it to 4 stars. Not quite as marvelous as Bradbury, not as clever as Collier, but it's good stuff. ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great collection of spooky stories by the short story master. DNF:: to be finished later. Loving it though.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some absolute gems here.
T.S. Garp
rated it it was amazing
Oct 17, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Aug 03, 2015
Ondřej Vrána
rated it liked it
Oct 14, 2016
Gerry Adair
rated it it was amazing
Jul 02, 2016
rated it really liked it
Jan 15, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Dec 18, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories
  • The Outsider
  • The Birth of Tragedy
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
  • Journey Under the Midnight Sun
  • Madeleine
  • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
  • The 2020 Short Story Advent Calendar
  • The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction
  • The City We Became (Great Cities, #1)
  • Agency (Jackpot #2)
  • H.P. Lovecraft: The Mysterious Man Behind the Darkness
  • The Black Cat
  • Last Days
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • The Chinese Nail Murders
  • The Awkward Age
See similar books…
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

News & Interviews

  Signed up for the 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge and looking for tips on how to discover and read more books? We’ve got your back. (And if...
152 likes · 34 comments