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Psycho [Paperback]

Robert Bloch
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28 Feb 2013
She was a fugitive, lost in a storm. That was when she saw the sign: motel - vacancy. The sign was unlit, the motel dark. She switched off the engine, and sat thinking, alone and frightened. She had nobody. The stolen money wouldn't help her, and Sam couldn't either, because she had taken the wrong turning; she was on a strange road. There was nothing she could do now - she had made her grave and she'd have to lie in it. She froze. Where had that come from? Grave. It was bed, not grave. She shivered in the cold car, surrounded by shadows. Then, without a sound, a dark shape emerged from the blackness and the car door opened. Psycho is not a tale for queasy stomachs or faint hearts. It is filled with horrifying suspense and the climax, instead of being a relief, will hit the reader with bone-shattering force.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719810817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719810817
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More chillingly effective than any writer might reasonably be expected to be --New York Times

A terribly chilling tale --Publishers Weekly

Adroit and blood-curdling --New York Tribune

A terribly chilling tale --Publishers Weekly

Adroit and blood-curdling --New York Tribune

A terribly chilling tale --Publishers Weekly

Adroit and blood-curdling --New York Tribune

About the Author

Robert Albert Bloch (1917 - 1994) was a prolific and celebrated writer of crime, horror and science fiction. In 1989 he was the recipient of a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement, which is presented periodically to an individual whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. Psycho was Bloch's most famous work, and it was on this chilling novel that the classic film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock was based.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original chiller! 30 May 2013
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The infamous shock scene comes pretty early in the book, rendering the rest of the story a nerve-jangling suspense thriller. Mary Crane isn't so much the focus in this book; instead we learn a little more about Norman Bates' life under a domineering mother and the events which shaped him. 'Psycho' is tense, slyly funny in parts and still horrifying so many years on - had I not had to skulk off to work each day, I wouldn't have put this book down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 23 Sep 2013
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This was really the first novel I read that was a good story and a smidgen of horror. Its a classic film and the book does not let you down. There is more background in the book to explain why Norman does what he does.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still terrifying! 5 Mar 2014
Mary is entrusted with $40k to deposit in the bank - but decides to run away with it instead. On her way to the small town where her fiance, Sam Loomis, lives, she decides to stop at a motel for the night, freshen up with a shower and some sleep, and be ready to surprise Sam in the morning to start their new life together. But this is the Bates Motel run by the very odd Norman Bates and his “mother” - and Mary will never see Sam again…

Robert Bloch may not be a great writer but he struck literary gold when he created Norman Bates, an insane serial killer based on Ed Gein, the infamous murderer who made furniture out of his victims. Bloch writes the chapters from the different points of view of his characters, and the chapters where we get to see the world through Norman’s eyes are really something.

Generally, the story is pretty pedestrian. Mary’s journey isn’t very exciting as she just drives until she reaches the Bates Motel. But when she stops there - and even though I’d never read the book before, I’d seen the Hitchcock and Van Sant movies so I knew what was what - the scenes with Norman come together so well.

This formula runs through the whole novel. None of the other characters are at all interesting - Sam is a bland, down-home, good guy who sells hardware and goes to church. Mary’s worried sister Lila is similar but slightly more headstrong and daring leading to the best scene in the book, when it’s revealed who “mother” really is. The private detective and the sheriff are equally dull, two-dimensional stereotypes.

But put these dull characters in a scene with Norman and the book comes to life because you’re waiting to see what insane old Norman’s going to do to them.
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