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Psycho

By Robert Bloch

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'Adroit and blood-curdling' New York Tribune

Marion is lost on a dark and lonely road; she's tired and hungry and afraid. She thinks she's dreaming when she sees a motel sign shining in the darkness: Bates Motel. But for Marion the nightmare is just beginning ...

To most people Psycho needs no introduction, but although Alfred Hitchcock's film was largely faithful to the book, in the novel itself you will find a story more nuanced and - if possible - even darker.

Biographical Notes

Born in Chicago, into a family of German-Jewish descent, Robert Bloch's interest in fiction writing was sparked by the work of H. P. Lovecraft, who mentored him during his early career. He was a horror, suspense, and science fiction writer and screenwriter, best known for the novel Psycho. Altogether, Bloch wrote over 220 stories collected in over 2 dozen collections, 2 dozen novels, screenplays for a dozen movies and three Star Trek episodes. His many awards included one Nebula Award, two Hugos, three World Fantasy Awards (including Lifetime Achievement), and five Bram Stoker Awards. He married twice and was outlived by his wife Eleanor and daughter Sally, by his first marriage to Marion Ruth Holcombe.

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  • ISBN: 9781471914447
  • Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
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  • Imprint: The Murder Room
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