Psycho: A Novel by Robert BlochPsycho: A Novel by Robert Bloch

Psycho: A Novel

byRobert Bloch

Paperback | May 25, 2010

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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 Mother. She has been dead for the past twenty years, or so people think. Norman knows better though. He has lived with Mother ever since leaving the hospital in the old house up on the hill above the Bates motel. One night Norman spies on a beautiful woman that checks into the hotel as she undresses. Norman can't help but spy on her. Mother is there though. She is there to protect Norman from his filthy thoughts. She is there to protect him with her butcher knife.
Robert Bloch is the author of the classic horror novel, Psycho, which served as the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's thrilling film of the same name. At the urging of H. P. Lovecraft, Bloch began writing short fiction in the 1930s; his first short novel, The Scarf, was published in 1947. In 1959, the year Psycho was published, Bloch won th...
Title:Psycho: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.65 inPublished:May 25, 2010Publisher:The Overlook PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590203356

ISBN - 13:9781590203354

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Classic This was a quick but thoroughly enjoyable read. I had never seen any of the movies so I found this rather thrilling. Would go nicely as an October pre Halloween read.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A scary classic All these years, seen the movie many times, never read the book. Glad I now have because it is very good.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting I read this book in a day.. a true classic!
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! I think I read that book in less than a week. A real page-turner, a true classic.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from chilling beautiful cover and great story
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I wish you could get more insight into Norman's mind. If you have not seen the movie or the TV series this book will be very captivating for you! The last page of the book gave me chills! Short, easy, and creepy read! Props to Bloch for coming up with this amazing story that has inspired so many people to make movies and a TV series.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nobody beats Norman Bates in the crazy department! I watched Bates Motel the TV series before I read this book. Although the show is definitely creepier, the book is great and gives the chilling effect all the same!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more I've seen all seasons of Bates Motel which I know is loosely based on this book. I ordered it, and truth t be told, I was disappointed. I expected more. It was still a good read though, just not enough story or excitement.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling I've never seen the film because I can't stomach horror movies but I just had to read the book and I was very satisfied with it. It's super creepy and I can absolutely see why the story is so iconic.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! For having such a famous plot (due to the movies and TV series), this novel still holds up and delivers a great story that pulls you in and keeps you reading. No huge surprises if you already know the story, but enjoyable nonetheless!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Psycho Psycho is amazing. The book is definitely creepier than the movie. I read it in a night and couldn't put it down. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Creepy Having never really read the horror genre before, I didn't have much to compare Psycho to. However, I will say that it was a fantastic way to start off reading horror. The story flows well, is easy to follow, doesn't drag on for too long, and at the end I actually felt a little chilly. And the shower scene was - dare I say it - scarier than in Hitchcock's film. I'd definitely recommend reading this book, even if you've already seen the movie. I promise you'll still be creeped out.
Date published: 2010-12-17

Editorial Reviews

"Psycho all came from Robert Bloch's book." -Alfred Hitchcock

"Icily terrifying!" -The New York Times

"Robert Bloch is one of the all-time masters." -Peter Straub