Psycho

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It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night.

Her room was musty but clean and the plumbing worked. Norman Bates, the manager, seemed nice, if a little odd.

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Overview

It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night.

Her room was musty but clean and the plumbing worked. Norman Bates, the manager, seemed nice, if a little odd.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Icily terrifying.
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"Icily terrifying!" —The New York Times

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

"A terribly chilling tale." —Bestsellers

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886461652
  • Publisher: Durkin Hayes Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/15/1986
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged

Meet the Author

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 the Hugo Award for a short story and began to write for television and film, starting with "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"-a job he earned before the film version of Psycho had completed shooting!

Bloch also worked on "Thriller," a TV series hosted by Boris Karloff, twice collaborated with famed filmmaker William Castle, and wrote three episodes of the original "Star Trek" television series. In addition to this work, Bloch continued to write chilling and perceptive short stories and novels, including Firebug, American Gothic, Psycho II, and The Night of the Ripper.

Bloch's "unauthorized" autobiography, Once Around the Bloch, was his last major work. Robert Bloch died in 1994 after a long bout with cancer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2001

    Better Than The Movie

    Bring up 'Psycho' in a conversation and more often than not people rave about 'the shower scene' and how courageous Hitchcock was to kill his heroine in the first half-hour. Guess what folks? If it wasn't for Robert Bloch, Hitchcock wouldn't have had a chance to be so 'bold' and 'cutting edge'! Bloch's source material is just as important as Hitchcock's movie and Joseph Stefano's script (Stefano, by the way, considered Bloch's book to be just another throwaway, hardboiled, pulp story. Talk about gratitude!), and I think it is better than the movie. The book keeps you on your toes throughout. Granted, if you are familiar with the movie, it is hard to be surprised at the ending. But if you are new to Psycho...wow, are you in for a treat. Bloch is one of the masters at suspense, and he allows you to get into the character's heads. You come to know them and understand why they act the way they do. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up. At the very least it will help you forget Gus Van Sant and that abomination of a 'remake'!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Scary as HECK!

    In terms of suspense, this is a book of Stephen King proportions. After reading this, I can honestly say I'll never look at a roadside motel the same way again. Norman Bates has found his rightful place among equally famous men, such as Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Quick read

    Novel was almost word-for-word the movie, but this is the rare case of film being better than the book (talking about the original movie, of course). My only complaint was that the book is too short (127 nook pages) to charge $12.99 for it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Great

    The shower scene got to be the since the movie came this changed the horror friansche to what we know now

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Absolutely Disturbing!

    Norman Bates. What does this name evoke for you? Perhaps a shower scene, blood, or a motel? Maybe Mother?

    Norman lives in the house on the hill above his motel off the old highway. Travelers take the new highway that is a far distance away from the motel, so Norman rarely gets a guest to stop by and stay.

    Except for Mary. Mary's escaping from her job, the boredom of her life, and with forty thousand in cash that she stole from her sexist boss. She's taking this money to see Sam, her fiance, and she's trading in one used car after another to throw the police and others off her tracks. It's not like her to do something like this -- after all, she's given up her own future to make sure that her sister, Lila, gets to go to college, and succeeds with more opportunities than Mary ever had.

    Less than twenty miles from her fiance's town, Mary decides she'll stop to rest at a small motel. She'll get much needed sleep and freshen up. Tomorrow, she'll surprise her fiance with a made-up inheritance story and help to get him out of debt so they can marry. Unfortunately, she's picked Norman's motel to stay the night.

    You may know the rest. There is the famous shower scene and screams of the beautiful young woman as she is literally hacked to pieces. The story then continues with Lila visiting Sam to see if he's heard from Mary as it's been over a week since her disappearance, and together they try to track her down.

    It's a short story at around 175 pages, and in this short telling, it is without a doubt, utterly terrifying. Particularly when the story is told from Norman's perspective. He's quite an innocent, and his blackouts are written so genuinely that you truly do believe that Mother is really the problem. But the problem is that people think Mother's been dead for twenty years. An astute study in the question of when -- when does a person like this become who they are? Who shapes them to be this way? In several ways, it's a dated book, but overall, it feels strangely fitting even reading it today. Robert Bloch's tale of terror is frightening in its simplicity, and incredibly disturbing in several sections. Had I read this story (inspired by the true life of Ed Gein) during the creepy month of October, I daresay I would have slept much.

    No wonder Hitchcock brought this story to a visual medium.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Creepy

    Thats how they made bates hotel on netflix

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Wtf!!!!!??

    This book is amazingly good!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    M Rally want but... Really want

    My mom is like nooooooooo!!!! But heard that it is a good book
    :(

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Psycho is fantastic!!!

    This book is very entertaining! I read it every summer and cannot put it down. Robert Bloch can keep one on the end of their seat for hours!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Bes movieever

    I LOVED the movue and cant wait to read the book

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    A true clasic

    Psycho, is the only book I've ever read where I knew the ending, and still expected more! Although it was written nearly 50 years ago, it is still fresh and alive!! It certainly evokes emotion. Never a dull moment. Robert Bloch is the guy who introduced the idea that monsters didn't have to be supernatural they could be right next door. He did that with this book, and brought in a whole new concept for horror fiction writers. If you love realistic horror read this book. I wanted to read the second part so bad, I bought it at a used bookstore today. I don't know how this part will end, as I have not yet seen the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    It was a very well-written book. Even though I knew some things,

    It was a very well-written book. Even though I knew some things, it kept me interested, because I didn't know exactly how everything was going to plan out. Either way, it's an easy to read book. I'm kind of a beginner at the hobby of reading books and I enjoyed it. Hope you do too! If you want to read, you MUST read the book that inspired one of the most talked about horror movies. :)

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

    This classic is still thrilling after all these years. Sprung fr

    This classic is still thrilling after all these years. Sprung from the pulp traditions of the 1950s, Bloch delivers a fast paced and psychologically laden tale of murder, mayhem, and the king of all Mommy issues. It’s a super-fast read and can be devoured in a single sitting, that is if you leave on the lights. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Amazing read forsure

    This is a must read book crazy good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Great

    Quick read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    The first horror novel to turn me onto the genre.  Haven't looke

    The first horror novel to turn me onto the genre.  Haven't looked back since!

    Thank you, Mr. Bloch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Super scary !!!

    Even scarier than the movie !

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    won't down load !

    dont buy!!! it didn't down load to my nook! i wasted my money and customer service was no help! couldn't even get a refund!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    It's all in the title.

    Psycho is a very well thought out and planned out story. Even as I write this I'm looking over my back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2001

    PSYCHO--Robert Bloch's brainchild, and the book that started it all!!

    Robert Bloch's PSYCHO is a masterpiece of modern terror, and the book that spawned Alfred Hitchcock's film version. Characters brilliantly woven, settings vividly realistic, and a theme that is so creepy, it scared people out of taking showers everyday. Bloch is a master at his best. Norman Bates, proprietor of the Bates Motel, has a secret. And if you stop in for the night, you'll be dying to hear it-- literally. Stop in and see for yourself. Mary Crane did-- and she is one of the many satisfied customers who-- can't tell you anymore, you have to read it to believe it in this classic shocker that started it all!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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