Robert Bloch's Psychos

Robert Bloch's Psychos

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by Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Horror Writers Association
     
 

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Featuring a never-before-published short story from Stephen King and edited by the world-renowned and award-winning author of "Psycho", Robert Bloch, this collection includes 22 masterworks harvested by the Horror Writers Association. Stephen King toe-tags a stiff who's still very much alive, and going under the knife, in "Autopsy Room Four". Richard Christian…  See more details below

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Featuring a never-before-published short story from Stephen King and edited by the world-renowned and award-winning author of "Psycho", Robert Bloch, this collection includes 22 masterworks harvested by the Horror Writers Association. Stephen King toe-tags a stiff who's still very much alive, and going under the knife, in "Autopsy Room Four". Richard Christian Matheson clocks the final minutes of a man at the mercy of monsters in "Please Help Me". Charles Grant shadows a lost soul looking for a place to rest in "Haunted".

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Before his death in 1994, Bloch, author of the horror-suspense classic Psycho, lent his imprimatur to this anthology created by the Horror Writers Association (formerly, the Horror Writers of America). Like the selections in his previous anthologies, Psycho-Paths (1991) and Monsters in Our Midst (1993), these 22 stories emphasize psychological over supernatural or physical horrors. Stephen King sets the tone with "Autopsy Room Four," a nail-biting nod to Poe's "The Premature Burial," in which a victim of paralysis struggles to alert dissecting pathologists that he is not yet a corpse. Less ghoulish but no less gripping is Ed Gorman's "Out There in the Darkness" (one of the collection's two previously published stories), about neighborhood vigilantes stalked by the vengeful cat burglar they think they have murdered. Not surprisingly, some of the best contributions delve into the motives of Norman Bates types. In "Lighting the Corpses," Del Stone Jr. follows the thoughts of a serial killer who torches his victims. Both Edo van Belkom's "The Rug" and Gary Jonas's "So You Wanna Be a Hit Man" paint darkly comic portraits of people for whom murder becomes an irresistible pastime, while Bloch's favorite real-life psychopath, Jack the Ripper, shows up in both Denise Burchman's "The Lesser of Two Evils" and Richard Parks's "The Knacker Man." With one foot planted in horror, the other in crime, and its diverse hands skillfully restraining potential excesses, this volume proves that the most effective horrors are often those all in the mind. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The legend of Jack the Ripper inspires a pair of tales by Denise Bruchman ("The Lesser of Two Evils") and Richard Parks ("Knacker Man") in this collection of 22 original stories that explore the dark corners of the psychopathic mind. This new anthology presented by the Horror Writers Association also includes contributions by Stephen King, Esther Friesner, Charles Grant, and other genre veterans. Ranging from psychological terror to splatter fiction, this uneven collection of stories belongs in libraries where the demand for horror is high.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671885984
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.11(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.33(d)

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