Robert Bloch's Psychos

Robert Bloch's Psychos

3.0 1
by Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Horror Writers Association
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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

Overview

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".

Editorial Reviews

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.

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)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Robert Bloch's Psychos 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since becoming a member of the Horror Writers Association, I've collected all of the anthologies they've come out with. One of my favorites is Robert Bloch's Psychos, a disturbing collection of short horror stories featuring a lot of twisted characters. Among the lineup, Stephen King's story,Autopsy Room Four, puts the reader into a very uncomfortable position as the main character is about to go under the knife. Knacker Man was another fun read, one that will chill the blood, written by Richard Parks. Charles Grant introduces us to a homeless man who is in search of a killer and then shows us how he deals with him. Clark Perry offered us a very disturbing tale any horror fan could appreciate - I know I did. My favorite of the twisted tales was a piece called Grandpa's Head, written by Lawrence Watt-Evans. This was a confession-type story where grandpa is discovered as a very dark individual. This creepy story goes to the HEAD of the class as one can never tell what is stored up in the attic. Of course, there are many others but you'll just have to buy the book to read them. Trust me, if you're into horror and psychos, you'll surely enjoy a walk down this haunted road. Also, this book was edited by the creator of Norman Bates, Robert Bloch. Unfortunately, Mr. Bloch passed away back in 1994 before the book was published. Mr. Bloch, thanks for all the chills and thrills. After reading his famous book, Psycho,I've never quite looked at mother the same way.