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A frighteningly possible future world as seen through the strange and demonic imagination of Robert Bloch. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Psycho all came from Robert Bloch's book." -Alfred Hitchcock "Icily terrifying!" -The New York Times "Robert Bloch is one of the. Psicose, o clássico de Robert Bloch, foi publicado originalmente em , livremente inspirado no caso do assassino de Wisconsin, Ed Gein. O protagonista.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. Roughly three decades after my first viewing of Hitchcock classic cinematic adaptation of Psycho, I finally managed to get around to reading the original source material. The Norman Bates of the novel is different than the lanky, awkward cinematic persona made famous by Anthony Perkins, but many of the differences are understandable when translating informative text into informative visuals.
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It was a great book and a short read. I came to learn that this show was the prequel of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and realized that I was very interested in understanding how "Norman Bates" was gonna turn out. So, I read the movies, and picked up this book, which I was able to read in a day. What was awesom eabout this book, is that it gave considerable detail about Mr.
Bates psyche and also the thoughts of the other characters - his mother, the victims, etc.
It made the movie more understandable. Watching the movie alone didn't provide enough context. In short, this is a classic and must read if you are into understanding the mind of a psychopath -- this one is classic. These are the actual words spoken by the infamous Norman Bates in Robert Bloch's classic novel.
I am impressed with Bloch's work. His writing is stellar as he showcases the odd-intentions analytical mind of Norma, and crafts characters who are obviously memorable, specifically Norman and "Mother".
And what also impresses me so is Hitchcock's faithfulness to the story, with two major exceptions: You get not only his disturbing brain power, but the important viewpoints of Sam Loomis and Lila Crane as well.
The plot of the movie compliments Bloch's novel marvelously; it was a pleasure to read about how the stealthy mind of a motel owner, a person no one would ever suspect, quietly unravels. If you know the movie, you know this book. Hitchcock's film is a scene by scene recreation of the novel.
Still, it's a fast-moving and entertaining read, written in a terse, hard-boiled detective fiction style commonly associated with film noir.
We get a little more insight into Norman Bates than the movie offers us, and the novel successfully hides the truth of Norman's mother until the very end, unless of course you've seen the film. It's fun to see how well Bloch manages throughout the book to disguise the final reveal.
As always, even better than the movie. Great movies come from great books and the book is The only exception I've ever come across is The Wizard of Oz. The Godfather was close, the movie was great and the sequel was even better but the book was awesome.
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Parcel Weight. Every scene that occurs does so for a reason. What Find all of my reviews at: What else? Ah yes, the writing. Nah, just kidding. The differences in the translation from page to screen lie almost exclusively in the casting.
As my friend Ed called out in his review, the book version Norman Bates was a fella who was a bit festively plump — proving that the casting of this guy. Poor Vince. Remember when he was a real looker???? Tweaking the following line into one of the most quotable of all times.
View all 13 comments. Jun 23, Lyn rated it really liked it. We all go a little crazy sometimes. Reading this after having seen the film and grown up with the story, I dealt with a fair amount of theatrical irony. This is also a seminal work for the horror genre, both in literature and in film, and some of the techniques Bloch used to such great effect more than 50 years ago are still tried and true today.
Turns out the apple did not fall far from the tree. Robert Bloch was heavily influenced by, and in fact mentored by, none other than H. Lovecraft himself. Both writers were frequent contributors to Weird Tales and Amazing Stories. View all 14 comments. Apr 17, Fabian rated it it was amazing.
Both may vie for the Scariest Film title, but apart from that: Psycho may be perfect. Strange how little Norman Bates gets the Oscar in the book--you actually miss him in the parts where he is not a figure. And, although it IS dated yet still retains all the Southern Gothic elements , we can all agree: Read it! Oct 29, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you are familiar with Alfred Hitchcock's movie version released in then you will notice two obvious differences when reading the book, the first o First published in , there is no doubt about it, PSYCHO is an absolutely great horror classic.
View all 18 comments. Recommended to Jaidee by: I was mildly entertained while I mostly cringed -characters No Jaidee you will not No Jaidee Noo nooo nooooo Omg hes here Norman Bates is here Mar 03, R.
Gold rated it really liked it. Very creepy. I have never seen the movie but when I saw the book was available for free I had to read it. Bloch really included a lot of small hints to keep the reader engaged, and even though I knew what the big reveal at the end would be he still kept it suspenseful and kept me on my toes. View 2 comments. Aug 20, Mia Nauca rated it it was amazing. Psycho really scared me when I was young, though.
There was no way to explain how the silhouette of mother's chair rocked on its own while Norman was at the hotel. I don't like unexplainable things.
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The novel was actually really good! It was very psychological and Bloch gave the reader a copilot seat into Norman's mind. It's not until the very end of the novel that we finally learn everything there is to know about Norman, his complex relationship with his deceased mother, and his questionable choice of reading material. For a novel written in , this must have been pretty out there, but it was based on murderer Ed Gein, who was arrested in He had murdered two woman and apparently exhumed grave sites regularly to showcase body parts.
He was even in the process of creating a woman's skin suit to resemble his mother so that he could literally "crawl into her skin. It makes this book and any other Gein inspired characters appear mild nod to Buffalo Bill.
And now for a break in reading material. View all 5 comments. May 20, Lou rated it it was amazing Shelves: A gripping story! If you've seen the movie this is better, you get that missing insight of being in Norman's mind. The story is a page-turner. Bloch is a good writer and has plotted the story well no sentence is wasted or boring. After reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter I thought I would try and get into rambling mind of a different kind of killer.
Bates is obsessed with his mother wants to be like her And wants her to be part of him. Some facts The novel "Psycho", written by Robert Bloch, was actually part of a series of pulp novels marketed in conjunction with the popular spooky radio show "Inner Sanctum".
He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret. Only read below if you know the story. He was a transvestite schizophrenic, who in a blind range of jealousy killed his mother and her lover so that he could have his mother to himself.
In the end out of guilt he tried to revive his mother from dead having conversation with her skeleton and pretending she was alive until in his split personality she literally became part of him. He would become semi drunk and have and split where she became the driver and killed until he gained control again, then he would assume he just passed out asleep when she was in control.
He was reading into satanism and metaphysics which is probably where he got the idea that he could bring back his mother from the dead and decided to unearth her body from her grave hide spoiler ] Review Also here. View all 12 comments.
First, it wasn't a scary as I thought it would be which is a very good thing for me, if you're wondering and secondly, I had foreseen everything that was going to happen at page 10 which, to be honest, is not as good. This is, however, not the book's fault, as I see it: I believe this is the case of a classic that has become so classic we start to think of it as trite , which in origin it mustn't have been at all. It saddens me, obviously, but this phenomenon often occurs with works so great, First, it wasn't a scary as I thought it would be which is a very good thing for me, if you're wondering and secondly, I had foreseen everything that was going to happen at page 10 which, to be honest, is not as good.
It saddens me, obviously, but this phenomenon often occurs with works so great, and I can't say it caught me entirely unawares. So I blame it all to the passing of time and its effects, such as the immense fame it brought to this story. I still didn't really enjoy it. Horror is my "go to" genre, my bread and butter. Although more than 50 years have passed since the movie was made, Psycho remains at the top of the tree on my list of best horror flicks.
It's dated, certainly. Filmed in black and white, complete with melodramatic music and exaggerated close-ups, but it works beautifully by leaving something to the imagination. The book, written in , stands the proverbial test of time, as well. The poundin Horror is my "go to" genre, my bread and butter.
The pounding comes, then the roaring, followed by blessed silence. For a little while, at least.
What a trip it would have been to have read the book before seeing the movie. But even with that ship having sailed decades ago, reading the novel was pure pleasure. View all 11 comments. Absolutely one of my favourite classic horror stories. I will not be posting a full review on my blog. I don't have a lot to say about it.
Jan 01, Susanne rated it really liked it. What strikes me most about this book is: The 'bad girl' - bad because she had premarital sex - will die. The virgin will live. If you don't know these rules, you need to watch Scream.
Psycho the film actually opens in the bedroom, where our heroine is in her bra having just had sex with a man to whom she's not married. Norman Bates What strikes me most about this book is: Norman Bates never sees any of this, by the way.
He operates under his own set of rules. But the viewer knows what all she's done. In the book - and this isn't important in the book, so I don't think it's a spoiler - our heroine has NOT slept with her boyfriend. Wait for that to sink in. The whole kill-women-who-enjoy-their-sexuality thing is NOT in this book.
In fact, the reader is treated to a very sympathetic look inside our heroine's brain. She's a nice girl who sacrificed her whole life for her family, is put in a difficult situation, and ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There isn't much gore in this book either. The movie may have ushered in "violence-porn" as a category, but the book is more about edge-of-your-seat thrills than blood. One last note - the most competent character, when it comes to solving the crime, is a woman.
I am forced to wonder what the film world would be like if the movie had stuck to the book in these respects. I am a huge fan of the tv show based off this book. I was obviously delusional because this book is bloody fabulous and heaps better than the show!
Our minds can conjure up much more terrifying images than the big screen can ever bring to life! Bloch has a stunning way of really making I am a huge fan of the tv show based off this book. Bloch has a stunning way of really making the characters and the story come to life, I felt like I was living the story as I was reading it.
This is definitely a must read for any horror fan! View 1 comment. Nov 20, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: The 's a simpler more innocent time when a man could dress up as his dead mother and kill people.
Oh memories. Unless you live under a rock you know what Psycho is all about. The famous shower scene. I've seen the movie probably 40x I'm a Hitchcock fanatic but I had never read the book upon which the movie was based. I had watched a documentary about the man who inspired it Ed Gein, btw he was really psycho.
I mean Mr. Qui The 's a simpler more innocent time when a man could dress up as his dead mother and kill people. Quite the gruesome accomplishment. The movie follows the book almost exactly. With one big change the Norman Bates of the book is in his 40's and overweight.
View all 6 comments. Other than Norman being a Tubby Trooper in the book instead of the Starved Stanchion he is in the movie and television series, I found no glaring differences between the Hitchcock film and the book. I can't even say that the book is better than the movie.Please be aware that the delivery time frame may vary according to the area of delivery and due to various reasons, the delivery may take longer than the original estimated timeframe. This book is timeless and is better than the movie at giving a more in depth look at the characters although Alfred Hitchcock did a fantastic job in putting the novel into a film.
Great movies come from great books and the book is Oct 29, Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it Shelves: I really shouldn't listen to myself.
Robert Bloch was a horror, suspense, and science fiction writer and screenwriter, best known for the novel Psycho. The book and the movie are definitely different animals.