Psycho by Robert Bloch


Psycho, Robert Bloch, 1959

My favorite quote: “She’d thrown something at the mirror, and then the mirror broke into a thousand pieces and she knew that wasn’t all; she was breaking into a thousand pieces, too.”

Notable characters: Norman Bates, the motel manager; Mary Crane, the first customer in a while; Mother, the woman behind it all …

Most memorable scene: The death of Mary Crane — it’s different than in the movie

Greatest strengths: Character development, psychological twists

Standout achievements: This one gets into your head almost as powerfully as Mother gets into Norman’s 

Fun Facts: One of the reasons the movie was filmed in black and white was to prevent the infamous shower scene from being “too gory” for audiences and ratings 

Other media: The Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, and Janet Leigh

What it taught me: That when it comes to developing characters, you can’t go wrong with crazy — and the crazier, the better

How it inspired me: I saw the movie long before reading the book and I have to say that Psycho, both the novel and the film, have taught me a lot — most notably, the power of quiet, psychological terror

Additional thoughts: This is one of those very rare books that, in my opinion, isn’t as good as the movie — just by a little

My rating: 4 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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