Psycho

Psycho

Book - 2010
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Robert Bloch's Psycho captivated a nation when it appeared in 1959. The story was all too real-indeed this classic was inspired by the real-life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life. Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most-loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.

Norman Bates loves his Mother. She has been dead for the past twenty years, or so people think. Norman knows better though. He has lived with Mother ever since leaving the hospital in the old house up on the hill above the Bates motel. One night Norman spies on a beautiful woman that checks into the hotel as she undresses. Norman can't help but spy on her. Mother is there though. She is there to protect Norman from his filthy thoughts. She is there to protect him with her butcher knife.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2010, c1959.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781590203354
1590203356
Characteristics: 175 p.

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JCLMattC Apr 13, 2016

I was surprised to find that psycho was based on a novel. I think many people were. There's more inside the mind and life of Norman Bates in the book - it's kind of like a bonus for lovers of the movie. Those who did not enjoy Hitchcock's adaptation will find little to appreciate in these pages. Still remains one of my favorite endings to a book or a movie - chilled to perfection!

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lukasevansherman
Dec 15, 2015

So I didn't know "Psycho" was based on a book, which was loosely based on actual serial killer Ed Gein. If you've seen the movie, this holds few surprises, but is of interest for Hitchcock fans. I'd give it three stabby, bloody knives out of five. Oh, and Norman Bates is fat in the book.

PrimaGigi Jul 19, 2015

Norman Bates loved his mother. The issue is that his dear mother has been his late mother for the past twenty years. Norman believes he's lived with his mother since she left the hospital, in their old house up on the hill near Bates Motel. One stormy night Mary Crane checks into Bates Motel, Norman spies on her as she's undressing, but mother knows and mother will do anything to protect Norman.

Psycho is all adaptations from the movie to the book. The book was originally adapted from the life of America's first known and caught serial killer Ed Geine. The movie by Alfred is an interpretation of that adaption. Everyone knows the movie before the book, the book is an afterthought. The book and its contents completely hijacked by Sir Alfred Hitchcock. It's a quick read (only 17 chapters) it's worth reading what got Hitchcock his magnum opus.

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newfieshawn
Apr 27, 2015

Excellent book loved the movies but love the book even more

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pea46
Dec 30, 2012

This book is just as creepy as the old Hitchcock movie, a good quick read.

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