1. Psycho (1959). Robert Bloch (1917-1994). New York: Simon & Schuster. First edition. Original dust jacket. 

    Bloch takes the reader on a psychological journey through Norman Bates’ disturbed mind via a snapshot of his escalating derangement at the Bates Motel. Based in part on serial killer Ed Gein. Bloch himself was ‘surprised to discover how closely his imaginary character, Norman Bates, resembled the real Ed Gein.’ 

    “The room was plainly but adequately furnished; she noted the shower stall in the bathroom beyond. Actually, she would have preferred a tub, but this would do.” ― Robert Bloch, Psycho

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