Re: RARA-AVIS: Public Acclaim - Robert Bloch

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 28 Apr 2000

Ron Clinton wrote:

> Doug wrote:
> > I've never been a fan of Robert Bloch's work, and I've
> > long thought that the acclaim he enjoyed was mainly
> > due to Hitchcock's PSYCHO, a far better work of art
> > than the original book.
> I'd sure have to disagree on both points. While Hitchcock's movie had a
> fine visual style and it certainly more memorable because of it, it didn't
> capture the sociopathic menace of the character the way the book did. The
> book of course was based on real killer Ed Gein and I think captured the
> true spirit of the evil mind more than the film, which - while an admirable
> effort - seemed at times almost cartoonish and two-dimensional.

I'd like to agree with Doug. Bloch's "Psycho" was at the time I read it a rather flat and not very exciting book. Haven't read it again, though, so my opinion is not very fresh one. The same goes for "The Scarf". But I very much liked his short stories at least in "Horror-7".


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