RE : RARA-AVIS: robert bloch based norman bates on woolrich?

From: Fabienne soldini (
Date: 10 Feb 2008

In my opinion, Cornell Wooridge ans Robert Bloch used the same kind of narrative plot. At the exception that Robert Bloch was inspired by true stories as Ed Gein but also "the Butcher Of Chicago" (in French "Le boucher de Chicago). For the French people Bloch and Wooldrich both created the narrative forme called "thriller" in the fifties. And they created the caracter of "serial killer", which became very important in the crime novel since the nineteen's. Norman Bates is the first one most "popular", more famous serial killer (not called like that in the fifteen's)in litt鲡ture and in cinema . Burt a lot of Wooldrich novels have for caracter a serial killer : Black alibi, the Bride were black, Rendez-vous en noir (Black appointement?), concerto pour l'鴲angleur ( concerto fotr the strangler?); I'm sory I don't know the original titles. I read a lot of american novels, but translated in French.
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          this is what i remember hearing years ago. in the book, norman is short and stocky. hitchock changed that of course, but the quote posted here previous by his editor said he was 'skinny', so i'm confused.

either way, i think bloch knew woolrich and used some of 'him' in the character. the relationship with his mother has been mentioned.

obviously, the psycho plot has nothing to do with woolrich. it's either based on ed gein which many claim. or not, as i then heard that psycho was written before gein's story was public.

but psycho and bloch are OT, sorry. i brought it up because of what i'd heard about woolrich and norman



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