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

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 10 Feb 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, sonny <sforstater@...> wrote:
> cool. i began thinking about it after i had wrote and sent that.
> i think of bloch as horror, but psycho certainly starts off as
> and only then enters the realm of horror. but it never leaves
crime. is
> there horror/noir?

PSYCHO was published as a mystery/suspense novel. There is no supernatural element in the novel. It is pure crime/suspense, although in its presentation, it prompts many readers to have reactions similar to a horror novel.

Bloch was well-established as a mystery writer, often appearing in the detective pulps and digests and all of his five novels published prior to PSYCHO were crime fiction.

Richard Moore

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