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Psycho [PDF] ✑ Psycho Author Robert Bloch – Thomashillier.co.uk Norman Bates vuole molto bene a sua madre, il problema che la donna morta da pi di vent anni, o almeno questo quello che pensa la gente nella tranquilla cittadina di Fairvale, in California Norman viv Norman Bates vuole molto bene a sua madre, il problema che la donna morta da pi di vent anni, o almeno questo quello che pensa la gente nella tranquilla cittadina di Fairvale, in California Norman vive con la madre nella casa vicino all albergo di famiglia, il Bates Motel, lungo il vecchio tracciato dell autostrada, oggi in disuso Una sera si presenta alla reception una giovane donna, Mary, ladra per a l incontro turba i pensieri di Norman, ma la madre veglia su di lui, decisa a proteggerlo con il suo coltello da macellaio Un grande romanzo che ha ispirato un film leggendario, un viaggio da brivido nella mente di un uomo, e tra le ombre della sua identit.


10 thoughts on “Psycho

  1. Kemper Kemper says:

    Nowadays, it seems like every horror movie is either a remake, a sequel or the kind of vile torture porn that makes you want to puke in your bag of popcorn Filming one of these flicks requires tens of millions of dollars for a platoon of pretty actors, gallons of fake blood, special effects and a marketing campaign Oddly, they don t seem to spend any money on scripts for these things.But Alfred Hitchcock only needed about nine grand to buy the rights to this book Then it only took a blonde, a Nowadays, it seems like every horror movie is either a remake, a sequel or the kind of vile torture porn that makes you want to puke in your bag of popcorn Filming one of these flicks requires tens of millions of dollars for a platoon of pretty actors, gallons of fake blood, special effects and a marketing campaign Oddly, they don t seem to spend any money on scripts for these things.But Alfred Hitchcock only needed about nine grand to buy the rights to this book Then it only took a blonde, a shower, and a butcher knife to create one of the defining scenes in horror history There might be a lesson in that story somewhere, Hollywood.Legend has it that Hitchcock had all the available copies of the book bought up after he obtained the rights so that he could keep the story secret for his version If that isn t true, it should be I ve often wished that I had a way to temporarily blank out my memory of certain stories so that I could read or see them for the first time all over again and be completely surprised Unfortunately, alcoholic blackouts are extremely unreliable at this so I just have to try and imagine what it would have been like to read this book before the story became a classic I bet it was a complete mind fuck for those poor bastards who did read it back in 1959.It holds up remarkably well despite knowing the story and it being over 50 years old Shifting narration to the inner dialogues of different characters was very effective, especially with Norman himself My only real complaint is that I wished it would have been the sister Lila and not Mary who took the infamous shower because Lila is a shrill nagging harpy that annoyed the hell out of me


  2. Raeleen Lemay Raeleen Lemay says:

    ugh this was just so good.I really love how short this was, so there was never a dull moment I still haven t seen any of the movie adaptations but I can only imagine how fast paced they must be 2019 update I have of course watched the original Psycho movie multiple times since reading this book over a year ago, and I LOVE IT However, it s definitelyof a slow burn, not fast paced like I thought it would be I m avoiding the Vince Vaughn adaptation like the plague.I will say, I binge wat ugh this was just so good.I really love how short this was, so there was never a dull moment I still haven t seen any of the movie adaptations but I can only imagine how fast paced they must be 2019 update I have of course watched the original Psycho movie multiple times since reading this book over a year ago, and I LOVE IT However, it s definitelyof a slow burn, not fast paced like I thought it would be I m avoiding the Vince Vaughn adaptation like the plague.I will say, I binge watched Bates Motel not too long ago and that s the main reason I picked this up, but I loved how different this was in a way Bates Motel took a little nugget from this book and turned it into a muchbroad scope world and story which was awesome and this story is just a tiny piece That being said, it seems unfair to judge this book against the show because it s just such a different experience I loved them both for different reasons though so it worked out for me Anyway, this was awesome and spooky and just what I was in the mood for


  3. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    When Mary Crane skips town with 40,000 of her boss s money, she drives and drives, bedding down at the Bates Motel She meets Norman Bates, who harbors secrets eveninteresting than stolen moneyEveryone knows the basic beats of Psycho due to the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film Woman gets knifed in the shower, psychotic mama s boy, etc When it popped up for ninety nine cents, I figured, what the hell Shooting Star Spiderweb was pretty good Psycho was definitely worth the buck.Inspired When Mary Crane skips town with 40,000 of her boss s money, she drives and drives, bedding down at the Bates Motel She meets Norman Bates, who harbors secrets eveninteresting than stolen moneyEveryone knows the basic beats of Psycho due to the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film Woman gets knifed in the shower, psychotic mama s boy, etc When it popped up for ninety nine cents, I figured, what the hell Shooting Star Spiderweb was pretty good Psycho was definitely worth the buck.Inspired by real life serial killer Ed Gein, Psycho is a tale of mental turmoil and the way it shapes the life a man dominated by his mother And some woman gets killed and her boyfriend and sister try to figure out what the hell happened Despite knowing quite a bit going in, Psycho was still a suspenseful read Since stuff gets lost in translation from book to movie, a lot of it was still surprising Of course, not having seen the movie in something like thirty years helpedBloch s prose is pretty tight He doesn t waste a lot of time on flowery language, and knows how to ratchet up the suspense I can see why Hitchcock chose to adapt it, though he chose to focus on different aspects than Bloch The book and the movie are definitely different animals.Psycho probably didn t have quite as much of an impact on me that it should have but that s because it s been dissected and imitated to death in the decades since it was written It holds up really well compared to a lot of suspense novels written during the same era Four out of five stars


  4. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at Stars That s what I tell my boys all the time I hope they turn out just as friendly and loyal to their momma as Norman did.Is there anyone even on the planet who hasn t at least heard of Psycho before What can I say that you don t already know Well, I can confirm that this book is short at roughly 200 pages Due to its brevity, I can also say not a paragraph is wasted on filler Every scene that occurs does so for a reason W Find all of my reviews at Stars That s what I tell my boys all the time I hope they turn out just as friendly and loyal to their momma as Norman did.Is there anyone even on the planet who hasn t at least heard of Psycho before What can I say that you don t already know Well, I can confirm that this book is short at roughly 200 pages Due to its brevity, I can also say not a paragraph is wasted on filler Every scene that occurs does so for a reason What else Ah yes, the writing If I hadn t already been privy to the fact this was an oldie by a goodie, I would have never guess this story to be 50 years old The subject matter as well as use of graphic language is not something I m accustomed to when reading books that are a bit long in the tooth Bloch had zero fear when tackling the taboo, that s for sure If you re someone with a bit of adark sense of humor like me, you might even find yourself getting a morbid chuckle or two No sense crying over spilt milk, though Even if it hadn t been milkAs is the case with me and most things dubbed horror I wouldn t put Psycho in that category Instead I d call it a riveting page turner of a suspense One that I d highly recommend to all.If you re not interested in the book, but rather the film I ask you WHAT THE F ARE YOU DOING ON A BOOKNERD SITE Nah, just kidding The differences in the translation from page to screen lie almost exclusively in the casting As my friend Ed called out in his review, the book version Norman Bates was a fella who was a bit festively plump proving that the casting of this guywas spot on if the remake had been done a few years later Poor Vince Remember when he was a real looker Well, not compared to Jeff Goldblum, but he wasn t anything to chuck a rock at The only other Hitchcockian magic Tweaking the following line into one of the most quotable of all times I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at timesand creating another use for chocolate syrup


  5. Lyn Lyn says:

    We all go a little crazy sometimes.My generation and everyone since has grown up with the concept of Psycho, stemming from Sir Alfred Hitchcock s 1960 thriller, but all this began with Robert Bloch s 1959 novel.Reading this after having seen the film and grown up with the story, I dealt with a fair amount of theatrical irony While the film stayed mostly true to Bloch s vision, there were some departures and these were enjoyable to experience Bloch s prose is tight and the atmosphere developed We all go a little crazy sometimes.My generation and everyone since has grown up with the concept of Psycho, stemming from Sir Alfred Hitchcock s 1960 thriller, but all this began with Robert Bloch s 1959 novel.Reading this after having seen the film and grown up with the story, I dealt with a fair amount of theatrical irony While the film stayed mostly true to Bloch s vision, there were some departures and these were enjoyable to experience Bloch s prose is tight and the atmosphere developed is intense and suspenseful I imagined the thrill of a reader in 1959 reading this narrative for the first time as it moved along in Bloch s masterful recitation and how surprising and thrilling some of the realizations must have been This is also a seminal work for the horror genre, both in literature and in film, and some of the techniques Bloch used to such great effectthan 50 years ago are still tried and true today.Turns out the apple did not fall far from the tree Robert Bloch was heavily influenced by, and in fact mentored by, none other than H.P Lovecraft himself The young Bloch was encouraged by the older writer and Lovecraft even dedicated a story to Bloch, The Haunter of the Dark 1936 Both writers were frequent contributors to Weird Tales and Amazing Stories Bloch s earliest writing was unapologetically influenced by Lovecraft and was even frequently set in the Cthulhu mythos.Still creepy and psychologically terrifying decades later, a fan of this genre will want to discover the origin of Norman Bates and will be enthralled by Bloch s excellent work


  6. Fabian Fabian says:

    So it is that Psycho really IS very much like The Exorcist Both may vie for the Scariest Film title, but apart from that the books are stupendous if you like the movies, you are making yourself a disservice by not reading the literary progenitors Psycho may be perfect Strange how little Norman Bates gets the Oscar in the book you actually miss him in the parts where he is not a figure And his obsessions psychosis murderin are the fault of the town, of his circumstances And, although i So it is that Psycho really IS very much like The Exorcist Both may vie for the Scariest Film title, but apart from that the books are stupendous if you like the movies, you are making yourself a disservice by not reading the literary progenitors Psycho may be perfect Strange how little Norman Bates gets the Oscar in the book you actually miss him in the parts where he is not a figure And his obsessions psychosis murderin are the fault of the town, of his circumstances And, although it IS dated yet still retains all the Southern Gothic elements , we can all agree mental illness is fucking terrifying.Hey Read it


  7. Carol Carol says:

    First published in 1959, there is no doubt about it, PSYCHO is an absolutely great horror classic.If by some freak of nature you happen to be in the dark regarding Robert Bloch s Psycho I will warn you not to go in the shower at the Bates Motel, and be green with envy that you can read the novel with no prior knowledge of the intriguing plot.If you are familiar with Alfred Hitchcock s movie versionreleased in 1960then you will notice two obvious differences when reading the book, the first o First published in 1959, there is no doubt about it, PSYCHO is an absolutely great horror classic.If by some freak of nature you happen to be in the dark regarding Robert Bloch s Psycho I will warn you not to go in the shower at the Bates Motel, and be green with envy that you can read the novel with no prior knowledge of the intriguing plot.If you are familiar with Alfred Hitchcock s movie versionreleased in 1960then you will notice two obvious differences when reading the book, the first oneno biggieis Norman s rather large size, and the shocker, well, the shower scene is actually a bitgrotesque view spoiler resulting in a bloody severed head Janet Leigh s pretty head is still attached in the movie version with a super close up of her DEAD EYE staring right at YOU hide spoiler Overall, I actually liked the movie better than the book, and was all set to give it 4 Stars, but decided that was unfair for if I had not been familiar with the plot from seeing the movie numerous times in my youth, I would surely have given a rating of 5 Big Onesdespite all the typos.


  8. R.K. Gold R.K. Gold says:

    Very creepy I have never seen the movie but when I saw the book was available for free I had to read it Bloch really included a lot of small hints to keep the reader engaged, and even though I knew what the big reveal at the end would be he still kept it suspenseful and kept me on my toes.


  9. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    2.5 sensationalistic, dated, a tad ridiculous, entertaining stars OkyesI was mildly entertained while I mostly cringed characters.not well formed.1950s stereotypes writing.written at a grade four level but for adults knowledge of psychopathology.amateurish, outlandish, unbelievable plausibilitylow no make that very lowdespite this I was entertained, mildly entertained but it would have sufficed to have just seen the movie and I have seen it several timesI will not mov 2.5 sensationalistic, dated, a tad ridiculous, entertaining stars OkyesI was mildly entertained while I mostly cringed characters.not well formed.1950s stereotypes writing.written at a grade four level but for adults knowledge of psychopathology.amateurish, outlandish, unbelievable plausibilitylow no make that very lowdespite this I was entertained, mildly entertained but it would have sufficed to have just seen the movie and I have seen it several timesI will not move to Psycho the sequel.No Jaidee you will not.but I want to.No JaideeNoo nooo noooooOmg hes here..Norman Bates is herehe is hereand so is his mother.o no so is his grandmother.o noooo his great grandmother tooooBye everyone aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


  10. Idarah Idarah says:

    We re all not quite as sane as we pretend to be I am a great fan of Alfred Hitchcock and his films, but this is the only film that I haven t watchedthan once Sure, that includes a string of other Oscar winners likeShawshank Redemption and Forest Gump I m just a weirdo Psycho really scared me when I was young, though There was no way to explain how the silhouette of mother s chair rocked on its own while Norman was at the hotel I don t like unexplainable things.The novel was actuall We re all not quite as sane as we pretend to be I am a great fan of Alfred Hitchcock and his films, but this is the only film that I haven t watchedthan once Sure, that includes a string of other Oscar winners likeShawshank Redemption and Forest Gump I m just a weirdo Psycho really scared me when I was young, though There was no way to explain how the silhouette of mother s chair rocked on its own while Norman was at the hotel I don t like unexplainable things.The novel was actually really good It was very psychological and Bloch gave the reader a copilot seat into Norman s mind It s not until the very end of the novel that we finally learn everything there is to know about Norman, his complex relationship with his deceased mother, and his questionable choice of reading material.For a novel written in 1959, this must have been pretty out there, but it was based on murderer Ed Gein, who was arrested in 1957 He had murdered two woman and apparently exhumed grave sites regularly to showcase body parts He was even in the process of creating a woman s skin suit to resemble his mother so that he could literally crawl into her skin That is some pretty twisted stuff It makes this book and any other Gein inspired characters appear mild nod to Buffalo Bill And now for a break in reading material Phew


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