|Psycho by Robert Bloch|
As far as a horror novel is concerned, this is a swift one. It only takes about 5 hours to read if you read it straight through. It’s not an epic tale, it’s succinct, and Bloch’s style is straight forward, to the point, and uses the descriptions to tell the larger story, before you get thrown into the craziness of the story. You are introduced to a fat, nervous, sweaty, Mr. Bates. You also are introduced to Mrs. Bates, albeit you know the twist that is coming, so that’s something to take into consideration. The book goes through the same processing that the movie comes through, and it’s something that is very simple overall. You are taken through the same darkness, the series of events that involves taking out the lead character in the first act, and then moving through the investigation like a crime drama, only to see unfortunate ends throughout.
What makes this book so compelling is not so much the similarities it has to the movie, but the differences. You get a sense for the horror to come, and Bloch uses a good foundation of descriptions that float through the bigger picture overall. It’s a swift novel, Bloch uses all the simplified literary devices that you would expect from R.L. Stine, and doesn’t really go too far away from a simplified scripting, and doesn’t give you gore or anything like that. This is an isolated, simmering book, and by the time you get to the end, you’re fully vested in Norman Bates and his mother, as well as the surprises to come. It’s a novel that is not going to jar you, but it will definitely satisfy your curiosity as to what this is like versus the movie.
I give “Psycho” by Richard Bloch a 3 out of 5.
If you are an avid horror fan, then you will want to look into this book, especially since it’s now a classic in many ways. Is it the best book ever? No, and it’s nothing like Stephen King, but you’re going to find that it has all of the good points you want to enjoy for some light, horror reading. You can purchase “Psycho” by Richard Bloch by clicking here, its worth collecting and reading, simple as that.