"Psycho all came from Robert Bloch's book." (Alfred Hitchcock)
By Robert Bloch
First printing of Bloch's influential thriller, a lovely copy in the iconic original jacket borrowed by Hitchcock for his film's logo.
Very good plus in near fine jacket.
"Mother had done that to him. Mother had done that to the poor, helpless girl."
Though readers have frequently assumed that Norman Bates was modelled on the gruesome real-life activities of killer Ed Gein, arrested two years after PSYCHO's publication, Bloch in fact conceived of his killer's psychology independently, discovering (and adding details to enhance) their similarities only towards the end of his novel's composition. Through Bates' imagined motives and drives, Bloch perfected the template for one of the primal archetypes of twentieth century fiction: the serial killer helplessly driven by the return of the repressed.
Read More: Matheson & Mainhardt, Robert Bloch: Appreciations of the Master.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959. 7.5'' x 5''. Original quarter cream cloth with black boards. In original unclipped ($2.95) black and white dust jacket, designed by Tony Palladino. , 185,  pages. Book with faint toning to spine extremities; two spots of discoloration to front pastedown. Minor wear to jacket corners, much less than typically seen. Pages toned as expected.
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