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American Gothic Paperback – July, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812515722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812515725
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps the finest psychological horror writer..." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Bloch (1917-1994) was a horror, suspense, and science fiction writer and screenwriter, best known for the novel PSYCHO. Altogether, Bloch wrote over 220 stories collected in over two dozen collections, two dozen novels, screenplays for a dozen movies and three Star Trek episodes. His many awards included one Nebula Award, two Hugos, three World Fantasy Awards (including Lifetime Achievement), and five Bram Stoker Awards. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Otto Marxhausen on April 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
Like Psycho, Bloch based this novel (however loosely) on real-life events. American Gothic focuses on the career of H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who lured victims to his "castle." Bloch's version is appropriately chilling, and carries his typical stamp of suspense.
However, Bloch is best known as a short story writer, and for good reason. His stories shine, while his novels tend to drag. This book is no exception. His writing style is much better suited to shorter fiction, and the plot and atmosphere of American Gothic are not well sustained throughout the length of the novel. If you are a Bloch fan, then by all means read it. If, however, you are a horror lover, something faster-paced may be more to your liking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Jackson-Dobrow on February 28, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite the other reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and have re-read it on several occasions. I do not think that the story line dragged and the characters were well-developed, I thought. I would like to see the book available on Kindle.
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Robert Bloch is the true master of horror. This book is scary in the blood, guts, and gore sort of way but it will still have you jumping out of your seat if you read it late at night and someone taps you on your shoulder.
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