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Robert Bloch's Psychos Hardcover – December 1, 1997


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance (December 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881475263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881475262
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,493,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late, great Robert Bloch (author of Psycho) was a master of macabre humor: he was fond of clever, grisly one-liners, often used as twist endings. He also liked to write about psychotic and psychopathic killers. This solid anthology, put out by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and completed after Bloch's death, honors his legacy with 22 tales about murderers and crazies of various stripes. A good many of the stories, most memorably Esther Friesner's "Lonelyhearts," have Blochian twists at the end. The weakest of the bunch have no other flaw than predictability, and the strongest, such as Ed Gorman's powerful "Out There in the Darkness" are classics of traditional storytelling. You'll find excellent stories here by Denise M. Bruchman, Del Stone Jr., Edo van Belkom, Gary A. Braunbeck, and others. Stephen King contributes a little gem of a tale in which the narrator finds himself in an autopsy room: "It fits. It fits everything with a horrid prophylactic snugness. The dark. The rubbery smell.... Dear God, I'm in a body bag."

Note: the two previous HWA anthologies are Under the Fang, edited by Robert R. McCammon, and Peter Straub's Ghosts, edited by Peter Straub. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Before his death in 1994, Bloch, author of the horror-suspense classic Psycho, lent his imprimatur to this anthology created by the Horror Writers Association (formerly, the Horror Writers of America). Like the selections in his previous anthologies, Psycho-Paths (1991) and Monsters in Our Midst (1993), these 22 stories emphasize psychological over supernatural or physical horrors. Stephen King sets the tone with "Autopsy Room Four," a nail-biting nod to Poe's "The Premature Burial," in which a victim of paralysis struggles to alert dissecting pathologists that he is not yet a corpse. Less ghoulish but no less gripping is Ed Gorman's "Out There in the Darkness" (one of the collection's two previously published stories), about neighborhood vigilantes stalked by the vengeful cat burglar they think they have murdered. Not surprisingly, some of the best contributions delve into the motives of Norman Bates types. In "Lighting the Corpses," Del Stone Jr. follows the thoughts of a serial killer who torches his victims. Both Edo van Belkom's "The Rug" and Gary Jonas's "So You Wanna Be a Hit Man" paint darkly comic portraits of people for whom murder becomes an irresistible pastime, while Bloch's favorite real-life psychopath, Jack the Ripper, shows up in both Denise Burchman's "The Lesser of Two Evils" and Richard Parks's "The Knacker Man." With one foot planted in horror, the other in crime, and its diverse hands skillfully restraining potential excesses, this volume proves that the most effective horrors are often those all in the mind.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Legerski VINE VOICE on August 27, 2000
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This is a collection of 22 original stories presented by The Horror Writers Association. In the U.S., there are two editions: a paperback and the limited hardcover put out by Cemetery Dance Publications. I suggest picking up the hardcover and I'll explain why later. The big draw to this one is Stephen King's original appearance of AUTOPSY ROOM 4, a story about a guy who is not dead but the Dr.'s performing the autopsy think otherwise. This is one of the better King shorts in a long while and is a fun read. The best story is Gary Braunbeck's SAFE, a story about how a town tries to cope and understand a mass murder. It is told through the eyes of a relative of the murderer who was saved in the melee and how he is dealing with the reprucussions of the event years later. It is an emotionally wrenching piece and is still reverberating in my body still, a few days after reading it. Ed Gorman treats us to a "What If" story. What if a neighborhood watch group actually killed a thief and the thief's accomplices try to enact revenge? It's a great premise and Gorman delivers a stunning story. Clark Perry also tells a story of childhood guilt that still haunts the living. This one was written so well I actually missed an appointment because I was so engrossed in the character's lives. I wish more of Mr. Perry's stuff would see the light of a day. A very talented writer. Other standout stories are put out by Yvonne Navarro, David Niall Wilson, Del Stone Jr. Cindie Geddes and Richard Christian Matheson. There really was not a story I didn't enjoy in here. A very good collection and one not to be skipped. Now for the reason I suggest the hardcover edition. Cemetery Dance Publications has made this book look very unique.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
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Trust me, I mean that in a good way. Almost every single one of these stories is a knockout, and very disturbing. Things start off with a bang with the Stephen King story "Autopsy Room 4" about a man who gets bitten by a rare breed of poisinous snake on the golf course which has the extremely unfortunate side effect of making him appear that he is completely dead when he is only paralyzed. Guess where he wakes up. The Richard Christian Matheson story is an example of him at his best--the story is simple, short, brutal, and haunting. You'll want to read it over and over, because you can't beleive what happened. Way too realistic. The Ed Gorman story, the title of which I can't remember except that it was a great title, alone is worth the price of the book. Haunting, brilliant, and un-putdownable. If you like horror anthologies, you must pick this one up, it is one of the best. Just be warned, if you're easily shocked or disturbed, get something lighter because it takes a lot to scare me and this book gave me nightmares.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1998
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"Psychos" is a terrific read, full of stories that make you want to turn the light back on seconds after you have turned it off, just so you can look in the closet "one more time"! Always wonderful to read anything new from Stephan King, and Jane Yolen, among others. Just don't forget to check under the bed, before laying down for that long night's rest!
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Starting off with Stephen King's `Autopsy Room Four', a story that, believe it or not, I have never read of his. An excellent view of what it is like for one man to almost become a corpse before his time, Robert Bloch's `Psychos' keeps up this pace with some stunningly unique and frightening tales of murder and mayhem.

Charles Grant's `Haunted' turns the tables of a secretive killer and the strangely heroic form of a bum.

Ed Gorman's `Out There In The Darkness' tells a tale of middle class vengeance against the dregs of society, a cult that takes care of their own.

Brent Monahan's `Doctor, Lawyer, Kansas City Chief' takes us to the limits of where an angry man will go to track down drunk drivers.

Del Stone Jr. writes `Lighting The Corpses, a tale of an ethereal madman who lights up fires of hopelessness.

Clark Perry's `Deep Down There' will keep you out of caves for the rest of your life, and Gary Jonas's "So You Want To Be A Hitman' takes you on a road-rage ride with a true psychotic.

My Favorites, along with `Autopsy Room Four', would be Lawrence Watt-Evans `Grandpa's Head', giving us a tiny glimpse of family history, Ester M. Friesner's `Loneyhearts' with lessons on how to stalk and find just the right mate for you, Edo van Belkom's `The Rug' gives sinister menace to an everyday item, and Gary A. Braunbeck's `Safe' is a chilling Columbine type tale of unexplainable madness.

There are more tales of terror by Richard Christian Matheson, Denise M. Bruchman, Dominick Cancilla, Cindi Geddes, Yvonne Navarro, David Niall Wilson, Richard Parks, Stephen M. Rainey, Jane Yolen, and Billie Sue Mosiman. Twenty-two tales in all, plus notes about the authors in the back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1998
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This is a wonderful book. It's just amazing. I actually couldn't put it down. And that doesn't happen very often. If you like psychotic horror story's, then you will love this book.
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