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Literary Friday: Psycho

Friday, October 23, 2015

This week I read Psycho by Robert Bloch.  This is the book that inspired the movie by the same title directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh.  It is our Book Club's selection for October.

from Goodreads:

It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty but clean and the plumbing worked. Norman Bates, the manager, seemed nice, if a little odd.

Oh, yes, he's odd!  Did you know that Psycho was based on a real life sick freak named Ed Gein?  If you really want to have nightmares, please read about this twisted criminal.  

This book is very well-written.  Although Anthony Perkins was way too good-looking to play the Norman Bates in the book, I believe that Hitchcock did a very good job with the film's adaptation of the book.  Since most of you are familiar with the story, I won't spend much time rehashing the plot. Bloch's fast-paced book makes for a quick read, plus it's only around 200 pages, so you can read it in an afternoon.  He truly writes a complex character study of Norman Bates, and his revelations about Norman's illness is slowly peeled away in layers like an onion to reveal the root of his neuroses.  

Have you read any scary books for Halloween?  I'm done.  I don't like scary, truly I don't.  I'm off to read about fluffy bunnies, rainbows, and unicorns.  

Today after school and book club, Shelley and I will be working hard to prepare for tomorrow's party.
We hope y'all will come join in on the fun!

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. I'll just leave Psycho for you and others.. No scary books or movies for me. :)

    Linked up with you today!! Woo hoo.

  2. I'm just getting back to reading after my eye surgery, so don't have anything to share this week. Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

  3. Ooh. I'm adding that to my list immediately. I've been struggling to read lately. My kiddos have been wearing me out so much that as soon as I get in bed at night I'm out. I need to find a minute during the day to sit and read. I miss it so.

  4. I love books and I am an avid reader so my list is always growing. Thanks for this recommendation.

  5. Scary books are not for me. I still have vivid memories of scenes from the movie. I wasn't even a teenager. Yikes! Of course in this day and time, Psyco is likely not consider all that graphic and scary.

    Looking forward to the fun parties tomorrow.


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