AUTHOR OF THE WEEK April 5
(Short Stories and Novels: Crime, Horror, Science Fiction Writer)
“Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.”
“Horror is the removal of masks.”
“There’s a great desire to communicate, I think, on the part of all of us. And if we are in situations where the communication is difficult due to difficult circumstances or shyness or an introversion, this is a wonderful outlet. And a direct one.”
Robert Albert Bloch (1917 — 1994) was a prolific American writer. Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories, over twenty novels of crime and science fiction, but was most famous for his horror fiction Psycho.
Bloch was one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle, a contributor to pulp magazines such as Weird Tales in his early career. He received a Hugo Award for That Hell-Bound Train, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award. A good friend of the science fiction writer Stanley G. Weinbaum, Bloch wrote three stories for Star Trek.
Listen to Bloch’s Psycho, an audio preview of the novel (15 minutes):
Interested in the backstory, the inspiration for Psycho? Read it here at Galaxy Press about the Butcher of Plainfield:
“Horror is not about supernatural forces or things that go bump in the night; horror is about the fear we have within, buried deep in our brains.”
Read more at Lit Reactor about Robert Bloch: https://litreactor.com/columns/footnotes-psycho
More at Bloch Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Bloch/e/B001K6Q4QW
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