New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959. First edition. A fantastic inscription from Bloch "For Alvin Germeshausen - This fragment of autobiography with much affection - Robert Bloch." Sir Alvin Germeshausen inducted Bloch into the Praed Street Irregulars, a society celebrating August Derleth's "Solar Pons" series. Germeshausen was a well known figure around the Hollywood art and literature scene. Book just about Fine due to browning of the pages (as usual). In a dust jacket with small chips and tears at the extremities and an old tape repair on the verso. The small defects to the jacket far outweighed in our estimation by the fantastic association and inscription from the author.
“Psycho” was inspired by the actual serial killer Ed Gein, who ended up being arrested in Wisconsin, near where Bloch was living. The book is famous for Bloch’s focus on the inner psychology of the character to create horror as opposed to relying on supernatural tropes. According to Harlan Ellison, Bloch “was surely on a level with Poe” and “set the tone for the modern dark fantasy.”
“Psycho” was adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960 after the book was brought to his attention through his assistant. “Psycho” is considered one of the greatest of his films – and by extension one of the greatest films of all time. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Hitchcock would all receive Academy Award nominations and “Psycho” would go on to influence countless others both in and out of the horror genre. The film was declared aesthetically significant by the Library of Congress and marked for preservation in 1992. “Now, in his sixth suspense novel, Psycho, he is more chillingly effective than any writer might reasonably be expected to be…” (Contemporary New York Times review) about Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #1501)