New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959. First edition. A stunning copy. Book Fine, but with browning of the pages (as always). In a Fine example of the fragile black dust jacket that shows wear if you simply breathe on it wrong. A truly superior copy.
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). Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #3082)