Two years which are important in the world of horror fiction are the following:
1959 and 1960
Do they mean anything to you? What comes to your mind? Dalai Lama escapes to India? Salvatore Quasimodo won the Nobel Prize for literature? John F. Kennedy defeats Nixon? The death of Clark Gable?
I know, it has nothing to do with horror entertainment. Anyway, let me tell you what comes to my mind:
First, (1959) is the publication of the horror novel Psycho by Robert Bloch.
And last (1960), is the opening of the movie Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock.
Each of them started a legendary franchise of horror. Psycho is one of the most recognizable titles in the world of horror entertainment. The “murder in the shower scene” became iconic and a memorable scene in the history of cinema. The antagonist, Norman Bates, became synonymous with the notion of “evil” not lurking in dark cellars or nightmare forests, but in your own “safe” neighborhood. The movie in particular spawned spin-offs like three sequels, the failed 1987 TV-pilot Bates Motel, and the 2012 television series with the same title. To mention a few.
Due to the numerous inconsistencies in the movie franchise, I was never too fond of the movie sequels, and therefore haven’t watched them enough times to give them justified reviews. The novels, on the other hand, has interested me greatly since I read them all (for those who doesn’t know, it’s a trilogy).
Therefore, in the next three posts I will analyze the three novels, and lastly give an overview of my thoughts of this novel series, with some comparison with the movies.
So, let’s dwell, together, in the brilliant mind of Robert Bloch,
and the disturbing mind of Norman Bates.
“But who are you to say a person should be put away? I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.” – Norman Bates, Psycho, Robert Bloch