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Lifetime: 1917 - 1994 Passed: ≈ 29 years ago


Novelist, Short-Story Writer


United States

Robert Bloch

Robert Albert Bloch was an American fiction writer, primarily of crime, psychological horror, fantasy, much of which has been dramatised for radio, cinema and television. He also wrote a relatively small amount of science fiction best known as the writer of Psycho (1959), the basis for the film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock - and to which Bloch wrote two sequels - Psycho II (1982) - not related to the 1983 film sequel of the same name - and Psycho House (1990). Bloch's fondness for a pun is evident in the titles of such of his story collections as Tales in a Jugular Vein, Such Stuff as Screams Are Made Of and Out of the Mouths of Graves.

Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels. He was one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle and began his professional writing career immediately after graduation, aged 17. He was a protégé of H. P. Lovecraft, who was the first to seriously encourage his talent. However, while Bloch started his career by emulating Lovecraft and his brand of "cosmic horror", he later specialized in crime and horror stories dealing with a more psychological approach.

Bloch was a contributor to pulp magazines such as Weird Tales in his early career, and was also a prolific screenwriter and a major contributor to science fiction fanzines and fandom in general.

He won the Hugo Award (for his story "That Hell-Bound Train"), the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award. He served a term as president of the Mystery Writers of America (1970) and was a member of that organization and of Science Fiction Writers of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Count Dracula Society. In 2008, The Library of America selected Bloch's essay "The Shambles of Ed Gein" (1962) for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American true crime.

His favorites among his own novels were The Kidnapper, The Star Stalker, Psycho, Night-World, and Strange Eons. His work has been extensively adapted into films, television productions, comics, and audiobooks.

Books by Robert Bloch

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This Crowded Earth

Science Fiction Novel
Planets Stars

Robert Bloch was a prolific writer in many genres. As a young man he was encouraged by his mentor H. P. Lovecraft, and was a close friend of Stanley G. Weinbaum. Besides hundreds of short stories and novels he wrote a number of television and film sc...

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Before Egypt

Science Fiction
Mystery Adventure Egypt Ancient Hero Civilization Suspense Classics

In Robert Bloch's classic science fiction novella, Before Egypt, a team of astronauts is sent to investigate a mysterious planet that is eerily similar to ancient Earth. When they arrive, they discover a vast and ancient civilization that is far more...