"SHE JUST GOES A LITTLE
Bates heard the noise and a shock went through him..."
of Bloch's masterpiece, the basis for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film.
"There was a murder case in
a small Wisconsin town near the one where I lived -- I had no details
concerning it at the time, but I knew that it involved a middle-aged man
who murdered several women. Realizing how much gossip there is in a
small town and how neighbors tend to pry into every else's affairs, I
wondered just what kind of man, and what circumstances, might be
involved in such a crime without anyone suspecting, working from these
questions, I came up with the plot of PSYCHO. Years later I learned that
I'd come pretty close to the actual situation, as brought out after
investigations were completed -- except that the actual murderer was
also a cannibal, and even more disturbed than my imaginary character"
Simon and Schuster, 1959. Octavo, original half-cloth, original dust
jacket. Browning to paper as always (poor paper stock); just a hint of
edgewear to beautiful dust jacket. An outstanding copy. $2800.