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17 January, 2011

Robert Bloch, "The Real Bad Friend"

In this issue of Zoetrope: All-Story, Winter 2010, the historic piece is a story by Robert Bloch in which he built the character that ultimately became Norman Bates in his subsequent novel, Psycho, as well as the famous movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It was fun to read this short story with Anthony Perkins as a visual. I don't think the story is all that well written but I enjoyed it nevertheless. However, the task of portraying the schizophrenic nature of the character, in this story named George/Roderick, builds gradually and contributes to the suspense.

LINKS: Wikipedia entry, about Bloch
Wikipedia entry, about Psycho
Zoetrope:All-Story