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Nifestations of the secret dreads and desires which lurk beneath the surface of consciousness Bloch has become a virtual fixture on the popular culture landscape Publishers Weekly If you're not familiar with Bloch's short fiction find someone to borrow this from; if you already are familiar you know that you want to own these volumes Loc. Great ending to Beasts Of Barsac a la Owl Creek Bridge The Pin painfully alliterative in places Past Master was I think a Lights OutWorlds Of Tomorrow Interesting early back to nature story Where the Buffalo Roam With his grisly tendencies I had a feeling You Got To Have Brains would be literal A Good Imagination good all time great first line for Founding Fathers Early on the morning of July 4 1776 Thomas Jefferson poked his peruked head into the deserted chamber of what was to be known as Independence Hall and yelled Come on you guys the coast is clear Past Due Debt Collection of the secret dreads and desires which lurk beneath the surface Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt of consciousness Bloch has become a virtual fixture The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline on the popular culture landscape Publishers Weekly If you're not familiar with Bloch's short fiction find someone to borrow this from; if you already are familiar you know that you want to Where I’m Calling From own these volumes Loc. Great ending to Beasts Of Barsac a la Owl Creek Bridge The Pin painfully alliterative in places Past Master was I think a Lights OutWorlds Of Tomorrow Interesting early back to nature story Where the Buffalo Roam With his grisly tendencies I had a feeling You Got To Have Brains would be literal A Good Imagination good all time great first line for Founding Fathers Early The Accidental Activist on the morning Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions of July 4 1776 Thomas Jefferson poked his peruked head into the deserted chamber Brenda has a dragon in her blood of what was to be known as Independence Hall and yelled Come Divan Of Rudaki on you guys the coast is clear

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H writes These stories in this collection have a common theme; they deal with monsters Some of the monsters are human some are not but all of them embody in one way or another the fears common to us in our dreams We call these monsters by many names ghosts vampires extraterrestrials changelings But we recognize them for what they are; ma. As you might expect from the author of Psycho the monsters in this book are almost all entirely human though a few stretch this definition to its limits Each story is a great example of the short story tellers art with a punchy intro the establishment of character and setting with the fewest possible brush strokes before the horrific journey begins and each pays off superbly usually making clear its punning title in the processIts hard to estimate the impact Robert Bloch had on modern horror but he pretty much lifted it out of the Victorian drawing room and into the homes and places we know so well and his influence can still be read today in the works of Stephen King Ramsey Campbell Joe R Lansdale Jack Ketchum and numerous other horror writers who unwittingly or otherwise have followed in his blood stained footstepsAnd whilst some of the stories in this collection feel strangely familiar its only because Bloch was there first so forget Lovecraft this is tightly worded cents per syllable artistry of the highest order Recommended Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of the monsters are human some are not but all Mensa Riddles Conundrums of them embody in Julie of the Wolves one way The Right Swipe or another the fears common to us in Touched our dreams We call these monsters by many names ghosts vampires extraterrestrials changelings But we recognize them for what they are; ma. As you might expect from the author Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa of Psycho the monsters in this book are almost all entirely human though a few stretch this definition to its limits Each story is a great example Ugly Fish of the short story tellers art with a punchy intro the establishment The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives of character and setting with the fewest possible brush strokes before the horrific journey begins and each pays Little Gods off superbly usually making clear its punning title in the processIts hard to estimate the impact Robert Bloch had Der Schweizerische Robinson on modern horror but he pretty much lifted it Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 out The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats of the Victorian drawing room and into the homes and places we know so well and his influence can still be read today in the works Sylvia Pankhurst of Stephen King Ramsey Campbell Joe R Lansdale Jack Ketchum and numerous Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts other horror writers who unwittingly Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts or The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series otherwise have followed in his blood stained footstepsAnd whilst some Book of Isms of the stories in this collection feel strangely familiar its バガボンド 1 only because Bloch was there first so forget Lovecraft this is tightly worded cents per syllable artistry Расул Гамзатов Стихи of the highest Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble order Recommended

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Best known as the author of Psycho Robert Bloch is world renowned for his stories of horror mystery fantasy and science fiction Many of the 25 stories in this first volume of The Complete Stories of Robert Bloch have been unavailable for decades The stories are in his classic style of gripping suspense science fiction and fantasy As Bloc. I have never really read this giant of a suspensehorrorfantasysci fi writer who is so famous for having written Psycho But now I have obtained a number of books with his stories so I can catch up April 25 2009Frozen FearA very short but delicious supernatural tale where the distorted psyhological angle of the narrator is what makes it an interesting read after all this revenge tale is essentially a rewrite of a classic theme But thanks to Bloch s obvious writing skills and insight into human nature I think it nonetheless works even todayApril 26 2009Almost HumanSomething in the way it was written made this story sound a little outdated to me Even so it was a charming story about a robot with a mindsoul who is a fast learner and so than the unsymphatetic thug who teaches him many mean things about life suspectsAnd the love part in the end is darkly twistedTerror in the NightA mad woman frantically knocks on your door one night telling you a paranoid tale of conspiracies against her and about an asylum working to actually get the patients ill The one she just ran away from She s gotta be lunatic gotta be wrong RightRight Constant ReaderProbably the strangest surreal sci fi story I have ever read but I liked it very much As a confessed bibliophile how can I not A spaceship team of explorers try to find out if there s life on planet 685 and even though data indicate that there isn t soon something beginning with a weird blackout indicates that indeed there is intelligence on the planetThrow in that the only book reading guy in the story is also the one that connects the dots although a little too easily because he is the well read guy of the group add spices of Gulliver s Travels The Odyssey and the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland then you can imagine why I enjoyed this tale so muchApril 27 2009Lucy Comes to StayI have a suspicion this story illustrates Bloch s mastery of the aspects of the mentally ill that Psycho showcases so shudderingly well Not only is there a sureness in the way it s all written even from the first person perspective of the insane narrator but the believability is also impressive And despite that I early on saw through the twist of the story it still held my interest all the way to the end an end that closes like this SPOILER ALERT After a minute I began to laugh too And then the two of us were laughing together we couldn t stop even when the doctor went away We just stood there against the bars Lucy and I laughing like crazyBrilliantApril 30 2009The Shadow from the SteepleThis was a fun read Not so much because of the story although it s entertaining enough but because it s a homage to a game Lovecraft and other writers had among themselves in some of their stories Bloch includedIn 1935 a teenage Robert Bloch killed off Lovecraft in the tale The Shambler from the Stars Lovecraft who always enjoyed pokings and insider fun in tales was charmed by this and killed off Bloch later the same year in a very cosmic manner in The Haunter from the Dark now a classic HPL story often highlighted as one of his best storiesIn The Shadow from the Steeple a friend of Robert Harrison Blake HPL s fictive name for Bloch in his story tries to unearth what actually happened back then He is especially understandably curious as to what really happened with the thing referred to as the Shining Trapezehedron When he finally manages to get in contact with one of the remaining witnesses to the events back in 1935 Dr Ambrose Dexter we learn that things have not ended as it was originally reported whether by the official records or by the accounts of HPL Bloch seamlessly weave a tale where facts eg that HPL wrote Haunter that he died in 1937 right before the narrator also a clever version of Bloch himself I suspect could visit him and fiction blend so it s hard to tell which is which if one doesn t know beforehand Doing this is the gentle homage from a writer who by the time of this story ca 1950 has established himself as an author in his own right to a mentor and inspiration now dead than ten years before It is fun how he changes a few facts to make the plot fit consistently with the earlier tales eg now the place Blake lived is no longer HPL s apartment as in the original story but they are neighbors and explaining it eg HPL changed a few facts in his story to create a higher fictive tension and he didn t want to include himself and his own part in the horrors in his own story PWeird Perhaps but it doesn t read that strange I can tell you All this is only for those in the know really and it all works well in the tale even without this knowledge A tale that is told straight and clearly And while I didn t buy how the narrator suddenly or less out of the blue deduced the connection of everything SPOILER Nyarlathotep from HPL s poem of the same name has a hand in this too I nonetheless felt entertained in a cozy mannerThat s all the author intended I think Later same day The Past MasterA man appears not out of the blue but from the ocean naked and with odd uestions re the greatest artworks in history What s this all aboutThrough eyewitnesses own accounts we learn what s going on and when we reach the conclusion of the tale it has taken a surprising turn where sci fi elements lurk in the background and the US fear of Communism in the 1950s than lurk in the fore of everythingVery interesting and surprisingly gripping taleI Like BlondesHehe Well as the mysterious narrator says it s a matter of taste and while this tale wasn t the best in the collection it was still entertaining enough And the appearance of a UFO on the roof was a laughLater still same day The Bogey Man Will Get YouOn a holiday the teenage girl Nancy so much wants to impress the handsome elouent man named Philip But something seems odd And after a while the suspicion arises Is he a vampireHer mother doesn t believe her of course but Nancy is determined to demonstrate she s right and it s not just because he turned her down one nightIn the end Philip convinces her that he s not a vampire which he really isn t Just a shame he s a werewolf Nice little shockerMay 2A Good ImaginationWarning If you re married to one of Bloch s characters do not cheat on your spouse It is inevitable that your life will come to a horrible end and one that also involves a lot of psychological horror as the narrator says It s all a matter of knowing how to use your imaginationI liked this one very much and it was great that it turned out to be less obvious than I thought And there are also nods to PoeMay 3 2009Dead End DoctorA Twilight Zone like story with sci fi elements We learn what happens to the poor last psychiatrist on Earth now that there is no longer use for one with that profession and the robots have taken over just about all kinds of workThoughtful story I liked itMay 24 2009The Thinking CapA little psychedelic but okay story A writer has the famous writer s block and he is at an all time low in his life A woman enters his life offers him a device he can put on his head and which is guaranteed to have him write successful stories He accepts and he becomes a successful writerOf course no gift is without a price He ends up trying to regain his own life and not be so dependant on the thinking cap which includes sessions with a psychiatrist Our protagonist discovers though that psychiatsts aren t always right I liked the ending very much It wasn t a surprise but it was still handled in a way that satisfiedThe dream scenes or whatchacallit were weird and psychedelic but worked well I am wondering if Bloch writes from experience here both in terms of the infamous writer s block syndrome and having trippy dreams that can be turned into succesful storiesAs always reviews to come as I complete the stories


10 thoughts on “The Complete Stories of Robert Bloch Volume 1 Final Reckonings Complete Stories of Robert Bloch

  1. says:

    I have never really read this giant of a suspensehorrorfantasysci fi writer who is so famous for having written Psycho But now I have obtained a number of books with his stories so I can catch up April 25 2009Frozen FearA very short but delicious supernatural tale where the distorted psyhological angle of the narrator is what makes it an interesting read; after all this revenge tale is essentially a rewrite o

  2. says:

    They're not the complete stories of Robert Bloch but rather the Collected stories 3 volumes when published in hardback Th

  3. says:

    There're many good stuff here which aren't included in the Best Collection that deserve to be the best on their own For that I'm grateful to fulfill my needs for the uncompleted short stories of Robert Bloch which aren't gathered in specific editions or even volumes that Bloch wrote hundredsThe masterpiece plot

  4. says:

    This collection of Robert Bloch short stories contains many of his works that were first published from 1939 to 1956 The sto

  5. says:

    There are some really great horror and sci fi stories in this collection Like any “complete stories” kind of volume the

  6. says:

    As you might expect from the author of Psycho the monsters in this book are almost all entirely human though a few stretch this definition to its limits Each story is a great example of the short story tellers art with a punchy intro the establishment of character and setting with the fewest possible brush strokes before the horrific journey

  7. says:

    Hard to believe but my first contact with Bloch's uniue style of writing had been through a story published in the one of the most blood gore laden anthology edited by Stephen Jones The Yugoslavs It was one of the last stories penned by Bloch but that had prompted me to get hold of as many of his shorter works as possible This particular v

  8. says:

    Great ending to Beasts Of Barsac a la Owl Creek Bridge The Pin painfully alliterative in places Past Master was I think a Lights OutWorlds Of Tomorrow Interesting early back to nature story Where the Buffalo Roam With his grisly tendencies I had a feeling You Got To Have Brains would be literal A Good Imagination

  9. says:

    Well that was a trip A wealth of mostly extremely interesting stories; some whimsical some scary some disturbing some simply referencing others

  10. says:

    I loved half of the stories in this collection and did not enjoy the other half at all Bloch employs a few diff

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