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A solid anthology .
I have never really read this giant of a suspense/horror/fantasy/sci-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, 2009"Frozen Fear":A 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...
They're not the "complete" stories of Robert Bloch, but rather the Collected stories, 3 volumes when published in hardback. These are early stories by Bloch, all of them entertaining. He made horror fun, as it's supposed to be. These are mostly from the early 1950's, with a few from the late 1940's. Magazines they appeared in include Weird Tales, Galaxy and Fantastic Stories.
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 hundreds.The masterpiece plot goes to The Thinking Cap. A novella isn't less in quality than That Hell-Bound Train it would be a misfortune if I didn't read it besides treasures such as The Pin, Good Imagination, Th...
This collection of Robert Bloch short stories contains many of his works that were first published from 1939 to 1956. The stories range from horror to science fiction to crime thrillers with a few other oddities thrown in on occasion. Most of these could be the basis for episodes of Tales From the Crypt or The Twilight Zone, as they usually attempt some kind of twist ending.The highlights include stories like "The Head Man," which details a German's executioner's obsession with a couple who dabb...
This is a difficult one to review. On the one hand, many of the stories in this collection are rather predictable: the killer robot falls in love with the girl, how the alien parasite reproduces, that the femme fatale is literally a femme fatale, etc. But on the other hand, there's something to almost all of these stories that sticks with me. Usually it's a visual component (e.g. the iron maiden sequence in "The Skull of the Marquis de Sade," or the revenant in "The Man Who Collected Poe"), but
Dit boek is het eerste van drie delen met alle verhalen van Robert Bloch (bekend van 'Psycho'). De verhalen zijn behoorlijk verschillend, al passen ze binnen het kader van horror, sciencefiction en psychologische thriller. Over het algemeen zijn het originele verhalen, soms met humor, meestal met een onverwachtse twist aan het eind. Meerdere verhalen verwijzen impliciet of expliciet naar de verhalen van Edgar Alan Poe en Lovecraft (zoals 'The Shadow from the Steeple' en 'The Man Who Collected Po...
There are some really great horror and sci-fi stories in this collection. Like any “complete stories” kind of volume, there are some lesser stories as well, but none that are truly bad. Bloch has a good sense of humor as well as a good sense of suspense. I hope I can find the other volumes for reasonable prices someday.
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 process.Its hard to estimate the impact Robert Bloch had on modern horro...
Hard to believe, but my first contact with Bloch's unique 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 volume, while quite representative of his lesser-known but solid stories, missed many more, esp. those jewels that had been brought out by Fedogan & B...
Well, that was a trip. A wealth of mostly extremely interesting stories; some whimsical, some scary, some disturbing, some simply referencing others Bloch's literary circle. But none of them boring, even if they sometimes telegraphed their ending. All of the stories are tightly written and they all feature at least a few memorable passages or phrases.One particularly interesting thing about Bloch's fantastical stories is that they very often feature elements of crime. One could perhaps call the
Great ending to "Beasts Of Barsac" (a la "Owl Creek Bridge"). "The Pin" painfully alliterative in places. "Past Master" was I think a Lights Out/Worlds 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
I loved half of the stories in this collection and did not enjoy the other half at all. Bloch employs a few different styles, he does Grand Guignol style horror, eerie sci-fi, noir and Lovecraft. He also frequently blends these styles. I don't enjoy Noir and I don't enjoy Lovecraft so found these types of stories very boring but they were still well done. There are some real gems in this collection, Bloch deserves all the credit he receives.
Bloch is excellent as always, and these short stories are definitely worth a gander.
Endlessly inventive and entertaining. This is genre and pulp fiction of course, but Bloch was one of the best.
one of the greats.
Though I haven't read all of the short stories in this anthology, I think I get the point. Nothing really horrifying here, but fun, surprising horror stories nonetheless.