Robert Bloch biography

Robert Bloch

Novelist, Author

1917 – 1994

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Who was Robert Bloch?

Robert Albert Bloch was a prolific American fiction writer, primarily of crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction. He is best known as the writer of Psycho, the basis for the film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock. He wrote that "Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk,". His fondness for a pun is evident in the titles of his story collections such 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. H. P. Lovecraft was Bloch's mentor and one of 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.

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Born
Apr 5, 1917
Chicago
Also known as
  • Nathan Hindin
  • Collier Young
  • John Sheldon
  • E. K. Jarvis
  • Wilson Kane
  • Will Folke
  • Tarleton Fiske
  • Robert Albert Bloch
  • Floyd Scriltch
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Sep 23, 1994
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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