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Robert Bloch

  • born: 05/Apr/1917 (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
  • died: 23/Sep/1994 (Los Angeles, California, USA) - cancer


Robert Albert Bloch was a prolific American writer. He was the son of Raphael "Ray" Bloch (1884, Chicago-1952, Chicago), a bank cashier, and his wife Stella Loeb, a social worker, both of German-Jewish descent.

Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over twenty novels, usually crime fiction, science fiction, and, perhaps most influentially, horror fiction. He was a contributor to pulp magazines like Weird Tales in his early career, and was also a prolific screenwriter. He was the recipient of the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award. He served a term as president of the Mystery Writers of America.

Robert Bloch was also a major contributor to science fiction fanzines and fandom in general. In the 1940s, he created the humorous character Lefty Feep in a story for Fantastic Adventures. He also worked for a time in vaudeville.

Bloch became most famous as the author of the novel "Psycho", which was adapted quite faithfully by Joseph Stefano into the screenplay for the film of the same name, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. His best-known work as a screenwriter is probably "The Night Walker" (1964), which he wrote for William Castle, although he also penned several scripts for the original series of "Star Trek"; he seemed happiest, among his television work, with his contributions to the Boris Karloff-hosted series "Thriller".

Bloch also contributed to Harlan Ellison's science fiction anthology, "Dangerous Visions". His story, "A Toy for Juliette", evoked both the Marquis de Sade and Jack the Ripper. In fact, Ellison's own contribution to the anthology was a direct follow-up of Bloch's, and was titled "The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World".

Robert Bloch died in 1994 and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Aside from his immense output, Bloch left a reputation among fellow writers for his kindness, generosity and laughably atrocious puns.



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  • Psycho (1960) - writer: novel

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