By Robert Bloch

The hot Bates inn is a vacationer allure, entire with robot knife-wielding figures of Norman Bates and his notorious mom, yet somebody provides a brand new express a couple of days prior to the reliable starting: a teenage woman is stabbed to dying within the entrance corridor. this is often the 1st new Psycho novelin ten years that returns to the Bates lodge, that notorious lodge that has terrified generations of yank moviegoers and readers. Bloch is a recipient of the Hugo Award. HC: Tor.

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