Robert Bloch

Literary Birthday – 5 April – Robert Bloch

Robert Bloch was born 5 April 1917, and died 23 September 1994.

Nine Quotes

  1. I had this problem — work or starve. So I thought I’d combine the two and decided to become a writer.
  2. Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.
  3. Funny how we take it for granted that we know all there is to know about another person, just because we see them frequently or because of some strong emotional tie.
  4. There’s a great desire to communicate, I think, on the part of all of us. And if we are in situations where the communication is difficult due to difficult circumstances or shyness or an introversion, this is a wonderful outlet. And a direct one.
  5. Horror is the removal of masks.
  6. Life is only a bedtime story before a long, long sleep.
  7. The man who smiles when things go wrong has found someone to blame it on.
  8. I was always so badly frightened as a child, so I thought: ‘If you can’t lick ‘em, join em.’
  9. I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.

Robert Bloch was an American writer of crime, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. He is best known as the writer of Psycho. Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and more than 30 novels. He was one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle. He won the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 5th April 2014