Why? The best source for psychological scares.
Bloch was a pulp era superstar who wrote in many genres until he settled into horror. His most famous novel is Psycho, which Alfred Hitchcock turned into the celebrated movie. Bloch’s best work, however is in his short stories. His scares come from his understanding of people. The pace of his suspense is unsurpassed.
Steven King credits him as a role model.
Bloch said, “Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really do have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.”
When Bloch was a young boy he went to the movies to see the silent version of “The Phantom of the Opera.” When the Phantom’s mask was removed, he ran out of the theater. He claims he got nightmares for two years. His reaction fascinated him. From this, a writer was born.