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Robert Bloch

“My fantasy ... is enough to frighten censors who don’t seem to balk at so-called ‘realistic’ violence”

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“My fantasy ... is enough to frighten censors who don’t seem to balk at so-called ‘realistic’ violence”

American novelist (1917–1994) best known as the author of Psycho, the novel upon which Alfred Hitchcock based his 1960 horror classic. TLS, one page both sides, 6 x 9, personal letterhead, October 2, 1969. Bloch writes to William George in Baltimore. In part: “I’d certainly have no reason to object to a ‘Robert Bloch Fan Club’ per se, but must warn you that in my opinion you’d be hard-put to find any members…. I’ve never developed a ‘typical’ story-form and a following for it…. Just finished a two-hour teleplay which will not be produced, because of the current reaction against TV violence. My fantasy is not violent at all, but anything hinting of witchcraft, etc. is enough to frighten censors who don’t seem to balk at so-called ‘realistic’ violence. A new story, ‘The Double Whammy,’ should soon appear in Fantastic. Three of my stories … appear in the Arkham House hardcover collection, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos….” Bloch goes on to list numerous other appearances of his stories. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. In fine condition. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #334 - Ended June 18, 2008