Psycho: Sanitarium

Psycho Sanitarium The original Psycho novel by Robert Bloch was published in and became an instant hit leading to the smash movie only a year later which brought Norman Bates s terrifying story into the public c

  • Title: Psycho: Sanitarium
  • Author: Chet Williamson
  • ISBN: 9781250061058
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The original Psycho novel by Robert Bloch was published in 1959 and became an instant hit, leading to the smash movie only a year later, which brought Norman Bates s terrifying story into the public consciousness, where it still remains proven by the success of the tv series, Bates Motel It took Bloch 23 years to write another Psycho novel, revealing that Norman had beeThe original Psycho novel by Robert Bloch was published in 1959 and became an instant hit, leading to the smash movie only a year later, which brought Norman Bates s terrifying story into the public consciousness, where it still remains proven by the success of the tv series, Bates Motel It took Bloch 23 years to write another Psycho novel, revealing that Norman had been in a mental institution the entire time In that sequel, Norman quickly escapes the sanitarium and goes on a killing spree in Hollywood.But what happened in that asylum during those two decades Until now, no one has known.It s 1960 Norman Bates is in the State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and it s up to Dr Felix Reed to bring him out of his catatonic state.But Norman and Dr Reed have obstacles in twisted fellow patients and staff members who think of the institution as a prison rather than a place of healing And the greatest obstacle is the building itself, once a private sanitarium, rud to be haunted A wild card appears in the persona of Robert Newman, Norman s twin brother, taken away at birth after the attending doctor pronounced him brain damaged As Robert and Norman grow to know each other, Norman senses a darkness in Robert, even deeper than that which has lurked in Norman himself.Soon, murders begin to occur and a shocking chain of events plunge us even deeper into the deranged madness inside the walls of Psycho Sanitarium.

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    • Chet Williamson

      Chet Williamson has written horror, science fiction, and suspense since 1981 Among his novels are Second Chance, Hunters, Defenders of the Faith, Ash Wednesday, Reign, Dreamthorp, and the forthcoming Psycho Sanitarium, an authorized sequel to Robert Bloch s classic Psycho Over a hundred of his short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, The Magazine of FSF, and many other magazines and anthologies.He has won the International Horror Guild Award, and has been shortlisted twice for the World Fantasy Award, six times for the HWA Stoker, and once for the MWA s Edgar Nearly all of his works are available in ebook format.A stage and film actor, he has recorded over 40 unabridged audiobooks, both of his own work and that of many other writers, available at audible Follow him on Twitter chetwill or at chetwilliamson.



    870 thoughts on “Psycho: Sanitarium

    • I received this book on a read-to-review basis from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Chet Williamson, and the publisher, Thomas Dunne Books, for the opportunity.This is a follow up to Robert Bloch's cult classic, Psycho, and I have to admit that I was worried about how this new installment would stack up. The original is well-known and well-renowned and I was hesitant as to how this new author would emanate the feel of the former's writing and original world. I am relieved to announce that he [...]


    • 3.5 starsYCHO: SANITARIUM, by Chet Williamson fills the "gap" between Robert Bloch's Psycho, and Psycho 2. I was very impressed with how well Williamson was able to capture the "tone" of Bloch's original classic. The style did remind me quite a bit of Bloch's own, and the idea of capturing the decades Norman Bates spent there was one worth pursuing. The story flowed nicely from scene to scene. There were a couple of surprises along the way, but nothing that I really found "unexpected".Overall, a [...]


    • Chet Williamson's PSYCHO: SANITARIUM slips seamlessly into the gap between the end of Robert Bloch's PSYCHO and the beginning of PSYCHO II, shedding light upon Norman Bates' time locked away in an asylum for the criminally insaned within his own mind, with only Mother for company.When an intrepid psychiatrist tries to free Norman from both his catatonia and the grip of his mother, to save him from the horrors of shock therapy, his patient begins to emerge once more. But there are obstacles in th [...]



    • Yes, dear readers, Norman Bates is back. Thanks mostly to author Chet Williamson who did an impressive job bringing back to life this lunatic motel keeper who has a penchant for embodying his dead mother and killing people in showers. Sure, original author Robert Bloch did pen more than one sequel during his lifetime but, having been all underwhelming, it took PSYCHO: SANITARIUM (Canelo publishing) to finally do the original novel justice. Never mind that the wait was long time coming (more than [...]


    • Chet Williamson has really established himself with his sequel to Robert Bloch's Psycho with this truly amazing book.Placing the narrative between Bloch's Psycho and Psycho II, Williamson has done an excellent job in creating and full filling a perfect bridge between the original and Bloch’s lacklustre sequel. It is important to note that this is a sequel to the novel and not the Hitchcock film though both film and novel are closely linked, there are slight differences such as Norman being a h [...]


    • This book would make a great movie, or a series. An old mental institution for the criminally insane, the personalities of the various staff and their own issues, people disappearing, ghost roaming around, cruel psychiatrists, the insanity of the patients/prisoners. As a book it was a bit slow, but still I stayed with it. The who might be sane and who might not was interesting. The ending was a little fast for me, the tying up of everything so nicely a bit irritating, and more than a bit unreali [...]


    • Set after the events of Psycho, Norman Bates is now in a sanitarium for the criminally insane, he refuses to talk and has conversations in his head with mother, wresting long with his actions and believing, whole-heartedly, that she did hose horrible things, not him.We're soon introduced to Dr Reed, the one who's treating Norman and a cast of characters who are well written, nicely developed and a good mix of very nice and incredibly horrible.The action is slow to pick up, setting the scene and [...]


    • It’s 1960 Norman Bates is in the State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and it’s up to Dr. Felix Reed to bring him out of his catatonic state. Soon Bates is joined by Robert Newman, Norman’s twin brother, taken away at birth after a doctor pronounced him brain damaged. As Robert and Norman grow to know each other, Norman senses a darkness in Robert, perhaps even deeper than that which has lurked in Norman himself.Psycho-Sanitarium is an intense psychological thriller of murder and derang [...]


    • Few will forget the last image in that great Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho when Norman Bates is seen isolated in a protected cell with the immortal words from his mother incarcerated in his mind"She wouldn't even harm a fly" In many ways Sanitarium by Chet Williamson tries to encapsulate both the mood of the movie and the somewhat concerning "mother" thoughts that still dwell within the mind of Norman. Added to this is the deep feeling of uneasiness that exist not only  in the hospital itsel [...]


    • I've always been a fan of Norman Bates, ever since discovering the original Robert Bloch book in the library as an inquisitive ten year old and then seeing Hitchcock's classic a few years later. I've since read Bloch's other two entries in the Bates series (Psycho 2 - very different to the movie - and Psycho House) so it was with some trepdiation that I approached Chet Williamson's continuation of the mythology.Thankfully my fears were unfounded, as Williamson treats the character of Bates with [...]


    • An unnecessary book for the psycho series. It is well written and doesn't feel too different tone wise from the original but there is no need for this book! So slow with many sub plots and shallow characters. As for the twist, what twist? Predictable but not in bad taste just not surprising. Book picked up in the last two chapters the rest just didn't capture my interest nor did I feel like any of it was important. I wanted more into Norman's mind and what makes him work but rarely do you follow [...]


    • I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Norman Bates has always been my favourite serial killer. From the first time I saw Psycho as a child, I have adored him, so when I saw this book I just had to read it. I thought Norman was written perfectly in this story. It was a bit slow to start with but there are plenty of twists after just half way through to make up for it.


    • Having been a fan of the character of Norman Bates for quite a while, I was really looking forward to reading this story set in the hospital for the criminally insane where he is incarcerated after his murder spree has come to light. Sadly, this novel didn't quite live up to my expectations, however, was still a good read. 3 stars


    • I remember watching the film Psycho at a friends house one night- erm big mistake I was pretty spooked by the whole thing, so when I heard there was a book continuing this story I was intrigued, and I got reading straight away.I feel that the mood Williams sets for the book is brilliant and if we're comparing to the movie he certainly gets the mood of unease and tension that gave me chills throughout reading this book. As for the plot I wasn't so impressed, and it felt like Williams held back in [...]


    • I received this book from a Giveaway, and, having enjoyed the original book and movie so much, I was really looking forward to reading it.Until I started reading it. I gave up forty-odd pages in, because it was just mind-numbingly boring.I had a couple of glimpses of Norman through internal monologue arguments with his mother while his physical body was in a catatonic state.Other than that, I was treated to a completely unnecessary bit of recapping, given glimpses into Norman's reading material [...]


    • I was given a copy from Netgalley for a unbiased review.Norman Bates is placed in a sanatorium after being charged with the murder of four people.Norman is non responsive and even needs someone to feed him.Dr Reed is Norman's therapist and doesn't believe in rough treatment for patients, so psychotherapy starts with just conversations and a little coercion. Norman very slowly starts to come out of himself but only with Dr Reed and Nurse Marie who feeds him.Then Norman finds out that he has a bro [...]



    • Good story and characters. The plot did drag for a while and I didn't see the twist coming but it felt forced in order to have the book come to a dramatic closing.


    • I really enjoyed this book! I went into it not expecting much because it's not by Robert Bloch, the original author of the Psycho novels but honestly, I enjoyed it just as much as the original Psycho novel! I chose to read this book in between Psycho and Psycho II since it's written that way chronologically. I plan to read Psycho II and Psycho House by Robert Bloch next.



    • Whilst I have never read Psycho or it’s sequel, I was intrigued when I saw this book promoted on Twitter having watched and loved the film following my analysis of it for my degree.Psycho: Sanitarium opens in October 1960 with a summary as to why Norman is in the State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. We learn that 40 years prior to the present day of the novel, the building used to be the Ollinger Sanitarium, specifically for private patients, and it is those patients that allegedly still [...]


    • Norman Bates has been institutionalized, the deaths of four people on his hands, four murders that we know about.If you've never read Robert Bloch's 1959 novel Psycho, not to worry, Chet Williamson provides an excellent synopsis to get the reader up to speed on the events which precede Psycho: Sanitarium. Personally, I went back and read the original work so it was fresh in my mind as I read this new volume. I'm glad I did as this gave me a feel for the writing in both books. If I didn't know be [...]


    • Writing something in the world Robert Bloch has created is a mighty feat indeed, and veteran author Chet Williamson has done a admirable job, but one that, ultimately, was not on the level of the master Bloch. While the premise of the story taking place after the original Psycho while Norman is locked in a Sanitarium sounds fascinating, the people he encounters were fairly standard; the crazy bully, the mean orderly, the caring nurse, etc. But there is enough interesting moments to keep the read [...]


    • BrilliantTo write a sequel to a book as infamous as Psycho is no easy job and I was reluctant to read it thinking the story would be lame and written in a completely different way - authors having their own writing style- however, it was incredible. Such a twist to the story but written in such a way as to honour the first Psycho story and carry on with Robert Bloch's original character as well as introducing others. I loved it.


    • I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised after reading this. After finding out someone had taken on this titan of a book in which so many people are familiarized with either having read the book or seen the Hitchcock film, this author really does deliver. All in all, I have to say, a boy's best friend will always be his mother ;-) Mother knows best.


    • psycho sanitarium tells the story of Norman Bates' life after he was found guilty for murder. stuck in a psychiatric hospital, Norman is under the care of Dr Reed and is struggling to come to terms with what his alter ego "mother" did. when Normans new found twin brother Robert makes an appearance, people surrounding Norman disappear or die. something at this hospital is not quite right and could date back to the original experiments that happened 40 years earlier was very brave of the author to [...]


    • One of my favourite novels. Williamson was able to utilize Bloch's style of writing and gave his own view within it. Began with an interesting introduction; readers got to see how Norman is dealing with his mental state and how other people are willing to help him. The story continues to grab my interest as it becomes more intense than the last chapter. At the end, there was a dark twist that I did not see coming, which is one of the many reasons that the novel one of my favourites. It's one of [...]


    • Well, this was a strange book, I'll give it that, but it still kept the mystery strong and did a substantial job at rekindling what made Psycho so special the first time around. It wasn't exactly the way I thought it would go, but it still made a bold choice in direction that I can completely respect and appreciate at the same time.


    • It's a bit of a slow start, but just when you think you have everyone and everything in the story figured out, there's a plausible twist you didn't see coming. The way the story is weaved together keeps you guessing up until the end. All of the characters came off as real, and I've developed more of an appreciation for Norman.


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