American Gothic (novel)
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
Inspired by the case of real life serial killer H. H. Holmes, the story follows maniacal surgeon G. Gordon Gregg, who preys on young beautiful women and, luring them into his labyrinthine castle, kills them in the most precise, painless way possible, thus orchestrating the perfect series of crimes. However, an ambitious journalist called Crystal becomes suspicious of Gregg, a feeling made much more complicated by her growing attraction to him and vice versa.
Bloch also wrote a 40,000 word essay based on his research for the novel, "Dr Holmes' Murder Castle" (first published in Reader's Digest Tales of the Uncanny, 1977; since reprinted in Crimes and Punishments: The Lost Bloch, Vol 3, 2002).
The Los Angeles Times praised American Gothic, calling it a "chip off the old Bloch".
- "Chicago Tribune Article". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- Szumskyj, Benjamin (2009). The Man Who Collected Psychos: Critical Essays on Robert Bloch. McFarland. pp. 123–124, 158–167. ISBN 0786442085.
- Monne, Agnieszka Soltysik (2012). The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic. Ashgate. pp. 7–8. ISBN 1409400565.
- HUGHES, DOROTHY B. "'American Gothic'--Chip off the Old Bloch". LA Times. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
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