Psycho II (novel)

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Psycho II
First edition hardcover
Author Robert Bloch
Country United States
Language English
Genre Thriller, Novel
Publisher Whispers Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-918372-08-9
OCLC 8926424
Preceded by Psycho
Followed by Psycho House

Psycho II is a 1982 novel that Robert Bloch wrote as a sequel to his 1959 novel Psycho. The novel was completed before the screenplay was written for the unrelated 1983 film Psycho II. According to Bloch, Universal Pictures loathed the novel, which was intended to critique Hollywood splatter films. A different story was created for the film and Bloch was not invited to any screenings.[1] Universal suggested that Bloch abandon his novel, which he declined and released anyway to good sales.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Norman Bates (disguised as a nun) escapes from the mental asylum where he was committed at the end of the first novel. The police believe that Bates did not survive his escape attempt because of a fire. However, a growing body count causes his doctor to suspect that Bates is headed to Hollywood where a movie based upon his real-life murders is being filmed. He then goes there. In the end, it transpires that Bates was killed not long after escaping and it was the doctor who committed the murders.


  1. ^ "Interviews - From Psycho to Asylum: The Horror Films of Robert Bloch". The Unofficial Robert Bloch Website. Retrieved 2006-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Biography - The Mad Hatters of Hollywood". The Unofficial Robert Bloch Website. Retrieved 2006-09-18.