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Norman Bates Returns in Prequel to Robert Bloch’s ‘Psycho 2’, ‘Psycho: Sanitarium’!

Next year is going to be a fine one for anyone who cherishes Robert Bloch’s classic Psycho novels, or even Alfred Hitchcock’s amazing cinematic transfer. Hey, even fans of A&E’s Bates Motel are going to want to get their grubby mitts on this one!

Author Chet Williamson will deliver a whole lot of answers regarding the time Norman Bates spent locked up, and we’re itching to find out the truth, and praying we see an ARC copy land in our email!

This one isn’t scheduled to arrive until March 1st, 2016, but you can already get your pre-orders in right here. And if you head over EW you can read a brief excerpt! We recommend you do just that, this certainly qualifies as a must-have!

Check out the cover image and official synopsis below!

Synopsis: 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 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, rumored 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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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

1 Comment on Norman Bates Returns in Prequel to Robert Bloch’s ‘Psycho 2’, ‘Psycho: Sanitarium’!

  1. This is one promising piece here. Actually one I am looking forward to. Bloch has maintained a lovely place in writing and this looks like that piece that needed to be written. Vitina


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