Robert Bloch’s crazed split-personality killer Norman Bates returns in a new novel called Psycho: Sanitarium.
Written by Chet Williamson, Psycho: Sanitarium is a kind of prequel to Psycho II and sequel to Psycho.
The novel begins in 1960. Norman Bates is incarcerated in the State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, and the onus is on a Dr Felix Reed to bring him out of his catatonic state. However, both Norman and Dr Reed have stumbling blocks in the form of psychotic fellow patients and staff members who regard the institution as more of a prison than a hospital. And the biggest stumbling block is the building itself, which was once a private sanitarium, and is said to be haunted.
Eventually, a man called Robert Newman – Norman’s twin brother who was taken away at birth after the attending doctor diagnosed him with brain damage – arrives on the scene. As Robert and Norman become more acquainted with each other, Norman senses a darkness in Robert, a darknes even deeper than that which has been inherent in Norman himself. Soon, a series of brutal murders begins to occur, and a shocking chain of events plunges us even deeper into the twisted, ominous atmosphere that permeates inside the walls of Psycho: Sanitarium.
All Psycho fans will surely be excited over this new take on the Psycho story. And if Psycho: Sanitarium is as good as the original Psycho novel by Robert Bloch, then this book will definitely merit a place on your horror bookshelf.
You can buy Psycho: Sanitarium by clicking on the image link at the beginning of this blog post.