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Robert Bloch was a famous American writer mainly of crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction genres

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BirthdayApril 5, 1917
Died onSeptember 23, 1994
NationalityAmerican
FamousShort-story Writer, Writers, Novelists, Short Story Writers
Nick namesArleton Fiske, Will Folke, Nathan Hindin, E. K. Jarvis, Floyd Scriltch, Wilson Kane, John Sheldon, Collier Young
SpousesEleanor Alexander (m. 1964–1994), Marion Ruth Holcombe (m. 1940–1963)
Childrens Sally Bloch
Birth PlaceChicago, Illinois
ReligionJewish
GenderMale
FatherRaphael Bloch
MotherStella Loeb
Sun SignAries
Born inChicago, Illinois
Famous asNovelist, Short-story Writer
Died at Age77

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Who is Robert Bloch?

Robert Albert Bloch was an American writer of novels, short stories and screenplays of many famous television productions and film productions – his works belonged mainly to the crime, horror, fantasy and sci-fi genre. He is most famously known as ‘the man who wrote Psycho’—‘The Psycho’ being the most important work of his career, a thriller novel with twists and turns that sends shudders through the reader and jostle them with the lifelike imagery that his words create—which took him to Hollywood. After the film rights of the book was bought by Alfred Hitchcock and it was turned into a famous feature film, Bloch became a regular on the scene of television and film scriptwriting. Received no formal education beyond high school, his writing career lasted for over 60 years and he had 30 years of work experience in television and movies. He started his literary livelihood by writing short stories for magazines like, ‘Weird Tales’, ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’, ‘The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction’, etc. He was recognized for his prolific contribution to the world of writing with awards like, Hugo Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award, World Fantasy Award, etc.

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Childhood & Early Life

Robert Bloch was born on April 5, 1917, in Chicago to Raphael Bloch and Stella Loeb. His father was a bank cashier while mother a social worker. He was raised in a middle-class Jewish family.

Bloch family moved to Maywood when he was only five and there he attended the Methodist Church even though he belonged to Jewish religion. It was while growing up in Maywood that Bloch inculcated interest in horror.

In 1929, the family moved to Milwaukee as Bloch’s father lost his job. Here Bloch attended the Lincoln High School and wrote for the school magazine, The Quill. After graduating, he started working at drama department of the school.

Career

In 1935, Bloch became a part of ‘The Milwaukee Fictioneers’ - it was a writers’ group, which included other members like, Gustav Mark, Stanley Weinbaum, Raymond Palmer, etc. Mark gave him job in his advertising firm as a copy writer.

Bloch was hired to write and contribute in the campaigning of Carl Zeidler in 1939. He worked on his speechwriting, advertising and photo ops. Although he worked hard for the campaign but he was never paid the promised salary.

Bloch came out with his original take on the fictional character, ‘Jack, the Ripper’, in his story ‘Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper’, which was published in ‘Weird Tales’ magazine in 1943. It was later adapted for the radio and television.

His first thriller novel, ‘The scarf’ was published in 1947, which is a story of a writer named ‘Daniel Morley’ who uses real women as models for his characters and murders them afterwards.

In 1954, Bloch came out with three different thriller novels, ‘Spiderweb’, ‘The Kidnapper’ and ‘The Will to Kill’. He was also chosen to be a weekly guest panelist on the television show, ‘It’s a Draw’.

Bloch had gained some amount of critical and commercial success by now but in 1959 with the publishing of his novel ‘The Psycho’ his life changed forever - his name was appended with this piece of brilliance forever.

With ‘The Psycho’s’ instant success, Bloch was approached to sell its film rights to a Hollywood production company. He sold the rights for $9500 and later learned that it was Alfred Hitchcock who bought the rights.

In 1959, Bloch won science fiction’s most prestigious accolade, the Hugo Award, for his short story titled, ‘The Hell-Bound Train’. It was after receiving the award that he was asked to write the script for television drama, ‘Lock-Up’.

In the same year, he wrote a few scripts for another television project called, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’. But a strike by the Writer’s Guild forced him to return back to writing short stories.

In 1960, Bloch released a novel titled ‘The Dead Beat’ as well as a collection of short stories titled ‘Pleasant Dreams’. It was the same year in which Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ was released, making Bloch a big name in Hollywood.

In the ‘60s, after the strike ended, Bloch returned to screenwriting and wrote screenplay for ‘The Couch (1962)’, an episode for ‘Bus Stop’, 10 episodes for ‘Thriller’, 10 episodes for ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, screenplay for ‘The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)’, etc.

Other works from this period includes: ‘Firebug (1961)’, screenplay for ‘Strait-Jacket (1964), ‘The Night Walker (1964)’, ‘The Skull (1965)’, ‘Journey to Midnight (1968)’, ‘The House That Dripped Blood (1970)’, etc.

Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Bloch continued with his screenplay writing—wrote single episodes for ‘Night Gallery (1971)’, ‘Ghost Story (1972)’, ‘Gemini Man (1976)’, etc.

He continued with writing fictions and screenplays and wrote novels like, ‘Sneak Preview (1971), ‘Strange Eons (1978)’, ‘Lori (1989)’, etc. and wrote screenplays for, ‘Darkroom’, ‘Tales from the Darkside’, etc.

Major Works

Bloch’s ‘The Psycho (1959)’ revolutionized his writing career and made him a big name not only in the fiction circle but also in Hollywood after Alfred Hitchcock bought its film rights and turned into in a movie in 1960.

Awards & Achievements

Bloch is winner of many prestigious awards like: Ann Radcliffe Award (1960), Edgar Allan Poe Award (1960), Inkpot Award (1964), Ann Radcliffe Award for Television (1966), World Fantasy Award (1975), Hugo Special Award (1984), Bram Stoker Award (1989), etc.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1940, Bloch got married to Marion Ruth Holcombe; it was considered to be a marriage of convenience to keep him out of the army. They had a daughter together – Sally. The couple got divorced in 1963.

He again got married in 1964 to a recently widowed Eleanor Alexander. She was a fashion model and cosmetician. They remained married until Bloch’s death and never had any children.

Bloch died of cancer at the age of 77 in 1994, in Los Angeles. He was cremated and interred in the Room of Prayer columbarium at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Trivia

Bloch was honored with the Honor of Master of Ceremonies at the first World Horror Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1991.

He was a guest of honor at BYOBCON V science-fiction convention in Kansas City in 1975, where it was announced in his honor, that, ‘The author of Psycho is in the hotel. Shower with a friend’.

This prolific American fiction writer wrote most of his work on an old manual typewriter.

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Robert Bloch awards

YearNameAward

Other

1959Hugo Award for Best Short Story
1959E. Everett Evans Memorial Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction Work
1960Ann Radcliffe Award for Literature (Count Dracula Society) The Count Dracula Society was founded by Dr Donald A. Reed
Who also founded the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films.
1964Inkpot Award for Science Fiction
1965Third Trieste Film Festival Award (for The Skull)
1966Ann Radcliffe Award for Television (Count Dracula Society)
1973First prize La 2de Convention Du Cinema Fantastique De Paris (for Asylum)
1974Award for Service to the Field of Science Fantasy Los Angeles
Science Fiction Society
1975World Fantasy Award
Life Achievement
1978Fritz Lieber Fantasy Award
1979Reims Festival Award
1984Hugo Special Award for 50 years as a science fiction professional
1984Lifetime Career Award
Atlanta Fantasy Fair
1985Twilight Zone Dimension Award
1989Bram Stoker Award
Life Achievement
1993Once Around the Bloch: An Unauthorized Autobiography Bram Stoker
Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
Special award at the first NecronomiCon. (After his death, this award was renamed in his honor).
1994The Early Fears Bram Stoker
Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
1994

Robert Bloch biography timelines

  • // 5th Apr 1917
    Robert Bloch was born on April 5, 1917, in Chicago to Raphael Bloch and Stella Loeb. His father was a bank cashier while mother a social worker. He was raised in a middle-class Jewish family.
  • // 1929
    In 1929, the family moved to Milwaukee as Bloch’s father lost his job. Here Bloch attended the Lincoln High School and wrote for the school magazine, The Quill. After graduating, he started working at drama department of the school.
  • // 1935
    In 1935, Bloch became a part of ‘The Milwaukee Fictioneers’ - it was a writers’ group, which included other members like, Gustav Mark, Stanley Weinbaum, Raymond Palmer, etc. Mark gave him job in his advertising firm as a copy writer.
  • // 1939
    Bloch was hired to write and contribute in the campaigning of Carl Zeidler in 1939. He worked on his speechwriting, advertising and photo ops. Although he worked hard for the campaign but he was never paid the promised salary.
  • // 1940 To 1963
    In 1940, Bloch got married to Marion Ruth Holcombe; it was considered to be a marriage of convenience to keep him out of the army. They had a daughter together – Sally. The couple got divorced in 1963.
  • // 1943
    Bloch came out with his original take on the fictional character, ‘Jack, the Ripper’, in his story ‘Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper’, which was published in ‘Weird Tales’ magazine in 1943. It was later adapted for the radio and television.
  • // 1947
    His first thriller novel, ‘The scarf’ was published in 1947, which is a story of a writer named ‘Daniel Morley’ who uses real women as models for his characters and murders them afterwards.
  • // 1954
    In 1954, Bloch came out with three different thriller novels, ‘Spiderweb’, ‘The Kidnapper’ and ‘The Will to Kill’. He was also chosen to be a weekly guest panelist on the television show, ‘It’s a Draw’.
  • // 1959
    Bloch had gained some amount of critical and commercial success by now but in 1959 with the publishing of his novel ‘The Psycho’ his life changed forever - his name was appended with this piece of brilliance forever.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, Bloch won science fiction’s most prestigious accolade, the Hugo Award, for his short story titled, ‘The Hell-Bound Train’. It was after receiving the award that he was asked to write the script for television drama, ‘Lock-Up’.
  • // 1959 To 1960
    Bloch’s ‘The Psycho (1959)’ revolutionized his writing career and made him a big name not only in the fiction circle but also in Hollywood after Alfred Hitchcock bought its film rights and turned into in a movie in 1960.
  • // 1960
    In 1960, Bloch released a novel titled ‘The Dead Beat’ as well as a collection of short stories titled ‘Pleasant Dreams’. It was the same year in which Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ was released, making Bloch a big name in Hollywood.
  • // 1960 To 1989
    Bloch is winner of many prestigious awards like: Ann Radcliffe Award (1960), Edgar Allan Poe Award (1960), Inkpot Award (1964), Ann Radcliffe Award for Television (1966), World Fantasy Award (1975), Hugo Special Award (1984), Bram Stoker Award (1989), etc.
  • // 1961 To 1970
    Other works from this period includes: ‘Firebug (1961)’, screenplay for ‘Strait-Jacket (1964), ‘The Night Walker (1964)’, ‘The Skull (1965)’, ‘Journey to Midnight (1968)’, ‘The House That Dripped Blood (1970)’, etc.
  • // 1962
    In the ‘60s, after the strike ended, Bloch returned to screenwriting and wrote screenplay for ‘The Couch (1962)’, an episode for ‘Bus Stop’, 10 episodes for ‘Thriller’, 10 episodes for ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, screenplay for ‘The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)’, etc.
  • // 1964
    He again got married in 1964 to a recently widowed Eleanor Alexander. She was a fashion model and cosmetician. They remained married until Bloch’s death and never had any children.
  • // 1971 To 1976
    Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Bloch continued with his screenplay writing—wrote single episodes for ‘Night Gallery (1971)’, ‘Ghost Story (1972)’, ‘Gemini Man (1976)’, etc.
  • // 1971 To 1989
    He continued with writing fictions and screenplays and wrote novels like, ‘Sneak Preview (1971), ‘Strange Eons (1978)’, ‘Lori (1989)’, etc. and wrote screenplays for, ‘Darkroom’, ‘Tales from the Darkside’, etc.
  • // 1975
    He was a guest of honor at BYOBCON V science-fiction convention in Kansas City in 1975, where it was announced in his honor, that, ‘The author of Psycho is in the hotel. Shower with a friend’.
  • // 1991
    Bloch was honored with the Honor of Master of Ceremonies at the first World Horror Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1991.
  • // 23rd Sep 1994
    Bloch died of cancer at the age of 77 in 1994, in Los Angeles. He was cremated and interred in the Room of Prayer columbarium at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Robert Bloch's FAQ

  • What is Robert Bloch birthday?

    Robert Bloch was born at 1917-04-05

  • When was Robert Bloch died?

    Robert Bloch was died at 1994-09-23

  • Where was Robert Bloch died?

    Robert Bloch was died in Los Angeles, California

  • Which age was Robert Bloch died?

    Robert Bloch was died at age 77

  • Where is Robert Bloch's birth place?

    Robert Bloch was born in Chicago, Illinois

  • What is Robert Bloch nationalities?

    Robert Bloch's nationalities is American

  • What is Robert Bloch nick names?

    Robert Bloch's nickNames is Arleton Fiske, Will Folke, Nathan Hindin, E. K. Jarvis, Floyd Scriltch, Wilson Kane, John Sheldon, Collier Young

  • Who is Robert Bloch spouses?

    Robert Bloch's spouses is Eleanor Alexander (m. 1964–1994), Marion Ruth Holcombe (m. 1940–1963)

  • Who is Robert Bloch childrens?

    Robert Bloch's childrens is Sally Bloch

  • What is Robert Bloch's religion?

    Robert Bloch's religion is Jewish

  • Who is Robert Bloch's father?

    Robert Bloch's father is Raphael Bloch

  • Who is Robert Bloch's mother?

    Robert Bloch's mother is Stella Loeb

  • What is Robert Bloch's sun sign?

    Robert Bloch is Aries

  • How famous is Robert Bloch?

    Robert Bloch is famouse as Novelist, Short-story Writer