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Near + Far
Cat Rambo
Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits
Hansi Singh
Metro 2033
Dmitry Glukhovsky
Southern Gods
John Hornor Jacobs
Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural
Robert Louis Stevenson, Orson Scott Card, Jack London, Tanith Lee, Walt Whitman, Guy de Maupassant, Isaac Asimov, Ivan Turgenev, Johann Ludwig Tieck, Marvin Kaye, John Dickson Carr, Bram Stoker, Tennessee Williams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Matheson, Johann Wolfgang
Howdunit Forensics
Garnethill
Denise Mina
The Autopsy and Other Tales
Michael Shea, Laird Barron
Alice Hearts Welsh Zombies
Victoria Dunn
Blood & Water
Hayden Trenholm, Camille Alexa, Claude Lalumière, Derryl Murphy, M.L.D. Curelas, Kevin Cockle, Douglas Smith, Jean-Louis Trudel, Julie E. Czerneda
Psycho - Robert Bloch Wow, this was a quick read.

Honestly? The movie was better. The writing style feels a little dated, and I've discovered I don't love Bloch's novels. His short stories are another matter; he's creepy and funny and perhaps a touch grandiose in a throughly enjoyable way those. His short stories all deserve to be read aloud by Vincent Price. But his novels? Eh.

(Warning for individuals familiar with psychology, in a way the audience of 1959 perhaps was not: you may be tempted to toss the book gently against the wall at one point. Jesus. ...a more horrifying thought is that the way things are discussed is the way they were actually understood at the time, which just... Anyway. Moving on!)

On the plus side: coherent plot, decent characterization, some really unsettling looks into Norman's can-of-worms mind. If it were a little (a lot?) longer, it'd be coming out as a summer slasher blockbuster read. Not bad, just not great.