|The Chicago-born Bloch defined the seminal event in his childhood as a 1927 purchase of pulp magazine, Weird Tales. In 1933, the family moved to Milwaukee, where Bloch began a correspondence with one of the defining writers of the pulp era, H. P. Lovecraft. Encouraged by Lovecraft, Bloch saw his first stories published in 1934--one in Marvel Tales, the other in Weird Tales. Though he continued to write short stories, Bloch also worked as a vaudeville writer, regular guest panelist on a quiz show, and political campaign director. After 24 years of writing stories--many influenced by Lovecraft--and a few novels, Bloch had PSYCHO published. It attracted the eye of Alfred Hitchcock, who purchased it for some $9,500 dollars. This money, along with the recognition brought by one of his short stories winning the 1959 Hugo Award, allowed Bloch, his wife, and daughter to move to California, where he embarked upon a scriptwriting career. Throughout the '60s and beyond, he wrote teleplays for ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, STAR TREK, THRILLER (a Boris Karloff-hosted series), and several movies. His subsequent novels received good reviews from the few critics who deigned to review genre literature, but never really found an audience. In the late '70s, his agent suggested that he write a follow-up to PSYCHO. Bloch agreed, and the result was 1982's PSYCHO II, which was totally unrelated to the 1983 film of the same name. The confusion led to some legal wrangling and ill will between Bloch and Universal Studios, the film's producer. The moderate success of the novel enabled him to continue writing; he produced another six novels (including a third visit to the Bates Motel in PSYCHO HOUSE) and a handful of short-story collections before his death from cancer in 1994. Probably his most successful work of his later years was ONCE MORE AROUND THE BLOCH (1993), an exhaustive autobiography covering everything from his friendship with Lovecraft to life in Hollywood. All told, Bloch wrote over 200 short stories, over 20 novels, and countless TV and radio scripts. The numerous awards that he received for his writing serve as proof that there is much more to his work than one novel about a rather strange hotel keeper obsessed with his crazy "mother."