i've been told that psycho is worth reading. i certainly love the film but i'm almost afraid to read the book after this, my second attempt at a robert bloch novel. it was kind of boring even though there was a lot of fires being set, cultists, and a sex scene. and i knew right away what the ending was going to be. sometimes the language was so purple i wondered if he was asphixiated himself on it, and not the billowing smoke of the fires that raged through the novel.