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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (362 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Rebello Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is a gripping, behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker Psycho—and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking.

First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it.

Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock’s groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion. Packed with captivating insights from the film’s stars, writers, and crew members, this book is a riveting and definitive history of a signature Hitchcock cinematic masterpiece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meticulous history…helps the reader comprehend the original shock of the film.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Rebello talked with virtually every surviving participant in the filmmaking. The result is a book that will inform cineastes and indulge Psychomanes.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Fascinating.”


  • “Joyously entertaining.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Meticulously researched and irresistible…Required reading not only for Psycho-philes but also for anyone interested in the backstage world of movie creation.”

    Anthony Perkins, star of Psycho

  • “Essential…I’ve learned so much from reading this book.”

    Gus Van Sant, award-winning film director

  • “One of the best accounts of the making of an individual movie we’ve ever had.”

    Richard Schickel, Time film critic

  • “We are indebted to Stephen Rebello’s labor of love. He sweats the details as much as Hitchcock at his most compulsive.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Garcia’s reading is clipped and precise. When quoting the great filmmaker, Garcia’s voice takes on Hitchcock’s slow, impishly boastful style without trying to imitate it.”


  • “In some ways a groundbreaking film, Psycho has been extensively written about and minutely analyzed…Rebello’s book has added considerable color gained from extensive interviews with Hitchcock and others who worked on the film.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 2/20/2014

    " This is an amazing book. With insight into writing, directing, and editing. Not to mention collaboration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 2/9/2014

    " Very interesting book. Hitchcock was a bit different than I thought he was. My only complaint about this book is that the author spent a LOT of time on some of the technical details in the making of Psycho. Other than that, I found it to be a fascianting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam Philips | 2/1/2014

    " I decided to go ahead and read Stephen Rebello's chronicle of the making of Alfred Hitchcock's game-changing movie "Psycho" before the new movie starring Anthony Hopkins comes out. So far it is very engaging and fascinating. I'm reading a first printing hardcover, originally published in 1990, and boy, the design really screams "1990s." That doesn't detract from the reading experience at all, fortunately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary Green | 1/29/2014

    " You can read it in a single day. You'll want to head straight for the film when you're done. All the major players in front of and behind the camera get a say. All he wanted to do was make a B horror movie, fast and cheap... and look what happened. "

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About the Author

Stephen Rebello is a screenwriter and author of several nonfiction books, including Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. He has also written feature articles for such magazines as Movieline, Hollywood Life, GQ, More, and Cosmopolitan. His celebrity interviews have drawn out provocative revelations from Matt Damon, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Drew Barrymore, Charlie Sheen, Scarlett Johansson, Clive Owen, Jerry Bruckheimer, Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, Pierce Brosnan, and Tom Cruise, among others. Born in Massachusetts and a resident of Southern California, he is currently a contributing editor at Playboy magazine. Hitchcock, a 2013 dramatic feature film inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Biel.