Psycho by Robert Bloch - Numbered Edition

Psycho by Robert Bloch - Numbered Edition

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One of the most influential horror novels of the 20th century, Psycho by Robert Bloch is the shocking story that ushered in the dawn of the slasher genre.

Forty-year-old Norman Bates is a shy, overweight recluse who lives at home with his domineering mother; a mean-tempered, puritanical old woman who forbids him from having a life apart from her. Together they run the small Bates Motel in Fairvale, where business has suffered ever since the state relocated the highway. It’s the kind of place hardly anyone ever stops at anymore. 

Enter Mary Crane, a beautiful young secretary who has impulsively stolen $40,000 from her boss, hoping her boyfriend can use it to pay off his debts so they can finally get married. As she flees town en route to her boyfriend Sam, Mary accidentally turns off of the main highway and finds herself at the Bates Motel where there are plenty of vacancies. Soon, Mary Crane will meet Norman. She will meet Mother, too. And she will grapple with the gravity of the crime she has committed as she comes to realize the cutting truth—that we all go a little mad sometimes. 

Originally published on April 10, 1959, The New York Times called the novel “icily terrifying.” The seeds Bloch planted with Psycho grew into horror staples: the serial killer, the isolated location, the butcher knife, the shower and the shocking twist ending. The voyeurism displayed in the novel created a potent combination of terror and titillation that would also become a mainstay of the genre. Throughout his opus, Bloch subtly pairs contrasting elements, fusing them into iconic imagery. The soft, matronly style of Norma and the cold steel harshness of the weapon. The old Victorian house and the neon glow of the modern motel. By pairing opposites, Bloch is constantly hinting at disassociation, toying with the reader like a cat with a mouse. The gothic and the modern. The softness and the steel. The beauty and the brutality.

In 1960, Psycho was adapted into a feature film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The director famously bought up every copy of the book he could get his hands on so that no one would know the ending, resulting in very few first editions existing today. Often ranked as one of the greatest films in cinematic history, Psycho is currently #14 on AFI’s list of the Top 100 movies, and #5 on the Top 100 All-Time Greatest Movies list by Entertainment Weekly. In 1992, the Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. As Hitchcock himself stated in one of his last interviews, “Psycho all came from Robert Bloch’s book.”

The fine press limited edition of Psycho by Robert Bloch is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions.


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 166 pages.
  • Limited to 250 copies.
  • Signed by Joe R. Lansdale, Gregg Kreutz and Paul Mann.
  • Quarter goatskin binding with Japanese cloth sides which are foil blocked.
  • New exclusive introduction by Joe R. Lansdale.
  • Six full color illustrations by Gregg Kreutz.
  • Color fold-out featuring the Artist edition dust jacket illustration by Paul Mann.
  • Endsheets are printed from a custom design for this edition.
  • Printed letterpress from hot metal type on mouldmade Somerset Book paper.
  • Cast in Linotype Garamond, with display type and titles hand set in foundry Garamond.
  • Housed in a four flap enclosure covered in Japanese cloth and lined with red velour. 
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2022 by Gregg Kreutz.
Artist edition jacket illustration © 2022 by Paul Mann.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Brandon Sharp
One of my favourite Numbered editions

So glad to have an incredible novel represented in my collection as an outstanding suntup numbered edition.

Never stay at Bates Motel!

A review in comparison of only other Suntup Editions; Phsyco; 1/4 Leather, Japanese cloth boards, foil stamping, velour lining on a very unique fold-out case (seems that there was more potential in design with both the numbered and letters editions of this very famous title) Over all a great Suntup.

Phillip Flynn
Psycho is insane!

What a fantastic book! Suntup’s numbered Psycho is keeping with Paul’s tradition by creating a quality book with beautiful craftsmanship, materials and unique design elements. I’m reading Psycho for the first time and the paper stock, letterpress print and artwork are making the reading experience a true pleasure!

George Diaconu
Outstanding edition!

Suntup once again raised the bar for fine printing!


An amazingly beautiful book.