Sunday, 3 July 2016

Horror/Thriller Writing with Helen Hagemann @ the Fremantle Arts Centre, Friday, 8th July, 1pm-3pm.  This workshop will highlight the main elements of early horror writing in particular Robert Bloch's psychological thriller "Psycho". This will be a Part 1 in this series as the genre is quite diverse. Writers to read the most exciting and thrilling excerpts from this book. We will also look at the basic elements of horror writing as well as doing two writing exercises in the genre.
Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, 
Time: 1-3pm. What to bring:  Notepad, pen, laptop or iPad
Cost:  OOTA $20  - NON-OOTA $25 (ask for membership form to save). Please note: No credit card facility and new attendees who arrive without the class fee will be asked to leave. For information on joining OOTA and what we do, please visit our website http://ootawriters.com 

The thriller/horror novel by Robert Bloch was first published in 1959, and is a great horror classic.
If by chance you  haven't seen the film, and happen to be in the dark regarding the book Psycho I will warn you not to go in the shower at the Bates Motel, or simply be careful of steaming hot showers. Nevertheless, you will enjoy its intriguing plot. If you are familiar with Alfred Hitchcock's movie version (released in 1960) then you will notice two obvious differences when reading the book, the first one is Norman's rather large size, and the shocker, well, the shower scene is actually a bit more grotesque.


The film Psycho was made in 1960 as an American psychological horror thriller, directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, and written by Joseph Stefano, starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam, and was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film centres on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Perkins), and its aftermath.
Reference:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho_(novel)

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