Long before the film was a glint in Alfred Hitchcock’s eye, Bloch had produced this work of terror – the portrait of a very polite young man who proves that evil lurks just under a smile…When the Bates Motel loomed up out of the storm, Mary Crane was glad.  The rooms were musty but clean and the manager, Norman Bates, seemed like a nice enough fellow.  Then Mary met Norman’s mother – and the nightmare began…  Cover shows Janet Leigh in the now infamous shower scene from the film.