Robert Bloch

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(April 5, 1917 – September 23, 1994)

Robert Bloch was a major early fan who was one of the people responsible for creating modern fandom. He also — very successfully — turned pro. He is best known for his 1959 novel Psycho, which became the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name.

He was born in Milwaukee and in 1935 joined the Milwaukee Fictioneers. He was an early and active member of Wisconsin Fandom and Midwest fandom before moving to LA around 1960.

He was one of the earliest pros to go on the Auction Bloch. He railed against the Beanie Brigade. He wrote for a large number of fanzines and some of his best fan writing was collected in The Eighth Stage of Fandom, published in 1962 by Advent:Publishers. He was a perennial member of a poker game, at one installment of which he won Marty Greenberg's shirt.

Unfortunately for fandom, after about 1960 he became so immersed in his professional career (see Vile Pro) that he had little time for fanac, though he never forgot his fannish roots. He was a frequent Worldcon toastmaster, Hugo presenter, or foil for his friend Isaac Asimov. He was heavily influenced by H. P. Lovecraft and was a member of the Lovecraft Circle.

Fannish publications included: The Birth of a Notion (a fannish play), Is Science Fiction in a Ruth?, Lagniappe, Neo Fan's Guide, Science Fiction Fifty Yearly (for FAPA). He was a member of FAPA and Vanguard.

For a short description of him in 1954, see Peter Vortzimer in Abstract #8 p62. Bloch was married twice, to Marion Holcombe (1940–63), with whom he had a daughter, Sally, and later to Eleanor Alexander, whom he married in 1964.

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
The name of a vile pro. "Bloch is the Only True Ghod" was the gospel initiated by Vernon McCain, who received the Revelation in 1955 but, Bloch reports, was singularly lax in sacrificing any virgins. "Bloch is Superb" is the motto of Blochists; its popularity reached horrid heights when Dick Ellington had a rubber-stamp made with this phrase and Jack Harness had a set of pencils blazoned with the slogan. (To date no authenticated instances of tattooing have been uncovered.) This traces back to a letter in which Walt Willis was supposed to have suggested making up a rubber stamp with that legend, an obvious timesaver when commenting on any fanzine with Bloch material in it. But Dean Grennell, checking his back files, finds that in the original instance Willis' words were "Bloch was brilliant. (Will you makes me a rubber stamp for this?)" All fandom could be plunged into war [divided into two camps, the Superbists and the Brilliantinees] over a thing like this. In the mythology of congoing, Bloch, Korshak, Esbach and Evans were an inseparable fannish poker group; this idea was invented and popularized by Bob Tucker in 1952.

from Fancyclopedia 2 Supplement ca. 1960: Dick Ellington's rubber stamp says "Bloch was superb", not "is".

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

Person Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator 19171994

Also involved: - 1944 Best Short Story Retro Hugo - 1959 Worldcon Site Selection - 1977 SF, Horror and Fantasy World Exposition - 6th World Fantasy Convention - Advent:Publishers - An Index to Unknown and Unknown Worlds - BeABohema - Bjo Trimble - CH3CO2C6H4CO2H - Coscon - Crypt of Cthulhu - Dean A. Grennell - Destiny - Detention - Discon 1 Guide: The Costume Ball - Diversicon 25 - Diversifier - Equicon '73 - Equicon '76 - FanHistoriCon 9 - Fantasmagoria - Fantastic Adventures - Filler - Forrest J Ackerman - Francis Towner Laney - From Beyond the Dark Gateway - HPL Tribute - Harlan Ellison - Imaginative Tales - Is Science Fiction in a Rut? - Jim Mann - Journal of the Royal Thaumaturgical Society - Julius Schwartz - Karen Kruse Anderson - Knights - L.A.Con I - L.A.con II - LASFS - LASFS 50th Anniversary Banquet - Leland Sapiro - Marvel Tales (Crawford) - Midwestcon 7 - Midwestcon 8 - Mirage Press - My Best Science Fiction Story - Myrddin - Nan Gerding - NecronomiCon, 1st Edition - NyCon II - Nyctalops - Once Around the Bloch: an Unauthorized Autobiography - Oopsla! - Pelf - Riverside Quarterly - SFCon - SH - sf Fanthology - Science-Fiction Five-Yearly - Strange Stories - Terror Australis - The Best of Fandom 1957 - The Best of Fandom 1958 - The Chigger Patch of Fandom - The Fanscient - The Fantasy Fan - The Science Fiction Fanzine Reader: Focal Points 1930-1960 - Tomorrow And... - Torcon - Torcon I - Torcon II - Tropicon IV - Tyne Capsule - Unusual Stories - WSFS, Inc. - Who Killed Science Fiction?

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Also- 1944 Best Short Story Retro Hugo