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Deviant

(1989)
True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
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Harold Schechter is a historian: he takes old files and yellowed newspaper clippings, and brings their stories to life. Deviant is about everyone's favorite ghoul, Ed Gein--whose crimes inspired the writers of Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs. Schechter deftly evokes the small-town 1950s Wisconsin setting--not pretty farms and cheese factories, but infertile soil and a bleak, hardscrabble existence. The details of Gein's "death house" are perhaps well known by now, but the murderer's quietly crazy, almost gentle personality comes forth in this book as never before. As Gary Kadet wrote, in The Boston Book Review, "Schechter is a dogged researcher [who backs up] every bizarre detail and curious twist in this and his other books ... More importantly, he nimbly avoids miring his writing and our reading with minutiae or researched overstatement, which means that although he can occasionally be dry, he is never boring."
Also recommended: Schechter's books about Albert Fish (Deranged) and Herman Mudgett a.k.a. Dr. H. H. Holmes (Depraved).



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October 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
Author(s): Harold Schechter
ISBN: 0-671-02546-5 / 978-0-671-02546-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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February 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Deviant: The Shocking True Story of the Original "Psycho"
Author(s): Harold Schechter
ISBN: 0-671-73915-8 / 978-0-671-73915-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Star
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June 1993 : UK Mass Market Paperback

Title: Deviant: The Horrifying True Story of Ed Gein - The Original Psycho
Author(s): Harold Schechter
ISBN: 0-340-59564-7 / 978-0-340-59564-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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December 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Deviant
Author(s): Harold Schechter
ISBN: 0-450-52256-3 / 978-0-450-52256-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library Ltd
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May 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Deviant: The Shocking and True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
Author(s): Harold Schechter
ISBN: 0-671-64482-3 / 978-0-671-64482-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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Audio Editions

April 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Deviant: The Shocking True Story of the Original ''Psycho''
Author(s): Harold Schechter
ISBN: 1-5047-1775-9 / 978-1-5047-1775-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Deviant: The Shocking True Story of the Original ''Psycho''
Author(s): Harold Schechter
ISBN: 1-5047-1774-0 / 978-1-5047-1774-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Deviant: True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
Author(s): Harold Schechter
Publisher: Pocket Books
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