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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Ronald James Aberdeen (Ron) on Monday, July 4, 2005 - 01:54 am:

Manic writer throws his computer out and replaces it with an old Underwood typewriter, once used to write “Psycho”.

Alasdair Andersen is an unsuccessful screenwriter, until he buys an old Underwood typewriter at an auction. The typewriter once belonged to the creative horror screenwriter, Joseph Stefano. The man who penned ‘Psycho’.

Alasdair hates his successful novelist wife, Katia Jordan. Not because of her independent income but because she’s a better writer.

Anyway, he has his father’s legacy, so he can afford to live in his own dark world, full of improbable characters, who now with his typewriter, seem real.

Gradually they become real. Taking over his life as he finds he can control his characters by what he types. Getting them to carry out acts from his abysmal scripts.

When his wife is stabbed to death in the shower, the police charge Alasdair with her murder. He says he didn’t do it, Norman Bates did.

He is found criminally insane and sentenced to spend a minimum of twenty years in an institution. That is, until he is given his old typewriter to help with his rehabilitation.

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