Robert Bloch, dead now for 23 years, was the author of thirty novels and hundreds of short stories, script, etc. His most well-known work was the novel, PSYCHO. You can find out more about him at any number of sites.
Both stories I read were from THE BIG BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER (ed. by Otto Penzler). Jack's was a story Bloch returned to often. "A Toy for Juliette," which I have read before, is the chilling story of a child in some futuristic place that is amused by toys her Grandfather gives her. These are "real live toys" and I will say no more than that. Except that this was a frightening story. Children behaving badly always scare me and although I admired this story, I didn't enjoy it.
The second story ("A Most Unusual Murder") was a real treat because it combined so many of my favorite elements: time travel, antique shops, people who think they are smart being outsmarted, and Jack. Two gentleman stumble upon a antique store they have never noticed before. Inside one man's interest is drawn to a medicine bag that he manages to trick the owner out of. They are unable to open the bag initially but eventually do and follow a trail to an address where a trick of time awaits them. Great stuff.
I am anxious to read more Bloch now. He had an accessible but lovely writing style and a terrific imagination. On the hunt also for some of the TV scripts we wrote. Thanks to Stephen Haffner for bringing this anniversary to our attention.(http://www.haffnerpress.com/
More review of the work of Robert Bloch
Sergio Angelini, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD
Comic Book Review, "Yours Truly Jack the Ripper"
John Peyton Cooke, THE SCARF (The Rap Sheet)
Bill Crider, THE KIDNAPER
Scott Cupp, Black Magic Holiday, THE WILL TO KILL
Jerry House, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBERT BLOCH
I EAT GRAVEL, THIS CROWDED EARTH
George Kelley, THE BIG BINGE
Jeremiah Kipp, (SLANT) ASYLUM
Todd Mason, A CENTURY OF ROBERT BLOCH
Omphalos Book Reviews, THE HELL-BOUND TRAIN
James Reasoner, SHOOTING STAR, SPIDER WEB
SODA POP FOR THIRSTY PIGS, PLEASANT DREAMS: NIGHTMARES
SMSA, MONSTERS IN OUR MIDST, (edited)
Dan Stumpf, THERE IS A SERPENT IN EDEN (Mystery File)
John Weagly, Tribute