Having just finished watching the classic Psycho (1960), it struck me that some details are remarkably similar to William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” (full text here). The taking in of a lover, the poisoning of the lover, the preservation of a body, the imprint of the the body in the bed and of course the importance of the house. I am of course not the first to notice this.
Here is an article from the The Journal of Popular Culture discussing this very thing.
Compare Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad …
…to the house in Psycho.
According to imdb‘s page on Psycho, this was the inspiration.
Let Alfred Hitchcock guide you to the setting of his classic Psycho in this five minute trailer. It is always a delight to hear Hitchcock speak. Warning, spoilers.
Link here, I can’t seem to embed imdb videos.