Do you actually know what those terms mean? It turns out that most people think they do, but really they don’t! Do you? Let’s see.

According to Wikipedia:

Psychological thriller is a specific sub-genre of the broad ranged thriller with heavy focus on the unstable emotional states of characters, in combination with mystery and thriller. However, it often incorporates elements from the mystery and drama genre, along with the typical traits of the thriller genre. In addition to drama and mystery, many psychological thrillers contain elements of, and often overlap with, the horror genre, particularly psychological horror.

Now, before we get to the bottom of our main question, let’s have a look at this interesting, and crucial, piece of information:

Psychological thriller – Characters are no longer reliant on physical strength to overcome their brutish enemies (which is often the case in typical action-thrillers), but rather are reliant on their mental resources, whether it be by battling wits with a formidable opponent or by battling for equilibrium in the character’s own mind. The suspense created by psychological thrillers often comes from two or more characters preying upon one another’s minds, either by playing deceptive games with the other or by merely trying to demolish the other’s mental state.


If you have read the book, you should have noticed that many times Bob Bishman used his strength against weaker person, for example to strangle them, and quite a few times he only used very little force just to pull the trigger ;-). Well, that still counts as brutality, of course. That suggests that the book is more of a horror or a book about serial killers in action. Nevertheless, there is some intelligent action on his part – e.g. his escape from Leo Prendegast’s castle – it was a very clever plan. Still, some might argue, there is not enough of a psychological in this. Well, how about when Dr Bill Harvey tricks the policemen and runs away? More? Sure, how about the game Anita and Bob played with Dr Bill Harvey? Now we’re talking.


What moments do you remember from The Creep?