“Nightmare Number Four,” Robert Bloch, 1945 — (poem) Due to a failed advertising experiment, permanent advertisements saturate the air.
Comments: Read in Science Fiction Showcase. Themes: advertising, media saturation. C.M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary by Mark Rich states that Bloch’s “Nightmare” poems were modeled after Stephen Vincent Benét’s poems of the same name.
Author: Wikipedia: “Robert Albert Bloch (April 5, 1917 – September 23, 1994) was a prolific American writer, primarily of crime, horror and science fiction. He is best known as the writer of Psycho, the basis for the film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock.” Bloch was a member of “The Lovecraft Circle,” a group of writers who corresponded with H. P. Lovecraft.