Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction

By Grady Hendrix , with Will Errickson
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5.65 Hours 01/09/2018 unabridged
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Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades … if you dare. Hear shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, plus many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

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Summary

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Winner of the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades … if you dare. Hear shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby.

Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, plus many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] pure, demented delight.” New York Times Book Review
“A nostalgic treat.” Playboy
Paperbacks from Hell is as funny as it is engaging.” Washington Post
“The book is a true appreciation of the genre.” Los Angeles Times
“Horror fiction is alive and well, and Paperbacks from Hell is a grand, affectionate, and informative celebration of the genre.” New York Journal of Books
“It’s a gorgeous, lurid deep-dive into horror’s heyday and a must-read for any self-respecting horror fan.” Tor.com
“Fans of horror fiction will love this funny and insightful history.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Like some malevolent force in one of his beloved novels, Hendrix’s geeky enthusiasm is infectious.” Publishers Weekly
“Grady Hendrix has written a hugely entertaining, lightning-paced, and knowledgeable history. I love it!” Mick Garris, creator of Masters of Horror

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Author

Author Bio: Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a writer and journalist and one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. A former film critic for the New York Sun, Grady has written for Slate, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Playboy, and Variety.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English