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Paperbacks From Hell

The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

By Grady Hendrix, Will Errickson

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 19 September 2017
Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and '80s . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read 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. It's an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchinglyafunny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. You'll find familiar authors, like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, and many more who've faded into obscurity. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

About the Author

Grady Hendrix's first novel, Horrorstor (Quirk, 2014), an illustrated story about a haunted IKEA, was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2014. He is also the author of My Best Friend's Exorcism (Quirk, 2016). A diehard horror fiction fan, he lives in New York City.

Reviews

"Pure, demented delight."--The New York Times Book Review"Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material."--AV Club "Grady Hendrix has written a hugely entertaining, lightning-paced and knowledgeable history. I love it!"--Mick Garris, creator of Showtime's Masters of Horror "You may find yourself trying to stock up on old titles so you can get your fill of gloriously trashy scares."--Bustle "As important and essential to the genre as Stephen King's Danse Macabre and Kim Newman's Nightmare Movies. Required reading for all ages, and filled with nostalgic, loving wonder."--Brian Keene, best-selling author of The Rising and The Complex "Fans of horror fiction will love this funny and insightful history."--Library Journal, starred review "As a reference book, as a celebration, and as an appreciation, it's one of the best books about the horror genre that I've ever had the pleasure to read...This gets my highest possible recommendation."--Blu Gilliand, Cemetery Dance "Like some malevolent force in one of his beloved novels, Hendrix's geeky enthusiasm is infectious."--Publishers Weekly "Get ready to have a traumatic flashback."--Booklist"Horror fiction is alive and well, and Paperbacks from Hell is a grand, affectionate, and informative celebration of the genre."--NY Journal of Books "A hugely entertaining history."--Foreword Reviews"An absolute delight."--Forces of Geek "Like Hendrix's fiction, this nonfiction book has the snarky humor, but you can also not deny his true, undead love for these books ... Anyone who has ever read a horror paperback will find something here to enjoy."--RA for All "Paperbacks From Hell is my all-time favorite book. I grew up reading these crazy things, and Grady Hendrix gleefully excavates this rich yet overlooked vein in the horror genre. It's smart, it's hilarious, and you have skeletons driving cars and dressed up like cheerleaders. What more could you want? This will soon become your all-time favorite book, too."--Duane Swierczynski, author of Hammett Prize nominee Revolver "A ferociously entertaining spook-ride through yesterday's horror fiction and their glossy, often perverse covers. My God, there are even Nazi leprechauns! This is a helluva lot of fun!!!"--Frank Henenlotter, director of Basket Case "An absolute delight...any fan or writer of horror will love this book."--Chris Byrnes, Books on the Square Praise for Grady Hendrix's Previous Titles "National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, HorrorstÑ r (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend's Exorcism."--The Wall Street Journal"Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988 -- that'll give you My Best Friend's Exorcism... Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying."--Minnesota Public Radio "It's clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving without succumbing to any of the more predictable exorcism story tropes -- things happen in this book that you will not expect. It will leave you sleepless because you won't want to put it down, and you'll be too scared to."--Fangoria "A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession."--Bloody Disgusting "Sharply written...Hendrix has made strong progress as a novelist, and this book makes a convincing case for his powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn't skimp on the spooky--or the bodily fluids."--The A.V. Club "Readers who thought Heathers wasn't quite bleak enough will find this darkly humorous horror tale--filled with spot-on 80s pop-culture references--totally awesome."--Booklist, starred review "From the author of the acclaimed Horrorstor, this book packs all the magic of a summer horror flick."--Bustle "[Hendrix proves his] own black-magic mettle by conjuring up an era where ill-informed paranoia (and just plain ding-dongness) turned some of the quietest corners of America into fear factories, full of deep-rooted distrust and misspent rage. Too bad Satan never actually did show up back then. He woulda loved it."--Wired.com "If The Exorcist had been authored by Tina Fey instead of William Peter Blatty, it might have borne an uncanny resemblance to what Grady Hendrix has accomplished with My Best Friend's Exorcism...Fans of satire, nostalgia, dark comedy and, well, demons should read this book."--BookPage "Horrorstor delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror."--Washington Post..".disarming..."--Wall Street Journal"...wildly fun and outrageously inventive..."--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review ..".Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery..."--Nerdist "If you've ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you'll get a laugh out of Hendrix's spoof mystery."--New York Post "Grady Hendrix has written a hugely entertaining, lightning-paced and knowledgeable history. I love it!" --Mick Garris, creator of Showtime's Masters of Horror "Like some malevolent force in one of his beloved novels, Hendrix's geeky enthusiasm is infectious."--Publishers Weekly "Get ready to have a traumatic flashback."--Booklist "A hugely entertaining history."--Foreword Reviews"An absolute delight."--Forces of Geek "Like Hendrix's fiction, this nonfiction book has the snarky humor, but you can also not deny his true, undead love for these books ... Anyone who has ever read a horror paperback will find something here to enjoy."--RA for All "Paperbacks From Hell is my all-time favorite book. I grew up reading these crazy things, and Grady Hendrix gleefully excavates this rich yet overlooked vein in the horror genre. It's smart, it's hilarious, and you have skeletons driving cars and dressed up like cheerleaders. What more could you want? This will soon become your all-time favorite book, too."--Duane Swierczynski, author of Hammett Prize nominee Revolver "A ferociously entertaining spook-ride through yesterday's horror fiction and their glossy, often perverse covers. My God, there are even Nazi leprechauns! This is a helluva lot of fun!!!"--Frank Henenlotter, director of Basket Case "An absolute delight...any fan or writer of horror will love this book."--Chris Byrnes, Books on the Square Praise for Grady Hendrix's Previous Titles "National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, HorrorstÑ r (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend's Exorcism."--The Wall Street Journal"Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988 -- that'll give you My Best Friend's Exorcism... Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying."--Minnesota Public Radio "It's clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving without succumbing to any of the more predictable exorcism story tropes -- things happen in this book that you will not expect. It will leave you sleepless because you won't want to put it down, and you'll be too scared to."--Fangoria "A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession."--Bloody Disgusting "Sharply written...Hendrix has made strong progress as a novelist, and this book makes a convincing case for his powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn't skimp on the spooky--or the bodily fluids."--The A.V. Club "Readers who thought Heathers wasn't quite bleak enough will find this darkly humorous horror tale--filled with spot-on 80s pop-culture references--totally awesome."--Booklist, starred review "From the author of the acclaimed Horrorstor, this book packs all the magic of a summer horror flick."--Bustle "[Hendrix proves his] own black-magic mettle by conjuring up an era where ill-informed paranoia (and just plain ding-dongness) turned some of the quietest corners of America into fear factories, full of deep-rooted distrust and misspent rage. Too bad Satan never actually did show up back then. He woulda loved it."--Wired.com "If The Exorcist had been authored by Tina Fey instead of William Peter Blatty, it might have borne an uncanny resemblance to what Grady Hendrix has accomplished with My Best Friend's Exorcism...Fans of satire, nostalgia, dark comedy and, well, demons should read this book."--BookPage "Horrorstor delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror."--Washington Post..".disarming..."--Wall Street Journal"...wildly fun and outrageously inventive..."--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review ..".Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery..."--Nerdist "If you've ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you'll get a laugh out of Hendrix's spoof mystery."--New York Post "An absolute delight...any fan or writer of horror will love this book."--Chris Byrnes, Books on the Square Praise for Grady Hendrix's Previous Titles "National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, HorrorstÑ r (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend's Exorcism."--The Wall Street Journal"Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988 -- that'll give you My Best Friend's Exorcism... Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying."--Minnesota Public Radio "It's clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving without succumbing to any of the more predictable exorcism story tropes -- things happen in this book that you will not expect. It will leave you sleepless because you won't want to put it down, and you'll be too scared to."--Fangoria "A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession."--Bloody Disgusting "Sharply written...Hendrix has made strong progress as a novelist, and this book makes a convincing case for his powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn't skimp on the spooky--or the bodily fluids."--The A.V. Club "Readers who thought Heathers wasn't quite bleak enough will find this darkly humorous horror tale--filled with spot-on 80s pop-culture references--totally awesome."--Booklist, starred review "From the author of the acclaimed Horrorstor, this book packs all the magic of a summer horror flick."--Bustle "[Hendrix proves his] own black-magic mettle by conjuring up an era where ill-informed paranoia (and just plain ding-dongness) turned some of the quietest corners of America into fear factories, full of deep-rooted distrust and misspent rage. Too bad Satan never actually did show up back then. He woulda loved it."--Wired.com "If The Exorcist had been authored by Tina Fey instead of William Peter Blatty, it might have borne an uncanny resemblance to what Grady Hendrix has accomplished with My Best Friend's Exorcism...Fans of satire, nostalgia, dark comedy and, well, demons should read this book."--BookPage "Horrorstor delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror."--Washington Post..".disarming..."--Wall Street Journal"...wildly fun and outrageously inventive..."--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review ..".Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery..."--Nerdist "If you've ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you'll get a laugh out of Hendrix's spoof mystery."--New York Post

EAN: 9781594749810
ISBN: 1594749817
Publisher: Quirk Books
Dimensions: 25.15 x 17.78 x 2.03 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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