Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix
The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

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If you have a box of old, “trashy” horror novels in your basement, don’t get rid of them just yet—and don’t think that they’re all necessarily trashy, either. Horror fiction is alive and well, and Paperbacks from Hell is a grand, affectionate, and informative celebration of the genre.
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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 unflinchingly funny 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 Grady Hendrix

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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.
 
Published September 19, 2017 by Quirk Books. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Barry Lee Dejasu on Sep 19 2017

If you have a box of old, “trashy” horror novels in your basement, don’t get rid of them just yet—and don’t think that they’re all necessarily trashy, either. Horror fiction is alive and well, and Paperbacks from Hell is a grand, affectionate, and informative celebration of the genre.

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