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This can best be described as the demon lovechild of Carrie and Mean Girls. It offers mid 80's high school popularity woes alongside the timeless tale of girl meets demon. Luckily for the possess-y, she's got a best friend who knows something is up, and won't stop until someone's head spins around.
— J Gallo
June 2016 Indie Next List
“Abby and Gretchen are the best of friends. They have navigated through all the adolescent pros and cons that came with growing up in the late '80s: zits, big hair, getting the nod from senior class heartthrob Tommy Cox, and -- demonic possession? Written in Hendrix's unique, darkly comedic, and slightly twisted voice, My Best Friend's Exorcism is that quirky and satiating page-turner that fans of Horrorstor have been salivating for.”
— Angelo Santini (E), McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires comes an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist that blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.
The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
About the Author
Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Paperbacks from Hell, and We Sold Our Souls, all of which received critical praise from outlets including NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, Paste, Buzzfeed, and more. He has contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety.
“National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, Horrorstor (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 “Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving.”—Fangoria
“A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession.”—Bloody Disgusting
“Terrific...Sharply written...[My Best Friend’s Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix’s] 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
“Think Mean Girls with demonic possession, set in 1988 Charleston. It’s funny, it’s heart-wrenching, it’s even a little spiritual, in a very strange way.”—Southern Living magazine
“The perfect mix of '80s nostalgia and scares.”—POPSUGAR
“This book packs all the magic of a summer horror flick.”—Bustle
“The rare exorcism book that will make you cry, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is both a truly scary tale and a loving tribute to high school friendship.”—Hypable “If you’re looking for a good summer book, something for the beach or the back porch that won’t insult your intelligence, one that’s tense and sometimes scary and sometimes funny, with characters you may even come to like and admire as they come of age, keep My Best Friend’s Exorcism in mind.”—SFFWorld
“[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...Too bad Satan never actually did show up back then. He woulda loved it.”—Wired.com
“A book every horror fan should know.”—Dread Central
“Satirical, intense and surprisingly heartwarming, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is, like, totally the perfect summer reading choice—if you don’t mind some gore.”—Sunday Gazette-Mail
“Smart, sassy and satanic.”—Rue Morgue
“Hendrix is one of the finest new genre voices we have in literature.”—Film School Rejects
“If you see me in the wild and I'm reading a book that was written by Grady Hendrix, interrupt me at your own peril.”—Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars
“Hendrix's fusion of teen angst, '80s pop culture, and the power of true friendship is a treat.”—Kirkus More praise for Grady Hendrix: “Pure, demented delight.”—The New York Times Book Review, on Paperbacks from Hell
“Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”—The Washington Post, on Horrorstör
“Hendrix’s darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore.”—Booklist, starred review, on We Sold Our Souls
“A true appreciation of the genre.”—Los Angeles Times, on Paperbacks from Hell
“An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale.”—Bustle, on Horrorstör
“A good, creepy, music-tinged thriller.”—CNET, on We Sold Our Souls