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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction (Paperback)

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I don’t remember the last time I’ve hugged a book so much. A wonderful combination of history, trivia, social commentary, and art design, all tied together in over-the-top covers and seemingly ridiculous plots. Perfect for fans of horror and sci-fi (and Sy-Fy!) this book will make your wish list grow exponentially.

— Rachel

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires comes an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s
 
Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades . . . 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. 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.

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 ExorcismPaperbacks from Hell, and We Sold Our Souls, all of which received critical praise from outlets including NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, Paste, Buzzfeed, and more. He has contributed to PlayboyThe Village Voice, and Variety.

Praise For…


“Pure, demented delight.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Paperbacks from Hell 
is as funny as it is engaging.”—The Washington Post

“The book is a true appreciation of the genre.”—Los Angeles Times

“Just thumbing through these pages will bring back your youth—and terrify you all over again.”—Newsday

“A loving examination of lurid pulp book covers from the 1970s and ’80s.”—Atlas Obscura

“Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material.”—The A.V. Club

“[Paperbacks from Hell] 
will delight anyone with an interest in horror, design illustration, or the macabre.”—Print Magazine 

“A nostalgic treat.”—Playboy Online

“You may find yourself trying to stock up on old titles so you can get your fill of gloriously trashy scares.”—Bustle

“[Hendrix's] love of the genre shines through as he pokes gentle fun at some of the era's more entertaining reads, and speaks with genuine appreciation of other titles whose horrors stand the test of time.”—BookRiot

“Terrific...Written with wit and affection, lavishly illustrated with a wide selection of the era’s cover art, Paperbacks from Hell was an attempt to reckon with the tidal wave of horror narratives that filled the bookshelves for two decades.”—Locus

“The ultimate resource for paperback horror novels from the ’70s and ’80s.”Bloody Disgusting 

“The very best horror novel reference material on the shelves right now, bar none.”—Dread Central

“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

“[A] literary house of horrors.”—Houston Chronicle

“[Hendrix] approaches 20th century genre fiction with a historian’s eye and a comic’s sense of humor and timing.”—The Oklahoman

“Really fun to flip through if you love kitschy ’70s and ’80s book culture.”—CNET

More praise for Grady Hendrix:
“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, on My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”—The Washington Post, on Horrorstör

“Terrific... Sharply written... [My Best Friend’s Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix’s] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior.”—The A.V. Club, on My Best Friend’s Exorcism

“Hendrix’s darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore.”—Booklist, starred review, on We Sold Our Souls

“Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying.”—Minnesota Public Radio, on My Best Friend’s Exorcism

“An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale.”—Bustle, on Horrorstör
 
“Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving.”—Fangoria, on My Best Friend’s Exorcism

“A good, creepy, music-tinged thriller.”—CNET, on We Sold Our Souls


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781594749810
ISBN-10: 1594749817
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English
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Created At: 12/31/2016 10:52pm
Last Updated At: 5/31/2020 01:42pm