Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction (Paperback)
"Grady Hendrix is the author of Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of 70s and 80s Horror Fiction. He writes about Stephen King and Anne Rice but also includes countless lesser known writers whose outrageous plotlines (and inventive cover art) include Satan, evil animals and children, serial killers and assorted monsters."--Reviewed by Chris— From Chris Recommends
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. His novels include Horrorstr, named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio, and My Best Friend's Exorcism, for which the Wall Street Journal dubbed him "a national treasure." Paperbacks from Hell, his survey of outrageous horror novels of the 1970s and 80s, was called "pure, demented delight" by the New York Times Book Review. He's contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety.