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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by [Hendrix, Grady]
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“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, Horrorstцr (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
 
Horrorstör 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

About the Author

“Grady Hendrix has written a hugely entertaining, lightning-paced and knowledgeable history. I love it!" —Mick Garris, creator of Showtime's Masters of Horror

“Get ready to have a traumatic flashback.”Booklist

“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, Horrorstцr (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
 
Horrorstör 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

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  • File Size: 303695 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (September 19, 2017)
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2017
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NBO5GIH
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