Grady Hendrix, known for his novels Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, offers Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction, a delightfully bizarre readers’ guide to a curated selection of horror paperbacks released during that shining era in all their embossed die-cut glory and more-than-occasionally outrageous plots. Grady’s website describes his plans for the evening: “When I went to Clarion Writer’s Workshop in 2009, Mysterious Galaxy was the nearest bookstore and I spent a lot of time attending events there. Now I can go back and this time I’M IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT! AND I’M TAKING US OFF A CLIFF!!! It’s not a boring old signing, it’s Paperbacks from Hell LIVE! And that poor bookstore will never know what hit them. “
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Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix
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.