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

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"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

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Description


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's first novel, Horrorstor (Quirk, 2014), an illustrated story about a haunted IKEA, was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2014. He is also the author of My Best Friend's Exorcism (Quirk, 2016). A diehard horror fiction fan, he lives in New York City.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781594749810
ISBN-10: 1594749817
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English