Look Out For … Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s by Grady Hendrix

Look Out For … Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s by Grady Hendrix

Little has been written about those pulp paperbacks that were an essential horror fix for those of us of a certain age in the days long before Netflix, until now.

SEE the amazing vintage book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, knife-wielding killer crabs! READ the shocking plots involving devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! LEARN the stories of long-forgotten creators as well as familiar names like V.C. Andrews and Anne Rice.

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 unflinching tour through the horror fiction boom of the seventies and eighties, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

Why We’re Excited About This Book:

There has been much written on the variety of good, bad and ugly horror films that many (if not all) of the This Is Horror readership were brought up on, but little has been written about those easy to read pulp paperbacks from the 70s and 80s that were an essential horror fix for those of us of a certain age in the days long before Netflix, until now.

Thanks to Grady Hendrix (who sounds like he should be a Stephen King character) we can now revisit those guilty pleasures form yesteryear with this new tome and be reminded of just how rubbish yet entertaining some of them really were, and which are worth a revisit or even a first look all these years later.

Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s is out on 27 July 2017 and is available from Amazon.

RICHARD COSGROVE


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