Paperbacks From Hell – Grady Hendrix

Happy release day!

Thanks to Quirk Books for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

PAPERBACKS FROM HELL by Grady Hendrix – releases today!

This is the perfect book for any classic horror fan 🙂


My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

Are you a fan of horror? Specifically the awesome 70’s and 80’s decades of horror? Well, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL by Grady Hendrix (author of MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM and HORRORSTOR) is everything you’ve been looking for.

With his witty and hilarious commentary, readers are brought through the iconic 70’s and 80’s horror stories, but these are the ones that flopped. I really enjoy the term “trashy thrillers” that was used to describe these – because it’s completely accurate. These are all books that thought they’d be the next EXORCIST or ROSEMARY’S BABY but fell a little short. The book is divided into chapters based on subject – “When Animals Attack” and “Creepy Children” to name a couple – that really illustrated how many horror books were written on these common topics and the authors’ takes on them.

Hendrix offers great insight and some history on the books and genres within horror. Since these were all before my time it was fun learning more about this boom in the horror genre. Even if you’re just flipping through this one, you’ll see some great books that you’ll find yourself wanting to track down! Everything from possessions, Satan worshiping, animals, dolls, and children, Grady Hendrix covers them all.

If you want a stroll down memory lane, to learn more about 70’s and 80’s horror, or to find some vintage books, then you’ll have to pick this up! It would make for a great coffee table book – something to flip through and share with other fans.


Have you read any of Hendrix’s other books? I loved MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM and I’m hoping to start HORRORSTOR soon 🙂



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