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WE SOLD OUR SOULS – Grady Hendrix (out now in paperback!)
I love everything I’ve picked up from Hendrix and I plan on reading HORRORSTOR soon!
In this hard-rocking, spine-tingling supernatural thriller, the washed-up guitarist of a ’90s heavy metal band embarks on an epic road-trip across America and deep into the web of a sinister conspiracy.
Grady Hendrix, horror writer and author of Paperbacks from Hell and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is back with his most electrifying novel yet. In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success—but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in obscurity.
Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western—she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when a shocking act of violence turns her life upside down, and she begins to suspect that Terry sabotaged more than just the band.
Kris hits the road, hoping to reunite with the rest of her bandmates and confront the man who ruined her life. It’s a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a celebrity rehab center to a music festival from hell. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, pill-popping, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul…where only a lone girl with a guitar can save us all.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
I previously read MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM and PAPERBACKS FROM HELL and both were 5 star reads for me. Hendrix has such a unique and refreshing writing style that I absolutely love. We get the self-aware horror that I’m a huge fan of – probably a reason why the Scream franchise is my favorite. That is no different here in WE SOLD OUR SOULS.
Kris was once a guitarist for a hugely popular metal band in the 1990’s but now she’s working the front desk at a Best Western. What changed? Well, the lead singer of her band, Dürt Würk, sold her and the rest of the band out for his own fame. When driving home from work on night she is stopped dead in her tracks (or lane in traffic) when she sees a billboard with him on it announcing his farewell tour. Something inside her is awakened and she desperately tries to remember what truly happened all those years ago.
As the journey progresses we get to meet the other band members and get some background on how they found each other 20 years ago. There are so many unique characters throughout this book and Hendrix gives them each their own voice. Kris is anything but your typical female protagonist – she’s wonderfully flawed and completely badass. Then on the flip-side, we have antagonists that are the stuff of nightmares. I always love a good villain!
If you love the old metal bands and horror, then you need to grab this book! Plenty of music, twists, and some horror gore, you won’t want to miss this one.
About the Author:
Grady Hendrixis a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. His novels include Horrorstör, named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio, and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, for which the Wall Street Journal dubbed him “a national treasure.” The Bram Stoker Award winning Paperbacks from Hell, a survey of outrageous horror novels of the 1970s and ’80s, was called “pure, demented delight” by the New York Times Book Review. He’s contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety.
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