Paperbacks From Hell

Paperbacks From Hell

The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

Book - 2017/09/19
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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.
Publisher: Random House Inc 2017/09/19
ISBN: 9781594749810
1594749817
Characteristics: 256 p. ;

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lindseyanderson
Aug 10, 2017

This is a brilliant and funny compendium of forgotten horror paperbacks from [mostly] the 1970s and 80s. It introduces so many gems of horror fiction and added considerably to my to-read list. I can't wait to interlibrary loan these titles, track them down on ebook, and scan the musty shelves of my local used bookstores for them. I like how Hendrix organized the book (an entire chapter on evil children - that is my catnip!). The graphics add a lot of appeal since the covers of these paperbacks were designed to grab readers. I was pleased to see equal praise given to the often neglected illustrators of those covers. My only criticism is that Hendrix spoils the endings of nearly every book he highlights. After a while, I started skimming the passages on books I plan to read, because I didn't want the entire plot laid out for me. This book should be of particular interest to horror fans.

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