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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires comes a nostalgic and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s. Paperbacks from Hell PDF by Grady Hendrix
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.
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Dimensions and Characteristics of Paperbacks from Hell PDF by Grady Hendrix
- Identification Number : B01NBO5GIH
- Publisher : Quirk Books (September 19, 2017)
- Publication date : September 19, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 304117 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 254 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,537 in Kindle Store
October 18, 2018
I don’t understand the legions of glowing reviews. This book is well-written enough but is indifferently researched and is about half footnotes/index. There’s not enough substance to it to really recommend the read — it needs another 10K words or so.
A thing that really bothers me is how incomplete the listing of books in each subcategory is. Most of the plot details are drawn from the excellent Too Much Horror Fiction website, and I’m not sure that the author has read all of the books he talks about (I have). Very little space is given to the short fiction end of the mid-70s-late-80s horror boomlet, as the author concentrates on the 80s version of horror with its splatter and werewolves doing it doggystyle, and entirely whiffs on genre originators like Stephen Gilbert and Thomas Page in certain subsections and Michael Crichton in others, and ignores the ecofiction/sf/horror vein that informs some of the later growth in written horror fiction.
I suppose this volume would do for people who are ignorant of the genre and just want an overview. It isn’t for people who have detailed knowledge.
Buy the paperback version
November 24, 2017
This is a beautifully produced book (a bit of an oxymoron given the subject matter) with lots of well-produced images from hundreds of paperbacks of the era. It’s also printed on solid stock, oversized glossy paper, smells good (okay…I’m the sort of guy who used to sniff the mimeographs in grade school when the teacher handed them out) and neither the Kindle 8 nor the b&w readers do the book justice as the images are either too small or in B&W. My only quibble with the book is the tone. It’s funny, which is fine, but almost always glib. Sure, lots of the titles taken on here are disposable and beyond redemption, but surely an occasional more serious approach would have a good idea (another confession: I was an English Lit major in college).
I really like this book. I recommend it highly. It fills a void and it’s interesting to see some of these titles going from give-aways to upwards of $2000 for heretofore unknown masterpieces such as The Voice of the Clown.
If you’re at all intrigued, you’ll enjoy this.
The Crazy Covers of the 70s
January 30, 2018
I have to admit it. When I ordered Paperbacks from Hell I wasn’t really expecting too much. In fact, I thought at first that it was a bit over-priced. I figured it would be a bunch of pretty pictures of book covers with some light captioning but that was about it. I was very, very wrong. The book itself is well put together, inside and out. I would definitely recommend getting the paperback copy. The e-book might be just as pretty but I can’t see it having the same lay-out or feel to it. The pages are thick and the pictures reproduced are gorgeous.
The text that goes along with the pictures is funny and informative. If I had to compare it to something then Stephen King’s Danse Macabre would be the closest comparison. But while Danse Macabre got bogged down occasionally in dryness Paperbacks from Hell never does.
With headings like ‘Parenting the Homicidal Child’ (first make sure you’re not dating Satan) and phrases like “Before Anne Rice, vampires killed humans. Now they got in touch with their sensitive sides while muffin-spelunking inside of them.” (page 153) this book left me actually laughing out loud. That’s no easy trick, I haven’t laughed at a book (in a good way) in quite a while.
I sincerely hope that Grady Hendrix follows up his book with a journey through the nineties and on. While some plots may not be quite so creatively insane there are some out there and some cover art that deserves showcasing. I was also very pleased to see some ‘forgotten’ favorites of mine in there.
If you’re looking for a quick, funny overview of the crazy days of the horror industry then I can’t recommend this book enough. I wanted to rip through Paperbacks from Hell but also take my time enjoying the crazy, beautiful covers of the ’70s and ’80s.
Paperbacks from Hell is a funny romp through the craziness that defined two decades and never leaves you bored. The commentary from Grady Hendrix (Horrorstor) will never leave you bored.
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