Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix

Paperbacks from Hell

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 thr...

Details Paperbacks from Hell

TitlePaperbacks from Hell
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
PublisherQuirk Books
GenreHorror, Nonfiction, History, Writing, Books About Books, Art

Reviews Paperbacks from Hell

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    This book is freaking awesome! There are tons of books in the book that I own or have owned. I have some that I will show. I didn't get all of them out but I will show a few and I will show a few pages of the book. I forgot to add my edition of Carrion Comfort! It's the same edition and it's laying over there and I forgot to get a picture of it. Lol. The book tells about the different books and there are sections on different kinds of horror book...
  • karen
    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best nonfiction! what will happen?i love this book more than anything. review to come.***************************************actually, i'm going to pause on my chicken-pecking of this book and read it for real during spooktober. but it's great. fantastic. and i want more volumes of this to be published annually. if you don't have the book, you can look at this for now and get very excited:https://www...
  • Char
    A book about the period of time when the horror genre ruled the paperback racks at the bookstore? A book about the period of time in my life, (about Carrie's age, in fact), when I felt like an outsider, and horror made me feel included? Sign me up! Luckily, Quirk books and NetGalley did just that, and here we are.This book is a reference book, a guide to life and times in the United States in the 70's and 80's. Things going on in the world and in...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”Between April 1967 and December 1973, everything changed.In a little more than five years, horror fiction became fit for adults, thanks to three books. Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, Thomas Tryon’s The Other, and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist were the first horror novels to grace Publisher’s Weekly’s annual best-seller list since Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca in 1938. And except for three books by Peter ‘Jaws’ Benchley, the...
  • Dan Schwent
    Paperbacks from Hell covers the horror boom that started in the early 70's until its bitter end with the dawn of the 1990s and horror's displacement by serial killer fiction.Aside from reading a ton of Stephen King in my late teens/early 20s, I'm a latecomer to the horror genre. Paperbacks from Hell was an education for me.Paperbacks from Hell is a gorgeous book, full of cover images from the more notable books from the period. It's like a catalo...
  • Julie
    Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix is a 2017 Quirk Books publication. While most teenage girls my age were reading Harlequin romances or sneaking peeks inside their mother’s bodice rippers, I was glued to Gothic Romance/Horror/Mystery novels, which morphed into a full -fledged obsession with horror novels, which continued until my late teens, slowly fizzling out, as the horror genre went into a different direction, I didn't feel compelled to...
  • mark monday
    A delightful coffee table book for my kind of living room. Hendrix has a sharp wit and a satirical voice, but his love for the genre is clear. Although he's a connoisseur, there's not a whiff of pretension to be found and this guidebook is crammed with plenty of context, history, and especially humor. I did not expect to laugh so much! In particular during his section on how to cope with deadly children, where he also quotes both Alain Robbe-Gril...
  • Jack Tripper
    As a lifelong fan and collector of horror fiction, I've been waiting for a book like this to come along for years. There have been several books of literary criticism focusing on horror boom-era works, but nothing really that included the trashier side of the genre, and definitely nothing with the wealth of gloriously gaudy cover art (much of it contributed by Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction) featured here.Because it covers such a wide ...
  • Nancy
    Posted at Shelf Inflicted This book was fantastic! It covers horror fiction from the 70’s through the 80’s, with a little glimpse of the early 90’s. Eight easy-to-read chapters with clever titles like “Hail, Satan,” “When Animals Attack,” “Creepy Kids,” and “Real Estate Nightmares,” explore different themes within the horror genre and the cultural anxieties prevalent at the time these books were written. The writing was ligh...
  • Kealan Burke
    Absolutely fantastic. Like a slighter DANSE MACABRE, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL zeroes in on the rise of horror paperbacks in the 70s and 80s through to its decline in the 90s. I especially appreciated the attention given to the cover artists responsible for some of the truly masterful and evocative covers that had me grabbing these books in my formative years.Well worth a look, but be warned, you'll immediately want to go on a book-buying spree after ...
  • Karl
    If you have any affinity to those old " horror"paperbacks published from the 1960's to the early 1990's then this book is a must have for you. And what a perfect time of the year to spend some time dwelling through these pages featuring some covers and plot synopsis of these spine tingling books.With "Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the '70s and '80s" Grady Hendrix makes the trip down horrible publishing lane a joy and a tr...
  • Cameron Chaney
    Imagine you are in a used bookshop. It’s dimly lit, obviously, with dusty tomes creating houses on the floor perfect for guests of the smaller variety. Rats? Possibly. Evil Nazi leprechauns? That’s crazy talk! But do watch your step… just to be safe. As you venture further, you say to yourself “I should turn back. All the new releases are in the shop’s front window, baking in the sun. I have no business with these musty old things. Yuck...
  • Paul
    I never realized how bat-shit crazy the 70's/80's paperback boom and then bust was. Now I do. And Grady is funny, doesn't pull any punches, nor does he hold back on praise when he deems it warranted, which generally went toward many of the cover artists. It was wonderful hearing their stories as well as the books' stories. Loved, loved, loved this book.
  • Glenn Sumi
    I read a library copy of this book about the rise of cheesy horror paperbacks in the 70s and 80s, but now, gosh darnit, I wish I owned a copy.It would make the perfect coffee table book, something to occasionally leaf through, chuckle over and think on. And it would be a great conversation starter for guests (Nazi leprechauns! Man-eating crabs!) Plus: the physical quality of the book is outstanding: gorgeous full-colour illustrations, nice size a...
  • Jeff Strand
    This book filled me with an urgent need to read every '80s horror paperback in existence, so I guess it did its job. As a reader, I was a bit late to the game, getting really into the non-King/Koontz stuff around the Dell Abyss era, so though I have a solid working knowledge of the horror paperback boom, this book covered plenty of books I'd never heard of. A thoroughly entertaining look back at an era most horror fans wish had never ended.
  • Joseph
    Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the '70s and '80s by Grady Hendrix is the history of the paperback horror novel. Hendrix is the author of the novels Horrorstör, the only book you'll ever need about a haunted Scandinavian furniture superstore, and My Best Friend's Exorcism.In the mid-1970s I would go to the corner store, a Lawson, and raided the book rack. There was always a carousel of books near the front counter. Horror ...
  • Carol
    Every horror imaginable and the first thought I have to share is WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BOOK....inside and out! Review on the way.....
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestGiven my love for vintage novels of all kinds, you can imagine my reaction when I saw that vintage font peeping at me on Netgalley with its classic Gothic serifs, and red-black contrast. It looked exactly like a horror novel from the late 70s/early 80s. "What on Earth is that?" my inner book goblin cried. "I must have the precious!"It turned out to be a meta-book published by Grady Hendrix, t...
  • Kimberly
    PAPERBACKS FROM HELL: The Twisted History of '70's and '80's Horror Fiction, by Grady Hendrix was one of the most FUN books I've read in a while! A fantastic "reference guide" to some of those old paperbacks that many of us grew up on, Hendrix includes many facts about the horror industry, publishers, cover art, and even the "type" of horror that was in style during certain periods.Along with the factual information, there are many humor laced co...
  • Jennifer ☼
    This book is astonishing.First of all, Paperbacks from Hell is a gorgeous book. All of the pages are in full color, and every aspect of this book is high quality. You could call it a coffee table book, but there's a lot more to Paperbacks from Hell than just the stunning paperback images.Paperbacks from Hell is divided up into the major categories of horror fiction that were prevalent in the 70's and 80's. Topics like 'Hail, Satan', 'Creepy Kids'...
  • Bill
    This is such a beautiful and well put together book. I loved everything about it. Grady definitely did his research along with Will Errickson from Too Much Horror Fiction and their collective love of the genre and time period shines through.Thanks, Grady. You just cost me a bunch of dough. I want these books. All of them.Thanks a lot.
  • Horace Derwent
    I have a faith, faith in those old paperback horrors, now I'm reading a Bible of this faith :DThank you, Mr., no, Dr. Hendrix!!
  • Stephanie
    It was great to learn about the history of horror lit! And to see so many old covers! Also, my TBR is now much larger than when I started this book.
  • Spencer
    This is a fascinating look into the the resurgence of horror literature in the 70s and 80s, the trends of the genre and how world events shaped the state of horror at this time. Grady Hendrix has a wonderful flow to his writing, it's a congenial and easy to read style that is well suited to something like this. I often find non-fiction can be dry and stuffy but the tone of this remains light and relaxed, I read through the book in no time at a...
  • Bob Milne
    As the cover blurb says, take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ’80s with Grady Hendrix . . . if you dare! Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction is a gloriously grotesque trip down nostalgia lane that works on multiple levels.First off, let's talk about the visuals. Browsing through all those bold, garish, blood-soaked covers is worth the price of admission alone. There are so many c...
  • Jim Lay
    I'm not kidding when I say I've been waiting for this book for most of my life. My love for horror fiction started when I was 13 and read Gary Brandner's "The Howling". For a lonely ADHD kid, it was a revelation to me and launched a lifetime hobby of reading and collecting horror novels.Hendrix awed me with his novels "Horrorstor" and "My Best Friend's Exorcism" and his love for the genre, along with his smart and snarky sense of humor, make this...
  • Glenn Rolfe
    A very fun and informative trip through the days of horror paperbacks. Hendrix doesn't look very old, so he must have done a ton of research for this project. Kudos to him for braving the massive pile of mostly horrible books so that we could experience it without regret. I did note all of the books I haven't read that sounded great. Now I have an even crazier To Be Read pile.Thanks, Mr. Hendrix.I give PAPERBACKS FROM HELL 5 stars.
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    This was such a fun book. I really enjoyed all the vintage covers and the author's distilled (and hilarious) plot descriptions. The writing was funny and engaging, with some factual information sprinkled in for context.
  • Mindi
    Review to follow...I had no idea how much I needed this book!