We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

We Sold Our Souls

A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of Horrorstor, My Best Friend's Exorcism, and Paperbacks from Hell.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 rural Pennsylvania.Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best...


Details We Sold Our Souls

TitleWe Sold Our Souls
Author
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherQuirk Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Fiction, Music, Fantasy
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Reviews We Sold Our Souls

  • Char
    1970-01-01
    " Hard rock, heavy metal, stoner rock, doom metal-it all dragged itself up out of the swamp called the blues. " As a major fan of the blues, how could I not be aware of Robert Johnson's story? Legend says he sold his soul at the crossroads to play the guitar like that. Maybe he wasn't the only one doing the selling?WE SOLD OUR SOULS is the story of a band in turmoil, maybe not a great band, but one that affected people. One that got people throug...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    1970-01-01
    That was an absolutely fantastic introduction to Grady’s writing. Review coming soon!
  • Kimberly
    1970-01-01
    4.5*WE SOLD OUR SOULS, by Grady Hendrix, is a psychologically intense novel involving a one-time metal band and the power inherent in their music and lyrics. Years ago, five people formed a band called "Durt Wurk"--a band that was good, and had the potential to be great. Then came the day that their lead singer, Terry Hunt, decided he wanted more . . . Kris Pulaski--now nothing more than a motel clerk--clearly remembers her triumphant struggle to...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    1970-01-01
    3.5 StarsOnce again, Grady Hendrix is back with another fantastic, self-aware horror novel. Playing with the classics tropes of the genre, this novel was smart and well written. The narrative was very fast paced and action packed, bringing along the reader for an entertaining adventure. This novel will particularly appeal to readers with a background in music, specifically heavy metal. This is book was still accessible to less musically-inclined...
  • Blair
    1970-01-01
    I needed something undemanding to read over a couple of train journeys, and We Sold Our Souls fitted the bill. I haven't got on with Grady Hendrix's work previously (had to give up on Horrorstör because it was too gory; just couldn't get into My Best Friend's Exorcism) so I wasn't necessarily expecting much here, but for whatever reason it worked brilliantly.The story's about Kris, who used to be the guitarist in a metal band called Dürt Wür...
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    1970-01-01
    4.0 StarsKris was in a heavy metal band called Durt Wurk, but right before they were about to hit it big, the band fell apart. Twenty years later, she's the night manager at a Best Western and her life has been miserable since the split. Her former bandmate has skyrocketed to Stardom as Koffin. Kris learns that her and her bandmates souls may have been the price for Koffin's success. She embarks on a journey and will stop at NOTHING until she con...
  • OutlawPoet
    1970-01-01
    While missing some of the sly humor of his previous books, We Sold Our Souls is a hard and fast rager of a horror novel.Mixing light gore, hard living characters, and scenes so vibrant you can hear the scream of the music and feel the bleeding fingertips of our guitarist, Hendrix gives us a truly epic horror journey!This is the kind of book you'll read at a fever's pace and, at the end, no matter the terror and heartbreak of our characters, you'l...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was nearly a breakout success, but the lead singer Terry went solo and became a superstar as Koffin, leaving the rest of the band in the dust. Now, former guitarist Kris is miserable as a night manager at Best Western. Then one day she learns a horrific secret about Terry's meteoric success -it may have come at the price of Kris's soul. Wi...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    I have also included a few quotes from the eARC- I couldn’t help myself- so, please note, the quotes are subject to change in the published versionWe Sold Our Souls in a word? Epic! In three words? Epic, epic, epic! I mean- it’s about heavy metal- how can it not be epic, right? Am I saying ‘epic’ too much? 😀Anywhoo, what a satanic ride this one was… I mean, not only was the plot utterly devilish and filled with dark, sinister agendas...
  • Ley
    1970-01-01
    I think Grady Hendrix has quickly climbed up the list of favorite authors. If you haven't read my review of My Best Friend's Exorcism, pause right now and go read that to give you an idea of what you're about to dive into here.What I absolutely love about Hendrix is that he writes such believable women. Like, women and teen girls who have been through the ringer and still come out strong. Kris is no different.The opening of the book made my heart...
  • Brandy Humphrey
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.Have you ever had so many thoughts about something that you couldn't pick through them to properly articulate them all? This is exactly how I've been feeling about We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix. What I feel is this was a total love letter to metal music and the fans who love it; We Sold Our Souls roped me in and took me on an unexpected journey that reminded me...
  • Molly
    1970-01-01
    Twenty years ago, Kris Pulaski was a guitarist for the heavy metal band Dürt Würk, back when they were rising stars. Back before the night her bandmate, Terry Hunt, convinced the rest of them to sign away the rights to their original songs. Back before the car crash that left the rest of the band hating her, too. Back before Terry became the lead singer of Koffin, a wildly successful nu-metal band that is much more palatable to mainstream audie...
  • Abigail
    1970-01-01
    For a full review please feel free to check out my blog at:https://abmostfiction.wordpress.com/2...TL;DR: Grady Hendrix’s new novel We Sold Our Souls is a fast paced love letter to heavy metal music and fans while wrapped in a satanic mystery. It’s non-stop fun with splashes of gore and a touch of Lovecraftian horror, although at times it could stand to take a breath. 3.5*** (out of 5*****)
  • Lauren Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    This book revived my soul and left my mind buzzing.I am beyond thankful for receiving We Sold Our Souls as an advance reading copy as well as given this opportunity to review it before it’s release date. Hendrix has been such an important author to me within the past year or so. His book, My Best Friend’s Exorcism turned me into the horror guru I am today (as well as horror movie director James Wan. Wan + Hendrix are the high quality creators...
  • Shane Douglas Keene
    1970-01-01
    Easy five star read for me. This brilliantly brutal cosmic horror novel from one of our best authors is a must read for all fans of the macabre. Full review coming soon.
  • Aryn
    1970-01-01
    A concept album of a novel. The music leads the story - it feels wrong to read without a good thumping bass and screaming musician. (May I recommend In This Moment?)That was surprisingly satisfying. Remember those terrible punk romance YA novels that you read in high school? No, that's just me? Well, this felt like those novels all grown up, nix the romance, and a little supernatural horror thrown in. It channeled the punky, anti-establishment, f...
  • Jennifer ☼
    1970-01-01
    Initial thoughts: 3.5
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    I was so excited to get a digital ARC in my hot little hands! Thanks Netgalley!I've been holding off on writing the review in the hopes that I would be able to do justice to this book, but I just don't think that I can. So I'm just going to say some stuff now.Grady Hendrix has once again taken a classic trope of horror fiction and, um, pressure-washed the cheese off and made something new from it. This book will appeal to readers who are: music n...
  • Megan
    1970-01-01
    Disclaimer: I'm a metalhead. As far as I'm concerned, this book was written for me. Your mileage may vary.This is a fantastic, frantic novel about so many things: what happens when you miss your shot in life and are condemned to be ground down in poverty, the searing bonds that go beyond friendship with some people in life, how music can transform a life of drudgery into hope, believing in something bigger and scarier than yourself, and of course...
  • Sean Grigsby
    1970-01-01
    A girl with a guitar doesn't have to apologize for anything.A fantastic book that hits the right notes every step of the way. Part heavy metal horror fantasy, part road book. This is yet another reason Grady Hendrix is one of my favorite authors.
  • Cassy | The Book is Red
    1970-01-01
    2/5This felt like a story that could have worked with a different tone. It felt like it took itself too seriously for the type of story it was. If it had been written in a similar style as John Dies at the End I think I would have loved it. But as it was, I just couldn't get into it and it felt ridiculous. The first thing that put me off this story was the incessant references to bands in the beginning. Now, I love all those bands, but it felt r...
  • Becky Spratford
    1970-01-01
    Review on blog and in June 2018 issue of Booklist Magazine: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2018/06/...
  • Abigail
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Netgallery and Quirk Books for the ARC of We Sold Our Souls in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews, please feel free to visit my blog: https://abmostfiction.wordpress.com/When I heard about this upcoming novel I was instantly interested; I had discovered Grady Hendrix’s novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism while browsing in a bookshop and was immediately attracted to its VHS-like design that promised B-movie horror. I know...
  • ElphaReads
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley to sending me an ARC of this novel!Given how much I really liked MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM, I was really excited to see that Grady Hendrix had a new novel coming out. And then when I found out that WE SOLD OUR SOULS was about a former metal musician on the quest to confront her former bandmate and find out why her life went to trash, I was doubly excited. Hendrix is such a pop culture connoisseur, with a lighter touch than som...
  • liz williams
    1970-01-01
    Full disclosure, I am a huge Grady Hendrix fan. His novel Horrorstor is one of may favorites and I had the pleasure of attending his two presentations at the 2018 Overlook Film Festival…I am also a metalhead. It’s like this book was written for me and it did not disappoint. We Sold Our Souls opens on young Kris Pulaski learning to play Black Sabbath’s metal classic Iron Man. A few years later as she’s playing those opening riffs for the ...
  • Christy
    1970-01-01
    **I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. This did not affect my review.**what i love about the grady hendrix books i've read is that though the books don't take themselves too seriously, it's pretty obvious the respect hendrix has for the subject. we sold our souls is no exception. though i'm not a heavy metal fan by any means, i appreciate the love letter to music this book essentially is (with a loving mention of my girl dolly too!)it's...
  • Gianna
    1970-01-01
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.20 years ago, heavy metal band Durt Wurk was on its way to becoming a big brand name. But right before their big chance, a strange night of which no member has a clear recollection causes them to fall apart. As lead singer Terry goes solo and becomes a worldwide famous star, the rest of the band members fall into mundane routines and simpler lives....
  • Darcia Helle
    1970-01-01
    I love music and I love to read, so I went into this story with every expectation of loving it. Unfortunately, I can't even say that I liked it. I'll do my best to explain why.First, for those of you who sample books before purchasing, be aware that the first chapter might give you the wrong impression. We start by meeting Kris as a teenager. It's a short chapter, with a strong young adult feel, and ultimately unnecessary. The second chapter adva...