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...


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

  • karen
    2018-10-06
    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best horror 2018! what will happen?A girl with a guitar never has to apologize for anything.i’ve read all three of grady hendrix’s novels, and while none of them have scared me, they’ve all entertained me.this is the least fun of his books. there are occasional smiles, like when you notice that all the chapter titles are the names of metal albums, or when he sneaks something cheeky in, like cit...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-12-03
    Loved the black stained edges and what looks like Viking runes on the front cover. What do I know! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Julie
    2018-10-24
    We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix is a 2018 Quirk Books publication.It’s the 90s and heavy metal rules the rock and roll music machine. Dürt Würk is right on the cusp of fame when suddenly their singer, Terry Hunt, pulls out, goes solo, changes his name and becomes a mega-superstar. He leaves his former bandmates in the dust, taking everything with him, including the rights to their music. Decades pass, and Dürt Würk’s guitarist, Kris P...
  • Char
    2018-09-14
    " 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]
    2018-09-09
    I’d been meaning to read something by Grady Hendrix for ages, so I jumped at the chance to review We Sold Our Souls. I’d heard so many of my friends rave about his writing in general, but as a metalhead, I was especially sold on the idea of an entire horror story revolving around this washed-up former metal star and her old bandmate’s essential deal with the devil to gain his fame. She had nothing. Except her music. First, let’s talk a...
  • Dan Schwent
    2018-12-12
    In the 1990s, Kris Pulaski was the guitar player in a metal band called Dürt Würk. Now, she's broke and working the desk at Best Western. When one of her old bandmates announces the farewell tour of Koffin, his new band, Kris goes looking for some payback...I'm a huge fan of Paperbacks from Hell and I liked My Best Friend's Exorcism so my interest was picqued. Fortunately, I won a Goodreads giveaway for this book a few weeks ago. We Sold Our So...
  • Bark (2 Dumb 2 Read Blurbs)
    2018-08-02
    Everybody has been raving about this book. I haven’t read one negative thing and that’s rare in blogland. We like to complain and pick things apart. Or at least I know I do. I probably shouldn’t speak for everyone else. But I think that’s what makes us (or me) so fantastic, haha. Now that I’ve finally read it, (sorry Netgalley, I am late again but you really should know this about me by now) I totally understand why this book is being t...
  • Kimberly
    2018-09-01
    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...
  • Ginger
    2019-04-06
    5 intense and glorious stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Damn, I loved this one. A book containing heavy metal music and horror? Uh, yes please!Grady Hendrix, we’re not worthy!We Sold Our Souls was a fun romp of a book from the rural setting of Pennsylvania, the soul sucking economy of West Virginia to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.Kris Pulaski is middle aged, broke and working at Best Western. She’s wondering what the hell happened for the last 20...
  • Latasha
    2018-12-17
    audiobook review march 2019:Carol Monda did a great job of narrating. Still love the story. it just sucks me right in and i can't stop listening to it. 12/31/18 this book is sticking with me and I've recommended it to several people so i bumped it up to 5 stars. i left the original rating & review below. 4.5oh Grady Hendrix! I've read 2 books by this guy this month (dec 2018) and both have been great(the other is my best friend's exorcism)! Some ...
  • Eilonwy
    2018-10-12
    4-1/2 stars Twenty years ago, Kris was the lead guitarist and songwriter for a semi-successful metal band called Dürt Würk. But when the lead singer left, the band broke up. Some members have done well for themselves, but not Kris. She’s barely scraping by, working the night shift at a Best Western run by her brother. But when Terry/the Blind King starts posting billboards everywhere to advertise his farewell tour, Kris realizes it’s time t...
  • Justin
    2019-03-05
    In the first chapter of this gem, the protagonist, Kris, is picking up an old guitar and reliving her glory days in a metal band. In the second chapter, a naked man walks into a Best Western and pees all over everything. And that’s when I knew this book was for me. Friends, if there is one thing I love more than books it’s music. I’m not a fan of death metal (although I did go through a big nu metal phase in high school), but it doesn’t m...
  • Ivy H
    2018-11-21
    For eleven years Kris and Dürt Würk had fought the world, and she’d fought the world alone for another ten years after that. They’d survived the death of metal, and made it through the grunge years without ever once covering “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and it felt like they were going somewhere. But now the music was over, the money was gone, and in six weeks she would be losing her house. Grady Hendrix. We Sold Our Souls (Kindle Locatio...
  • Ashley Daviau
    2018-10-19
    I have no words that can accurately describe how freaking AMAZING and out of this world this book was but I’m going to give it a try. I knew it would be good because it’s basically my two favourite things smashed into one, horror and metal. But I had no idea just how good it would be and it absolutely blew my mind! This isn’t just one the best horror books I’ve read this year but one of the best horror books I’ve EVER read. It was dark ...
  • Blair
    2018-04-23
    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...
  • Fiona
    2018-09-24
    Every song was the same song. These were songs for people who were scared to open their mailboxes, whose phone call never brought good news. These were songs for people standing at the crossroads waiting for the bus. People who bounced between debt collectors and dollar stores, collection agencies and housing offices, family court and emergency rooms waiting for a check that never came, waiting for a court date, waiting for a call back, waiting f...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    2018-07-24
    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...
  • Mindi
    2018-10-03
    This book was sent to the Night Worms review group by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of Hendrix ever since I discovered Horrorstör when it was released. When this book showed up at my house I just stared at it and pawed it for a while. It's so gorgeous and metal AF. Needless to say I couldn't wait to read this one.The first night I picked it up I made it to the 38% point. Last night I finished it. That's how mu...
  • Emily
    2018-10-02
    We Sold Our Souls is such a fun read. It's an addicting story, and I think I tore through it within 24 hours. I want to say up front that I am not a metal fan, and this is the second metal horror book I've read this year. I ended up loving both. So if you are not a metal fan, either, and are avoiding this one, please go for it. This is a story you don't want to miss.I feel like this book loses some steam at the end. It seemed like it was ramping ...
  • Josh
    2019-01-18
    Heavy metal meets horror infused mayhem as pop culture collides with the b-side of life in Grady Henrix's We Sold Our Souls; a story about a 90's metal band turned supernatural scare fest. On the cusp of making it big, Durt Wurk, a popular bar band finally looks set to land a gig with a record label. However, there's a caveat which founding member Kris, isn't willing to sign off on - her soul and her sound; the identity of the band, re-branded, i...
  • Cameron Chaney
    2018-09-17
    You can see my full video review HERE...Kris's days of underground metal fame are over. She is now in her late forties and dealing with creeps from the front desk of a hotel, barely getting by as she reminisces about the days before she and her band split. Before her fellow band-member Terry Hunt rocketed to stardom and left the others in the dust. Soon, Kris becomes convinced that Terry sold all their souls in exchange for fame. And so begins a ...
  • Nick Younker
    2018-12-31
    Let me be frank, BRUTALLY FUCKING FRANK! There's nothing quite as exhilarating as reading a heavy-metal horror epic, complete with thrashing guitars, crushed bones and major internal bleeding. I remember showing up at the hospital one night after a Manson concert, thinking the whole neck thing was totally worth the experience. It was, although I would rather read about it now than go back and re-experience my youth. But not Kris Pulaski, the book...
  • Jen (Book Den)
    2018-08-11
    First of all, I love horror books centered around music. Books like Robert McCammon's The Five and Todd Keisling's The Final Reconciliation are among my favorite books. I could not have been more excited when I heard Grady Hendrix had written a metal horror book. I'm such a fan of Grady Hendrix. Paperbacks from Hell was a stunning book, but My Best Friend's Exorcism is what placed him on my must read author list. It was a very unexpected read (in...
  • James Oxyer
    2018-09-25
    I love the heart that went into this. But the whole thing feels so...half-baked? First drafty? Love the first half, all the way until after an "escape" scene. After that, it lost me. The plot is too allegorical for its own good. The climax is way too feel-good and family-friendly considering the dark horror elements that were in play the rest of the novel. The universe and its mythology are frustratingly underdeveloped. The social commentary jumb...
  • Jennifer Gaarder
    2018-10-06
    Read my reviews on http://www.jenchaosreviews.comWe Sold Our Souls: A NovelBy Grady Hendrix(Amazon Buy)Quirk Books, September 18, 2018335 Pages, Hardcover Edition"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 ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2018-11-04
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/12/...One thing I’ll say about Grady Hendrix: he really knows how to tell stories about the things he’s passionate about. His newest book We Sold Our Souls is described as a version of the famous Faust legend but with a heavy metal twist, and the entire thing reads very much like a love letter to the music genre. Still, whether or not you consider yourself a metal head, I pre...
  • Spencer
    2018-10-09
    As a fan of Grady, heavy metal and horror I was really looking forward to this book and I’m glad to say that is was absolutely fantastic.We Sold Our Souls takes you on a thrilling adventure that follows Kris Pulaski, the former guitarist of Dürt Würk - a band that was never huge but loved by those fortunate enough to hear them. The reasons for the dissolution of her band are not what she believes them to be and the evils she wrote about are f...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    2018-09-14
    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
    2018-09-03
    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...
  • Katherine Moore
    2018-04-30
    We Sold Our Souls is one HELL of a ride. Grady Hendrix, King of horror at Quirk Books, has written a heavy metal masterpiece with a female lead guitarist, Kris Pulaski, as its star. Less classic horror this time (his previous books are Horrorstör and ‘My Best Friend's Exorcism, Hendrix has laden ‘Souls’ with conspiracy theory and real life horrors.Kris Pulaski was in a heavy metal band called Dürt Würk two decades ago and they were on th...