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Grady Hendrix’s ‘Paperbacks from Hell’: The Horror News Network Review

With the unprecedented popularity of Stephen King’s It adaptation, many Hollywood producers are frantically searching for the next horror story that will rake in cash (and potentially save their jobs) after a dismal summer movie season.

If producers turn their attention to the world of horror novels, I hope they all save themselves some time and effort pick up a copy of Grady Hendrix’s examination of the horror paperback boom of the 70’s and 80’s entitled Paperbacks From Hell.

In the introduction to his examination of these wild dime-store paperbacks, Hendrix (a noted horror novelist himself, and best known for the Ikea parody Horrorstor and his recent ode to the 1980’s called My Best Friend’s Exorcism) explains that the excitement and entertainment found within these treasures opens the reader up to “…a weird, wild, wonderful world that feels totally alien today, and not just because of the trainloads of killer clowns.” read more