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Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades...if you dare. Hear 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 listening time and which should stay buried.

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A Lot Of Fun

Paperbacks from hell is a book about books. Simply put, it's a funfilled wild ride through the world of horror paperbacks.

You'll come away with a reading list -- and another list of books they couldn't pay you to read.

The authors keep the book moving. It's lighthearted, never taking itself or its subject too serious; after all, these are mostly books people have forgotten. But want to know about some of the craziest stuff put in print, this is the book that gives you that tour.

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A look back at some classics

As a child of the seventies, I really enjoyed this. Grady Hendrix did a wonderful job discussing an era when horror books were at their peak craziness.

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  • Stephen Gott
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A Nostalgic Return To My Youth

Reading this fascinating book,reminded me of my teen years.When I would browse through the second hand book shops and market stalls,in search of a new horror to read.Drawn more to the amazing art work on the cover,then to the blurb on the back.I now look back on those 40 years nostalgically.Yes the modern day has many advantages for readers/listeners,but theres nothing like having one of those "Forbidden Classics"in your hands.
"Paperbacks From Hell"works well as an introduction to these books and as a starting point to learn more.Unfortunatley,many of these books have not made it to your Kindle or Audible (apart from the more successful ones),but they are still out there in their paperback covers,waiting to terrify and disgust the adventurous reader again !