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Paperbacks From Hell (2017)

de Grady Hendrix

Altres autors: Will Errickson (Epíleg)

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A nostalgic and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970's and 1980's, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles.
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(I spent 20 minutes writing a review of this book on the app, turned my phone, and the entire review disappeared. Will rewrite in an hour or so on a real computer.)

Okay, enough time has passed that I can re-rewrite this review without feeling so upset!

This is the IT book of the moment! It seems like everyone is reading it. This book is witty, entertaining, and informative. Who knew, for example, that IRS rules regarding depreciation of unsold books in publisher's warehouses would have resulted in a smaller choice of books to read in stores? I learned quite a bit reading through this.

It is a testament to just how good this book is when I actually want to run out right now and look for some of these paperbacks, regardless of their lack of political correctness, their misogyny, sexism, and violence. Or maybe, I just want to check out the covers. The author did a great job with the covers and telling us the stories of the cover artists. I remember when these books were everywhere, in used book stores, and book sales. I had two of the books pictured in these pages.

In reality, I think I may check out George R R Martin's Fevre Dream. That looked really good.

Or maybe I will look for Blood Worm from 1987 after reading this plot summary: ". . . the main character's wife sleeps with an enormous number of men during the worm-and-beetle apocalypse and then leaves a note for her husband saying she's a slut and, by the way, their daughter is missing. She immediately becomes an alcoholic hobo and is last seen stumbling around the ruins of London, which has been abandoned to the inevitable postapocalyptic motorcycle gangs." I laughed so hard I cried at that summary.



Another gem: the back page. Remember the paperback lists you could order from? There's a list of books here and a coupon. Upon further examination, you need to send your money c/o Damien Thorn and enclose 50 cents for postage, handling, and your soul.
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  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Just a pure pleasure to read and view. Great reference, amazing cover photographs, and fun and fluid commentary. One of the funniest and best lines was in the author’s description of The Guardians series by Peter Saxon (a group pen name): “Sort of like Scooby-Doo, only with more orgies” (p. 14). ( )
  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
Fun and informative guide to horror paperbacks of the 70's and 80's. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
Aside from what I learned about this period of horror fiction, this book made me really wish that there was an artbook of the covers from the horror novels from this period. ( )
  Count_Zero | Jul 8, 2020 |
A nice, brief look at horror books from the 70s and 80s. It covers some of the classics, and opened my eyes to other books I hadn't read before, which I always appreciate.

I loved how the author went into detail on what went on behind the scenes with the cover artists, the publishers, etc. It was a real eye opener into the world of books that I wasn't aware of, and you can see the same thing happening today.

Unfortunately, the books themselves really didn't get discussed as much. I picked up the book thinking I'd get in depth descriptions of the books, what they were about, and so on. All of that was lacking.

I'd love to see an expanded book in the future, with more in depth looks at each book and their influence on the genre. ( )
  tebyen | May 27, 2020 |
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Of course, every mother thinks her baby is perfect, but at some point, as her home fills with dead bodies, she has to face facts and admit that the fruit of her womb is a face-eating beast spawned from the deepest recesses of hell. If Whitney Houston is right, and the children are indeed our future, then we need to approach our future with maximum caution.
Today, we think of ourselves as responsible stewards of this big blue ball called Earth, but literary evidence suggests we’re just suckers. Given the chance, nature will turn on us in a heartbeat. This is one issue on which carnivores and vegetarians must stand united: we must eat nature, or nature will eat us.
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A nostalgic and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970's and 1980's, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles.

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