Book Review: “Paperbacks From Hell” by Grady Hendrix

paperbacks from hellFrom about my young teens through to now I have always loved a good horror story, though it’s hard not to notice how much the genre has fallen from the heights of it’s popularity in the 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s. There was a time where you could see wonderfully creepy horror covers peeking out at you from the shelves just about everywhere, be it your local bookshop or right next to the magazines at the supermarket. While those days have passed, anyone who might look back at them fondly can relive a little of it with this lovingly assembled collection of some of the era’s most memorable cover art. Broken into themed chapters, and accompanied by the history of the genre and bits of trivia about the novels and authors covered, this is a very entertaining book. The lovingly snarky attitude the author takes throughout keeps things fun, though it was hard not to wish for just a little bit more information. Lovers of the genre will find it hard to put down, if not quite as fulfilling as hoped. ★★★★ – Sean Farrell


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