Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction Audiobook, by Grady Hendrix Play Audiobook Sample

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction Audiobook

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction Audiobook, by Grady Hendrix Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Timothy Andrés Pabon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538518359

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Longest Chapter Length:

48:40 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:28 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

26:05 minutes

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Publisher Description

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 vintagepaperback 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 have faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

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“Hendrix offers thoughtful and compelling discussions of these novels and articulates their enduring appeal. Biographies of authors (some still famous and some lost to the decades) are also provided. While serving as a fine resource for readers—especially those searching for the books of their youth or wanting to pick up ones they missed—this guide is also a joy ­owing to Hendrix’s ­infectious enthusiasm.”

— Library Journal (starred review) 


  • “[A] pure, demented delight.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “A nostalgic treat.”

    — Playboy
  • “Paperbacks from Hell is as funny as it is engaging.”

    — Washington Post
  • “The book is a true appreciation of the genre.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “Horror fiction is alive and well, and Paperbacks from Hell is a grand, affectionate, and informative celebration of the genre.”

    — New York Journal of Books
  • “It’s a gorgeous, lurid deep-dive into horror’s heyday and a must-read for any self-respecting horror fan.”

  • “Like some malevolent force in one of his beloved novels, Hendrix’s geeky enthusiasm is infectious.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Grady Hendrix has written a hugely entertaining, lightning-paced, and knowledgeable history. I love it!”

    — Mick Garris, creator of Masters of Horror


  • Winner of the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction
  • A Chicago Tribune Pick of Nonfiction Gems 

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About Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City whose novels have won wide acclaim. Horrorstör was named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio, and Paperbacks from Hell won the Bram Stoker Award.

About Timothy Andrés Pabon

Timothy Andrés Pabon is an English- and Spanish-speaking voice-over artist who has worked extensively in advertising and audiobook narration. He has had acting roles on House of Cards and has also been a costar on HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire opposite country music legend Steve Earl. As a stage actor, he has worked off-Broadway at the June Havoc Theatre, and his regional credits include Center Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, the Hippodrome, Olney Theatre, Rep Stage, and GALA Hispanic Theatre.