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

To say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover was probably never less relevant than with horror paperbacks from the 70s and 80s. This time period offered the most insane covers, enticing you to untold nightmares inside. In those days of pre-Internet, pre-blogs, and widespread reviews you’d find a book just by browsing the shelf. A cover that stood out would make all the difference. It seemed as though artists had free reign to sell the book in ways you would never see now. Did the text match the quality of the cover? Not always, but as Hendrix tells us, they accomplished the most important thing – they were not boring. After reading an extremely bizarre, long forgotten paperback, our author became addicted to the hunt, and we follow his journey of discovery through used book stores in search of more lost gems. Paperbacks from Hell offers the history […]

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Paperback Flashback: Edward Lee

I miss the days of roaming the used book stores looking for horror titles and literally judging a book by its cover – well that and the description on the back. I love the convenience and immediacy of the ebook reader, but there is still something about a horror paperback and the unknown excitement that may lie within its pages that gets me. A while back I was on a major Edward Lee kick. Here is some of my collection of the sick bastard’s work 🙂  

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Voices of the Damned by Barbie Wilde

As a Clive Barker and Hellraiser geek, I’m a bit of a fanboy when it comes to Barbie Wilde. You’ll most likely remember her as the female cenobite from Hellraiser II. In addition to her acting, she’s established a deserved name for herself with her horror fiction. I reviewed her previous book The Venus Complex on this blog and I loved it. Now, Wilde is back with a collection of 11 short stories, Voices of the Damned. Most of these stories have appeared as part of other anthologies or in Fangoria’s Gorezone magazine, but there are two stories making their debuts. Three of the stories make up the Cilicium Trilogy, which are part of the Hellraiser cenobitical universe. The first thing you’ll notice before you even crack the book open is the amazing cover art from Clive Barker. It’s titled She Waits. What a way to grab the attention! The […]

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Nature Takes Revenge

I’ve always been fascinated with books that have nature turning against humans with deadly consequences. This can be in the form of plants as in Day of The Triffids or more often animals or insects. We’ve had killer bees, dogs, cats, sheep and the list goes on. There is something especially unnerving about innocuous every day creatures that surround us, suddenly wanting to kill us. It’s been an ample source for movies such as Arachnophobia or the worm fest classic Squirm. Two British authors of the Seventies and Eighties really captured the imagination with their takes on creatures gone wild. James Herbert has a tremendous trilogy focused on rats, with The Rats (1974), Lair (1979), and Domain (1984). These were extremely violent, and delved into the government letting the people it is supposed to protect down. I highly recommend this series of books. Publishers Macmillan have recently released a 40th anniversary hardback edition of […]

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