Celebrating the weird, gory, feaky, amazing horror fiction of the 70s and 80s. With vintage art, hilarious commentary, recommended reading, and poignant creator biographies. SEE the amazing vintage book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, knife-wielding killer crabs! READ the shocking plots involving devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! LEARN the stories of long-forgotten creators as well as familiar names like V.C. Andrews and Anne Rice. 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. It's an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinching tour through the horror fiction boom of the seventies and eighties, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time...and which should stay buried. A celebration of horror paperback novels from the 1970s and 1980s, when horror writing went from staid and gothic to lurid and bloody. With large, full-color reproductions of dozens and dozens of the strangest paperback covers ever published, which have to be seen to be believed...but will be unmistakably familiar to anyone who bought books during those decades. Written by contemporary horror author Grady Hendrix, with the insight and wit of an established writer who's also a longtime fan of the genre. Hilarious text is both entertaining and informative, examining the publishing and pop culture trends underlying these books, and separating the worthy and well-written from the trashy and terrible. Provides a chronological and nostalgic overview of horror fiction, from the early 70s game-changing titles Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, to the change in direction triggered by The Silence of the Lambs in the 80s. Covers familiar authors like V.C. Andrews and R.L. Stine as well as writers who've faded into obscurity.


  • 256 pages
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • 4 colors

Rights available for...

  • French
  • Dutch