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Paperbacks from Hell

The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Comedy, Storytelling

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Publisher's Summary

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 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. 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've faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your listening time and which should stay buried.

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  • R. Squyres
  • 26-02-18

A Lot Of Fun

Paperbacks from hell is a book about books. Simply put, it's a funfilled wild ride through the world of horror paperbacks.

You'll come away with a reading list -- and another list of books they couldn't pay you to read.

The authors keep the book moving. It's lighthearted, never taking itself or its subject too serious; after all, these are mostly books people have forgotten. But want to know about some of the craziest stuff put in print, this is the book that gives you that tour.

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  • S. Winchester
  • 17-01-18

A look back at some classics

As a child of the seventies, I really enjoyed this. Grady Hendrix did a wonderful job discussing an era when horror books were at their peak craziness.

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  • Jim N
  • 11-09-19

Twisted Indeed!

This is an entertaining overview of the horror paperback boom of the '70s and '80s. I wish it went into a little more depth about certain books and authors but it's fun stuff and a good place to start a horror reading list.

By listened to this as an audiobook I clearly missed out on some of the visual joys the book has to offer. Nevertheless, even without the illustrations, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Ed
  • 18-02-19

Well Done

I really enjoyed listening to Paperbacks from Hell. I had some of the books he talks about and now wish that I kept them to read again. I found myself laughing out loud at times. Timothy Andres Pabon does a super job with this.

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  • Bad Vegan
  • 23-10-18

Awesome

This was so well-researched and interesting. I learned a lot about authors and books I had heard of, but also many I had never heard of. Plus, it was super funny!

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  • Keith
  • 15-10-18

Excellent, fast listen

Extremely entertaining. I just wish the book was longer. I look forward to a follow up. The only downside is that there are long descriptions of cover-art. I had to look online to see the covers described in the text.

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  • Stephen Gott
  • 27-08-18

A Nostalgic Return To My Youth

Reading this fascinating book,reminded me of my teen years.When I would browse through the second hand book shops and market stalls,in search of a new horror to read.Drawn more to the amazing art work on the cover,then to the blurb on the back.I now look back on those 40 years nostalgically.Yes the modern day has many advantages for readers/listeners,but theres nothing like having one of those "Forbidden Classics"in your hands.
"Paperbacks From Hell"works well as an introduction to these books and as a starting point to learn more.Unfortunatley,many of these books have not made it to your Kindle or Audible (apart from the more successful ones),but they are still out there in their paperback covers,waiting to terrify and disgust the adventurous reader again !

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