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Paperbacks from Hell
Paperbacks from Hell | Grady Hendrix
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bthegood
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion - I know - it was interesting and fun if you are a fan of horror and some parts really fun and well written (the part about raising possessed children especially), looking at the covers of the novels really interesting, but some parts read too much like laundry lists for me -

Another book for #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Make a great day everyone - 🙂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6d
braddsibbersen I blame this book for the cheesy horror paperbacks I used to buy for $2 now going for $20+ 2d
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Scrooge_McBook
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Terror toddles on two chubby legs!

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stretchkev
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Fun little trip down pulp horrors hay day. Remembered quite a few titles I forgot and added a couple of the gems from this retrospective. Grady was perfect for this well versed in the subject but doesn‘t treat it reverence. You got to laugh at some of this, an ultra serious tone would have been wrong here.

I forgot what it was like to sift through the trash to find the garbage!

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The_Literary_Jedi
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Appropriate for spooky season reading and pretty much the only book I‘ve been able to read this month. Paperbacks gives a brief, funny, and intelligent history of the Horror genre from the 1970‘s & 1980‘s. The book is worth it in cover art and TBR fodder alone; I‘ve added basically every title mentioned to my list. Happy Halloween, Blessed Samhain, Felíz Día de Los Muertos ????????‍♀️???‍♀️????‍♂️??‍♀️?‍♂️?‍♂️

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Erinreadsthebooks
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According to Grady Hendrix‘ Instagram, we can look forward to a new release, How to Sell a Haunted House, on 7/12/22. I hope he‘s not pulling our leg! 🦵 😍🤩🙌

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Linsy
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“Little red riding hood is a ... proto-slasher.“

Grady Hendrix just said this in an interview and it blew may brains out! He was talking about how our culture is fixated on dead women and it rang so true. What is that about??

#fantasticstrangelings #scarathlon2021 #screamathon

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The_Literary_Jedi
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Little book haul from last night

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ferskner
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I forgot to do the game but I think this is a solid first week! #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job! 3mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Michael McDowell was an Alabama native whom Stephen King once called “the finest writer of paperback originals in America,” and his Blackwater series is the One Hundred Years of Solitude of the genre. He‘d be considered one of the great lights of Southern literature if his books dealt with things other than woman-eating hogs, men marrying amphibians, and vengeance-seeking lesbian wrestlers wearing opium-laced golden fingernails.

quirkyreader I remember seeing all of those at the local library when they came out. 5mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Practically prehensile tentacles 🤣

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WanderingBookaneer
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Gissy 😂🤣 5mo
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Michael_Gee
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My partner is at Bucket of Blood bookstore in Chicago and sent me this. I‘m both so happy for him and incredibly jealous. 🖤

jen_hayes7 How did I not know about this place?! 6mo
Michael_Gee @jen_hayes7 Jen, I didn‘t either!! I‘ve never been. 6mo
vivastory This is amazing! This would break my bank account💲📚💲📚 6mo
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Michael_Gee @vivastory Yeah me too, Scott. It‘s probably for the best that I‘m not there. I love how much many Valancourt books they have there. 6mo
vivastory Several months ago they had a limited time discount on their Paperbacks from Hell if you bought the entire bundle. I was sorely tempted to do so & would have if it was guaranteed at the time that there would be a second stimulus check. 6mo
PatriciaU Ah, Ghost Story by Peter Straub - the first book that scare the hell out of me! 6mo
LeahBergen Ah, the memories! And I love Valancourt, too. 😊 6mo
Reggie Wow!!!! I‘m so jealous. Good for him! 6mo
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KindleAddict
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Ive been wanting to read this for awhile, I have a fascination with these crazy books i saw growing up

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Michael_Gee
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This St. Jordi‘s Day, I received this wonderful surprise! 🌹📚😻

vivastory What a fantastic surprise! 9mo
Michael_Gee @vivastory No kidding! I‘m super excited to dig into it tonight. 9mo
LeahBergen This is such a fun read! 9mo
Michael_Gee @LeahBergen I couldn‘t put it down! I read it in two days and wanted to start it over again. 9mo
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Gina
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Does Satanic Panic ring a bell for you young-n's of the 70s and 80s? Are you not a horror fan? Does reading splatterpunk books turn you off?...then this isn't the book for you. But if all that sounds like the best blast from the past you could imagine then your dreams have come true!

A big thanks to @BookwormOfTheDamned for the recommendation. Check out his horror book reviews they are the bomb.
https://youtu.be/oM5x21MPnTU

vivastory I recently received a Paperbacks from Hell enamel pin. It's pretty fantastic 9mo
Gina @vivastory ooooohhhhh yessssss! I am so getting one! Thxs 9mo
vivastory Found it on etsy 👍 9mo
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Gina @vivastory perfect! Thank you. 9mo
Darkscrybe This is a great book!
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BookwormOfTheDamned Omg thank you for the sweet shout out! Wasn't that book awesome?!?!? All of its info + the vintage covers ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 9mo
Gina @Darkscrybe YESSSSSSSS... I am fast becoming a fangurl of Mr. Hendrix. I feel like he gets me...😜 9mo
Gina @BookwormOfTheDamned Well deserved! And Hella yeah!😛 9mo
BookwormOfTheDamned @Gina have you started to collect the Paperbacks from Hell releases? 9mo
Gina @BookwormOfTheDamned oooohhhh no I have not. I am feeling the urge to splurge! Gotta link for this old gal my friend??? 9mo
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Christy2318
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#JoyousJanuary @Andrew65 Fun read! My “scary” read tastes run more to the gothic & psychological thrillers. I‘ve only read a few of the books mentioned. But I grew up in the heyday of paperback cover art and love it in other genres. I spent the summer of ‘81 reading the neighbor‘s copy of Helter Skelter & Harlequin romance collection. If they had been into horror rather than romance my reading tastes today might be very different.

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 12mo
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JoeMo
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Out of the 102 books I read over 2020, above are my twenty favorites.

#20best2020

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TheNeverendingTBR
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An overview of '70s and '80s horror fiction, full of pictures of book covers and commentary of the funny, campy and horrific books that marked a new publishing genre and filled the shelves in those decades of horror fiction publication.

Don't know how long it took to compile and create this book but I will say something, it has definitely been researched and thought out well.

I've also stacked a lot of books because of this! 🤘

Horror fan must!

BookDragonNotWorm This looks awesome, thanks for sharing! 13mo
flying_monkeys My TBR exploded after I finished this one! Also reinvigorated my dedication to collecting all of Ruby Jean Jensen books. 13mo
Addison_Reads Love this book! 13mo
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MrT Guy N Smith Crab Series! 13mo
TheNeverendingTBR @BookDragonNotWorm You're very welcome, you should definitely give this a try; it's very fast paced and informative. 13mo
TheNeverendingTBR @flying_monkeys Any recommendations in particular? 13mo
TheNeverendingTBR @MrT So much...🧀 13mo
flying_monkeys My favorite Jensen (because clowns are THE creepiest... except for maybe dolls *shivers*): 13mo
TheNeverendingTBR @flying_monkeys Thanks Leah! 🔖 13mo
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SkeletonKey
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I should have posted this sooner, but did anyone else watch the live Grady Hendrix event?? So much fun.

#gradyhendrix

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Sweettartlaura
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Not quite what I was expecting. It‘s more of a catalog of horror books than a cohesive history of and comment on the genre. Still, there is enough content to enjoy it. If nothing else, you‘ll expand your TBR.

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Sweettartlaura
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This just got interesting 🤗♥️👍🏻

Leftcoastzen Love this book! 14mo
Sweettartlaura @Leftcoastzen it was ok - not quite what I expected 🤷🏻‍♀️. But I got a lot of adds to my TBR out of it 😉 14mo
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abookishbutterfly
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I think this book is brilliant. I loved the witty descriptions and laughed out loud numerous times. Although most of the books mentioned weren‘t things I‘m interested in reading, I did add a few to my TBR list.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3508265332

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JoeMo
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Some of my faves....sadly some of Eric Maria Remarque‘s best are missing from the pile thanks to loaning them out and buying books on Kindle

TieDyeDude House of Leaves was a beast! I'm glad I read it, though. 1y
JoeMo It really is s beast...some people can't get used to the style, but it's so worth it if one sticks with it! It's actually the only book that I read as an adult that truly creeped me out! 1y
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abookishbutterfly
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Jaws is, in case you didn‘t know, “a novel about a stressed-out great white shark suffering from portion control issues.”

According to Grady Hendrix‘s summary, at least. 😂

Erinreadsthebooks He‘s the best! 😂❤️ 1y
abookishbutterfly @Erinreadsthebooks He really is! He‘s my favorite author and I feel distressed over the fact that there isn‘t more Grady Hendrix material out there in the world for me to read. 😂 1y
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Bianca
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So I finished Paperbacks from Hell yesterday and finished rereading The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter today for book club.

I'm not done reading for the #24B4Monday readathon but decided to take a break to watch some Top Chef with the husband this afternoon.

I've been reading a lot of horror, but now I'm wondering if I should try to read something totally different. 🤔

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Bianca
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HWA and The Last Bookstore are currently doing the first of a new author panel series called Skeleton Hour. This one is about throwback horror from the 70s-90s and features Grady Hendrix and Stephen Graham Jones. So cool!

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abookishbutterfly
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I managed to get a couple screenshots from the video I mentioned in my previous post and I really want everyone to see how cute Delilah was when she picked the books!

Megabooks Awwww!! 1y
wanderinglynn So cute! 1y
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abookishbutterfly
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I was handed four new books in bed this morning, which is a very nice way to start the day. It‘s my birthday so this wasn‘t random. It would be nice if my husband handed me brand new books every morning, though. 😂

rockpools Happy Birthday! Hope it continues in the same way 🥳📚 2y
Crazeedi Happy birthday to you!🎶🎉🎂🥳 2y
AmyG Happy Birthday! 🎁🎂🎈🎉 2y
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TheLudicReader Happy birthday. 2y
Mynameisacolour Happy Birthday!💐💐💐 2y
Pageturner1 Happy Birthday 🎈🎂🎉 2y
rohit-sawant Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 2y
Erofan Happy birthday 🎉🎉🎉 2y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 2y
vivastory Happy Birthday 🎂🎈📚 Paperbacks from Hell and Lovecraft Country are both personal favorites! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🎂🎉Happy Belated Birthday!🎉🎂 2y
abookishbutterfly @RachelO Thank you! I also ended up getting a book from my son and bought myself another one when we headed out to our favorite small bookstore. It was definitely nice to have a day full of brand new books! 1y
abookishbutterfly @AmyG Thank you! 1y
abookishbutterfly @rohit-sawant Thank you! 1y
abookishbutterfly @vivastory Thank you! That‘s good to know! I‘m very excited about them! 1y
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veritysalter
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veritysalter
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have enjoyed every single second of this book. Many books I haven‘t heard of, some are old favourites and some were my entry in to the world of horror fiction. Hendrix relates the nuances within the genre to the socioeconomic trends of the 70s and 80s, praises the vital work of the artists who created so many eye catching covers and gloriously revels in the bizarre. A must read for all horror fans.

LeahBergen It IS a must read for horror fans! I saw so many old covers that I‘d read in my teens and forgotten about. 2y
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veritysalter
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This 👆🏻!!!!! This is my early teens, Point Horror, Christopher Pike and R. L. Stein, where my love of horror began.

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veritysalter
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Sace 🤣🤣🤣 And sort of true. 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 This was a fun book! (edited) 2y
veritysalter @LeahBergen I‘ve got quite a reading list from it. Today I‘ve ordered ‘The Other‘ and ‘The Stepford Wives‘. 2y
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LeahBergen The Other is so good! And I ended up ordering several books while reading it, too. 😆 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That quote is so true! 🤣 2y
Megabooks Yaaassss!!! 2y
batsy @veritysalter I loved both the Other and the Stepford Wives! 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Like most of what Grady Hendrix writes, this is hilarious and snarky and a great overview of the best and worst of horror. My favorite quote is: “Every fetus eventually turns into a child, and, as so many wise men and women in the horror paperback industry know, terror toddles on two chubby legs.“ Kids are scary, yo. I really want to go to some seedy used bookstore and scoop up a bunch of these!

Leftcoastzen This book was super fun! 2y
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vivastory
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📚Geek Love
🖋Grady Hendrix
🎬 Game of Thrones
🎹 Gilberto, João
🎶 Graceless-The National
#ManicMonday #LetterG @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing ☺️🖤 2y
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reading_rainbow
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🖤it‘s gorgeous😭 i finally splurged and got this book i‘ve been wanting to get my hands on about 70s/80s horror fiction, the cover art for these books are so awesome 😍🔪⚰️🪓🔪

vivastory I'm seeing Hendrix in April. I hope to get this one signed. 2y
reading_rainbow @vivastory too cool!! i‘m excited for the Southern Book clubs guide to slaying vampires, i got that bad boy on pre-order lol 2y
Leftcoastzen Such a cool book ! l loved it. 2y
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CaroPi
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So this week I bought another bookshelf. I was in the search for almost a year with money my friends gave for my birthday (is in February) so first was the car with books and then this last one. Because a reader never has enough space for books... #bookshelf

rather_be_reading love that lizard one on the left! 2y
Leftcoastzen Nice! 2y
maich Beautiful😍 2y
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CaroPi @rather_be_reading thanks! They are Colombian handmade 2y
BarbaraBB Wow 🤩 2y
Nute Nice! Love the reptiles!🦎 2y
CaroPi @Nute Thanks a lot! They are Colombian. I also love them too! 2y
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Bathory
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Billypar
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Thanks @LeahBergen for recommending this fantastic trip through the weird world of 70s and 80s horror books. I think Hendrix made a critical decision for this project: even though there's some attention to why certain themes became popular and publishing industry trends, the crazy plot summaries are the focus. And the audio narrator reminded me of a movie trailer voice for heartwarming family films, which worked really well for some reason 😁

Nute I always enjoy reading your thoughts on books. I guess now I‘m interested in formulaic considerations for 70s and 80s horror books. Weird world stuff!😂 2y
Billypar @Nute Thanks! Yeah, it's funny there were so many books mentioned that I probably wouldn't read but loved hearing about in synopsis form. 2y
LeahBergen The audio narrator! 😂😂 Yes, that does sound somehow fitting. 2y
Billypar @LeahBergen At first I thought it was an intentional thing to be funny, but I think it was just that narrator's style. Which is even better 😃 2y
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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Oh, I‘ve been wanting this one. Yay! I‘ve really enjoyed the Grady Hendrix titles I‘ve read.

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vivastory
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Grady Hendrix #Trick > Criss Angel trick
#Scaratholonphotochallenge @4thhouseontheleft

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HalPepperc0rn
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Arguably the best book cover ever ^^^

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uwak
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this was a quick but interesting read 😊 I really enjoyed Hendrix's analysis of various pulp-y paperbacks though I wish parts of the books were organized better (history of horror fiction vs specific themes/recurring topics) and I would also love to hear more of Hendrix's recommendations for specific titles. Still, I enjoyed the analysis of the various time periods and how they influenced many of the books.

#horror #nonfiction #librarybooks

Leftcoastzen I really enjoyed this book.He has great affection for the topic. 2y
uwak @Leftcoastzen absolutely! I enjoyed how much he wanted to get a lot of these lesser-known authors out there. 2y
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uwak
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aaaaand my next #nightstand book 📚 honestly I just want to marathon Hendrix's stuff asap but my tbr stack is getting out of control 😭 so far this book has been awesome, with Hendrix detailing different cultural aspects from the time period that influenced various authors and I'm especially enjoying his spotlights on the cover artists in addition to the authors.

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BookwormAHN
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Day 5 My favorite #Horror Novelists
Clockwise: Joe Hill, Clive Barker, Bentley Little, Darcy Coates, Grady Hendrix and of course his majesty Stephen King 🖤
#Scarathlon #TeamStoker #ChillingPhotoChallenge
@TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage Nice!!! Have you ever looked into Ania Ahlborn? if not she's definitely worth a read. Pretty much any book she's ever written. They are all good. 🧟‍♀️ 2y
BookwormAHN @TheReadingMermaid I've read a few of her books and really enjoyed them 👻 2y
KathyWheeler I love all of them except Darcy Coates, and that‘s only because I haven‘t heard of her. Is there a book of hers that you‘d recommend as a good one to start with? 2y
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BookwormAHN @KathyWheeler Craven Manor is one of my favorites 👻 2y
vivastory What Bentley Little books do you recommend? 2y
BookwormAHN @vivastory The Resort, The Influence, and The Haunted are some of my favorites 👻 2y
vivastory Great. Thanks! 2y
kamoorephoto Grady is my fave!!! 🖤 2y
Crystalblu I‘ve never read Bentley Little. What would you suggest? 2y
BookwormAHN @Crystalblu I'd start with The Resort or The Haunted 👻 2y
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fandom_hellspawn99
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#ScreamathonSwap close pt. 3 the thing to top it all off and tie it together! They are all so amazing thank you again @Carla I can't wait to read these

Carla I‘m so happy you like it! I saw Paperbacks From Hell Live, and it was so much fun. I think you will love the book. 😘 2y
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fandom_hellspawn99
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This is absolutely incredible! Thank you so much @Carla this is amazing! I'm dying over the socks they are so cute 😁😁😁 And thank you @4thhouseontheleft for hosting this #ScreamathonSwap I can't wait to get on with the rest of #Screamathon 🎃 💀 I'll post closer pictures of the books soon

AmyG Wow! Great socks. 2y
4thhouseontheleft 🙌 🙌 2y
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vivastory
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My library had the 5 Paperbacks from Hell published so far!
#libraryscore

LibrarianRyan Nice. Those are not easy to get. My #screamathon partner had them on her wish list but since I don‘t purchase from Amazon, at the time they were hard to find. And no, I didn‘t spoil anything because I didn‘t end up getting them. 2y
LeahBergen Awesome! I‘m starting to really like Valancourt Press. 2y
Aaronlisa I nice. I really liked Hendrix's book except it made me want to hunt some of those paperbacks down. 2y
Reggie I am peanut butter and jealous right now. 2y
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LeahBergen
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The autumn issue of Fine Books and Collections is certainly putting me in an October mood!

🍁🍂🍁🍂

Leftcoastzen Cool! 2y
Lindy Paperbacks from hell? 2y
Cathythoughts Yes ! That‘s an October mood for sure 👍🏻 2y
LauraBeth I love the cover! Plus, Paperbacks from HELL!! 😂 2y
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HatefulGrablin
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Since time immemorial humankind's greatest natural predator has been the clown.

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EadieB
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Day 8 - #HolyHell #AugustABC

These are books that I have enjoyed that have Hell in the title!

#PaperbacksFromHell #ToHellInAHandbasket #APrisonDiaryHell #HellHouse

Eggs 👏🏻🤗🖤 🔥 👿 😈👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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