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Virtual Monday, October 02, 2023 6:00 PM ET

Grady Hendrix celebrates PAPERBACKS FROM HELL!

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Join Barnes & Noble as we welcome the New York Times bestselling author of How to Sell a Haunted House and The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix, for a live performance of PAPERBACKS FROM HELL Trade Paperback; a nostalgic and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s.

**This event will be streamed live fromGrady Hendrix's Barnes & Noble Union Square appearance.

If you love PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, please check out the four PAPERBACKS FROM HELL reissues, which all feature forwards by Grady Hendrix: THE AUCTIONEER, WHEN DARKNESS LOVES US, LET'S GO PLAY AT THE ADAMS', and HELL HOUND. Each one has a B&N Exclusive edition with unique cover details in an exclusive trade paperback format.


This is a live, ticketed event. You must have a ticket to gain access. Please be sure your correct email is listed when you purchase and that your Eventbrite settings include updates on this event.

  • For book-based tickets: This is for US-based customers ONLY (NO P.O. Boxes), excluding Puerto Rico; P.O. Boxes and all international addresses. Any non US orders, Puerto Rico or P.O. Box mailing addresses will be cancelled and refunded.
  • Books will be mailed AFTER the completion of the live event; please allow ample time for shipping, typically 8-10 business days.
  • Each ticket must have a different email associated with it to gain entry. Any repeated emails will be cancelled and refunded.
  • There is a limit of one ticket per person. If you exceed or attempt to exceed the posted ticket limits, we reserve the right to cancel, without notice, any or all orders and tickets, in addition to prohibiting your ticket purchasing abilities. Any tickets canceled due to violating the posted ticket limit may be refunded at face value (excluding fees). This includes orders associated with the same name, e-mail address, billing address, credit card number, or other information.


  • PAPERBACKS FROM HELL Admission - $35.91 (Admission + PAPERBACKS FROM HELL Trade Paperback/tax/shipping): **LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE**: A ticket PER PERSON includes:

**Have a question? Leave one at check-out and it could possibly be answered live!


  • This event will air as a Zoom Webinar. You MUST BE SIGNED INTO EVENTBRITE WITH THE EMAIL IN WHICH YOU PURCHASED THE TICKET to access the event. We highly recommend you CREATE AN EVENTBRITE ACCOUNT, as well as DOWNLOAD ZOOM & familiarize yourself prior to the event for the best possible experience.
    • Access to the event will become available on the evening of the event, Monday, October 2, at 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT / 4 PM MT / 3 PM PT.
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We cannot guarantee a replay of the program. Please keep this in mind before purchasing a ticket. There will be no refunds for missing the live event.

Event guidelines are subject to change.



Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read 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 reading time and which should stay buried.


Grady Hendrix is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling novelist and screenwriter living in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism (which is being adapted into a feature film by Amazon Studios), We Sold Our Souls, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, and The Final Girl Support Group. Grady also authored the Bram Stoker Award–winning nonfiction book Paperbacks from Hell and These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World.


This special Paperbacks from Hell reissue includes an introduction by New York Times best-selling author Grady Hendrix and an afterword by the author's husband.

One of the finest and best-selling horror novels of the 1970s returns at last to chill a new generation of readers.

In the isolated farming community of Harlowe, New Hampshire, where life has changed little over the past several decades, John Moore and his wife Mim work the land that has been in his family for generations. But from the moment the charismatic Perly Dunsmore arrives in town and starts soliciting donations for his auctions, things begin slowly and insidiously to change in Harlowe. As the auctioneer carries out his terrible, inscrutable plan, the Moores and their neighbors will find themselves gradually but inexorably stripped of their possessions, their freedom, and perhaps even their lives by the ominous presence of a stranger impossible to resist...


This special Paperbacks from Hell reissue includes an introduction by New York Times best-selling author Grady Hendrix as well as the original foreword by science fiction legend Theodore Sturgeon and the original cover painting by Jill Bauman.

Sally Ann and Martha. Two women, searching for love. Finding terror.

During a terrifying storm, a gentle childhood is destroyed by a twisted man who promises love but delivers nightmare.

In the lightless depths of an underground labyrinth, unseen creatures lie in wait for an innocent traveler, cold skeletal hands stretched out in welcome.

There is horror in darkness—horror made greater WHEN DARKNESS LOVES US


This special Paperbacks from Hell reissue includes an introduction by New York Times best-selling author Grady Hendrix.


"They're just kids...It's only a game." That's what Barbara, a lovely twenty-year-old babysitter told herself when she awoke bound and gagged. But the knots were tight and painful and the children would not let her go.

"They're just kids...It's only a game," she told herself again. But the terror was real...and deadly!

In the decades since its original publication, Mendal W. Johnson's best-seller Let's Go Play at the Adams' (1974) has gained a reputation as one of the most harrowing horror novels ever written, and copies have long been unobtainable except at exorbitant prices.


This special Paperbacks from Hell reissue includes an introduction by New York Times best-selling author Grady Hendrix.


There is never laughter in this house; only the dull sounds of age and weakness. But I am not weak. I have a strength and resourcefulness that the old woman probably never had.

What are the possibilities of my strength? That is a thought I have never had before. What if some morning as the old woman stood at the head of the staircase she were suddenly to feel a weight thrusting against the back of her legs? What if she were to lunge forward, grasping at the air, striking her thin skull against the edge of a stair? What would become of me if she were found unmoving at the bottom of the stairway?

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