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Grady Hendrix: Paperbacks from Hell

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Happy Hour from Hell
Wed. March 20, 6:30 PM – The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

Paperbacks from Hell LIVE
Wed. March 20, 8:00 PM – The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

Happy Hour from Hell and Paperbacks from Hell with Grady Hendrix
Presented as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book with the Virginia Humanities 

Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction) presents a mind-melting live performance based on his book, which chronicles the history of horror genre paperbacks. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why attend?

Paperbacks from Hell chronicles the history of the horror paperback publishing boom that started in the early 1970s with the release of Rosemary’s BabyThe Exorcist, and The Other, and died in the early 1990s as serial killers lured horror paperbacks into their murder basements.

Hendrix interviewed authors and artists to tell the story of how, for a brief 24-year period, bookstores, drugstores, and supermarket spinner racks were awash in books about Bigfoots, Nazi leprechauns, killer maggots, and rabbis blasting KGB demons with super-shofars.

Featuring never-before-published artwork by some of the mad geniuses who painted these gorgeous covers, Paperbacks from Hell follows the horror paperback boom from its roots in books about Satanic possession, to its death at the hands of serial killers.

Paperbacks from Hell won a Bram Stoker Award for Best Nonfiction

“…as funny as it is engaging…”—The Washington Post

“The [paperback] boom may have ended, but it lives—vividly, gruesomely—in this collection.”—The New York Times

“…fabulously detailed, hilariously intense…”—The Guardian

Happy Hour from HELL

Enjoy horrors and a happy hour with author Grady Hendrix (We Sold Our Souls and My Best Friend’s Exorcism) in advance of his performance, Paperbacks from Hell LIVE. Taking place just a short walk from the Downtown Mall, this program is FREE to attend and open to the public.

Please note: Drinks will be available for those of legal drinking age in Virginia. Book sales will also take place throughout the evening.


March 20
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Bridge PAI
(434) 218-2060


The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
209 Monticello Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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(434) 218-2060