Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction - Grady Hendrix

As a long-time follower of the TooMuchHorrorFiction blog and fan of Grady Hendrix, this ode to Horror novels from the era when they dazzled most is a dream come true. Beside highlighting some very obscure plot lines, there's a wealth of publishing history and social context on how it all happened. Written with charm and wit, this is an easy read that's as entertaining as it is informative.

But Reader beware, you're going to create quite a shopping list. Even more scary, most of the rare books are pricey finds made even more expensive thanks to Hendrix. If you have any of these titles on your shelves and are willing to part with them, now is the time to put them on eBay. Outside of the rare few which received reprints (mostly thanks to Valancourt Books--God bless them) it's hard to find any under $50.

Whether you want to revisit beastly books from yesteryear, discover some extremely unusual titles for the first time, or simply learn about publishing trends, you got to read Paperbacks from Hell.