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Grady Hendrix on ‘Paperbacks from Hell’ and Why Horror Is a Women’s Genre

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is a die-hard horror fan. He writes, reads, and researches the genre and is an expert on its history. His new book, Paperbacks from Hell—about the paperback horror boom in the ’70s and ’80s—is a blood-splattered love letter to horror. It’s a tome to be found on the coffee table in any horror fan’s home, brimming with hundreds of full-color cover illustrations from books that influenced both the publishing and film industries. Just in time for Halloween, we talked to Hendrix about the state of horror today, Stephen King brainwashing, and why horror is a women’s genre. Bookish: You clearly have a place in…

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All the Feels: The First Book That Made You Cry

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Whether or not you’re an easy crier, there’s usually one book that manages to hit you straight in the feels. For some of us at Early Bird Books, The Fault in Our Stars was the first to bring on serious waterworks (we’ll never read John Green on the subway again). For others, it was Bridge to Terabithia or Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass. As for our awesome readers, The Red Fern Grows seems to have broken the majority of your little-kid hearts. In fact, other than tragic relationship stories like The Notebook, most of your first-time tearjerkers featured animals of some sort—Charlotte the spider and Old Yeller the dog, for example. And while you probably can’t say you enjoyed mourning…

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R.L. Stine Reveals What Books Are on His Night Stand

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As we’ve said before, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps was a major part of pretty much every child’s life in the 90s. We collected the books, bought the swag and told the scary stories around the campfire. Needless to say, we’re always on the lookout for R.L. Stine-related anything. So when the New York Times released an exclusive interview with Stine, in which he lists what is currently on his night stand — and so much more — we couldn’t resist sharing it with our BookTrib readers. “A friend once accused me of reading ‘beach reading’ all year long and I think she was right,” Stine says in the interview. “I read mostly thrillers, mysteries and new fiction. Waiting for me right now:” Salvation of…

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Our Top Picks from Comic-Con’s Trailer Frenzy

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Our heads are still spinning from lollapalooza of entertainment excitement that is San Diego Comic-Con. We were on the edge of our seats every time we heard the word “trailer.” It was too hard to actually pick a favorite, or even agree on which one was the best, so the BookTrib team decided to do a roundup of the best trailers that dropped. You”ll be shocked, be excited, be held in suspense! Benedict Cumberbatch greeted fans in a video instead of showing up for the Sherlock panel – which he kindly apologized for—but make sure you watch until the end. Did he just say what I think he said? Is Moriarty back?! Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.…

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10 Years of ThrillerFest, Part 2: More iconic masters

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Have you seen Part One of our salute to Thrillerfest’s ThrillerMaster Award winners? If not, you can check it out here.   This year marks the tenth anniversary of ThrillerFest—a gala that draws hundreds of thriller enthusiasts from across the globe to New York City to celebrate the genre. The pinnacle of the weeklong gathering, put on by the International Thriller Writers organization, is the presentation of a lifetime achievement accolade, the “ThrillMaster Award.” We recently caught up with the ten iconic authors who have received this honor, and these masters of suspense gave us their views on the genre. In Part One of this article, the first five recipients gave us their observations. Here are the rest of the…

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Books that made me lose sleep. WIN: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

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I may have outgrown candy corn and those weird caramel apple chews that seem to only exist in October, but I hope I’ll never lose my taste for books that keep me up till midnight, tossing, turning, and worrying about what, exactly, lurks under my bed. In fourth grade, my whole class was terrified—haunted, even—by Mary Downing Hahn’s Wait Till Helen Comes. Sure, there was an aspect of performance involved (culminating with a fake swoon from Anna W that I still envy) as we read and re-read the story of a step-family’s fragile happiness threatened by a centuries-old drowned ghost. But there was genuine, satisfying unease along with our posturing: the ghost in question is fueled by loneliness, making Helen…

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Colleagues in crime: Our favorite crime, mystery and horror novels

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We love getting our fright on for Halloween here at BookTrib headquarters. It’s no exaggeration to say that hundreds of books cross our path each year, but when it comes to crime, mystery and horror we have our favorites. So grab a bowl of candy corn and pull up a chair. There’s nothing like sugar-fueled rush of literary adrenaline for Halloween.   @B00kW0rm  I was so sad when Night Film by Marisha Pessl was over that I wanted to cry. It’s a literary thriller that truly, deeply satisfies that creep factor for me. I couldn’t put it down—like I would accidentally read it until 3 a.m. when I had to go to work in the morning. Night Film investigates this…

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The thrill of it all: A writer’s first ThrillerFest

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I had been scanning the crowd all day trying to find him. All I knew was that he was a dark-haired man with glasses, maybe in his late 50s. As I was about to give up hope, my colleague tapped me on the shoulder and said two words that forever changed my life. “That’s Bob.” Before I had a chance to compose myself, he was standing in front of me, cracking a joke. R.L. Stine, author of the Fear Street series that kept me penniless and out of trouble as a middle school girl, was telling me a joke. My inner 12-year-old did cartwheels and set off fireworks while my outer adult smiled politely and introduced herself. (I was rather…

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