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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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A Demonic Book List for Fox’s The Exorcist Miniseries!

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Halloween is coming early! Lately, it feels like everything is being remade for television, from Lethal Weapon to the Divergent movies (apparently). So, when we heard that Fox was remaking The Exorcist as a miniseries, we were a bit dubious. Seriously? You’re remaking what is thought to be the greatest horror film of all time, based on one of the scariest novels of all time, which was inspired by a real-life case of demonic possession in 1949? You’ve got to be kidding. Wait, was that Geena Davis? And Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? And spooky child exorcisms in orangey-lit settings? And weird birds crashing into windows?? And the old-school theme music from the original movie?! We’re definitely going to…

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Frankenstein, Dracula and Carrie — oh my!

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Run for your lives! Frankenstein LIVES!! Wait—sorry. What we meant was Frankenstein is LIVE, on stage, in the Olivier-winning production of Frankenstein by the National Theatre of Great Britain. The production, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller (both of whom have played Sherlock Holmes on TV), ended its run in 2011, but not before it was filmed for broadcast to cinemas around the world. This week, it’s being re-broadcast for a special encore presentation—check your local theaters for show times. Frankenstein’s return to the big screen reminds us that some of the scariest films of all time were based on classic horror novels. So this Halloween, when all the candy is gone and the trick-or-treaters have deserted the…

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