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Grady Hendrix

Award-winning author Grady Hendrix has written about the confederate flag for Playboy magazine, covered machine gun collector conventions, and scripted award shows for Chinese television. His novels include HORRORSTÖR (about a haunted IKEA), My Best Friend’s Exorcism, which is basically Beaches meets The Exorcist, and We Sold Our Souls, a heavy metal horror epic out now from Quirk Books. He’s also the author of Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom of the Seventies and Eighties, and the movie Mohawk, a horror flick about the War of 1812, and the upcoming film, Satanic Panic. You can discover more ridiculous facts about him at www.gradyhendrix.com.

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We Sold Our Souls: Heavy metal horror

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

Here at FanLit we’re working together to get all the Locus Award finalists reviewed. I’m not a fan of horror, but when I learned that Grady Hendrix’s horror novel We Sold Our Souls (2018) was about a woman who used to be the lead guitarist for a metal band, I knew this novel was for me. Hard rock and metal are my favorite music genres, I love to attend live shows, and I have often fantasized that being a guitarist for a metal band could have been an alternative career path if my mom had allowed me to take guitar instead of piano lessons. So, I was ready to love We Sold Our Souls.

The story starts by introducing a teenage Kris Pulaski in the late 1980s as she discovers metal and hard rock music and begins learning to play electric guitar in her bedroom. I could totally relate to Kris and her friend Terry (a singer) as they ... Read More