Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a critically-acclaimed horror writer, journalist, and one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. A former film critic for the New York Sun, Grady has also written for Slate, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Playboy, and Variety.

His latest novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires was a New York Times bestseller, and his non-fiction Paperbacks From Hell won him the Bram Stoker Award. Grady Hendrix’s books have been reviewed everywhere from the Washington Post to the Guardian, and he has been profiled in The New Yorker.

Find Grady on his website, or follow him on Twitter @grady_hendrix.

Bibliography

  • Standalone
    The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
    Grady Hendrix
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    We Sold Our Souls
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    My Best Friend’s Exorcism
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    Horrorstör
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  • Bram Stoker Award Winner

    Non-Fiction
    Paperbacks from Hell
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Reviews

Standalone

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
“Hendrix cleverly sprinkles in nods to well-established vampire lore, and the fact that he’s a master at conjuring heady 1990s nostalgia is just the icing on what is his best book yet. Fans of smart horror will sink their teeth into this one.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Hendrix draws shrewd parallels between the serial killers documented in the book club’s picks and Harris’s apparent vampire persona, loading his gruesome story with perfectly-pitched allusions to classic horror novels and true crime accounts. This powerful, eclectic novel both pays homage to the literary vampire canon and stands singularly within it.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Hendrix has masterfully blended the disaffected housewife trope with a terrifying vampire tale [...] Whether they are horror fans or not, a wide swath of readers will enjoy how this premise plays out.”

Booklist, Starred Review

“Buried beneath THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB’S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES’s mounds of Southern-style humor and horrific plot twists ripples a coming-of-age story featuring the least likely of heroines […] The novel exudes sufficient Southern charm and hospitality to conceal the extensive groundwork laid for the delectable surprises that are made to spring from its passages. A vampires’ hunger for blood may be insatiable, but this masterpiece novel ladles out ample thrills, chills, and relevant examples of sociopolitical injustices to satisfy any literary appetite.”

Foreword, Starred Review

“One of the most rollicking, addictive novels […] in years.”

The New York Times

“Its incisive social commentary and meaningful character development make THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB’S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES not just a palatable read for non-horror fans, but a winning one.”

USA Today

“It’s this ability to terrify, while also having something worthwhile and insightful to say, that makes Grady Hendrix one of my favourite contemporary horror authors.”

Locus

“[This] delightful rendition of the ensuing gore, crisp expletives, and eerie suspense of this horror story, which touches on themes of gender, class, and race, makes for an enthralling […] experience.”

Audio File

“Horror lovers who enjoy era-specific pop cultural references and a smart blend of vivid character-driven horror and humor will be well pleased. It’s everything Hendrix fans have come to expect from his exclusive brand of storytelling: Clever, compelling and plenty of chills. A new favorite!”

Cemetery Dance

“THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES is funny and warm and it’s genuinely creepy and disturbing. Grady re-creates a time and place without the dangerous, distortive lens of nostalgia and delivers a book with plenty of bite (I’m sorry for the pun, but it’s true).”

Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

"Grady Hendrix has cemented his place as a literary luminary [...] Hendrix has taken his genuine affection for housewives and their work, and folded it seamlessly into a horrifying story of social decay and community betrayal. Cancel your plans and lock your doors — you won't be able to stop reading this one until the very end."

Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars

“Every vampire novel is going to have blood and teeth, but this one’s got that one essential ingredient that nobody else does like Grady Hendrix: heart. These aren’t characters, they’re people, and I consider myself lucky to have known them for a few pages.”

Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

“The book I didn’t know I was waiting for about suburban moms fighting monsters in their midst. This book is a goddamn delight.”

Lauren Beukes, award-winning and internationally bestselling author of The Shining Girls

We Sold Our Souls
“The quintessential horror-metal novel for our times.”

Los Angeles Review of Books

“Hendrix’s pulpy love letter to heavy metal music is a gloriously over-the-top scare fest that has hidden depths […] Readers will root for Kris all the way to the explosive, poignant finale.”

Publishers Weekly

“A faithful power ballad to horror literature in all of its forms.”

Paste

“Fear not, Hen­drix smashes it out of the park.”

Locus

“Wild and fun, genuinely terrifying in places, and also somehow heartfelt.”

Tor.com

“Hendrix’s horror chops are nigh-unassailable at this point.”

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Hendrix is an indie horror legend, and WE SOLD OUR SOULS is one of his best.”

Book Riot

My Best Friend’s Exorcism
“National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom [...] with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM.”

The Wall Street Journal

“This book packs all the magic of a summer horror flick.”

Bustle

“The rare exorcism book that will make you cry, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is both a truly scary tale and a loving tribute to high school friendship.”

Hypable

“Think Mean Girls with demonic possession, set in 1988 Charleston. It’s funny, it’s heart-wrenching, it’s even a little spiritual, in a very strange way.”

Southern Living Magazine

“Hendrix's fusion of teen angst, '80s pop culture, and the power of true friendship is a treat.”

Kirkus

“Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988 — that’ll give you MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM [..] .Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying.”

Minnesota Public Radio

“Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving.”

Fangoria

Horrorstör
“Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale that [gets] darker and funnier as the book progresses [...] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”

The Washington Post

“Disarming.”

The Wall Street Journal

“If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you’ll get a laugh out of Hendrix’s spoof mystery.”

The New York Post

“Equal parts terrifying and hilarious.”

Bustle

“A clever little horror story [and] a treat for fans of The Evil Deador Zombieland, complete with affordable solutions for better living.”

Kirkus

“The book’s packaging as a catalog—complete with illustrations of increasingly sinister-looking furniture with faux Scandinavian names—gives it a charmingly oddball allure.”

Publishers Weekly

“A very clever ghost story.”

Booklist

One of NPR's "Best Books of 2014"

Non-Fiction

Paperbacks from Hell
“Pure, demented delight.”

The New York Times

“PAPERBACKS FROM HELL is as funny as it is engaging.”

The Washington Post

“The book is a true appreciation of the genre.”

The Los Angeles Times

“A nostalgic treat.”

Playboy

“Terrific [...] Written with wit and affection, lavishly illustrated with a wide selection of the era’s cover art, Paperbacks from Hell was an attempt to reckon with the tidal wave of horror narratives that filled the bookshelves for two decades.”

Locus

“The very best horror novel reference material on the shelves right now, bar none.”

Dread Central

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
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#14 New York Times bestseller list

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#2 Southern Indies bestseller list

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#10 Midwest Indies bestseller list

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#11 Pacific Northwest Indies bestseller list

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#14 Southern California Indies bestseller list

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#107 USA Today

We Sold Our Souls
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2018 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee: “Best Novel”

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2019 Locus Award Finalist: “Best Horror Novel”

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2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist

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NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour Pick