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

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    The Final Girl Support Group
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    The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
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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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    Dead Leprechauns & Devil Cats: Strange Tales of the White Street Society
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  • Bram Stoker Award Winner

    Non-Fiction
    Paperbacks from Hell
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Reviews

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The Final Girl Support Group
"A wildly entertaining romp through the conventions of horror’s slasher film subgenre…Hendrix masterfully evokes the paranoid existences of his diverse cast in the aftermath of their traumatic ordeals, and he so explicitly details the massacres and fictional film sagas that grew out of them that readers may believe them to be real. The result is a wonderfully suspenseful and darkly comic novel that cleverly subverts popular culture.Horror fans will be wowed."

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review!

"THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP sizzles with action, originality, and a gleaming concept sharp as a scalpel."

Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Pray for morning, wish for speed, and be as quiet as you can, it doesn't matter—Grady Hendrix's The Final Girl Support Group already knows where you live and breathe."

Stephen Graham Jones, Author of The Only Good Indians

“The Final Girl Support Group is funny, scary, and a roaring good time. Grady Hendrix puts his own spin on Final Girls and I loved it. His unique voice should not be missed by those who enjoy horror with a big dose of sarcasm and humor.”

Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

"Take slasher movie adoration, critique, and satire, mix with compelling, flawed characters and neck-breaking plot twists, and drop it all into an industrial blender with large blades. Voilà, you now have Grady's maniacally clever and compulsively readable The Final Girl Support Group."

Paul Tremblay, National bestselling author of Survivor Song

"The Final Girl Support Group is perfect for anyone who loves old slasher movies and, oddly enough, anyone who hates them. Grady Hendrix has somehow crafted both an homage to B-horror schlock and a clever dissection of the genre, all delivered in the form of one long breathless chase punctuated by both unpredictable twists and thoughtful insight."

David Wong, New York Times bestselling author of John Dies at the End

"A (bloody) valentine to the slasher franchises of the VHS era, but also a smart novel about survivor guilt and the concept of the enduring heroine."

Kim Newman, author of Anno Dracula

“With The Final Girl Support Group Grady Hendrix transforms a horror trope into something bloody original. An incisive examination of society's obsession with violence against women that simultaneously honors and roasts the slasher genre with equal prowess. Wildly entertaining and clever as hell.”

Rachel Harrison, Author of The Return

"Grady Hendrix’s canny new novel, THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP, gathers all the tropes and iconography of a decade’s worth of slasher movies, throws them into a blender with much more wit and intelligence than any of those movies displayed, in a truly original, compelling, suspenseful tour de force… with a knowing wink. Hendrix has a rare, unique voice in a genre sorely in need of more!"

Mick Garris, writer, director (The Stand, Bag of Bones, The Shining miniseries)

"THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP is a deft examination of how our culture's obsession with misogynistic violence destroys the lives of women and how those women are able to keep fighting and living after unthinkable trauma. The beating heart of this book is empathy and it's set into a lightning-paced, vicious thriller. Reading it was a catharsis. Absolutely unmissable. Horror fans... you've never read a slasher like this."

Mallory O'Meara, bestselling author of THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

"A crazy emotional roller coaster ride that took me right back to1980, but it needs a warning label: may cause severe anxiety, suggest reading with CBD and a glass of wine."

Adrienne King, actress, artist, Friday the 13th’s 1st Final Girl

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

“The author remains excellent at staging page-turning sequences of excitement.”

AV Club

“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

“This might be my favorite work from Hendrix to date.”

The Fantasy Hive

“One of the things I like the most about Grady Hendrix’s novels is the nostalgia factor. It’s just so darn satisfying to submerge myself in all of the stereotypical yet true-to-life, generation-defining quirkiness he brings to the story. ”

Audible, Editor’s Pick

“This book is scary, twisty, weirdly sexy, and so good.”

New York Public Library

"Grady Hendrix is growing into a master of the horror genre with each book he publishes, he’s become a must read for me and THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE FOR SLAYING VAMPIRES is just proof of his mastery of storytelling."

SFF World

“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

“[Grady] excels in reinvigorating the 80’s tone of those mass-produced novels of the 1980s. This one clearly plays homage to Stephen King, but also any of those books from that time […] Fans of Stranger Things will ‘get it’ […] It’s a great read.”

SFFWorld

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"

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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

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The Final Girl Support Group
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
USA

#14 New York Times bestseller list

USA

#2 Southern Indies bestseller list

USA

#10 Midwest Indies bestseller list

USA

#11 Pacific Northwest Indies bestseller list

USA

#14 Southern California Indies bestseller list

USA

#107 USA Today

USA

April 2020 #1 LibraryReads Pick

USA

LibraryJournal Editors' Pick for April 2020

USA

The A.V. Club Best Book of April 2020

We Sold Our Souls
USA

2018 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee: “Best Novel”

USA

2019 Locus Award Finalist: “Best Horror Novel”

USA

2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist

USA

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour Pick

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

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