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We Sold Our Souls: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Much like the horror genre, heavy metal music has often been given a bad reputation for its over the top appearance and oftenintense descriptions. It is no wonder then why a marriage between the two works so perfectly. In We Sold Our Souls, Grady Hendrix has written a power ballad in prose narrative that not only plays with the old story of selling one’s soul for fame and glory, but also pays homage to everything about Heavy Metal; the good, the bad, and the weird. And even though Grady has done well to craft some very gut-wrenching moments that forced even me to put the book down for a spell, he also managed to weave in an inspiring story of rebellion and hope in the face of overwhelming odds. After all, isn’t that what metal music is all about? – Nicholas

Description


In this hard-rocking, spine-tingling supernatural thriller, the washed-up guitarist of a ’90s heavy metal band embarks on an epic road-trip across America and deep into the web of a sinister conspiracy.
 

Every morning, Kris Pulaski wakes up in hell. In the 1990s she was lead guitarist of Dürt Würk, a heavy-metal band on the brink of breakout success until lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom, leaving his bandmates to rot in obscurity.

Now Kris works as night manager of a Best Western; she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Then one day everything changes—a shocking act of violence turns her life upside down, and she begins to suspect that Terry sabotaged more than just the band. Kris hits the road, hoping to reunite Dürt Würk and confront the man who ruined her life. Her journey will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a celebrity rehab center to a satanic music festival. A furious power ballad about never giving up, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, pill-popping, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul.

About the Author


Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s ExorcismPaperbacks from Hell, and We Sold Our Souls, all of which received critical praise from outlets including NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, Paste, Buzzfeed, and more. He has contributed to PlayboyThe Village Voice, and Variety.

Praise For…


Nominated for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel 
A 2019 Locus Award finalist for Best Horror Novel

An NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour Pick

An io9 2018 Fall Preview Pick
A 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist


“A good, creepy, music-tinged thriller.”—CNET

“The quintessential horror-metal novel for our times.”—Los Angeles Review of Books 

“Kickass, horrifying, and smart as hell. It certainly earns my two horns up.”—Dread Central

“An addictive read for the metalhead and horror hound alike.”—Bloody Disgusting 

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

“Hendrix’s horror chops are nigh-unassailable at this point.”—B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog

“A fast-paced ride, firmly rooted in the pulp horror tradition…Hendrix’s darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore.”—Booklist, starred review

“Hendrix is an indie horror legend, and We Sold Our Souls is one of his best.”—Book Riot 

“Enthralling and intense...The plot goes 0 to 100 real quick, and once it does, you won’t want to put the book down.”—Sean Curry, UC San Diego Bookstore bookseller, in the San Diego Union-Tribune

“If you see me in the wild and I'm reading a book that was written by Grady Hendrix, interrupt me at your own peril.”—Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars

“Funny and intense.”—Claire Margetts, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A consistently funny, smart and affecting love letter to horror and metal fandom.”—Toronto Star

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

“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

“Horror and humor play off each other in a delicate dance.”—Nightmare Magazine

We Sold Our Souls will have you cranking up your favourite metal album to 10 in no time at all.”—HorrorTalk

“A clever twist on a time-honored plot.”—The Day

Praise for Paperbacks from Hell:
“Pure, demented delight.”—The New York Times Book Review

Paperbacks from Hell is as funny as it is engaging.”—The Washington Post

“The book is a true appreciation of the genre.”—Los Angeles Times

Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material.”—The A.V. Club

“Just thumbing through these pages will bring back your youth—and terrify you all over again.”—Newsday

Praise for My Best Friend’s Exorcism:
“National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, Horrorstor (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend’s Exorcism.”—The Wall Street Journal

“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 

“A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession.”—Bloody Disgusting
 
“Terrific...Sharply written...[My Best Friend’s Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix’s] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn’t skimp on the spooky—or the bodily fluids.”—The A.V. Club 
 
Praise for Horrorstor:
Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”—The Washington Post

“Disarming.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery.”—Nerdist

“An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale.”—Bustle
 
“If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you’ll get a laugh out of Hendrix’s spoof mystery.”—New York Post
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683690122
ISBN-10: 1683690125
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: September 18th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English