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
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.
Grady Hendrix, horror writer and author of Paperbacks from Hell and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is back with his most electrifying novel yet. In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success—but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in obscurity.
Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western—she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when 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 with the rest of her bandmates and confront the man who ruined her life. It’s a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a celebrity rehab center to a music festival from hell. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, 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…where only a lone girl with a guitar can save us all.
About the Author
Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. His novels include Horrorstör, named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio, and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, for which the Wall Street Journal dubbed him “a national treasure.” The Bram Stoker Award winning Paperbacks from Hell, a survey of outrageous horror novels of the 1970s and '80s, was called “pure, demented delight” by the New York Times Book Review. He’s contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety.
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“Kickass, horrifying, and smart as hell. It certainly earns my two horns up.”—Dread Central
“Wild and fun, genuinely terrifying in places, and also somehow heartfelt.”—Tor.com
“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
“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
“Funny and intense.”—Claire Margetts, The Salt Lake Tribune
“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
“Riveting.”—Geeks of Doom
“Grady Hendrix has struck gold again with another female centred horror novel!”—Crack Your Spines
“Dark and electric.”—The Outerhaven
“If you ever wanted to be in a band, or even just grew up loving one, you’ll enjoy this book.” —Geek Mom
“This is rip-roaring, spine-tingling tale of horror, but was also a whole lot of fun to read!”—Paper blog
Praise for Paperbacks from Hell: “Pure, demented delight.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Paperbacks fromHellis 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