Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix
Here's a tight, well-written story of a man (Major James Brionne, formerly of the U.S. Army) whose home in Virginia was torched and his wife killed by a gang set on destroying him because of his previous work which led to the arrest, trial, conviction, and hanging of the murderer Dave Allard.
The time is the early 1870s. Brionne with his son Mat (who had barely managed to escape the clutches of the Allard Gang in Virginia) make their way out west to Utah Territory to eke out a new life there in the desert landscape. There they are tracked down by the Allards and the outcome is not without its thrills and chills.
A very compelling and eloquent account by Iris Origo which conveys both the tempo and temper of life that existed in Italy as she went from being a sometimes uneasy German ally and neutral to a full-fledged co-belligerent with Germany after June 10, 1940. The diary begins on March 27, 1939 and ends on July 23, 1940.
It feels weird to me, too, but I guess we're now calling 90s things vintage. Ouch!
I was inspired by Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix and some awesome Instagram accounts to go on a hunt for some "vintage" books, from Horror, teen and children books.
Inspired by these accounts:
@booksuncovered [They judge books by their covers, but mostly post older, nostalgic type books.]
@vintagebooknerd [They post vintage books, obviously!]
Disclaimer: Times were different when these were published. If you look into getting any of these, I am sure by today's standards, they are full of problematic, offensive material (even the children books!) Also, it would be a safe bet to say all the horror books have trigger warnings! I am mentioning the original publish date, not the date of any reprints.
I did something wild... I bought all these without looking up ratings and reviews, like people used to do back in the day.
Okay on to the show!
Here is what I found!
An Old Friend of the Family [1979 - Dracula series #3 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]
The Children [1982 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]
Dominion [1982- Dracula series #5]
Demon Within 
Cutting Edge 
The Perfume 
Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body 
The Accident 
Don't Look Behind You 
The Twisted Window 
Stranger With My Face [1981 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]
The Dreamer 
Humor - Horror - and the Supernatural 
The Stepdaughter 
Midnight Fright 
My True Love Gave To Me [1993 - Scream series #5 (stand-alone series)]
The Scariest Stories You've Ever Heard Part 3 
The Immortal 
The Party [1988 - Final Friends #1]
The Dance [1988 - Final Friends #2]
Mary Anne's Book [1996 - The Babysitters Club Portrait Collection]
Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-sitter [1991 - The Babysitters Club Special Edition]
Claudia's Book [1995 - The Babysitters Club Portrait Collection]
Sideways Stories from Wayside School [1978 - Wayside #1]
Sunny, Diary Two [1998 - California Diaries #6]
Wayside School is Falling Down [1989 - Wayside #2]
The Stranger I Left Behind 
A Taste Of Smoke 
The Secret Secret Passage [1992 - Clue #2]
The Whipping Boy 
The Ghostmobile 
Fourth-Graders Don't Believe In Witches 
Secret Agents Four 
Mystery of the Secret Dolls 
I put in a special order at Barnes and Noble (because for some reason they didn't carry it in store!) for Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix and while I was at the store to pick it up, we had to go into the kids section to pick up a birthday gift for a 1-year-old.
I saw the Buffy the Vampire Slayer picture book based on the series created by Joss Whedon, with illustrations by Kim Smith. I had to have it! For me! I love horror, adult books, YA, middle grade and of course children books. I think even if my body breaks down over time, reading in this manner will help keep part of my mind young.
I'm such a dork. Both of these books are so cool!!
The back cover alone makes a Buffy fan happy! Look at the little attention to detail. When you read this, you have to remember it will be way different from the show. It has to be if they are marketing it for children.
I've only flipped through Paperbacks From Hell, but I've already seen some books I own or read, which is pretty neat!
Lupe by Gene Thompson is from 1977. I bought my copy in 2003 from a little used bookstore for $1. So I read it at 19 years old. From memory, this book freaked me out! I was pretty sheltered as a teen, even at 19, so this was probably considered a Taboo book to be reading with my relgious family. I imagine I hid it.
My copy got a little beat up. I'm not too bothered by that. That just means this book has a history! Would I buy it again if I found a better copy of the first edition (and for cheap again... haha) I probably would if I read this again and still liked the story.
I tried to adjust the photo so you can see the faded text in the receipt! Not every day you find the original receipt tucked away.
As I read Paperbacks From Hell, I will keep track of which books I own, have owned and have read! (Oh, and of course the books I will want to hunt for and read! I know I will want to find the books with the covers the book shows, so my hunt might be harder.)
If you are a dork like me, you might look forward to my list, which I will share here. lol