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.
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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.
An NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour Pick
An io9 2018 Fall Preview Pick "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
"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
"Riveting."--Geeks of Doom
"Grady Hendrix has struck gold again with another female centred horror novel!"--Crack Your Spines
"Dark and electric."--The Outerhaven
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
"Just thumbing through these pages will bring back your youth--and terrify you all over again."--Newsday
"Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material."--The A.V. Club
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 without succumbing to any of the more predictable exorcism story tropes -- things happen in this book that you will not expect. It will leave you sleepless because you won't want to put it down, and you'll be too scared to."--Fangoria
"A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession."--Bloody Disgusting
"Grady Hendrix's terrific new novel...places best friend drama front and center, and wrings honest truths from the fictional magic...Sharply written...[My Best Friend's Exorcism] makes a convincing case for his 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
"Horrorst r 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
"Wildly fun and outrageously inventive."--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review
"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
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