Grady Hendrix

Novelist & Nonfiction Author
Amazon TV Series in Development
Travels from: Newark, NJ

“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

Grady Hendrix is a New York Times bestselling horror author with a weakness for Christmas, kung fu movies, and bad singing. Raised by wild librarians, he’s written a whole bunch of fiction (lies) like The Final Girl Support Group and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and some award-winning non-fiction (not lies) like Paperbacks from Hell. He’s also written some horror movies, but don’t hold that against him. He hates author events. Instead, he does full-on one-man shows using his laptop, a projector, and his own terrible voice. Each one lasts for an hour and either takes audiences on a tour of weird horror novels of the ‘70s and ‘80s, or guides them through the history of murder books, or the horrors of Christmas, or why they should be terrified of haunted houses, especially in this market. Fast-paced, ridiculous, and featuring truly awful songs, these shows will leave audiences shaking their heads sadly at the life choices that have brought Grady to this sad fate.

Published in 16 languages, with a large and active social media following, Grady tries his best to connect with audiences (his signings take forever) and to bring some showmanship and fun to horror. He often fails but he keeps on trying because, clearly, he’s a slow learner.

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BadAsstronauts

JAB Books |
Novel

Melville, South Carolina was out of money, it was out of jobs, it was out of hope, and today it was out of astronauts. There were only two to begin with, and now one is stuck on the abandoned International Space Station after his mission went south. With NASA’s budget cut to the bone, there’s no one to bring him back home, so everyone is only too happy to ignore this embarrassing sign of American Failure and just let him die. But his cousin, Walter Reddie, isn’t going to let that happen.

Tanked on vodka, living on a “farm” whose only crop is cars on cinderblocks, Walter’s a wash-out from the Shuttle Program and he’ll be damned if he’s going to let his cousin die in the sky like a dog. And so he begins to build a rocket. If America won’t rescue its astronauts, he’ll do it himself.

Violating numerous laws, good taste, common sense, logic, and reason, Walter becomes a lightning rod for people who aren’t ready to give up. His farm is transformed into the promised land for misfits, drifters, rocket junkies, pyromaniacs, dreamers, science nerds, and astro-hippies who believe that space shouldn’t just be for billionaires. But it won’t be easy. Chances are good they’ll blow themselves up, get arrested, or kill each other before they ever get into orbit.

These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World

Mondo Books |
Nonfiction

When a major Hollywood studio released Five Fingers of Death to thrill-seeking Times Square moviegoers on March 21, 1973, only a handful of Black and Asian American audience members knew the difference between an Iron Fist and an Eagle’s Claw. That changed overnight as kung fu movies kicked off a craze that would earn millions at the box office, send TV ratings soaring, sell hundreds of thousands of video tapes, influence the birth of hip hop, reshape the style of action we see in movies today, and introduce America to some of the biggest non-white stars to ever hit motion picture screens.

This lavishly illustrated book tells the bone-blasting, spine-shattering story of how these films of fury — spawned in anti-colonial protests on the streets of Hong Kong — came to America and raised hell for 15 years before greed, infomercials, and racist fearmongering shut them down.

You’ll meet Japanese judo coaches battling American wrestlers in backwoods MMA bouts at county fairs, black teenagers with razor sharp kung fu skills heading to Hong Kong to star in movies shot super fast so they can make it back to the States in time to start 10th grade, and Puerto Rican karate coaches making their way in this world with nothing but their own two fists.

It’s about an 11-year-old boy who not only created the first fan edit but somehow turned it into a worldwide moneymaker, CIA agents secretly funding a karate movie, the New York Times fabricating a fear campaign about black “karate gangs” out to kill white people, the history of black martial arts in America (“Why does judo or karate suddenly get so ominous because black men study it?,” wondered Malcolm X), the death of Bruce Lee and the onslaught of imitators that followed, and how a fight that started in Japanese internment camps during World War II ended in a ninja movie some 40 years later.

It’s a battle for recognition and respect that started a long, long time ago and continues today in movies like The Matrix, Kill Bill, and Black Panther and here, for the first time, is the full uncensored story.

The Final Girl Support Group

Berkley |
Novel

Like his bestselling novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix’s latest is a fast-paced, frightening, and wickedly humorous thriller. From chain saws to summer camp slayers, The Final Girl Support Group pays tribute to and slyly subverts our most popular horror films—movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream.

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about final girls is that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Quirk Books |
Novel

Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are about their own families.

One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor’s handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well traveled and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in years. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind—and Patricia has already invited him in.

Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia’s life and try to take everything she took for granted—including the book club—but she won’t surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong.

We Sold Our Souls

Quirk Books |
Novel

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 spine-tingling horror novel, 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.

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction

Quirk Books |
Nonfiction

Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate!

Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, plus many more who’ve faded into obscurity.

Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Quirk Books |
Novel

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

Horrorstor

Quirk Books |
Novel

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

WELCOME TO THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP

Ever since we invented the printing press we’ve been writing books about killing each other and this talk takes audiences on a tour of the history of murder books and movies, from bizarro 19th century Jack the Ripper fan fiction to primal hamster trauma. Also, why do we watch and read this stuff in the first place? Answers will be given!

THE PAPERBACKS FROM HELL

A mind-melting oral history of modern horror, told through the rise and fall of the horror paperback boom that started with Rosemary’s Baby in 1967 and ended in the mid-90s. Hundreds of weird covers, not too many terrible songs!

THE MOST HORRIBLE TIME OF THE YEAR

Telling ghost stories at Christmas has been a tradition for hundreds of years so let’s take a spooky sleigh ride through Yuletide terror, from Krampus, to goblin babies, to Salvador Dali’s failed Christmas card line, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Put the “Ho Ho Ho!” in “Ho Ho Homicide!”

THESE FISTS BREAK BRICKS

In March, 1973 the first kung fu movie hit American screens, unleashing a wild wave of martial arts movies that influenced the birth of hip hop, earned millions at the box office, sold millions of VHS tapes, and introduced us to the biggest non-white stars to hit the silver screen. It’s a story of immigrants, a story of resistance, and a story of so many insane movie posters your head will explode!

HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE IN A CHALLENGING MARKET

From Pliny the Younger to the Amityville Horror, we’ve been convinced there’s something undead living inside our homes rent-free for thousands of years. Tied into Grady’s latest book, How To Sell a Haunted House (January 17, 2023), this show will tap dance through the haunted hallways of houses from Downton Abbey-sized country homes to split-level suburban ranchers as we try to figure out why we’re so obsessed with ghosts.

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NYT Bestseller
IndieNext Pick
Goodreads Choice Awards Winner
Golden Chainsaw Award

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