Horror Writer to Speak at SCF Venice

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018)— State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will stretch out the Halloween season by a couple of weeks as the Department of Language and Literature at SCF Venice hosts “Paperbacks from Hell,” at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Building 800, the Selby Room, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. The event is free and open to the public.

Grady Hendrix, an award-winning novelist and screenwriter, will talk about his works, including “Horrorstör,” “My Best Friend's Exorcism,” “Paperbacks from Hell,” and his latest novel, “We Sold Our Souls.” His films include “Mohawk” and the upcoming “Satanic Panic.”

His works were born out of the early 1970s when three books, “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Exorcist” and “The Other,” changed horror writing. They were the first horror novels to hit bestseller lists since 1940, and they opened the floodgates for horror paperbacks throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Hendrix delivers an oral history of this now forgotten world of skeleton doctors, killer crabs, killer jellyfish, killer babies – pretty much killer everything. Prepare yourself for a tour of this long-lost universe of terror that lurked behind the lurid, foil-embossed, die-cut covers of the “Paperbacks from Hell.”

For more information, contact Doug Ford, department chair, Language & Literature, or 941-408-1501.

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