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Long awaited “The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies” relaunches with Grady Hendrix’ ‘Paperbacks From Hell’

Every so often there are books that come along that change the tide of horror. One that comes to mind is Stephen King’s IT. Or VC Andrews FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC that eventually go from the bestseller list to silver screen. One of the prominent writers in horror Grady Hendrix fresh off his one man show receives his proper due with the relaunch of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. His foray into macabre volumes from the 70’s PAPERBACKS IN HELL is the main focus in this upcoming event. There will be a live Q&A, readings and more! This will all take place at their new venue. The Film Noir Cinema on September 19th. Read ahead for all the official details on the event!


After a successful pilot season in Fall 2016 at the now-defunct Morbid Anatomy Museum, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – NYC will re-launch in Fall 2017 at its new home, The Film Noir Cinema, in the heart of Greenpoint (a short walk from the Nassau Ave stop on the G).

The acclaimed lecture series will kick off with Grady Hendrix, the author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, presenting a live performance and launch for his new book about the lurid world of 70s horror pulps, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL.

In the early ’70s, three books changed horror forever: Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, and The Other. The first horror novels to hit bestseller lists since 1940, they opened the floodgates for an avalanche of horror paperbacks to flood supermarket and drugstore shelves throughout the ’70s and ’80s, before Silence of the Lambs slit the genre’s throat in the early ’90s.

Fresh off last year’s one-man show, SUMMERLAND LOST, Grady Hendrix delivers a mind-melting oral history of this wild and woolly world of Nazi leprechauns, skeleton doctors, killer crabs, killer jellyfish, and killer fetuses, featuring hair-raising readings, a William W. Johnstone quote-off, and more tales of terrifying tots, tricycles, clowns, puppets, and heavy metal bands than should be strictly legal. 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!


PLUS! Following Grady’s illustrated presentation will be a live round table discussion and Q+A with several artists who painted the book covers under discussion, including:

Jill Bauman – if you’ve seen a doll on a horror paperback cover, it was probably painted by Jill Bauman. A longtime fan favorite, she has illustrated covers for everyone from Harlan Ellison, to Ramsey Campbell, to Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Peter Straub.

Lisa Falkenstern – award-winning artist, Lisa Falkenstern, has painted some of the most memorable horror covers in the business, and she was the regular VC Andrews cover artist for 15 years.

Thomas Hallman – still painting book covers today, Tom Hallman’s distinctive style has graced everything from forgotten creature horror novels like Gila! to popular paperbacks like Stephen King’s The Green Mile.

There will be books available for sale at the event.

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies: PAPERBACKS FROM HELL

Tuesday September 19th, 2017 – 7:00pm-9:30pm

Film Noir Cinema – 122 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Admission $12 advance / $15 door




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