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We Sold Our Souls

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  686 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of Horrorstor, My Best Friend's Exorcism, and Paperbacks from Hell.

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 rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Quirk Books
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Jody Are you allowed The Shinning or Twilight it this library? Yes, I'm aware these are vastly different books, but if the answer is "yes" allow this book,…moreAre you allowed The Shinning or Twilight it this library? Yes, I'm aware these are vastly different books, but if the answer is "yes" allow this book, please. And if you haven't already allow My Best Friend's Exorcism. I would say teens would like it and it's no worse than any standard horror movie, video game, or thing they'll see on Creepy Pasta. Grady's novels play out like a non preachy cautionary tale to be a true and loyal friend. However, if you are somewhere where they took "Santanic Panic" seriously in the last 20 years (not 30) it may be an issue as the irony of Hendrix may escape these sad adults and yet... I'm sure everyone will be forced to read The Crucible or The Good Earth or some book where some girl is forced into marriage/sex slavery and you read in graphic detail her death... Anyway, have fun. Note: I haven't read this book yet but I feel like I know Hendrix and what he's going for with My Best Friend's Exorcism and I'm based on Beccanox (below answer) there doesn't seem to be anything too bad.I'm also going to read it like right now, and will update this answer. (less)

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Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A girl with a guitar never has to apologize for anything.

i’ve read all three of grady hendrix’s novels, and while none of them have scared me, they’ve all entertained me.

this is the least fun of his books. there are occasional smiles, like when you notice that all the chapter titles are the names of metal albums, or when he sneaks something cheeky in, like citing nick sharman as a rock journalist from Kerrang! magazine when we all know that nick sharman is this guy:

and this guy.

it’s a loving po
" Hard rock, heavy metal, stoner rock, doom metal-it all dragged itself up out of the swamp called the blues. "

As a major fan of the blues, how could I not be aware of Robert Johnson's story? Legend says he sold his soul at the crossroads to play the guitar like that. Maybe he wasn't the only one doing the selling?

WE SOLD OUR SOULS is the story of a band in turmoil, maybe not a great band, but one that affected people. One that got people through the hard that helped them celebrate
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
I’d been meaning to read something by Grady Hendrix for ages, so I jumped at the chance to review We Sold Our Souls. I’d heard so many of my friends rave about his writing in general, but as a metalhead, I was especially sold on the idea of an entire horror story revolving around this washed-up former metal star and her old bandmate’s essential deal with the devil to gain his fame.

She had nothing. Except her music.

First, let’s talk about Kris Pulaski, our former guitarist protagonist who’s i
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everybody has been raving about this book. I haven’t read one negative thing and that’s rare in blogland. We like to complain and pick things apart. Or at least I know I do. I probably shouldn’t speak for everyone else. But I think that’s what makes us (or me) so fantastic, haha. Now that I’ve finally read it, (sorry Netgalley, I am late again but you really should know this about me by now) I totally understand why this book is being treated like horror gold. Author Grady Hendrix knows the horr ...more

WE SOLD OUR SOULS, by Grady Hendrix, is a psychologically intense novel involving a one-time metal band and the power inherent in their music and lyrics. Years ago, five people formed a band called "Durt Wurk"--a band that was good, and had the potential to be great. Then came the day that their lead singer, Terry Hunt, decided he wanted more . . .

Kris Pulaski--now nothing more than a motel clerk--clearly remembers her triumphant struggle to where she knew they had something special. Her me
I needed something undemanding to read over a couple of train journeys, and We Sold Our Souls fitted the bill. I haven't got on with Grady Hendrix's work previously (had to give up on Horrorstör because it was too gory; just couldn't get into My Best Friend's Exorcism) so I wasn't necessarily expecting much here, but for whatever reason it worked brilliantly.

The story's about Kris, who used to be the guitarist in a metal band called Dürt Würk. In the 90s, just as they were about to get big, le
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every song was the same song. These were songs for people who were scared to open their mailboxes, whose phone call never brought good news. These were songs for people standing at the crossroads waiting for the bus. People who bounced between debt collectors and dollar stores, collection agencies and housing offices, family court and emergency rooms waiting for a check that never came, waiting for a court date, waiting for a call back, waiting for a break, crushed beneath the wheel.

Grady Hendri
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, review-copy
3.5 Stars
Once again, Grady Hendrix is back with another fantastic, self-aware horror novel.

Playing with the classics tropes of the genre, this novel was smart and well written. The narrative was very fast paced and action packed, bringing along the reader for an entertaining adventure.

This novel will particularly appeal to readers with a background in music, specifically heavy metal. This is book was still accessible to less musically-inclined people, like myself, but I know I was the perfect
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We Sold Our Souls is such a fun read. It's an addicting story, and I think I tore through it within 24 hours. I want to say up front that I am not a metal fan, and this is the second metal horror book I've read this year. I ended up loving both. So if you are not a metal fan, either, and are avoiding this one, please go for it. This is a story you don't want to miss.

I feel like this book loses some steam at the end. It seemed like it was ramping up to something more sinister, and I guess it was
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was sent to the Night Worms review group by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I have been a fan of Hendrix ever since I discovered Horrorstör when it was released. When this book showed up at my house I just stared at it and pawed it for a while. It's so gorgeous and metal AF. Needless to say I couldn't wait to read this one.

The first night I picked it up I made it to the 38% point. Last night I finished it. That's how much I was caught up in this story. Hendrix turns thi
Cameron Chaney
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, adult, horror
You can see my full video review HERE...

Kris's days of underground metal fame are over. She is now in her late forties and dealing with creeps from the front desk of a hotel, barely getting by as she reminisces about the days before she and her band split. Before her fellow band-member Terry Hunt rocketed to stardom and left the others in the dust. Soon, Kris becomes convinced that Terry sold all their souls in exchange for fame. And so begins a road trip to track Terry down and confront him.

Jennifer ☼
First of all, I love horror books centered around music. Books like Robert McCammon's The Five and Todd Keisling's The Final Reconciliation are among my favorite books. I could not have been more excited when I heard Grady Hendrix had written a metal horror book. I'm such a fan of Grady Hendrix. Paperbacks from Hell was a stunning book, but My Best Friend's Exorcism is what placed him on my must read author list. It was a very unexpected read (in a great way).

We Sold Our Souls was an unexpected
Jennifer Gaarder
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Quirk Books, September 18, 2018

335 Pages, Hardcover Edition

"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 rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western - she's tired, b
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As a fan of Grady, heavy metal and horror I was really looking forward to this book and I’m glad to say that is was absolutely fantastic.
We Sold Our Souls takes you on a thrilling adventure that follows Kris Pulaski, the former guitarist of Dürt Würk - a band that was never huge but loved by those fortunate enough to hear them. The reasons for the dissolution of her band are not what she believes them to be and the evils she wrote about are far more real than she realises. Kris is a great protag
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have also included a few quotes from the eARC- I couldn’t help myself- so, please note, the quotes are subject to change in the published version

We Sold Our Souls in a word? Epic! In three words? Epic, epic, epic! I mean- it’s about heavy metal- how can it not be epic, right? Am I saying ‘epic’ too much? 😀

Anywhoo, what a satanic ride this one was… I mean, not only was the plot utterly devilish and filled with dark, sinister agendas and death and gore and other horror-y stuff, I also- seriously
Katherine Moore
We Sold Our Souls is one HELL of a ride. Grady Hendrix, King of horror at Quirk Books, has written a heavy metal masterpiece with a female lead guitarist, Kris Pulaski, as its star.
Less classic horror this time (his previous books are Horrorstör and ‘My Best Friend's Exorcism, Hendrix has laden ‘Souls’ with conspiracy theory and real life horrors.

Kris Pulaski was in a heavy metal band called Dürt Würk two decades ago and they were on the brink of success when the lead singer Terry Hunt ripped t
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
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We Sold Our Souls is a most excellent read and with my devil horns raised Grady Hendrix, I salute you!🤘

Kris Pulaski was the lead guitarist in the heavy metal band Dürt Würk but music and happiness are in her past. It has been years since she picked up her guitar, shredded her axe and made her six-string sing. These days Kris is back in her hometown living paycheck to paycheck and st
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
4.0 Stars

Kris was in a heavy metal band called Durt Wurk, but right before they were about to hit it big, the band fell apart. Twenty years later, she's the night manager at a Best Western and her life has been miserable since the split. Her former bandmate has skyrocketed to Stardom as Koffin. Kris learns that her and her bandmates souls may have been the price for Koffin's success. She embarks on a journey and will stop at NOTHING until she confronts him.

This was a fun, fast-paced story. I pe
Cody | codysbookshelf
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Thanks to Quirk Books for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is it.

What can I say about this book that hasn’t already been said by all my book blogger friends? We Sold Our Souls is a rocking good time filled with well-developed characters and shocking twists, all told in Grady Hendrix’s assured, witty voice. Hendrix is quickly becoming a superstar in the dark fiction field, and rightfully so.

What is most impressive about this book, to me, is the cha
Brandy Humphrey
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever had so many thoughts about something that you couldn't pick through them to properly articulate them all? This is exactly how I've been feeling about We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix. What I feel is this was a total love letter to metal music and the fans who love it; We Sold Our Souls roped me in and took me on an unexpected journey that reminded me of some sort of epic Lord of the Rings / 80's met
La La
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 on the blog.

"A girl with a guitar never has to apologize for anything."

If you want to read a book that will give you an authentic feel for the Metal music scene, and really the music business as a whole, wrapped up in an excellent Horror/Psychological Thriller story, grab this book as quick as you can. Oh, and the MC is a woman... a woman Metal guitarist!

The story brought up so many points about the current state of affairs in the music industry that I almost put on pants (trousers for you f
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, music
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was nearly a breakout success, but the lead singer Terry went solo and became a superstar as Koffin, leaving the rest of the band in the dust. Now, former guitarist Kris is miserable as a night manager at Best Western. Then one day she learns a horrific secret about Terry's meteoric success -it may have come at the price of Kris's soul. With this information, Kris plans to confront the man
David Yoon
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Kris Pulaski loved to play guitar and her heavy metal band Durt Wurk put in the work, hit the road and played every backwoods dive, seedy bar and smoky venue with their big break surely just around the corner.

But that was 20 years ago. Now she works nights at a Best Western contending with urinating guests while her band mate Terry Hunt has gone off on his own to wealth and acclaim. A solo metal phenomenon rebranded as Koffin. He's back for one last set of shows and it spurs Kris to try and unra
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While missing some of the sly humor of his previous books, We Sold Our Souls is a hard and fast rager of a horror novel.

Mixing light gore, hard living characters, and scenes so vibrant you can hear the scream of the music and feel the bleeding fingertips of our guitarist, Hendrix gives us a truly epic horror journey!

This is the kind of book you'll read at a fever's pace and, at the end, no matter the terror and heartbreak of our characters, you'll want to be legendary yourself. After on
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
“Have you ever noticed how soulless this world has become? How empty and prefabricated? Soulless lives are hollow. We fill the earth with soulless cities, pollute ourselves with soulless albums.”

We Sold Our Souls is like the book version of a movie directed by some strange Frankenstein’s monster mash-up of Edgar Wright’s musical genius and Sam Raimi’s weird, gory humor. And I loved every single second.

At its core, this is an empowering story, one where a woman who once followed her passion has b
Whoa. This was one hell of a ride. Love heavy metal? Are you into horror? Then you want to read this! Full review will follow, but let's just say: I fucking loved this book. Can I give 10 stars?
I think Grady Hendrix has quickly climbed up the list of favorite authors. If you haven't read my review of My Best Friend's Exorcism, pause right now and go read that to give you an idea of what you're about to dive into here.

What I absolutely love about Hendrix is that he writes such believable women. Like, women and teen girls who have been through the ringer and still come out strong. Kris is no different.

The opening of the book made my heart absolutely ache for my own reasons, but that coul
Lauren Elizabeth

This book revived my soul and left my mind buzzing.

I am beyond thankful for receiving We Sold Our Souls as an advance reading copy as well as given this opportunity to review it before it’s release date. Hendrix has been such an important author to me within the past year or so. His book, My Best Friend’s Exorcism turned me into the horror guru I am today (as well as horror movie director James Wan. Wan + Hendrix are the high quality creators that I dream to be.).

I had very little idea of what t
Shane Douglas Keene
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, upcoming
Easy five star read for me. This brilliantly brutal cosmic horror novel from one of our best authors is a must read for all fans of the macabre. Full review coming soon.
Twenty years ago, Kris Pulaski was a guitarist for the heavy metal band Dürt Würk, back when they were rising stars. Back before the night her bandmate, Terry Hunt, convinced the rest of them to sign away the rights to their original songs. Back before the car crash that left the rest of the band hating her, too. Back before Terry became the lead singer of Koffin, a wildly successful nu-metal band that is much more palatable to mainstream audiences.

Now, on the verge of losing both her house and
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Grady Hendrix is the author of the novels Horrorstör, the only book you'll ever need about a haunted Scandinavian furniture superstore, and My Best Friend's Exorcism, which is like Beaches meets The Exorcist, only it's set in the Eighties.

His fiction has appeared in Lightspeed MagazineStrange Horizons, Pseudopod, and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination. He is one of the founders of the
“it is possible to be crazy and paranoid and totally insane and still be right. Maybe the problem with everyone is that the world has become so insane they’re not out of their minds enough to comprehend it.” 3 likes
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