While I was on vacation this summer, I bought The Final Girl Support Group by horror author Grady Hendrix, intrigued by its cover and premise. I had never read anything by Hendrix before, but I was immediately drawn into the story and the myriad twists that came along the way.
While Final Girl is his latest novel, Hendrix has also written many other novels, including My Best Friend’s Exorcism, We Sold Our Souls, and The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires; and the non-fiction books Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction, and Dirt Candy: A Cookbook(which he co-authored with his wife).
Hendrix was born in Charleston, South Carolina and worked in a library before becoming a professional writer. He has written articles for Playboy, The New York Post, and The New York Sun. He’s also a screenwriter, a playwright, and writes short stories.
An author whose novels are not for the faint-of-heart or the squeamish, writer Jack Ketchum has been described by Stephen King as “the scariest man in America.” There’s no doubt in my mind that there is something to King’s view of Ketchum’s work. I have read many of his novels (The Girl Next Door, Off Season, Off Spring, Red, and many others) and the images that he paints with words stick with you long after you’ve finished the book and moved on to other, less disturbing, fare.
And yet, his writing style makes you return for another graphic and horror-filled tale from this master of his craft.
From 1981 to 2017, Ketchum authored 27 works that range from short fiction to novels. His unique voice and his ability to ignore critical views of his work – the Village Voice has referred to his writing as ‘violent pornography’ – have made him an iconic voice in horror fiction.
Sadly, Ketchum passed away in 2018, but his works live on through print and film and TV adaptations.