My Best Friend's Exorcism

Grady Hendrix
My Best Friend's Exorcism Cover

My Best Friend's Exorcism


Quite a bit of fun, and better than Horrorstör, while a little rough in patches. A decent humor/horror/hell-fiend mix, with bonus points for the cover and frontispiece (done up like a high school yearbook). Yes, I finished it in two days. Grady Hendrix, you got the beat.

The main character and her friend since fifth grade have to get through life at their private school in the late 80s. After trying acid for the first time, things start to go wrong. This slow burn lasts for quite a while until the exorcism makes an appearance.

The 80s setting is perfect, with chapter titles that were song titles. Zits, big hair, Phil Collins and misheard lyrics - it's all there, with a can of classic coke. The humor and horror quotient are just about right, with a bit too much gore. In most horror films, the bad guys get what they deserve, but I definitely think the dog should have been spared.

Looking forward to more from this author, and I plan to check out the non-fiction Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction also.