We Sold Our Souls Review—Grady Hendrix Slays It

If you’re looking for a new horror thrill, give our We Sold Our Souls review a read! Again, author Grady Hendrix manages to capture lighting in a bottle… Except this time it’s wrapped up in metal music and on a bass guitar.

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge horror fan, especially of Grady Hendrix’s work. You can check out my previous books reviews for My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and more recently—How To Sell A Haunted House.

We Sold Our Souls is one of Hendrix’s earlier works—published after My Best Friend’s Exorcism, but still older than most of his other massive hits, and it shows.

However, what he lacks in refinement that’s present in his later work, We Sold Our Souls makes up for it in soul. The book is jam-packed full of heart, and feels like a love letter to metal music and horror.

The novel is packed full of references to all the heavy metal legends, from Metallica to Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Iron Maiden and everything in-between.

This book is a fresh, innovative take on the classic “we sold our souls for kick-ass music, fame, and success.” It follows Kris, a heavy-metal-has-been, that’s now working a dead-end job, and struggling for money.

Her heavy metal band, Dürt Würk, was so close to success—but fell apart when their lead singer, Terry Hunt, left to become a solo artist.

However, Terry’s success is wrapped up in conspiracy, crime, and even worse… The Satanic. Just what happened the night he left the band? To add to the mystery, Dürt Würk’s unreleased album contains prophetic lyrics that could solve it all…

This novel will have you traveling across America with Kris, as she tries to take down Terry.

I recommend this book wholeheartedly, it was almost flawless in its execution. It’s strongest in its first two acts, but the ending drags on for a bit, and misses the mark—but don’t let that deter you.

If you’ve already blown through Hendrix’s other books, you’ll find yourself at home here, especially with the strong and well-written female protagonist, innovative spins on horror tropes, and gripping mystery.

Some chapters are also absolutely horrifying. Hendrix is a master at crafting scenes that leave you with goosebumps, and sends chills down your spine. It’s easily the goriest out of all of his novels.

If you’re a heavy metal fan, you’ll appreciate the references and rich history discussed in the novel—however, it might be lost on someone who doesn’t care for the genre.

I’m planning to read Grady Hendrix’s The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires (2020) next… So keep an eye out for that review!

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By Camellia Hao Ren

Camellia Hao Ren is an Australian journalist and editor. When they aren't writing, they are usually playing games or reading.

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