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We Sold Our Souls

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,241 ratings  ·  1,785 reviews
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, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes
Kindle Edition, 337 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
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best horror 2018! what will happen?

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! maga
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Loved the black stained edges and what looks like Viking runes on the front cover. What do I know!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix is a 2018 Quirk Books publication.
It’s the 90s and heavy metal rules the rock and roll music machine.
Dürt Würk is right on the cusp of fame when suddenly their singer, Terry Hunt, pulls out, goes solo, changes his name and becomes a mega-superstar. He leaves his former bandmates in the dust, taking everything with him, including the rights to their music.

Decades pass, and Dürt Würk’s guitarist, Kris Pulaski, is barely scraping by, working as the night manage
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My mind is going a million miles an hour right now - I hope this review will make sense.

Loved this book. Loved everything about this book. It's as though Grady Hendrix asked me how I would like my horror served. And he delivered more than he promised.

Phew, let me take a breath and try to break this down into smaller chunks. I'm a rocker at heart, but some of my music taste moves into heavy metal. You could say I'm like a fringe player, knowing only enough to know what I like and what I don't.

Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, library-book
5 intense and glorious stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Damn, I loved this one. A book containing heavy metal music and horror? Uh, yes please!
Grady Hendrix, we’re not worthy!

We Sold Our Souls was a fun romp of a book from the rural setting of Pennsylvania, the depressed economy of West Virginia, to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.

Kris Pulaski is middle aged, broke and working at Best Western.
She’s wondering what the hell happened for the last 20 years and how did she get in this place?

She was the lead guit
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 protagoni
" 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
Dan Schwent
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
In the 1990s, Kris Pulaski was the guitar player in a metal band called Dürt Würk. Now, she's broke and working the desk at Best Western. When one of her old bandmates announces the farewell tour of Koffin, his new band, Kris goes looking for some payback...

I'm a huge fan of Paperbacks from Hell and I liked My Best Friend's Exorcism so my interest was picqued. Fortunately, I won a Goodreads giveaway for this book a few weeks ago.

We Sold Our Souls is told in two parallel tracks: the wreckage of
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
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the first chapter of this gem, the protagonist, Kris, is picking up an old guitar and reliving her glory days in a metal band. In the second chapter, a naked man walks into a Best Western and pees all over everything.

And that’s when I knew this book was for me.

Friends, if there is one thing I love more than books it’s music. I’m not a fan of death metal (although I did go through a big nu metal phase in high school), but it doesn’t matter. This book grabbed me from the very beginning, and I
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-shelf, horror
I have a SERIOUS love going on for all these music novels. The more wild, the more music-mythological, the more gut-wrenchingly SWEET and SOUR taste of broken dreams and soaring to unattainable heights, the better. :)

And you know what? I don't care WHAT kind of genre we mix it with or whether it IS mixed. Music is a LIFE. And for me, I don't even care what style it is. I've been in my Metal phase. I've owned the breakaway. I've told the world to ****-off.

So what happens when Grady writes the ul
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grady Hendrix is all about the weird horror humor and that is no different with We Sold Our Souls. It is all that is cheesy about Hard Rock and Roll from the 1970s until now wrapped in a terrifyingly humorous package. If you have enjoyed previous Hendrix and/or are a fan of hard rock, metal, music culture, etc. I think you will find a lot to enjoy here.

The thing about Hendrix that I have found now having read three of his books is you just have to be ready for some silly, irreverent fun. It is
audiobook review march 2019:
Carol Monda did a great job of narrating. Still love the story. it just sucks me right in and i can't stop listening to it.

this book is sticking with me and I've recommended it to several people so i bumped it up to 5 stars. i left the original rating & review below.


oh Grady Hendrix! I've read 2 books by this guy this month (dec 2018) and both have been great(the other is my best friend's exorcism)! Some of the people i read this with found it depressing

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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
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
Ivy H
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mel (Epic Reading)
This is the book that Queen of the Damned should have been. We Sold Our Souls is engaging, exciting, bloody, romantic and musical all at once. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait for my husband (a big music fan and horror buff) to read it as I think he will also adore this story. For sure I will be purchasing a paperback copy to add to our library and strategically leave on his side table to read.
The only 'problem' I could really find with Grady Hendrix's story is that I want the fictional ba
James Oxyer
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the heart that went into this. But the whole thing feels so...half-baked? First drafty?

Love the first half, all the way until after an "escape" scene. After that, it lost me. The plot is too allegorical for its own good. The climax is way too feel-good and family-friendly considering the dark horror elements that were in play the rest of the novel. The universe and its mythology are frustratingly underdeveloped. The social commentary jumbled into it never comes together. It never locks d
Ashley Daviau
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no words that can accurately describe how freaking AMAZING and out of this world this book was but I’m going to give it a try. I knew it would be good because it’s basically my two favourite things smashed into one, horror and metal. But I had no idea just how good it would be and it absolutely blew my mind! This isn’t just one the best horror books I’ve read this year but one of the best horror books I’ve EVER read. It was dark and gritty and by the end of it I felt like I’d sell my soul ...more
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
4-1/2 stars

Twenty years ago, Kris was the lead guitarist and songwriter for a semi-successful metal band called Dürt Würk. But when the lead singer left, the band broke up. Some members have done well for themselves, but not Kris. She’s barely scraping by, working the night shift at a Best Western run by her brother. But when Terry/the Blind King starts posting billboards everywhere to advertise his farewell tour, Kris realizes it’s time to figure out what really happened to Dürt Würk the nig
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
Twerking To Beethoven
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm always looking for something reminding me of Trick or Treat (which, in case you're wondering, happens to be one of the most monumental pieces of cinematic crap ever produced, but still an amazing eighties movie). I crave for low budget horror featuring a huge chunk of heavy metal and supernatural (bull)shit(*). So, when I went through the synopsis to Grady Hendrix's "We Sold Our Souls", I was like "Aye, let's give the bastard a chance." and, this one time, the book was super-fun and delivere ...more
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,
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book and was deeply disappointed. Quoting a few titles and tracks from Metal's heyday in the 80's doesn't rock here. Kris quit playing in a metal band and meets her old band mates. Oh, one former band member has turned evil... after 30% that was it for my part. Tedious, confusing and boring, didn't come into that book, maybe didn't get the parody, satire or whatever the author intended with it. I also didn't like the characters not even the name of the band presented he ...more
Katie Colson
Aug 10, 2021 rated it really liked it

Reading Vlog:

This got me in the second half. The beginning/middle are pretty generic and lackluster for me. I do not connect with bands and albums in this way. If you do then this will relate to you in the way Grady Hendrix's books are always meant to connect with specific readers. Where it turned the tide for me was when you really get to know the main character.

Kris Pulaski is such a bad b*tch. She used to play guitar for a heavy metal band and is now in he
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
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, review-copy
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
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heavy metal meets horror infused mayhem as pop culture collides with the b-side of life in Grady Henrix's We Sold Our Souls; a story about a 90's metal band turned supernatural scare fest.

On the cusp of making it big, Durt Wurk, a popular bar band finally looks set to land a gig with a record label. However, there's a caveat which founding member Kris, isn't willing to sign off on - her soul and her sound; the identity of the band, re-branded, its core to be commercialized. Wealth isn't worth l
J.D. Barker
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a good rock n roll story and this one did not disappoint. It actually brought back some memories for me. Years ago, I worked at a magazine called 25th Parallel with the man who would later become Marilyn Manson. He was a bit too smart to sell his soul, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn he worked out a nice long-term lease. He was one hell of a negotiator. Transferring the feel of music to the printed page is no easy task and Grady Hendrix pulled it off perfectly here. An exce ...more
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Grady Hendrix is the author of the novels Horrorstör, about a haunted IKEA, and My Best Friend's Exorcism, which is like Beaches meets The Exorcist, only it's set in the Eighties. He's also the author of We Sold Our Souls, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, and the upcoming (July 13!) Final Girl Support Group!

He's also the jerk behind the Stoker award-winning Paperbacks from Hell,

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