The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Grady Hendrix (Author)
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Description

Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a real monster.

Patricia Campbell's life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a good-bye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she's always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings they're as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip.
This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn't felt in twenty years. But there's something off about him. He doesn't have a bank account, he doesn't like going out during the day, and Patricia's mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl--an impossibility.
When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik--but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?

Product Details

Price: $22.99  $20.69
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published Date: April 07, 2020
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781683691433

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About the Author

Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend's Exorcism, Paperbacks from Hell, and We Sold Our Souls, all of which received critical praise from outlets including NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, Paste, Buzzfeed, and more. He has contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety.

Reviews

#1 April 2020 LibraryReads Pick

"[A] clever, addictive vampire thriller....This powerful, eclectic novel both pays homage to the literary vampire canon and stands singularly within it."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hendrix cleverly sprinkles in nods to well-established vampire lore, and the fact that he's a master at conjuring heady 1990s nostalgia is just the icing on what is his best book yet. Fans of smart horror will sink their teeth into this one."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Hendrix has masterfully blended the disaffected housewife trope with a terrifying vampire tale, and the anxiety and tension are palpable...a cheeky, spot-on pick for book clubs."--Booklist, starred review

"A vampire's hunger for blood may be insatiable, but this masterpiece novel ladles out ample thrills, chills, and relevant examples of sociopolitical injustices to satisfy any literary appetite."--Foreword Reviews, starred review

"In turns heartwarming and enraging, bloody horror and social critique, this genre-bending vampire story helps cement horror as a frontier for feminist storytelling."--BookPage

"Like [Stephen] King, Hendrix is great at building locations, characters and tension, and [they] share that wonderful breathless, almost conversational, storytelling tone, and both can set up a feeling of dread in the reader by some well-paced foreshadowing and a killing, telling phrase."--SF² Concatenation

"The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires is funny and warm and it's genuinely creepy and disturbing. Grady re-creates a time and place without the dangerous, distortive lens of nostalgia."--Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

"Grady Hendrix has cemented his place as a literary luminary with The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires. Hendrix has taken his genuine affection for housewives and their work, and folded it seamlessly into a horrifying story of social decay and community betrayal. Cancel your plans and lock your doors -- you won't be able to stop reading this one until the very end"--Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars

"Every vampire novel is going to have blood and teeth, but this one's got that one essential ingredient that nobody else does like Grady Hendrix: heart. These aren't characters, they're people, and I consider myself lucky to have known them for a few pages."--Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

Praise for We Sold Our Souls:

Nominated for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel
A 2019 Locus Award finalist for Best Horror Novel

"A good, creepy, music-tinged thriller."--CNET

"The quintessential horror-metal novel for our times."--Los Angeles Review of Books

"Kickass, horrifying, and smart as hell. It certainly earns my two horns up."--Dread Central

"An addictive read for the metalhead and horror hound alike."--Bloody Disgusting

"Hendrix's darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore."--Booklist, starred review

"If you see me in the wild and I'm reading a book that was written by Grady Hendrix, interrupt me at your own peril."--Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars

Praise for Paperbacks from Hell
"Pure, demented delight."--The New York Times Book Review

"Paperbacks from Hell is as funny as it is engaging."--The Washington Post

"The book is a true appreciation of the genre."--Los Angeles Times

"Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material."--The A.V. Club

"Just thumbing through these pages will bring back your youth--and terrify you all over again."--Newsday

Praise for My Best Friend's Exorcism
"National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, Horrorstor (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend's Exorcism."--The Wall Street Journal

"Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988 -- that'll give you My Best Friend's Exorcism...Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying."--Minnesota Public Radio

"Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving."--Fangoria

"A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession."--Bloody Disgusting

"Terrific...Sharply written...[My Best Friend's Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix's] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn't skimp on the spooky--or the bodily fluids."--The A.V. Club

Praise for Horrorstör
"Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror."--The Washington Post

"Disarming."--The Wall Street Journal

"Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery."--Nerdist

"An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale."--Bustle

"If you've ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you'll get a laugh out of Hendrix's spoof mystery."--New York Post