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The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires

Grady Hendrix



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03 August 2021
"""This funny and fresh take on a classic tale manages to comment on gender roles, racial disparities, and white privilege all while creeping me all the way out. So good.""-Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl

Now in paperback, Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this New York Times best-selling horror novel about a women's book club that must do battle with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town.

Bonus features .

Reading group guide for book clubs


Hand-drawn map of Mt. Pleasant


Annotated true-crime reading list by Grady Hendrix


And more!

Patricia Campbell's life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she's always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime. At these meetings they're as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are about their own families.

One evening after book club, Patricia isviciouslyattacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing theneighbor's handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well traveled and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn't felt in years. Butwhen children on the other side of town gomissing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind-and Patricia has already invited him in.

Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia's life and try to take everything she took for granted-including the book club-but she won't surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong."
Imprint:   QUIRK BOOKS
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Annotated edition
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9781683692515
ISBN 10:   1683692519
Pages:   424
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Grady Hendrixis an award-winning novelist and screenwriter living in New York City. He is the author ofHorrorst r,My Best Friend's Exorcism,We Sold Our Souls, and theNew York TimesbestsellingThe Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, which is being adapted into a series by Amazon Studios. Grady also authored the Bram Stoker Award-winning nonfiction book,Paperbacks from Hell,a history of the horror paperback boom of the '70s and '80s.

Reviews for The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires

The New York Times Best Seller A Barnes & Noble Best Fiction Book of 2020 2021 Locus Award Finalist A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist #1 April 2020 LibraryReads Pick April 2020 Indie Next Pick Amazon Best Book of April 2020 A Library Journal Editors' Pick for April 2020 The A.V. Club Best Book of April 2020 A POPSUGAR Best Book for Book Clubs 2020 One of Good Housekeeping's 30 of the Scariest Horror Books Ever Written This funny and fresh take on a classic tale manages to comment on gender roles, racial disparities, and white privilege all while creeping me all the way out. So good. -Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl Ghosts of the past have also inspired one of the most rollicking, addictive novels I've read in years: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix, a tale of housewives battling vampires that is sweetly painful, like hard candy that breaks a tooth. -Danielle Trussoni for The New York Times Book Review A delight...its incisive social commentary and meaningful character development make The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires not just a palatable read for non-horror fans, but a winning one. -USA Today, 3.5 out of 4 star review Delightful read that reads like Dracula set in the '90s American South....Perfect for fans of horror and real-life crime alike. -Good Housekeeping The novel is a charming testament to friendships and life's imperfections, with dashes of rot and savagery to earn its keep in horror literature....It's a rollercoaster [that] lands as a vampire story concreted in vileness and Southern charm. -Fangoria [Hendrix] remains excellent at staging page-turning sequences of excitement and anxiety...[and] a master of adding little details that fill in the landscape of his Southern-fried world. -The A.V. Club As fun (and as creepy) as the title suggests....This novel will definitely whet your appetite if you're looking for something a bit eccentric and spooky. -BuzzFeed This book has all of the southern charm, '90s nostalgia, and savagery that you might expect from the title alone. -Business Insider [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

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