The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Synopsis
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?
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Press Reviews
Included in The New York Times Book Review's 2020 Summer Reading issue! #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 POPSUGAR Best of April 2020 Goodreads Big Book of Spring 2020 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 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 [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 Book Club lures you in with the bucolic setting, charming women, and Southern affect, but when it turns, it does a hairpin one-eighty, goes and spins sedys in the police parking lot while screaming obscenities, then turns around and delivers the vigilante-style vindication that we--and Patricia--so desperately deserve. --Tor.com 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 More praise for Grady Hendrix: 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, on My Best Friend's Exorcism Pure, demented delight. --The New York Times Book Review, on Paperbacks from Hell Horrorstoer delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror. --The Washington Post, on Horrorstoer Terrific... Sharply written... [My Best Friend's Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix's] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior. --The A.V. Club, on My Best Friend's Exorcism Hendrix's darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore. --Booklist, starred review, on We Sold Our Souls A true appreciation of the genre. --Los Angeles Times, on Paperbacks from Hell Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying. --Minnesota Public Radio, on My Best Friend's Exorcism An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale. --Bustle, on Horrorstoer Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving. --Fangoria, on My Best Friend's Exorcism A good, creepy, music-tinged thriller. --CNET, on We Sold Our Souls