The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
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 is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor’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. But when children on the other side of town go missing, 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.
Included in The New York Times Book Review's 2020 Summer Reading issue! A Barnes & Noble Best Fiction Book of 2020 Amazon Best Mystery & Thriller of 2020 So Far Amazon Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2020 So Far #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 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
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