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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

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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 blood-sucking fiend.

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Quirk Books
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    Jamie
    Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I read this book in 2 days. And have a toddler and deep, passionate need for sleep. And yet, I stayed up very late because I could not stop reading. And now I feel like I should have a long talk with my book club.
    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    This is not a fluffy, fun vampire book. It was gruesome and savage, but I really liked it! Living in Myrtle Beach, I loved the fact that this took place in Mt.Pleasant, loved the fact it was in the early 90s, and loved the fact it was a book club at the heart of the story.

    Most of the characters weren't particularly likeable (UGH, the husbands!), but that didn't take away from the story at all.


    This was my first book by Grady Hendrix, but I will definitely read more in the future (when I want to
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    Delany Holcomb
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: wish-list
    Grady Hendrix's "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires" is an absolute ride from start to finish, tasting of sweet tea, Bible verses, and passive aggressive book club members. "Steel Magnolias" meets "Dracula" as Patricia Campbell and her family are thrust into the hands of a vampire that begins to prey on them mentally and physically. Can a years-long crime fiction book club posing as a Bible study group take on a centuries old charmer? The earrings come off for this house-wife ...more
    Molly
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The middle-aged-moms-fighting-evil horror story I never knew I needed. Perfect.
    Liz Barnsley
    Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I fell into this one with it’s sense of nostalgia and often it’s out and out horror – Grady Hendrix is a brilliantly dark and dastardly writer who lulls you into a false sense of security then BAM hits you with moments that make you clutch at your head, grimacing wildly but unable to look away.

    The ladies of this book club are a vibrantly eclectic lot, whose lives follow the path of least resistance in often hilariously insightful ways. They read about the darkest crimes whilst vacuuming their
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    Emily
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    “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 blood-sucking fiend.”
    Since I discovered Grady Hendrix two years ago there hasn't been a novel that he has written that I haven't loved. Of course Grady isn’t everyone's cup of tea but for me his writing style not to mention creative storytelling is
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    Shannon
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    kc
    Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fiction, horror
    I cried.
    Joy Bishop
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Love it love it love it! Absolutely thrilling and just perfect. We are DEFINITELY reading this in my little horror book club when it comes out in April!
    Mya Alexice
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    (this book has a cw for: rape and sexual violence amongst supernatural horrors and scares)

    this was a perfect halloween read! I loved every page of this book, which imagines a group of housewives tasked with an immortal being moving into their neighborhood. A horror novel that actually addresses race, sexism, and is truly horrifying? Sign. Me. Up. The cover makes it seem kind of lighthearted but that is definitely not the case, as Grady Hendrix's book would definitely be rated R if it was a
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    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
    ... and we have cover art, with some of those things that come in a can. Who was it again who put them there?
    Becky Spratford
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Review coming to Booklist Magazine and the blog soon
    Lizy
    Note: I received this ARC at SIBA '19, when I had a chance to sit down with Grady Hendrix during one of the author meet and greet events. He's the coolest dude.

    Charleston, South Carolina in the early '90s is a safe place to live. Patricia has made a home for herself there as a housewife with two children. She has friends, family, safety, everyday concerns, and a book club that reads true crime novels. Then, a vampire moves into town, and it's up to the book club to stop him. This book was
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    Tracy
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    DUDE! I sat down and read the last 150 pages! Don't get me wrong, I read A LOT, but I don't sit down and read, I read and crochet, read and fold laundry, read and treadmill. I just sat down and finished it. :D
    Started with a bit of a Salem's Lot feel, and there were a few times I had to quit reading at night ;) but I really like where this went.
    Jen
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    ** I read an advance reader copy of this book. **

    This is an amazing book. It features a vampire but it's really not about vampires or the supernatural at all. It's about people getting together and people realizing there is something terrible threatening their families and town and people fighting to save what they love. It's also about book clubs and how coming together to discuss books you might not have read otherwise can open your mind and allow you to see what you might have otherwise
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    Megan Hex
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    OK maybe a 4.5? I'm glad the author's note acknowledges the similarities to My Best Friend's Exorcism--it's not like "a grownup version", but there are a lot of parallels that are hard to miss. Where MBFE operates on deep love between friends, this one also operates on friendship, but more of a "we rely on each other" sense. That's not at all a bad thing, and in fact makes for some really interesting conflicts as the book goes on. Teens have little to lose; these women have everything to lose, ...more
    Joe Jones
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I don't want to give any spoilers away. All I will say is this starts like a typical Southern novel, takes a dark turn, and then is bonkers! And you will have that ending spinning around in your head for days after you finish.
    Ashleigh Banks
    Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: horror
    Grady Hendrix has done it again. A fun and horrifying read about vampires, southern housewives, and book clubs.
    Amber
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was lucky enough to receive this book early through a giveaway!

    Read for: weird shit, feminist rage, gruesome details, girl power... oh, and I guess vampires

    If you know Grady Hendrix, you know you'll be lured in by a quirky premise, and then bashed in the head by some stomach-turning scene near the beginning of the novel, which sets the tone for the rest of the book. And what a beautiful vomit it brings. That scene is a test on whether or not you'll survive reading the rest of the novel. This
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    Jessica
    I received an advance reading copy through Netgalley.

    Sometimes you read a book where the premise is so good and the follow-through is so not and you feel so disappointed. And then sometimes you read a book where the premise is so good and the follow-through is even better and you fall in love with reading all over again. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix is the latter. This is the second book I've read by Hendrix and while I liked My Best Friend's Exorcism and
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    Erin Boyington
    Grady Hendrix is a sneaky so-and-so. He starts out with a cast of funny, quirky Southern women who are slightly overwhelmed by their family responsibilities. Then he starts cranking up the pressure. You know, just like one does when placing someone's head in a vise. Or stretching them on the rack.

    And things get gross. I have a low tolerance for gross-out imagery, and there are two scenes in this book that ratchet up the horror of garbage, insects, and getting small parts of you chewed off.

    On the
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    Betsy
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    If you are looking for a cute sentimental story about a book club The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires is definitely NOT for you. This is the story of women who are into true crime and thrillers who are willing to fight for themselves. There is a lot of violence and mayhem toward the end of this book...but I won't give any of the wonderful details away.

    I personally think you can't go wrong with anything by Grady Hendrix. The Southern Book Club's Guide To Slaying Vampires definitely
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    Jo
    I went into this expecting it to be a bit campy; gory, probably, but still a spoof of the genre and funny because Grady Hendrix is funny etc etc. And, well... It is funny, and it is SO gory, but somehow he's managed to write something that is both a horrific take on vampire stories (and I do mean horrific - parts of this are going to haunt me for a long time) and, at the same time, a heartwarming tale of female friendship. I was very impressed with the depictions of motherhood and marriage, too, ...more
    Terri
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year. Think Dracula meets Steel Magnolias . Patricia Campbell has given up her career as a nurse to marry a Dr. she has two children but the most excitement she has is her book club where she and her friends relish reading tru crime . Then a new man comes to town and strange things begin to happen . This novel starts as a little of a light hearted story about a book club in the south but turns into a creepy unsettling horror story . You ...more
    Lauren
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    TSBCGTSV has officially become my favorite Gary Hendrix book. This one was amazing - had all my interests in it (true crime, books, book clubs, women coming together). Definitely Hendrix’s best so far!
    Melinda Beatty
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is my favorite Hendrix to date--think the Ya-Ya Sisterhood meets Dracula. All the southern lady angst vs. a dark blight on a small town.
    Amanda
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
    ...yikes.
    Stephanie
    Jan 16, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    You had me at "Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula "
    Samantha
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This wasn't what I expected, which was a funny horror story about typical book club ladies taking on the undead. It is a dark and very human story about a group of Southern women whose children are threatened by a seemingly unbeatable villain, a man who has ingratiated himself into their world down to the roots. This is not your typical vampire tale.

    Thank you to Quirk Books, Grady Hendrix, and Netgalley for the prepub access!
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