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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Quirk Books
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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My favorite work of Grady Hendrix's is actually his nonfiction collection of essays, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, which is a loving homage to the horror genre that covers everything from Gothics to ghouls. As someone who reads pulps on the reg, I was excited to see someone else who appreciated trash as much as I do-- there's something about finding an out-of-print gem that nobody has heard of and getting everyone excited about reading it... it's
Chelsea Humphrey
Grady Hendrix is a mood that I am here for.

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
Nick T. Borrelli
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grady Hendrix has been churning out some amazing horror books for quite some time now. But it wasn't until his last release, the highly acclaimed We Sold Our Souls, that I feel like he finally got the notoriety that he's been due. Now everybody is aware of what a lot of us already knew, the guy has some serious writing chops and can spin a tale better than most. Needless to say, when I received an advance copy of his latest offering from publisher Quirk Books, I couldn't wait to dig in. The ...more
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
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
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
This book had a little bit of everything in it. It has women's fiction with the housewives in town being in a book club and talking about their overwhelmed lives as mothers and wives along with reading books and discussing them. A bit of mystery with children disappearing. A bit of supernatural with odd things happening when a new man shows up in town.

This was a good read, kept me interested but it did get a bit graphic at some points that may bother some readers.

I was given an eARC by the
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
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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?
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
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.
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
Becky Spratford
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review. in the Feb 15, 2020 issue of Booklist with more on the blog:

Three Words That Describe This Book: thought provoking, terrifying, dark humor
Riley Redgate
okay why is this the best premise i've ever laid eyes on
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.
Keith Chawgo
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often a novel comes along that leaves you so overjoyed and immersed within the plot that the outside world no longer exists. This is one of those times and books. Hendrix’s novel is a prime example of a great book, plot and characters and a masterclass on how to bring all these together in a modern classic.

Firstly, I am a huge fan of Fanny Flagg. I devour every single book she writes and get a huge depression afterwards when I finish as I feel I have just lost a circle of friends that I
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.
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
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
Em Stevens
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'"Don't worry, Grace,' Patricia said, 'When we go off, we'll be fully cocked.'"

There is something so wrong and so right about Grady Hendrix. Like his novel, 'My Best Friend's Exorcism," "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires" is a story about friendship. More specifically, female friendships. It is messed up how well this dude writes women in the pivotal places of their lives. He's a goddamn national treasure, hiding his incredible feminism under layers of well paced horror.

Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, southern, horror
Southern setting, book clubs, and vampires? Yes, please! Am I going to use a peach analogy for my review? You betcha! Get ready to sink your teeth into this juicy story that unfolds like enjoying the perfect peach. The 1990’s Charleston setting along with the simple lives of suburban housewives and their book club provides a fuzzy, appealing invitation. As Hendrix encourages us to nibble at the surface of our initial impressions, we are given a taste that is unexpectedly tart mixed in with the ...more
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
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
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
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Grady Hendrix is the author of the novels Horrorstör, about a haunted IKEA, and My Best Friend's Exorcism, which is like Beaches meets The Exorcist, only it's set in the Eighties.

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