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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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Hardcover, 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
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Chelsea by: karen
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
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Nick T. Borrelli
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
Molly
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The middle-aged-moms-fighting-evil horror story I never knew I needed. Perfect.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

Patricia Campbell is your typical suburban housewife: she always has a mile-long to-do list to keep the lives of her husband and two kids functioning smoothly (and it mostly goes unnoticed) and she's recently taken on the care of her mother-in-law whose health is declining rapidly.

The one thing she has for herself is book club, a group of Charleston moms who enjoy obsessing over true-crime and relate over the trials of marriage and motherhood. They help each other out in times of need
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Delany Holcomb
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeri
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emily
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

“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  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
kc
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
I cried.
Joy Bishop
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
(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. in the Feb 15, 2020 issue of Booklist with more on the blog: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2020/02/...

Three Words That Describe This Book: thought provoking, terrifying, dark humor
Madison
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up and put it down SO many times over the course of the last month. I've read everything Grady Hendrix has put out and I've seen him speak on the history of horror, and what I appreciate so much about him is that he knows his stuff like no other. He hits all the beats of pulp horror in a smart way. Just because this is true, however, doesn't mean his work isn't often gross, frustrating, and dark. These are all great adjectives to describe a story, and I did really like this ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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
** 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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Riley Redgate
Jan 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
okay why is this the best premise i've ever laid eyes on
Megan Hex
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Erika
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow, I have so much love for this book. It's everything I could want in a novel.
You've got your thrills...in a perfectly-plotted, page-turner of a story.
You've got chills...gruesome, skin-crawling, oh-I-don't-know-if-I-can-read-this kind of chills.
You've got humor...which easily holds up to the best of Christopher Moore.
And best of all, you've got friendship. It's not always perfect. It can get messy. But when the ladies of the Southern Book Club team up, their friendship is beautiful
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Ashleigh Banks
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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Em Stevens
'"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.

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Cori
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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