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An Amazon Best Book of April 2020:Pitching a novel as ‘Steel Magnolias meets Dracula’ is a bold move, but The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires lives up to the comparison. Patricia is a Charleston housewife whose husband Carter spends more time traveling for work than he does at home. Her two teenage kids don’t appreciate her, and much of her time is spent caring for her senile mother-in-law. The only thing giving her life is her book club. So what if their typical picks, likeCry, the Beloved Country are less her speed than the true crime titles they actually discuss? One night after book club, an elderly neighbor attacks Patricia, which brings the woman’s handsome nephew into Patricia’s life, and just like that, her life takes a turn for the more interesting. James is smart, well-read, well-traveled, and attentive. But as time goes on, Patricia realizes that she is not the only one James is interested in; that she, her family, and even her beloved book club are being groomed by a man who may be a monster. The big draw here is a portrayal of the 90s—both hilarious and spot-on accurate—that manages to be both gentle satire and affectionate homage all in one, while touching on social issues like racism, sexism, classism, and feminism. Watching these friends put the steel in steel magnolias may be the funniest horror story you read all year. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review

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The New York Times Best Seller
A Barnes & Noble Best Fiction Book of 2020
2021 Locus Award Finalist
A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist
#1 April 2020 LibraryReads Pick
April 2020 Indie Next Pick
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Good Housekeeping's 30 of the Scariest Horror Books Ever Written

“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

“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

“Delightful read that reads like
Dracula set in the '90s American South....Perfect for fans of horror and real-life crime alike.”—Good Housekeeping

“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

“As fun (and as creepy) as the title suggests….This novel will definitely whet your appetite if you’re looking for something a bit eccentric and spooky.”—BuzzFeed

“This book should be required reading for all Southern women....[It] transports you back to all the best parts of the 1990's while throwing more than enough thrill and chill into the mix.”
—Country Living

“[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

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Quirk Books (April 7, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 408 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1683691431
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1683691433
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.34 x 1.32 x 9.31 inches
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New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix makes up lies and sells them to people. His novels include HORRORSTÖR about a haunted IKEA, MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM, which is basically "Beaches" meets "The Exorcist", WE SOLD OUR SOULS, a heavy metal horror epic, THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES, and THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP, coming on July 13, 2021. He's also the author of PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, an award-winning history of the horror paperback boom of the Seventies and Eighties. He wrote the screenplay for, MOHAWK, a horror flick about the War of 1812, and SATANIC PANIC about a pizza delivery woman fighting rich Satanists. You can discover more ridiculous facts about him at www.gradyhendrix.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Feel good retro horror
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 1, 2021
I love the fantasy and horror genre, but at times I feel disillusion by the portrayal of heroines.

They are always late teens or early 20s, buxom with tiny waists, super fit, can use a sword, shield, bow and arrow plus know about 10 different ways of killing a man twice their size by just looking.

Nobody writes about a heroine who is the wrong side of 40, has a ruined stomach, non existent chest, hair in a permanent messy bun and spends her days clearing up after everyone...... or do they?

The Southern Book Clubs Guide To Slaying Vampires is set around the lives of Patricia and her friends. A tall dark stranger moves into the neighbourhood but something about him isn't quite right, and Patricia's senile mother in law is convinced she knew him from her childhood...

"Theres something in the woods taking our babies'

The book is easy read. It has a feel good 90s throwback vibe to it. The content is humorous, almost satirical. There are elements of gore and horror, but they don't overpower the story. In addition Grady Hendrix provides some fantastic full on suspense. The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires would make a fantastic retro horror film.

I love Patricia, shes the epitome of every 40 something mum, trying her best to keep the family ticking over at the same time as being a constant embarrassment to her children. She is just so believable.

If your a 90s child and feeling frustrated with the never ending housework, procrastinate for a while with a copy of The Southern Book Clubs Guide To Slaying Vampires.
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