The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel (Hardcover)

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This is my favorite book for all of the 2020 releases. Grady Hendrix is a humor/horror genius in this Southern gothic romp. “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 housewife power tale of horror and familial struggle against a highly unanticipated foe: James Harris.

— Lany

It's your typical southern suburbia of the 90s, complete with a middle aged women's book club. What could be more normal? Grady Hendrix's new book is a delightful mash up of "The Burbs" and "Fright Night". A nice, good looking, single man moves into his aunt's house after she mysteriously dies. This in itself is enough to create gossip in Patricia's neighborhood. But more and more strange things are happening -- black children are killing themselves, Patricia's ear is bitten off by her elderly neighbor, and her mother-in-law is attacked by a swarm of rats inside Patricia's home. Something sinister is lurking under the surface of this story. Who better to uncover it than Patricia and her book club full of middle age women who read true crime? What I love about this book is its deeper themes that readers can easily identify with today, making this 90s set novel feel very contemporary. Why are black children disappearing from the "other" side of town and no one is doing anything about it? Why can't the women in this neighborhood have the freedom to do and say things freely without hiding from their husbands? This is an utterly compulsive read. I loved every minute.

— Jamie

One of the most anticipated spring releases for staff members Lany & Jamie! Fun, quirky, and reminiscent of fabulous '90s pop culture, this is a page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

**Grady Hendrix will be stopping by Bookmarks to sign copies! Order here and put in the comments section if you would like a signed copy or a book personalized to you.**

— From Preorders

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 power tale of horror and familial struggle against a highly unanticipated foe: James Harris. - Lany

— From Spring 2020 Okra Picks

Description


Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this '90s-set horror novel about a women's book club that must do battle with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town, perfect for murderinos and fans of Stephen King.
 
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.

About the Author


Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s ExorcismPaperbacks from Hell, and We Sold Our Souls, all of which received critical praise from outlets including NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, Paste, Buzzfeed, and more. He has contributed to PlayboyThe Village Voice, and Variety.

Praise For…


#1 April 2020 LibraryReads Pick

“[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

“Funny, heartbreaking, scary, and fun as h-e-double hockey sticks.”—Charleston City Paper

“In turns heartwarming and enraging, bloody horror and social critique, this genre-bending vampire story helps cement horror as a frontier for feminist storytelling."—BookPage

“Grady Hendrix knocks it out of the park again. With fantastic characters, a chilling plot, and an ability to elicit an emotional response that will have you speeding through to get to the end, this is a must read for those looking for thoughtful horror.”—The Outerhaven, 5 starred review

“The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires is funny and warm and it's genuinely creepy and disturbing. Grady re-creates a time and place without the dangerous, distortive lens of nostalgia.”—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

“Grady Hendrix has cemented his place as a literary luminary with The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires. Hendrix has taken his genuine affection for housewives and their work, and folded it seamlessly into a horrifying story of social decay and community betrayal. Cancel your plans and lock your doors -- you won't be able to stop reading this one until the very end”—Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars

“Every vampire novel is going to have blood and teeth, but this one’s got that one essential ingredient that nobody else does like Grady Hendrix: heart. These aren’t characters, they’re people, and I consider myself lucky to have known them for a few pages.”—Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

“I was sucked in with the fantastic cover and stayed fully riveted with a horror story that was odd, terrifying, [and] funny.”—Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess

Praise for We Sold Our Souls:

Nominated for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel
A 2019 Locus Award finalist for Best Horror Novel

“A good, creepy, music-tinged thriller.”—CNET

“The quintessential horror-metal novel for our times.”—Los Angeles Review of Books 

“Kickass, horrifying, and smart as hell. It certainly earns my two horns up.”—Dread Central

“An addictive read for the metalhead and horror hound alike.”—Bloody Disgusting 

“Hendrix’s darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore.”—Booklist, starred review

“If you see me in the wild and I'm reading a book that was written by Grady Hendrix, interrupt me at your own peril.”—Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars 

Praise for Paperbacks from Hell:
“Pure, demented delight.”—The New York Times Book Review

Paperbacks from Hell is as funny as it is engaging.”—The Washington Post

“The book is a true appreciation of the genre.”—Los Angeles Times

Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material.”—The A.V. Club

“Just thumbing through these pages will bring back your youth—and terrify you all over again.”—Newsday

Praise for My Best Friend’s Exorcism:
“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

“Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988 — that’ll give you My Best Friend’s Exorcism...Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying.”—Minnesota Public Radio
 
“Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving.”—Fangoria 

“A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession.”—Bloody Disgusting
 
“Terrific...Sharply written...[My Best Friend’s Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix’s] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn’t skimp on the spooky—or the bodily fluids.”—The A.V. Club 
 
Praise for Horrorstör:
Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”—The Washington Post

“Disarming.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery.”—Nerdist

“An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale.”—Bustle
 
“If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you’ll get a laugh out of Hendrix’s spoof mystery.”—New York Post
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683691433
ISBN-10: 1683691431
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 408