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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 real monster.

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Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. His novels include Horrorst r, named one of the best books of 2014 by NPR, and My Best Friend's Exorcism, for which the Wall Street Journal dubbed him "a national treasure." The Bram Stoker Award-winning Paperbacks from Hell, a survey of outrageous horror novels of the 1970s and '80s, was called "pure, demented delight" by the New York Times Book Review. His most recent novel, We Sold Our Souls, was an NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour Pick and an i09 Fall Preview Pick. He has contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety.

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Included in The New York Times Book Review's 2020 Summer Reading issue!
Amazon Best Mystery & Thriller of 2020 So Far
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#1 April 2020 LibraryReads Pick
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Amazon Best Book of April 2020
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"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

"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 "[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 "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

"A refreshing change from the usual moldy castle escapee of a vampire tale....these Southern Stepford wives will match Scarlett O'Hara for sheer determination and surpass Buffy the Vampire Slayer with their courage, while giving the reader an unexpected ironic chuckle or two along the way."--New York Journal of Books

"Book Club lures you in with the bucolic setting, charming women, and Southern affect, but when it turns, it does a hairpin one-eighty, goes and spins sedys in the police parking lot while screaming obscenities, then turns around and delivers the vigilante-style vindication that we--and Patricia--so desperately deserve."--Tor.com "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 "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

More praise for Grady Hendrix:
"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, on My Best Friend's Exorcism "Pure, demented delight."--The New York Times Book Review, on Paperbacks from Hell "Horrorstoer delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror."--The Washington Post, on Horrorstoer "Terrific... Sharply written... [My Best Friend's Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix's] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior."--The A.V. Club, on My Best Friend's Exorcism "Hendrix's darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore."--Booklist, starred review, on We Sold Our Souls "A true appreciation of the genre."--Los Angeles Times, on Paperbacks from Hell "Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying."--Minnesota Public Radio, on My Best Friend's Exorcism "An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale."--Bustle, on Horrorstoer "Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving."--Fangoria, on My Best Friend's Exorcism "A good, creepy, music-tinged thriller."--CNET, on We Sold Our Souls

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