The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix is described by its publisher as “Steel Magnolias meets Dracula” and concerns a woman in Charleston, South Carolina, who starts to suspect that her new love interest may be connected to the children going missing in town – and she only has her book club to help her investigate.
We will be discussing this book on Thursday, April 21st, 2022, at 5:30 pm on Zoom. You can register for the discussion at our event page. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is available in print, as an eBook on Libby, in eAudio on Libby, and in eAudio on Hoopla.
Notable Book Reviews
What stands out about The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is “how it captures the multifaceted nature of horror” according to the review at Women Write About Comics. While the premise may sound like a gimmick, they write that author Hendrix “takes the time to craft a multi-layered and believable community in which to locate his tale.”
Of the main character Patricia, Kirkus Reviews says, “It’s gratifying to see her grow from someone who apologizes for apologizing to a fiercely brave woman determined to do the right thing—hopefully with the help of her friends.” They conclude that “Fans of smart horror will sink their teeth into this one.”
You can read about how Hendrix’s hometown inspired the book and get his vampire fiction recommendations in this interview with the LA Public Library.
Did You Know?
A bidding war for the television rights to this book took place before the official publication date! Eventually Amazon Studios won out, and the project is currently in development.
Overview of the Author
Grady Hendrix is known for his enthusiasm for the history of true crime and horror, and for pulp horror novels of the 70s and 80s – and his humorous, inventive, and chilling horror fiction! He often writes articles for Tor.com and NPR about media recommendations, literary history and other subjects.
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