[ Read Online The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Ç go PDF ] by Grady Hendrix ✓ Okay, wow I daresay I LOVED THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES MORE THAN MBFE It s true Maybe its just because I m getting fucking old and it felt relatable I don t know but it made me smile so hard It had so many elements that I look for in a horror book Scenes so unsettling you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, true crime, BOOK CLUBS, motherhood, supernatural shit and friendships that tested and REAL I loved this book SO MUCH.
First five star of the year that wasn t a reread Finally This was book was the most fun ever But also downright disturbing at times full review to come.
Fried Green Tomatoes And Steel Magnolias Meet Dracula In This Southern Flavored Supernatural Thriller Set In The S 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 FiendPatricia Campbell Had Always Planned For A Big Life, But After Giving Up Her Career As A Nurse To Marry An Ambitious Doctor And Become A Mother, Patricia S Life Has Never Felt Smaller The Days Are Long, Her Kids Are Ungrateful, Her Husband Is Distant, And Her To Do List Is Never Really Done The One Thing She Has To Look Forward To Is Her Book Club, A Group Of Charleston Mothers United Only By Their Love For True Crime And Suspenseful Fiction In These Meetings, They Re Likely To Discuss The FBI S Recent Siege Of Waco As Much As The Ups And Downs Of Marriage And MotherhoodBut When An Artistic And Sensitive Stranger Moves Into The Neighborhood, The Book Club S Meetings Turn Into Speculation About The Newcomer Patricia Is Initially Attracted To Him, But When Some Local Children Go Missing, She Starts To Suspect The Newcomer Is Involved She Begins Her Own Investigation, Assuming That He S A Jeffrey Dahmer Or Ted Bundy What She Uncovers Is Far Terrifying, And Soon She And Her Book Club Are The Only People Standing Between The Monster They Ve Invited Into Their Homes And Their Unsuspecting Community Mother Horror blurb Horror lovers who enjoy era specific pop cultural references and a smart blend of vivid character driven horror and humor will be well pleased It s everything Hendrix fans have come to expect from his exclusive brand of storytelling Clever, compelling and plenty of chills A new favorite Full review coming to Cemetery DanceIf Melissa McCarty and Kathy Bates don t star in the movie version of this book then what would even be the point Okay, review coming to CD Night Worms soon Evil in a small town is one of my absolute favorite horror tropes and THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES aces it Set in the 90 s, we begin with a southern lady s book club, surprise , that turns from reading fiction to true crime These are rather old fashioned ladies for the 90 s, they re stay at home wives, some with children and they feel their lives are complete Until one day, one of them, Patricia , is attacked by an elderly neighbor Patricia is okay, but the neighbor later dies Soon thereafter, the neighbor s nephew comes to town and so begins this terrific tale of a vampire in a small town Will Patricia and the rest of her book club survive You ll have to read this to find out I couldn t help but be reminded of Salem s Lot while reading, but I have to say, in many ways, this book was better than that one 400 pages never went by so fast for me Also, we didn t have to sit through a lot of description about the town and all of its inhabitants There was just enough so that the reader has a good idea of what life is like for the town s inhabitants those on both the good and bad sides of town Even though most of the horror here is quiet, there were a few scenes that definitely reminded me of horror s heydey and authors like James Herbert and even the quiet scenes were filled with suspense and dread I think Mr Hendrix has this horror thing down pat.
I ve been a fan of Grady Hendrix since PAPERBACKS FROM HELL came out and with this book, he has made me his bitch I will read anything this man writes from here on out He has the writing chops, his work always seems to have a bit of humor and in a way, some of it seems like an homage to those authors from the horror boom of the late 70 s and 80 s To that, I say Huzzah And keep them coming My highest recommendation Available April 7th, but you can preorder here Thanks to Edelweiss and Quirk books for the e ARC in exchange for my honest feedback This is it 3.
5 StarsLet me preface this review by explaining that I am not the biggest fan of the vampire subgenre of horror Further, I have a luke warm track record when it comes to Grady Hendrix s fiction I love the the concepts behind his work, but I often struggle with the execution I consider Hendrix to be one of the most intelligent modern horror authors who writes incredibly self aware, satirical pieces Yet, as novels, they don t always work for me So if you are a die hard fan of Grady Hendrix or love vampire stories, this novel could easily be a five star read for you It wasn t for me However, I think this is the best of all his published novels.
Set in the end 1980s beginning of the 1990s, this can be read as a very loose follow up novel to My Best Friend s Exorcism However, there is no need to read that one first I appreciated the retro references, which were present, but subtle In many ways, the setting of the novel had less to do with nostalgia and to do with the mindset of that time period Back then, people were trusting of their neighbours and traditional gender roles were accepted The story is framed around the true crime book club, which worked incredibly well with the structure of the narrative Naturally, the characters and readers will pull connections to Ted Bundy and Ann Rule s friendship Any true crime buffs will enjoy the tidbits and name dropping scattered throughout the pages of this novel One of my favourite aspects of the novel was the honest conversations surrounding the realities of being a mother and a homemaker Going through this life stage myself, so much of that narrative hit me in a very personal way, which really helped me to connect to the main character Like a lot of horror novels, this one lacked the suspense that readers find in the thriller genre From very early on, readers will be aware of what is going on, which diminished some of the tension Instead, this was the kind of novel where the reader should sitback and watch the events unfold I would have liked it to be a touch shorter, but that might be personal preference Despite satirizing the vampire narrative, this was actually quite a dark book I often forget to give content warnings in my reviews, but readers should be aware that this book addresses harm to children, specifically coming from a child predator angle At several places, I was surprised how uncomfortable I felt so please proceed with caution Overall, I liked this one and I would still widely recommend it to horror readers who love smart horror that is a touch satirical Disclaimer I received a digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher, Quirk books.
I started my journey with Grady Hendrix with his 2018 release, We Sold Our Souls and was slightly disappointed by the narrative I didn t think the story was that creepy, but the writing was definitely solid Grady s writing was so solid, in fact, that when I heard about his upcoming book, The Southern Book Club s Guide to Slaying Vampires , I knew I needed to give this author another try Boy oh boy, I am so glad that I did because this might be the best horror story I ve read in a long time.
The synopsis for The Southern Book Club s Guide to Slaying Vampires probably provides a bit too much information, but I will tell you this The book takes a realistic route in a world of possible vampires and you will continue to quest whether or not this new book club member is as innocent as he proclaims to be This book kept me second guessing everything and I urge you to pick it up if you re ready to get lost in the world of southern hospitality and the supernatural I will gladly pick up Grady Hendrix s next novel after reading this book I honestly can t wait to see what he coming up next.
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 in the future when I want to be scared and grossed out.
Yes, there were some gruesome moments, but the shiny appeal that this book brought was the portrayal of the resilience and underestimated power of the common housewife Review to comeMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestMy 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 like getting an ARC, but in reverse I love that feeling.
I ve read some of his fiction works, too, but the two that I read HORRORSTOR and MY BEST FRIEND S EXORCISM were better in premise than they were in execution It felt gimmicky, and the writing really couldn t carry off the story, sadly That said, I was very excited when I heard about THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES One because I love vampires and if its got fangs and hunts at night, I ll read about it and two because it s set in the 1990s and books set in the 80s and 90s are so hot right now They feel claustrophobic because there s no internet no cell phones Everyone is a remote island of fear.
Patricia has the ideal life nuclear family with a doctor husband, and a book club of other well to do Southern ladies Unfortunately, her book club makes the classic mistake of picking the usual slew of boring book club bait books and after being caught not reading the book of the month, she and a couple other ladies go rogue by starting their own book club where they do nothing but read true crime, horror, and mysteries Sounds like my kind of book club Where do I sign up At the same time, an old lady goes crazy and bites off part of Patricia s ear Her young relative comes home to take care of her and he s kind of weird His name is James Patricia feels sorry for James and tries to help him out, even as weird things start happening Weird things that might or might not be connected to James, the man she has invited into her home and who has become intimate with her family Everyone thinks Patricia is crazy and that all those books she s been reading have rotted her brain, but Patricia thinks she knows what she sees, and if Ann Rule s memoir has taught her anything, it s that sometimes it s the people who are closest to you who can t be trusted right So, I went into this expecting satire or comedy, and there is a bit of that, but it s mostly written straight It pays homage to a lot of vampire and horror tropes, but it reminded me most strongly of Fright Night1985 , The Burbs1989 , and maybe a dash of STEPFORD WIVES The slow feeling of doom and paranoia were so well done, and Grady Hendrix might be the only male writer I ve ever read who really understands and captures how men talk over and gaslight women There were sexist scenes in here that literally made me sick to my stomach, because I ve been in similar situations and it really sucks being painted as someone who s hysterical or shrill when you have actual concerns.
In addition to the horror vibe, there s also a sense of camaraderie with the women in the book club, and even some surprisingly erotic scenes, which is a must if you re writing in the vein ha vein of vintage horror movies and books, because a key element of horror was sex The horror genre is basically the epitome of the Eros and Thanatos drives of Freudian psychology By the time the book ended, I was actually shocked at how dark and disturbing it was This was leagues better than anything else Grady Hendrix has written and I honestly can t wait to see what he does next Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3.