The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires || Hilarious, Gorey, Amazing

“Sometimes she craved a little danger. And that was why she had book club.”

Title: The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires
Author: Grady Hendrix
Page Count: 400 pages
Genre: Horror || Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Buy It: Chapters Indigo


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 blood-sucking fiend.

Patricia 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 more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But 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 more 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.


THIS BOOK! From beginning to end I was hooked. I read this book in 2 days and couldn’t put it down. Didn’t want to put it down! I wasn’t even aware of what page I was on or how far I had to go. It made me laugh out loud, cringe so hard I could taste my own bile and scared me so much the night I was reading it I had to turn all the lights on.
This book is not for those who are not okay with horror, disgust or heavy content. If you’ve got a black soul like me then come join me my friend. Come read this excellent darkly delicious story. It’ll make you laugh so hard that you’ll forget you’re reading a horror story. And then, the horror will come out of nowhere and you’ll be so surprised it’ll hit you like a transport truck.
I need to shine a light on how brilliant the characters were. I connected with them on another level. Quirky, funny, solid. Each character had its own bit and it worked so well. I absolutely loved Patricia and the whole book club gang. Can I please join their book club? Sans James please. We need these ladies to tackle another horror monster please! We need another book starring the ladies of The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires.
Someone needs to make this book into a movie. Throw some Fried Green Tomatoes vibes with horror elements and you’ve got yourself an excellent motion picture. I loved this book so much I went and picked up another of the authors works.

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    1. It was more gorey than scary but one part I was a bit spooked. Think you should try! With the lights on haha

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