The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires (Compact Disc)

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'"Don't worry, Grace,' Patricia said, 'When we go off, we'll be fully cocked.'" There is something so wrong and so right about Grady Hendrix. Like his novel, 'My Best Friend's Exorcism," "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires" is a story about friendship. More specifically, female friendships. It is messed up how well this dude writes women in the pivotal places of their lives. He's a goddamn national treasure, hiding his incredible feminism under layers of well paced horror. Patricia is striving to be a good wife and mother in an upper class neighborhood just out of Charleston. Hendrix does a wonderful job painting the mix of Southern charm and hospitality and the oppressive heat and need for conformity that comes from that kind of life. While set in the 1990's, there's a resonance that flows well into contemporary times that speaks to how we choose to isolate ourselves in the name of safety. At its core, TSBCGTSV tackles the hungry loneliness that stay at hoe mothers can experience. Through thoughtful narrative, Hendrix creates friendships that blossom from the simple human desire to be and experience something more. The more in this particular book is a horrific take on traditional vampires, but dang, does it do its job. This is a horror novel that addresses mansplaining, what it's like to feel like a second class citizen in your own home, and how true friendship saves us. It tackles feminist and racial issues without nuance--there's no room for subtlety when children are disappearing. I tore through it in two days, highlighting and folding corners, and marking page after page with sentences that cut to the heart.

— Jenny

April 2020 Indie Next List

“Grady Hendrix somehow makes horror charming. His style of writing — unrelenting humanity in the face of real terror, of both the supernatural and everyday varieties — is in top form here. He’s one of a handful of authors whose new work I devour as soon as I get my hands on it. Hendrix knows how to terrify you, but more importantly, he knows how to make you feel like you can potentially overcome the thing that scares you the most.”
— Colin Sneed, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094136943
ISBN-10: 1094136948
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Language: English