The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Grady Hendrix

Bahni Turpin (Narrator)

04-07-20

13hrs 49min

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04-07-20

13hrs 49min

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Unabridged

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Fiction/Thrillers

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“One of the most rollicking, addictive novels I’ve read in years.” New York Times Book Review

Winner of the Lord Ruthven Award for Fiction
Finalist for the 2020 Voice Arts Award
Finalist for the This Is Horror Award for Best Novel of 2020
Finalist for the 2021 Locus Award
A Cosmopolitan Pick of 50 Best Horror Books of All Time
New York Times bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Most Addictive Novels of the Year
An Audible Pick of the Month's Best Listens
An Oprah Magazine Pick of Best Vampire Books
A Reader’s Digest Pick of Best Vampire Books
A Barnes & Noble Pick of Best Vampire Books
A BookRiot Pick of Best Vampire Books
An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection
A Library Journal Editor’s Pick of the Month
The #1 LibraryReads Pick for April 2020
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
An Indie Next List selection
An A.V. Club Pick of the Month
The Strategist Pick of Authors' Favorite Soothing Audiobooks
A BookBub Editors' Pick of Books Librarians Are Excited For in 2020
A Nerd Daily Pick of Fiction Book Releases to Look Forward To
A Tor Nightfire Pick of Horror Books We're Excited For in 2020
See All +

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.

Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a goodbye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip.

This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in twenty years. But there’s something off about him. He doesn’t have a bank account, he doesn’t like going out during the day, and Patricia’s mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl—an impossibility.

When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik—but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?

Praise

“One of the most rollicking, addictive novels I’ve read in years.” New York Times Book Review

“It feels weird to call a blood-soaked horror novel writhing with creepy-crawlies a delight, but these are strange times, and indie horror writer Grady Hendrix…is the patron saint of strange.” USA Today

“The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is funny and warm and it’s genuinely creepy and disturbing. Grady recreates a time and place without the dangerous, distortive lens of nostalgia.” Paul Tremblay, author of 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.” Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

“Funny, heartbreaking, scary, and fun.” Charleston City Paper

“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’s] best book yet. Fans of smart horror will sink their teeth into this one.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This masterpiece novel ladles out ample thrills, chills, and relevant examples of sociopolitical injustices to satisfy any literary appetite.” Foreword 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] clever, addictive vampire thriller…[with] perfectly-pitched allusions to classic horror novels and true crime accounts. This powerful, eclectic novel both pays homage to the literary vampire canon and stands singularly within it.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This genre-bending vampire story helps cement horror as a frontier for feminist storytelling.” BookPage

“Grady Hendrix has cemented his place as a literary luminary…Cancel your plans and lock your doors-you won’t be able to stop reading this one until the very end.” Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award–winning author of Magic for Liars

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Language English
Release Day Apr 6, 2020
Release Date April 7, 2020
Release Date Machine 1586217600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Supernatural, Most Popular, Literature & Fiction, New York Times Bestsellers
Author Bio
Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City whose novels have won wide acclaim. Horrorstör was named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio, and Paperbacks from Hell won the Bram Stoker Award.

Narrator Bio
Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.

Overview

Winner of the Lord Ruthven Award for Fiction
Finalist for the 2020 Voice Arts Award
Finalist for the This Is Horror Award for Best Novel of 2020
Finalist for the 2021 Locus Award
A Cosmopolitan Pick of 50 Best Horror Books of All Time
New York Times bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Most Addictive Novels of the Year
An Audible Pick of the Month's Best Listens
An Oprah Magazine Pick of Best Vampire Books
A Reader’s Digest Pick of Best Vampire Books
A Barnes & Noble Pick of Best Vampire Books
A BookRiot Pick of Best Vampire Books
An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection
A Library Journal Editor’s Pick of the Month
The #1 LibraryReads Pick for April 2020
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
An Indie Next List selection
An A.V. Club Pick of the Month
The Strategist Pick of Authors' Favorite Soothing Audiobooks
A BookBub Editors' Pick of Books Librarians Are Excited For in 2020
A Nerd Daily Pick of Fiction Book Releases to Look Forward To
A Tor Nightfire Pick of Horror Books We're Excited For in 2020
See All +

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.

Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a goodbye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip.

This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in twenty years. But there’s something off about him. He doesn’t have a bank account, he doesn’t like going out during the day, and Patricia’s mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl—an impossibility.

When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik—but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?

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