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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


10 thoughts on “The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

  1. Kai Kai says:

    People s refusal to see sexism and harmful representation when it looks them straight in the face is what led this book to have such great reviews Some even applaud the male author for being so good at writing female characters and I sit here flabbergasted, trying make my brain comprehend how they came to that conclusion.Let s get the obvious out of the way I m a white man so clearly my perspective is limited I m stating how I perceived the book and as someone who is super keen to read book People s refusal to see sexism and harmful representation when it looks them straight in the face is what led this book to have such great reviews Some even applaud the male author for being so good at writing female characters and I sit here flabbergasted, trying make my brain comprehend how they came to that conclusion.Let s get the obvious out of the way I m a white man so clearly my perspective is limited I m stating how I perceived the book and as someone who is super keen to read books by authors preferably OwnVoices that care about good representation, this one fell awfully flat Did a big ugly noise when it landed, too Most people that left reviews on here seem to be white as well, which might explain the missing criticism of the representation of women, but especially POCs in this book.I was so excited to read it The title tells you everything you need to know about the book and the cover is gorgeous It s a quick read and I finished it in less than a day mostly because I wanted to get it over with and didn t want to have to pick it up again the next day But honestly, the first 200 pages or so were decent I enjoyed myself I noticed that the Black characters in the book were only ever unnamed waiters or caregivers without speaking roles and it felt iffy, but I was ready to give the author the benefit of the doubt He still had a lot of pages to turn things around.I guess what s helpful to know is that the book is set in America s Deep South in the 80 s and 90 s But the author took that as an excuse to push Black characters to the sidelines Mrs Greene, a Black woman hired to take care of the main character s mother, eventually becomes part of the vampire slaying book club, but the white saviour narrative displayed in the book is still tasteless To add insult to injury, it seems like the evil vampire is also a racist one because he only ever murders Black people And this leads us to another role that Black characters had in the novel to be killed Either through lynchings or through the hands of the vampire And of course all Black people in the book lived in a poor settlement where the female white main characters had to be scared to walk the streets Now you can cry BUT historical accuracy but honestly, there s a vampire in this book, so your argument is invalid If a vampire isrealistic than a Black person with a degree or a nice suburban house, there s definitely something wrong.I could probably saybut one of the reasons why I was so attentive when it came to the representation was Mikki Kendall s Hood Feminism Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, which was the last book I read before I picked this one up While the two books aren t at all related, Mikki Kendall s essays about structural racism, privilege, white feminism, etc made a stark contrast to this Vampire slaying book So I guess what I m saying is, if you re still debating reading The Southern Book Club s Guide to Vampire Slaying, consider picking up Hood Feminism instead.I do want to talk about the presentation of the female characters though I ve seen a few reviewers call the characters one dimensional and crude, which is accurate I guess theI read, the less willing I was to let things slide and soon both plot and characters completely deteriorated None of these women seemed to be able to pick a husband that isn t a dick, none of them gave a damn about female friendships and they acted irrationally around their children, too I m not advocating for female characters to be respectable so they can be called feminist That s not how it works But when you intend to write good rep and this is all you come up with, then that s not exactly what I would call fully fleshed complex female characters But of course, this male horror author had to go one step further Of course he had to make unnecessary comments about their breasts and pubes, of course horror wouldn t be horror if female characters didn t experience physical violation of their bodies in the form of rape and abuse No, your book is not feminist just because your female characters say That s sexist once I m really tired of horror authors relying on tropes like the violation of women s bodies and Nazi symbolism, just to throw that in too to create discomfort It s like comedians that can only be funny when they ridicule women and marginalised people.Oh one thing I d like to add this, let s call it shortcoming is not just the author s fault We tend to forget that behind a published book there s a team of editors, there s a publisher that decided to give the book a nice cover and release it the way it was It s this whole industry that needs to do better, that needs to check their priorities and their privilege Or else we ll getquestionable books like this.At the end of the day there was no room left for any shred of patience on my part, which is why I m giving this a really bitter rating of one star


  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    Then she got in her Volvo and hoped Grace was right and this was all just a product of the overactive imagination of a stupid little housewife with too much free time on her hands If it was, she promised herself, tomorrow she would vacuum her curtains. I FREAKIN LOVED THIS I loved every single dark, funny, gory minute of this book I m in no way qualified to talk about best and worst books, but I can say with absolute certainty that this is my favourite book so far this year.For the first Then she got in her Volvo and hoped Grace was right and this was all just a product of the overactive imagination of a stupid little housewife with too much free time on her hands If it was, she promised herself, tomorrow she would vacuum her curtains. I FREAKIN LOVED THIS I loved every single dark, funny, gory minute of this book I m in no way qualified to talk about best and worst books, but I can say with absolute certainty that this is my favourite book so far this year.For the first few chapters of The Southern Book Club, I thought I had it pegged as the easiest, breeziest, sweet tea pecan pie of a novel A kind of True Blood, if Sookie Stackhouse was ten years older and ran a book club Which, don t get me wrong, sounds utterly fabulous, but it actually ended up being waythan I expected It goes to some really dark places, so a quick warning to those sensitive to sexual assault and domestic abuse off page.I m not quite sure how best to describe this In some ways, it s a heartwarming and funny story about a you guessed it Southern book club There s so much female friendship and a good few laughs, but despite how the title and cover look, it isn t campy like I feared In fact, as well as being fun, this book made me really frustrated and angry in parts I hate it and can t stop angry reading when women are patronized and gaslighted Reading about gaslighting really makes me anxious, and the way the women in this book are talked down to because they are silly housewives made my blood boil.But that s the whole point In the author s note, Hendrix states that he wanted to pit Dracula against my mom It s a nod to those women who carry out the majority of the childcare and household chores, as well as shouldering the emotional burden And, hell, these housewives might vacuum their curtains and freeze 60 sandwiches at the beginning of the month for school lunches, but they have some serious claws In every book we read, no one ever thought anything bad was happening until it was too late This is where we live, it s where our children live, it s our home Don t you want to do absolutely everything you can to keep it safePatricia has read enough true crime novels to know a threat when she sees it So when a mysterious stranger comes to town and threatens their neighborhood and their children, Patrica, Kitty, Maryellen, Slick, Grace and Mrs Greene are absolutely NOT about to take it lying down God, I love these women They re not the stereotypical badass heroines , which makes them so truly, genuinely badass The book lightly pokes fun at them, but in a warm, good natured wayHow s your ear She swallowed part of it, Patricia said I m so sorry, Slick said Those really were nice earringsNormally I would summarize at the end of my review by saying how fun or intense or moving it was, but I don t know which angle to go for because this book was all those things This book made me laugh and it made me anxious and I just loved it It s too bad that it ended in a perfect place because I would definitely sign up for a Southern Book Club series.Facebook Instagram


  3. Grady Hendrix Grady Hendrix says:

    I really think that Grady Hendrix has written his best book yet, and he did it all while dressed as a penguin Not a lot of people know this, but in the two years it took him to write SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB he wore the exact same penguin costume every day while he wrote By the time this book was finished that costume was a rancid, disgusting mess and he had to have it pulled from his body by hooks and burned because it was a biohazard.


  4. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    I truly deeply madly in love with this book More than five gazillion stars Somebody has to stop my fingers adding entire books of the author to my nearly collapsing Mount TBR But I cannot stop with only one book Can I They defined this book as mash up of Steel Magnolias Fried Green Tomatoes and Dracula No, sir this is Stepford Wives and Southern Desperate Housewives meet True Blood This book is not easy, entertaining reading It is so smart, gruesome, wild, bloody blended with dark humor I truly deeply madly in love with this book More than five gazillion stars Somebody has to stop my fingers adding entire books of the author to my nearly collapsing Mount TBR But I cannot stop with only one book Can I They defined this book as mash up of Steel Magnolias Fried Green Tomatoes and Dracula No, sir this is Stepford Wives and Southern Desperate Housewives meet True Blood This book is not easy, entertaining reading It is so smart, gruesome, wild, bloody blended with dark humor, sarcasm, criticizing of the role of wives and structures of marriage But I may tell you this is epic and darkly heart wrenching women friendship book Their bonding reminded me of Thelma and Louise s last scene and filled my eyes in tears Five regular Southern housewives at least that s what their moron husbands think about them start a book club to read true crime stories and discuss them See There is nothing ordinary about them They know their dark sides and they also know how to retrain it Welcome to 90 s Charleston The story is narrated by Patricia Campbell, one of the members of the book club She gave up her career as a nurse and married with extremely workaholic and arrogant husband but at least she has young teenage daughter who disrespects her and younger son who is obsessed with Third Reich And her mother in law moved indefinitely to their house, suffers from dementia and is adamant to turn her life into her But thankfully the other book club members also her true friends and confidantes right now intervened and find Mrs Greene to help her take care of her mother in law She is not really happy with her life and the books she read and growing friendship with the girls are the only things brighten her mood Maybe her life doesn t suck like she thinks but WAIT FOR IT Did HER ELDER NEIGHBOR ATTACK HER AND RIP HER EARLOBE Yes, weird things can happen in South and stays in South as well Then her not so nice elderly neighbor dies at the hospital so she pays a visit to her house, carrying a casserole because she s told, her neighbor s nephew came to town to take care of her She meets with charming nephew James actually she finds him lie on the bed and she thinks he might be dead so she performs CPR Another interesting way to welcome your new neighbor and after his friendly revisit to her house, she gets attracted to him even though her mother in law screams a lot when she sees him at their house and confuses the guy with her father s killer Patricia invites James to her book club, helps her to open a proper bank account, drives him to help for daily errands but after her mother in law s suspicious dying those parts of the book were really disgusting and gruesome I advise to read those pages with empty stomach and local kid s missing, she starts to get suspicious about her charming new neighbor friend crush s involvement to local kid s suicides But of course when she shares her theory with her besties, they are silenced by their know it all husbands who are invested with James inventive ideas and quite large amount of money Patricia isn t sure where they came from The wives kept their silence till their children s lives are also in danger Could they stop this dangerous man Is he a real man or is he a kind of supernatural creature Let s find out I have to admit I loved those girls Slick, Kitty, Grace, Maryellen and let s not forget the last addition of their club dear Mrs Greene I loved their quirky antics, their loyalty and their secret badass power they re forced to hide because of their husbands mental or physical abuse Even though this was harsh, bumpy, bloody reading, I enjoyed every second of it and I wished it would never end Some of the producers should wake up and realize this book is secret gem and it is needed to be adapted into streaming series Especially the heart wrenching story about bitter peaches was remarkable and unforgettable part of this book Overall I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT This is one of the best books of the year Go on, get it and read it bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  5. Claudia Ramírez Claudia Ramírez says:

    Butlike 4.5 stars I LOVED THIS.


  6. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    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 housewifeMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.


  7. karen karen says:

    I am not sure what the appropriate gesture is to make toward the family of the woman who bit off your ear, but if you felt absolutely compelled, I certainly wouldn t take food the thing that i am always forgetting about grady hendrix is that although his books have these zany and hilarious premises and are all decked out in wink nudgey cover design haunted ikea teengirl exorcism like Beaches meets The Exorcist, only it s set in the Eighties monsters of metal the stories themselves are not p I am not sure what the appropriate gesture is to make toward the family of the woman who bit off your ear, but if you felt absolutely compelled, I certainly wouldn t take food the thing that i am always forgetting about grady hendrix is that although his books have these zany and hilarious premises and are all decked out in wink nudgey cover design haunted ikea teengirl exorcism like Beaches meets The Exorcist, only it s set in the Eighties monsters of metal the stories themselves are not played for laffs that s not to say there s never anything funny in them, but they re not the campy adventures the covers might lead you to expect this one, for example, pitched as Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula sounds like pure farce a bless your heart southern ladies book club whose town is infiltrated by a bloodsucking creature it conjures up images of well mannered housewives whittling their rolling pin handles into shanks, but the novel s actual humor is much drier the sort where the club s guilty pleasure true crime tastes are glossed into respectability We just read a wonderful book about life in a small Guyanese town in the 1970s She didn t mention that it was Raven The Untold Story of the Rev Jim Jones and His People. his books are also always a little less horror focused than i m expecting he tends to use horror themes as seasoning many bad things happen here missing children, suicide, domestic abuse, rape, deep fried sexism and racism but the supernatural influence is only responsible for a portion of the evil it s somewhat lynchean in theme if not execution dark forces going unnoticed in everyday life, which once acknowledged becomepowerful, impossible to unsee this was, to me, the least scary of his books so far, although it is possible that i would have felt differently about it had i read it at any time other than mid pandemic, my queens neighborhood surrounded by several of the hardest hit zip codes it s hard to be affected by horror while living in a nightmare it s not an eek scare book, but it has one of the best inspiration stories i ve seen from the author s note This is also a book about vampires They re that iconic American archetype of the rambling man, wearing denim, wandering from town to town with no past and no ties Think Jack Kerouac, think Shane, think Woody Guthrie Think Ted Bundy Because vampires are the original serial killers, stripped of everything that makes us human they have no friends, no family, no roots, no children All they have is hunger They eat and eat but they re never full With this book, I wanted to pit a man freed from all responsibilities but his appetites against women whose lives are shaped by their endless responsibilities I wanted to pit Dracula against my mom.As you ll see, it s not a fair fighti love this whole idea of reimagining the vampire as a serial killer a while back i read Quiet Dell, based on the crimes of harry powers a drifter in the 1930s who targeted widows through lonely hearts ads, charming his way into their lives before taking their money and murdering them that s the first thing i thought of after reading this introduction envisioning harry as aliteral beast preying on the most vulnerable and to have such a man cross paths with a mostly true crime book club of women who are underestimated by their husbands and indoctrinated in politeness, one of whom wishes something exciting would happen to her, is the icing on the three layer, perfectly frosted cake anything they suspect about this fella, any accusations made can be dampened by gaslighting, written off as hysteria, explained away by the susceptibility of bored, silly minds exposed to the lurid trash they read it s set up to be this perfect storm of genres and themes and conflicts, but it doesn t quite shazam i love that the entity is a little newfangled spin on the traditional, but the character work of developing the women apart from patricia is pretty bare and there is some prolonged downtime in this book, where nothing much is happening, or rather, nothing is building and then there s a time jump, and it s all a little messy and uneven there are definitely standout scenes that get intense like v.c andrews, everything that happens in the attic is gross and wrong and full of things going into places they have no business going i ve always had squeam when it comes to eye horror, but this is my first time ever squirming over ear horror, which was not the ear biting referenced in that opening quote you ll know it when you read it as a preview, here s a relatively cute version of aural invasion it s cute if you think, like i did at first, that it s a ring tailed lemur in some sort of cave but then OH NOOOOO i liked itthan it sounds like i did here, but less than i expected to like it but again, everything is broken, so it s probably me reading it wrong you will tell me how wrong i am trigger warning the destruction of a library book i love how committed grady hendrix is to design and details please admire this underthecover stamp over a cliff, grady hendrixcome to my blog


  8. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    Patricia Campbell s life may be full, but she wouldn t necessarily consider it fulfilling The one thing she has of her own to look forward to are the evenings spent with the ladies of her Murderinos Book Club.The Club consists of like minded Southern housewives, who discuss True Crime and other less savory topics they would never openly admit an interest in.Cleverly, different sections are titled after real life, True Crime books, based on what the Club is reading during that period of time Patricia Campbell s life may be full, but she wouldn t necessarily consider it fulfilling The one thing she has of her own to look forward to are the evenings spent with the ladies of her Murderinos Book Club.The Club consists of like minded Southern housewives, who discuss True Crime and other less savory topics they would never openly admit an interest in.Cleverly, different sections are titled after real life, True Crime books, based on what the Club is reading during that period of time Thank you, Grady Hendrix, for adding to my already infinite TBR.It s the early 1990s and in their conservative neighborhood, just outside of Charleston, it sounds better to say their Club is a Bible Study So, that s what they say.It raises a lot less eyebrows that way.When a handsome stranger moves to town, Patricia is intrigued and oddly enough, he seems interested in joining the conversation.Patricia, in neighborly good spirits, invites him along to Book Club one evening After all, how much harm could it possibly cause The closer Patricia gets to this man, James Harris, theshe seems to notice that something s not quite right about him.Patricia s live in mother in law seems to take an instant dislike to him possibly confusing him with someone from her past No doubt a symptom of her dementia, but there are other things too.As local children begin disappearing, whispers of a boogie man luring them to the woods surface.Patricia, spurred on by the woman who once offered care to her mother in law, begins an investigation of her own She suspects James may be behind the horrific events, but will anyone believe her Luckily, Patricia does have some true friends within her Book Club and the ladies team up to get to the bottom of the mystery that is, James Harris.Guys, I LOVED this book so much The dynamics amongst the ladies in the Book Club, it gave me life I adored their Southern charm and humor, as well as the time period being the early 90s.Hendrix writes Horror Comedy so well, somehow making it lighthearted, yet horrifying at the same time It s really quite a skill.There was also a certain scene in here, occurring during Patricia s investigation, that was hands down, one of the most cringe worthy scenes I have EVER read.That sh t would make Stephen King proud It was legit, skin crawling, gagging, exclaiming while I m reading, good.I listened to the audiobook for this read, having since purchased a hard copy I know I will be reading this again.Side note, it just so happens, which I didn t know going in, that this is voiced by my favorite narrator of all time, Bahni Turpin, who is an absolute goddess If you are considering listening to the audio, I absolutely recommend it A performance Overall, this book knocked it out of the park An easy 5 stars from me Believe the hype


  9. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    Sometimes she craved a little danger And that was why she had book club FINALLY I have found my first five star book of the year that wasn t a reread or non fiction This book is basically Desperate Housewives set in the late 80s early 90s and the housewives started a true crime book club, only for a vampire to move in down the street sounds awesome, right It s a hell of a lot of fun, simply unputdownable, but it also tackles somehefty issues that were relevant at the time, like th Sometimes she craved a little danger And that was why she had book club FINALLY I have found my first five star book of the year that wasn t a reread or non fiction This book is basically Desperate Housewives set in the late 80s early 90s and the housewives started a true crime book club, only for a vampire to move in down the street sounds awesome, right It s a hell of a lot of fun, simply unputdownable, but it also tackles somehefty issues that were relevant at the time, like the under appreciation of housewives, gender roles, and socio economic divides between neighbourhoods Wait these are all still relevant but evenso back then Add in Hendrix s unmatched talent for pop culture and his ability to make you squirm in your seat and you ve got a book that will appeal to a LOT of readers I m not kidding, one part played into one of my biggest phobias and I had to keep taking deep breaths to finish that section The constant references to true crime were such a blast for this true crime junkie, and I was getting increasingly jealous of their book club picks Like why does MY book club have to gravitate towards thrillers The housewives were all quite different in their own quirky little ways, but each of them seemed to have similar asshole husbands, and relentlessly annoying kids Who says being a housewife is easy I can t express how much I loved this book It was tense, creepy, hilarious, just a really bloody good time Thank you to quirkbooks for the free copy 5 stars


  10. Melissa Melissa says:

    DNF 63%Go ahead, call me a quitter I can take it In fact, I own it.Touted as Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula unfounded comparisons in my opinion this novel at times felt like too much, yet somehow not enough Much like the bored housewives within these pages who find themselves bogged down with daily chores, family obligations, child rearing, and their sexist and controlling husbands, I yearned forThe author loosely connects these women with a book club that take DNF 63%Go ahead, call me a quitter I can take it In fact, I own it.Touted as Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula unfounded comparisons in my opinion this novel at times felt like too much, yet somehow not enough Much like the bored housewives within these pages who find themselves bogged down with daily chores, family obligations, child rearing, and their sexist and controlling husbands, I yearned forThe author loosely connects these women with a book club that takes on a few iterations as the story progresses, but doesn t necessarily feed into the entirety of the story In my mind, I envisioned tough broads with some semblance of sisterhood and instead was faced with wishy washy support at best This is a novel about women, written by a man, and from someone who frequents the women s fiction space, it shows There are some gory which I didn t mind and cheeky moments that give life to the storyline, but I found the impact was lessened by the various topics introduced The author hits pause on the vampire aspect of the storyline to touch on sexism, misogyny, suicide, social inequality, racism, child abuse, domestic abuse, and controlling behavior I so badly wanted the author to pick a lane Was he trying to relay the story of women slaying vampires or making some misguided attempt to give every issue page time At 63% no slaying had taken place Don t even get me started on the insectoid appendage It very well may be that this novel comes together for a spectacular conclusion, but the wonky execution thus far leads me to believe not And honestly, I don t care enough to stick it outThank you to Quirk Books for providing a review copy in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts.