REVIEW – The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

“I wanted to pit Dracula against my mom. As you’ll see, it’s not a fair fight.”

Full disclosure: this is only the second Grady Hendrix book i’ve read. However, I can confidently say he’s perfected the balance of campy, fun (and funny!) horror with some pretty dark and creepy stuff. This book follows a group of “respectable Southern ladies” in the late 80s and early 90s who enjoy “trashy” true crime novels. When a stranger moves in down the street, things get…weird (i’m sure from the title, you know where this is going).

This book has some GROSS scenes, but they’re balanced with laugh out loud moments. However, one scene in particular was absolutely terrifying and played to exactly a specific scenario that gives me major anxiety (and it was done PERFECTLY). Obviously, as with a lot of horror, content warnings abound.

If you’ve been thinking of reading some Grady Hendrix, what are you waiting for?

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