I am a paranormal romance fan since I could remember. Yet, the pool of individuals who also favor vampires did not arise until the Twilight era with the Cullen family. Since then, the genre is silence again until now.
So, today I am reviewing “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendrix. On Facebook, I am in a Halloween theme book club, which chose this book as our “book of the month”. Now, I have tired reading this author work in the past, but his book are so creepy that my skin crawls after reading a detailed chapter. Hendrix is known for his thriller and horror fictional novels alike “My Best Friend’s Exoticism” which is a young adult book.
Another Read-A-Like is the one-act play, Trifles by Susan Glaspell. The detective aspects of women finding out the truth, but the men dismissing their clues is outrageous. No vampires lurk in this play, but the gender roles are examined more closely as in “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendrix.
In this story, housewife Patrica is bored with her suburban life, and even more with the book club she joins every month. So, one day after an encounter with a neighbor who bites her ear off, she meets the nephew of the same neighbor that later dies in the hospital. so far, this story sounds freaky with the boring setting and atmosphere, then out of nowhere, our main character’s ear is bitten off. Jeez.
Enter James Harris. The nephew of Ann Savage, he decides to live in this quiet, southern neighborhood where crime doesn’t exist and people leave their doors unlocked. Patrica, being the perfect neighbor, decides to help Harris get settled into the town. Oddly enough, these two individuals create a friendship that seems innocence at first. Then, one night at dinner, Patrica’s mother-in-law recognizes James Harris as Hoyt Pickens, a man from her childhood. Conscience?
I think not. Hendrix takes his time to build up the suspense around a small, southern town who don’t suspect their new neighbor is a vampire. Or not. The lack of a faster reading pace kinda brings the story down for me at least. I was ready for an attack to happen, but like I said, Hendrix spends time building up that moment. Without realizing it, you will reading about someone getting eaten alive by rats. This is Grady Hendrix folks, check him out.