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The Southern Book Club's Guide To Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Full disclosure: like a lot of people during the coronavirus pandemic I've been struggling to concentrate on reading (there's an interesting article about that here) and I listened to The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires as an audiobook. It works very well as an audiobook because it's set in Charleston, South Carolina and the accents are key to the sense of place.

The author, Grady Hendrix, is known for his horror fiction which often refers to, and plays with, the conventions of existing horror films and novels. His previous book, My Best Friend's Exorcism, was set in the 1980s and this one is set in the early 1990s. The best way I can describe it is that it's a bit like a slightly camp cross between Salem's Lot,Big Little Lies and Steel Magnolias with a tiny hint of The Stepford Wives.

In it, a middle-class Southern housewife, Patricia Campbell, tries to enlist the help of her book club to defeat James Harris, a man who has recently moved int…

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