While Grady Hendrix has extended his writing talents towards screenplays in the last few years with the hit Satanic Panic; his stories still remain razor sharp in paperback too.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is certainly his most epic undertaking so far, with a story that spans years before landing in the 1990s.
At times it feels like a mix of Desperate Housewives and Fright Night, as a group of housewives are brought together to battle a vampire in their midst.
Hendrix plays it quite straight for the most part, with some truly visceral sequences, including a mysterious intruder on a roof and an attack of rats on an old woman.
He has also done his homework and incorporates some vampire lore into the story whilst playing some of it off as fabrication.
This feels very much like a feminist piece as women come together and rise up against their oppressor. In this case it is a man, and while you may feel like Southern Book… is simply a product of the #MeToo movement – there is so much more going on here.
Hendrix also dabbles in racial inequality too for good measure and by the conclusion it feels like we have been on such a journey with these characters.
Certainly his most impressive work to date.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix is available now in Paperback and on Amazon Kindle.