Day 31 of #31AuthorsofHalloween – Grady Hendrix

About Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. He is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of Paperbacks from Hell, and the Shirley Jackson and Locus Award nominated author of Horrorstor, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and We Sold Our Souls, which have received critical praise from such outlets such as NPR, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the A. V. Club, Paste, Buzzfeed, and more. He has contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety

Synopsis for The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Patrica Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenagers kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keep her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women untied by their love of true crime. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are about their own families.

One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor’s handsome nephew, James Harris into her life. James is well traveled and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in years. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind – and Patricia has already invited him in.

Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia’s life and try to take everything she took for granted – including the book club – but she won’t surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong.

My Review for The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

A coworker of mine is a part of a book club. We were working, and she got a text from one of the member’s with this title. She excitedly told me about it because she knew I love to read. I was in a slump and thought this book would get me back in the mood to read. She was right. I could not put it down. I would read it on my breaks, my lunches, before and after work, and when I was in bed. I was cracking up, and at the same time, I was thinking of Fright Night, and mixed the teenagers with housewives. I absolutely loved it!

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Day 24 of #31AuthorsofHalloween – Drac Von Stoller

Synopsis for Born a Serial Killer (an excerpt from Born a Serial Killer)

Johnny Delmer was born in a cabin that should have been condemned in a small town known as Docerville. Johnny’s parents didn’t have much money to put food on the table for little Johnny to eat. Johnny’s father Jack worked at Doc’s gas station in Docerville whenever he wasn’t drunk. Johnny’s mother Susan worked as a waitress at Dugers Diner also located in Docerville, but only part-time because she had an alcohol problem as well. The Delmer’s didn’t own a car, so if they wanted to go to work or to the store they had to walk in the heat, rain or snow. Being that Johnny was just a little boy with dreams and visions like any little boy his age. All Johnny knew was the poor life he was given and had no idea most people owned cars or had running water in their homes. If little Johnny wanted a drink of water he would go to the well in the back of the cabin and if Johnny was lucky he would get enough water in his cup to wet his lips.
Johnny’s father had a short fuse and it didn’t take much to set him off. If little Johnny wanted to spend time with his daddy. His dad would kick him and tell him to go play with the chickens while he scolded his wife Susan about how awful her food tasted. Johnny didn’t like the way his father treated his mother. For instance, if Susan didn’t cook his food on time he would beat her or if he thought the food was too cold he would throw the plate of food at her. Jack would make comments like, “What kind of woman are you, you can’t cook or clean. I don’t know why I married you.”Jack would also call her a fat pig. Seeing the way Johnny’s father treated his mother was the early stages that would mold little Johnny Delmer into a Serial Killer.
As Johnny was reading the dirty newspaper, he came across an article on Ed Gein who was a Serial killer. Johnny was over taken with excitement and the more he read about Ed Gein’s killings the more excited Johnny got. Johnny said, “I want to be just like this man Ed Gein. We have something in common, we both enjoy killing. But I have never killed another human being. Maybe someday I will kill another human being. Who knows maybe I’ll be the next Ed Gein?”

My Review for Born a Serial Killer

Finally a book that is sick and twisted! I have read a lot of books, and some are morbid, but nothing like Born a Serial Killer, and let me tell you, I want to read his other short stories! I have become obsessed! If you like mutilation, serial killers, blood, gore, and more, you would love this and I am sure his other works!