The Final Girl Support Group

Forthcoming July 2021!

A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.

In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.

Reviews

"THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP sizzles with action, originality, and a gleaming concept sharp as a scalpel."

Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Pray for morning, wish for speed, and be as quiet as you can, it doesn't matter—Grady Hendrix's The Final Girl Support Group already knows where you live and breathe."

Stephen Graham Jones, Author of The Only Good Indians

“The Final Girl Support Group is funny, scary, and a roaring good time. Grady Hendrix puts his own spin on Final Girls and I loved it. His unique voice should not be missed by those who enjoy horror with a big dose of sarcasm and humor.”

Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

"Take slasher movie adoration, critique, and satire, mix with compelling, flawed characters and neck-breaking plot twists, and drop it all into an industrial blender with large blades. Voilà, you now have Grady's maniacally clever and compulsively readable The Final Girl Support Group."

Paul Tremblay, National bestselling author of Survivor Song

"The Final Girl Support Group is perfect for anyone who loves old slasher movies and, oddly enough, anyone who hates them. Grady Hendrix has somehow crafted both an homage to B-horror schlock and a clever dissection of the genre, all delivered in the form of one long breathless chase punctuated by both unpredictable twists and thoughtful insight."

David Wong, New York Times bestselling author of John Dies at the End

"A (bloody) valentine to the slasher franchises of the VHS era, but also a smart novel about survivor guilt and the concept of the enduring heroine."

Kim Newman, author of Anno Dracula

“With The Final Girl Support Group Grady Hendrix transforms a horror trope into something bloody original. An incisive examination of society's obsession with violence against women that simultaneously honors and roasts the slasher genre with equal prowess. Wildly entertaining and clever as hell.”

Rachel Harrison, Author of The Return

"Grady Hendrix’s canny new novel, THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP, gathers all the tropes and iconography of a decade’s worth of slasher movies, throws them into a blender with much more wit and intelligence than any of those movies displayed, in a truly original, compelling, suspenseful tour de force… with a knowing wink. Hendrix has a rare, unique voice in a genre sorely in need of more!"

Mick Garris, writer, director (The Stand, Bag of Bones, The Shining miniseries)

"THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP is a deft examination of how our culture's obsession with misogynistic violence destroys the lives of women and how those women are able to keep fighting and living after unthinkable trauma. The beating heart of this book is empathy and it's set into a lightning-paced, vicious thriller. Reading it was a catharsis. Absolutely unmissable. Horror fans... you've never read a slasher like this."

Mallory O'Meara, bestselling author of THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

"A crazy emotional roller coaster ride that took me right back to1980, but it needs a warning label: may cause severe anxiety, suggest reading with CBD and a glass of wine."

Adrienne King, actress, artist, Friday the 13th’s 1st Final Girl

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