Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Final Girl Support Group

Today I’m delighted to tell you about New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix’s THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP (Berkley Hardcover; July 13, 2021; Horror/Suspense).

THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP is a homage to and critique of slasher films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It follows six “final girls” who have met for group therapy for almost twenty years. These women managed to survive the unthinkable, and now someone is coming for them—but the thing about final girls is that they never give up.

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.

Hendrix says, “The Final Girl Support Group has been with me for years, a project I’ve written, re-written, added to and changed as my life has changed, almost like a diary. It’s a book about survival, finding reserves of strength you didn’t know you had, and our mad fight to make it through the night. Final girls are one of horror’s most enduring tropes, and this book contains everything I wanted to say about the horror I grew up with in the ‘80s and ‘90s and how it taught me to never quit.”

Meet the Author: Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter living in New York City.

He is the author of HorrorstörMy Best Friend’s Exorcism (which is being adapted into a feature film by Amazon Studios), We Sold Our Souls, and the New York Times bestseller The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires (currently being adapted into a TV series). 

Grady also authored the Bram Stoker Award-winning nonfiction book, Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom of the '70s and '80s.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you ever thought about that “last girl standing” at the end of horror movies you’ve watched?


  1. This sounds compelling - and beyond nasty. Final Girls should only have to go through it once...

  2. What an interesting premise! I have to admit, I'm not much of a one for horror films, but I can see how this might be a compelling read for those who are. And the whole question of the Final Girl is interesting, too. Thanks for sharing, Mason.


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