Charlaine Harris’ #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels are a cultural phenomenon, spawning a blockbuster TV show and enthralling millions of devoted fans around the world.
Here, Harris and co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner invite a cadre of authors to delve deeper into the shadows of Bon Temps with fifteen short stories set in the world of Sookie Stackhouse ranging from the dramatic to the delightful. Just some of the stories you’ll experience within include…
Purely platonic police officers Kevin Pryor and Kenya Jones find themselves out of their jurisdiction and out of luck when their pursuit of a blood-poisoned killer vampire leads them into the realm of the undead criminal underworld in Rachel Caine’s “Nobody’s Business.”
In Leigh Evans’ hilarious “Extreme Makeover Vamp Edition,” uber-fashionable reality TV hosts Todd Seabrook and Bev Leveto are recruited by Eric Northman to do the impossible: bestow a whole new look upon a his very old, very unwilling, and very cranky vampiric bride-to-be…
Vampire Bubba may not be King of Rock ’n Roll anymore, but he knows enough to know he isn’t exactly the brightest bulb on the bayou. Unfortunately, he proves himself all too right when, in the middle of an important rescue mission, he gets sidetracked in Bill Crider’s “Don’t Be Cruel.”
At Christmastime, fast-talking half-demon Diantha is tasked by her Uncle Desmond to look into why his favored mortal, Sookie, isn’t decking the halls—and soon discovers that someone is trying to make the holidays a big humbug in “The Real Santa Claus” by Leigh Perry.
Full of magic, fierce creatures, and insatiable desires, this collection of short stories set in the world of Sookie Stackhouse will have fans clamoring for more.
For fans mourning the end of Harris's popular Southern Vampire Mysteries series, Harris and Kelner (Games Creatures Play) have assembled a collection of stories that take place on the periphery, in the cracks, or between previously chronicled events. Series protagonist Sookie herself is nowhere to be seen; these 15 offerings feature secondary characters and breathe life into other corners of the setting. Vampire Bubba reclaims a touch of his musical past, werewolf Mustapha fights for his life, ex-bartender Desiree Dumas tries to escape her sordid history, diary entries reveal Sookie's grandmother's long-held secrets, and Eric Northman finds himself 200 years in the future, still unable to escape Sookie's influence. Standouts include Rachel Caine's "Nobody's Business," about the romance between officers Kevin Pryor and Kenya Jones; Suzanne MacLeod's "The Bat-Signal," featuring werebat Luna Garza; and "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars" by Dana Cameron, which gives vampire Pam the spotlight. These aren't game-changing tales, merely unseen adventures that give Sookie's world a little more complexity and depth, but they're entertaining and sometimes revelatory. In some ways, this feels like a farewell tour of the series, involving a jam session with top-notch musicians playing as the credits roll.