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Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

Dead but not Forgotten

May 2014 – Audio Anthology of stories from the world of Sookie by other authors.

A “group of writers, specifically chosen by Charlaine, pays tribute to ‘the southern, mind-reading belle who gets mixed up in the world of vampires and magical creatures’ (The Kansas City Star) with a collection of fifteen all-new stories about your favorite residents of Bon Temps.

Publisher: Ace Hardcover (November 25, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0425271749; ISBN-13: 978-0425271742

Also Available in Kindle, Nook and Audio formats.

Pre-Order via Amazon | Barnes & Noble

NEWS: Dead But Not Forgotten from Audible May 13th

NEWARK, N.J., Mar 04, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced the forthcoming release of Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse. An audio-original anthology edited by Sookie creator Charlaine Harris along with Toni L. P. Kelner, the collection includes 15 new stories featuring Eric, Pam, Quinn and other characters familiar to fans of Harris’s best-selling novels and True Blood, the HBO series they inspired. Audible will release Dead But Not Forgotten on May 13, 2014; the audiobook is available for pre-order now at www.audible.com/DBNF .


“I’d seen the Sookie Stackhouse novels adapted by others for True Blood, but that was an entirely different medium,” said Harris. “It felt a little like leaping without a net when I embarked on Dead But Not Forgotten, even with getting to hand-pick the contributors and my co-editor Toni L. P. Kelner. But the results have been astonishing, a rich variety of characters and approaches that I can’t wait to share with my readers and listeners.”


Along with Caine, Davidson, Maberry and McGuire, participating writers in Dead But Not Forgotten include Dana Cameron, Bill Crider, Leigh Evans, Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Miranda James, Leigh Perry, Jeffrey J. Mariotte, Suzanne McLeod, Nicole Peeler, and Jeanne C. Stein. Dead But Not Forgotten is narrated by Johanna Parker, the longtime voice of the Sookie Stackhouse audiobooks, with introductions read by Charlaine Harris.

“Like all Sookie fans, we can’t get enough of the rich world Charlaine has created,” said Audible’s executive producer for the project, Steve Feldberg. “If Dead But Not Forgotten proves anything it’s that while Sookie’s story may have ended, there are still so many corners to explore and a wealth of memorable characters with their own tales to tell.”

Charlaine Harris first introduced Sookie Stackhouse with the publication in 2001 of the Anthony Award-winning Dead Until Dark. By the time the 13th and final novel, Dead Ever After, was published in 2013, the series had become a mainstay of national best-seller lists, and inspired the hit HBO series True Blood. The Sookie Stackhouse novels have sold more than 29 million copies and have been published in 35 languages.

Dead But Not Forgotten is produced by Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com. Audible invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2013, Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of a year.



Works by Charlaine Harris published in 2013-2014

News: After Dead

After DeadWith characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.

This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

October 31, 2013

Books of the Week:

  • Inherit the Dead, edited by Jonathan Santlofer
  • Serving Victoria, Kate Hubbard

I don’t ordinarily review books in which I have any part, but Inherit the Dead was written for such a good cause (the proceeds benefit Safe Horizon, the US’s leading victim assistance organization) that I want to recommend it here. As you can tell form the stellar lineup of authors (just to pick a few at random: Mary Higgins Clark, Heather Graham, Val McDermid, Lawrence Block, C.J. Box) Safe Horizon is a cause it’s natural to support.


Unusually, for a serial novel, all the chapters were written simultaneously, which entailed a lot of planning on the part of the staff who managed this effort. And Inherit the Dead, about a disgraced policeman-turned-private eye who is pursuing a missing heiress, is definitely a coherent novel. You would never mistake my chapter for John Connolly’s, or S.J. Rozan’s, or James Grady’s, but the story is consistent. This was an interesting experience for all of us.


Serving Victoria sounds like an erotic novel, but nothing could be farther from the truth. This entertaining non-fiction book is about (literally) coming to Queen Victoria’s court as a lady of the bedchamber, or a court physician, and what it was like to live under those stifling circumstances. Happily, there are photographs of these people. Hubbard provides an interesting variety of stories about Victoria (when she laughed, she laughed long and loud) and the protocol that determined every moment of every day for the people honored with her service . . . and many of them certainly did feel honored. Victoria was a puzzling woman. The queen comes across as not too bright or educated, very thoughtful in some ways of those around her, and utterly insensitive in others.



Audible, the books-on-cd company, is making a big announcement today. There’s going to be an anthology of short stories set in the Sookieverse. But none of them will be written by me! They’ll be written by great writers who’ve been kind enough to tell me they enjoyed my work. My friend Toni L.P. Kelner is editing the stories, and I’m giving them a once-over, too. Here’s the link if you’d like to pre-order:

When Audible first approached me, I was skeptical about the idea. I’ve never read fanfic, and I thought that this might be too akin to fanfic; other people, writing about my characters? But when I mulled it over for a few months, I began to see the possibilities. After I had another talk with Audible, I felt more amenable to the idea, and the project gradually took shape.

When writers like MaryJanice Davidson and Seanan McGuire take part – plus some writers whose names I’m holding back for later – you know the end product will be entertaining.
The world being the way it is today, I can already hear the accusations begin to pelt me. “You’re just trying to milk the success of your books as long as you can!” “You’ll do anything for a buck!” “No one will buy this! It’s exploitation!”


All right, I’ll take that. Though it’s not my motivation, it’s one interpretation.
No, I won’t do anything for a buck. If that were the case, I’ll still be writing the Sookie novels, and I would have Eric end up with Sookie and magically allow them to have little vampire babies.


Okay. Don’t buy it. Fine with me.


So there you have it; a future project which I can just sit back and enjoy. And I hope some of you do, too. I look forward to releasing the names of the other writers involved, and I’ve already peeked at one or two of the stories . . . and I laughed out loud.Charlaine Harris

News: Games Creature Play

Games Creatures PlayAn amazing lineup of urban fantasy, science fiction, and mystery writers provide stories of games and the creatures who play them.

The contributors include Toni L.P. Kelner, Adam-Troy Castro, Jan Burke, Caitlin Kittredge, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Kushner, Mercedes Lackey, Joe Lansdale, Laura Lippman, Seanan McGuire, Brendan DuBois, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Sigler, and Charlaine Harris, whose story includes both Sookie Stackhouse and Manfred Bernardo.

The release date is APRIL 1, 2014. No joke!

News: Dead of Night

Dead of Night“Dancers in the Dark,” my only true romantic work, has been repackaged again. This time DITD comes with a different accompanying novella, a different collective title, and with a new cover. Now I’m paired with Amanda Stevens. Her contribution is “The Devil’s Footprints.” The collection is called “Dead of Night.” If you haven’t read this work of mine, give it a try. I really like the new cover. By the way, my novella will also be available as an audio CD in October.

May 8, 2013

Books of the Week:

  • The Vampire Tapestry, Suzy McKee Charnas
  • Under the Hill: Bomber’s Moon, Alex Beecroft
  • Blood Oranges, Kathleen Tierney
  • The Last Policeman, Ben Winters

Suzy McKee Charnas wrote The Vampire Tapestry in 1980, and I’m sorry to say I read it for the first time last week. I thank Paul Goat Allen for publishing his list of vampire novels that everyone should read, because this book came straight from that list. An unromantic and detailed account of one segment of the life of Dr. Edward Weyland is probably truer to what the “real life” of a vampire would be like. I don’t want to spoil any of this book for the reader, but I really admired it.


Alex Beecroft’s Under the Hill: Bomber’s Moon is the first part of a story, though I don’t know how many subsequent books he plans. His main characters, Ben Chaudry and Chris Gatrell, meet when Ben is attacked by elves. He is pretty sure no one will believe him, so he calls the Paranormal Defense Agency. Chris, retired from the RAF (on grounds of insanity) arrives to defend Ben, and the two feel an immediate attraction. Through a complex plot, their adventure continues, and there are other characters to meet who add to their story. Ben is not the only one in danger; there’s a plot to take over the world! These are pretty scary elves, and this is a really interesting book.


Blood Oranges is another book from Paul Goat Allen’s list, and it’s the story of junkie Quinn, who has a talent for killing supernatural creatures and an equally great talent for lying. Through a series of misfortunes, mostly set in motion by herself, Quinn becomes both a vampire and a werewolf. This is not a happy combination, though it does make her extremely notorious in the supernatural world. This is not a desirable thing, but Quinn is determined in her bad-assery.


Ben Winters won an Edgar award for The Last Policeman, which has the novelty of being a PRE-apocalyptic novel. Newly made Detective Hank Palace knows that an asteroid is going to hit the Earth in mere months; everyone on Earth knows that. So why does he keep on investigating crimes in a society that has largely disintegrated? This is a high-concept book, obviously, and it’s the first of three about Hank Palace. The premise is riveting and the writing is excellent.


It’s hard to know where to start. The past two weeks have been tumultuous, but I’m beginning to emerge from the roller coaster ride more or less back to normal. (By the way, I hate roller coasters.) I’ve seen lots of ugliness, and even more kindness. I’ve seen lots of irrationality, and lots more sense. Some virulent hatred, and much more love.


I’m going with the love.


I’ll be happy to put this behind me and go back to doing what makes me happiest: writing the best books I can. This has been my pattern for 32 years, from way before the Sookie books, and I hope it’ll be my pattern for a few more.


Being alone with a computer (or a typewriter, or a pad and pencil) can ill-equip a writer for the strong and widely-assorted reactions of readers. I think I’d written four books before I ever met anyone who’d read one of them! It astounded me. It still astounds me.


I’m turning away from the controversy to face the remainder of a very busy year.


There are two family events, a graduation and a birth, that are more important than any professional developments. There are new writing projects that demand my attention and my focus. There are always books to read and recommend.


Yep, going with the love.


Charlaine Harris