Wednesday, February 24, 2010

True Blood author Charlaine Harris's Harper Connelly series to have a comic adaptation

Via PR, another best-selling author goes the comics route, Charlaine Harris:
Acclaimed author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, is joining the Dynamite Entertainment family in 2010! We are proud to announce that the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight, will be adapted by Dynamite Entertainment in 2010. Her Sookie Stackhouse novels became the basis for one of today’s most successful television shows, the hit HBO series True Blood. Dynamite is extremely proud to present Charlaine Harris’ first comic adaptation!

For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series. Featuring Harper Connelly, a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living-but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent-even if the dead can wait forever.

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True Blood gets Southern Comfort backing

Sponsorship includes national press campaign

Southern Comfort is sponsoring the second season of TV vampire series True Blood, showing on digital entertainment channel FX.

The drinks brand is being included in marketing promotions, including a national press campaign.

Brand manager Jamie Butler said: “Southern Comfort’s ‘come as you are’ attitude to life is epitomized in the stories of the residents of Bon Temps, which along with our New Orleans heritage makes True Blood a perfect fit with our brand”.

Cool website with more drink recipes here

The Sookie Swizzle

This zest infused cocktail has plenty of bite. Southern Comfort mixed with the fresh fruit infused flavours of blood orange and lemon juice is a combination that is sure to stimulate your taste buds for all the right reasons.


50ml Southern Comfort

3 wedges Blood Orange

3 wedges lemon

15ml Sugar syrup

Dash of Peychaud’s Bitters

Served in a large rocks over crushed ice, muddle fruit and build in glass

Southern Merlotte’s Punch

This cunning concoction mixes Southern Comfort, red wine, with the juice of 1/2 a blood orange to create a taste tingling explosion of flavors.


35ml Southern Comfort

15ml Lemon Juice

25ml Apple Juice

50ml Merlot red wine

15ml Sugar syrup

1/2 blood orange (squeezed)

Dash of Peychaud’s Bitters

Shake and strain into a High Ball glass over cubed ice. Serve with a blood orange and lemon slice and garnish with mint sprig.

Southern Mary

Move over Bloody Mary; make way for Southern Mary which offers an eclectic mix of Southern Comfort, tomato juice, Tabasco and red wine – sure to wow friends and family.


35ml Southern Comfort

15ml Red Wine

15ml Lemon Juice

Dash sugar syrup

80ml Tomato Juice

2 dash Tabasco

1 dash Lee and Perrings

Salt and pepper

Celery Stick

Mix the Southern Comfort, red wine, tomato and lemon juice together and stir. Add the Tabasco, Lee and Perrings sugar and salt. Sir again and garnish with celery stick.

Southern Blood

Mixes Southern Comfort, a traditional taste of New Orleans, with the juice of half a blood orange – an established drink with a dark twist.


50ml Southern Comfort

½ blood orange


Fill a glass halfway with ice and pour the Southern Comfort over. Squeeze the juice of half a blood orange and stir for a true taste of New Orleans, where Southern Comfort originates.

The spectre of sexism haunting horror fiction

Women play a huge role in the genre, so when they are ignored it speaks of an ugly menace

Just when you thought it was safe to venture into the murky depths of horror fiction again, back comes the re-animated, shuffling monster of a problem that seems to be dogging the genre at the moment: accusations of sexism.

The latest broadside against the lack of acknowledgement given to the role of women in the horror field is levelled against SFX magazine, one of the longest-running and most successful SF/fantasy glossy magazines on the UK market.

The magazine has just published a special horror-themed spin-off. "Our first special edition of the new decade is SFX COLLECTION: HORROR," it proclaims: "your ultimate guide to the dark side of the imagination. It features a beefy 14-page news section, oodles of in-depth new features, and six great free gifts." It also features, unfortunately, a distinct lack of female practitioners of the dark art, resurrecting an argument from five months ago that prompted an internet flurry when the British Fantasy Society published a book entitled In Conversation: A Writer's Perspective, Volume One: Horror.

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True Blood Season Two May 25th

Despite stumbling a bit in season two (mainly due to the Michelle Forbes plot taking forever to get anywhere), True Blood remains one of the best guilty pleasures on television. Set in rural Bon Temps, Louisiana, season two of True Blood continues the romance between waitress and amateur psychic Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and gentlemanly vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). The season sees Sookie's dim-witted brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) fall under the spell of a Fundamentalist church determined to kill all vampires, explores more of the vampire world's culture and government, and introduces Michelle Forbes as a mysterious newcomer with a powerful sway over the locals. It also strengthens True Blood's reputation as the nakedest supernatural soap opera around. Just sayin'.

Just like season one, season two will be available in both Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download versions. The standard DVD version will run you $59.99 and bring you a handful of special features, but throwing down an extra 20 bucks for the Blu-ray will mean tripling the bonus features, at least according to the press release. Here's what we know:

Standard DVD Bonus Features

  • "Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light" -- Gives “rules to live by” from Fellowship of the Sun leaders Steve and Sarah Newlin.
  • "The Vampire Report: Special Edition” -- Highlighting the year’s biggest stories in vampire news, politics, and pop culture.
  • Audio commentaries including creator Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Michelle Forbes, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, and more.
Blu-Ray Bonus Features
All of the above, plus...
  • True Blood Enhanced Viewing -- Picture-in-picture interactive content on all 12 episodes.
  • Character Perspectives -- Straight from the mouths of Hoyt, Pam, Karl, and Steve Newlin.
  • Flashback/Flash Forward -- Allowing the viewer to relive pivotal moments and revealing the significance of certain scenes.
  • Pro/Anti-Vampire Feeds -- News updates and information from the American Vampire League and the Light of Day organization that helps fans decide which camp they support.
  • Hints/FYI -- Trivia facts, show hints and clues.
From Cinema Blend

Sam Trammell: True Blood series two is even better

True Blood's Michelle Forbes and Sam Trammell have told fans that the second series is set to be sexier, scarier and more bloody.

The hit vampire series returns on Friday for a new series on FX and the actors claim that this stint will be even more successful than the last.

Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte in the drama, told The Daily Record: "If you liked season one, then this is where it all really starts getting exciting - it was the second year that saw the show really take off in the States, we were all getting recognised more and it kind of exploded.

"Season two is really fantastic, it's better than season one and is very exciting and very fast paced.

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'True Blood' star Alexander Skarsgard reveals he used to be an anti-terrorist marine in Sweden

These days Alexander Skarsgard often uses his teeth as weapons, but he is much more comfortable with your garden variety guns and ammo.

Long before he became known as the evil head vampire Eric in 'True Blood,' SKarsgard was an anti-terrorist marine in his home country of Sweden, London's Telegraph reports.

The 33-year-old actor grew up in Stockholm as the son of famous actor Stellan Skarsgard. As he grew up, he says he wanted the challenge of a hard life.

At 19, he enrolled in Sweden's national service where he practised battle tactics, combat and anti-sabotage assaults

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: My United States Of Whatever

My United States Of Whatever

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