Saturday, February 26, 2011

Charlaine Harris - Dying For Daylight Official Game Trailer

True Blood / Sookie author, Charlaine Harris new publicity photos and updated biography !

Wow - you go Charlaine !  check it all out here

Charlaine Harris a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight books in her series about a Georgia librarian. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare's Counselor, the fifth—and last-- was printed in fall 2001.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie through her adventures involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers eleven titles, has been released worldwide.
Sookie Stackhouse has proven to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO television series Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new HBO series based upon the  books  He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008 . It was an instant success and is now filming its fourth season.
In October 2005, the first of Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. After four novels, this series is on hiatus.
Harris has also co-edited four very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, Sisters in Crime, and the International Crime Writers Association. She is a past member of the boards of Sisters in Crime and MWA. She is also a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America, just to make sure she’s covered.
Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously. Her house is full of rescue dogs.

'True Blood' author rewrites the script on video games

Editor's note: Scott Steinberg is the head of technology and video game consulting firm TechSavvy Global, as well as the founder of GameExec magazine and Game Industry TV. The creator and host of online video series Game Theory, he frequently appears as an on-air technology analyst for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN.
(CNN) -- The author of the Sookie Stackhouse series of supernatural thrillers and inspiration for HBO's popular drama "True Blood," Charlaine Harris, is putting her eye for suspense toward an equally arresting subject: Video games.
Produced for iPlay, the fruit of her labor, downloadable PC puzzler "Dying for Daylight," features an original tale starring Dahlia, a wisecracking, fashion-forward vampire hunting for a potion that lets vampires survive in sunlight. A hidden-object game designed for casual play by both women and men, it aims to bridge the gap between paperback readers and gaming fans, lev

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** Also enter the game giveaway!!

Charlaine Harris invites you to be the Vampire. Play as Dahlia, a vampire with a devastating sense of fashion and a razor-sharp wit, on an epic hunt to find a legendary sun potion
Game Giveaway February 4th-9th
Game Launch February 11th
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Skarsgard savors Swede success

It looks like there’s a new acting dynasty on the scene — from Sweden.
Actor Stellan Skarsgard has been on Hollywood’s radar for a bit, most recently playing Halle Berry’s therapist in “Frankie and Alice.”
That’s his eldest son Alexander as Eric Northman on “True Blood,” and son Gustaf was in the recent film “The Way Back.”
“Alexander was considered for several consecutive years the sexiest man in Sweden. He’s a very nice guy. But the Swedish film industry is pretty small so he left for the States and got the great role in ‘Generation Kill’ that propelled him into ‘True Blood.’

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Vampire movies : Vampire Circus 1972

Hmmm I used to love Hammer films - I dont remember this one 

Vampire Circus (1972) has been unavailable for so long to most horror fans, it’s become an almost legendary title that might lead to disappointment, and it’s easily possible to overpraise it. Non-horror fans may well find in it the things they don’t like about horror movies: unpleasant and queasy and exploitive and rather ramshackle. To those who know Hammer Films, however, especially during its declining years of the ‘70s, it’s a strange breath of fresh air.

It opens with a long pre-credits sequence that speeds in a whirl from the idyllic to the sinister to the outrageous. In a lovely forest, a nicely dressed lady (Domini Blythe) takes a little blonde girl by the hand and leads her away. An artist who witnesses the moment puts down his sketch pad and rises in alarm. He’s a bit slow to take action.

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On the True Blood Scene: Sam and Holly (Sam Trammell and Lauren Bowles)

One lucky photographer found his way near the set of the sizzling hot, HBO supernatural hit True Blood in Los Angeles, California today (Thursday, February 24th) and found one of our favorite hot boys, Sam Trammell! He was joined by Chris Bauer and Lauren Bowles during a scene where Holly, Merlotte’s newest waitress (played by Bowles), rushes to her house which is apparently on fire.
Looking like a concerned boss, Sam showed up to help out Holly and Andy Bellefleur (Bauer) who was working hard at saving a beige couch.

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True Blood Exclusive: Look Who's Returning! It's Godric !

You already know that True Blood‘s upcoming fourth season will feature witches, werewolves and more Nan Flannigan. But here’s what I’m fairly certain you don’t know: It’ll also mark the return of vampire legend Godric!
TVLine has exclusively learned that Allan Hyde will reprise his role as Eric’s late, forever young-looking maker when the HBO drama resumes this summer.
The duration and exact timing of his stint are unknown. It’s also unclear what form the onetime vampire sheriff of Area 9 will take given that he succumbed to the worst sunburn in history during season 2. (He returned briefly from the great beyond in the season 3 finale to deliver a message to Eric.)

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Syfy's Spectacular Being Human Is About to Get "Even More Twisted, Funny, Scary and Surprising"


Vampiroid vs. WereGhost! Blood-Monger vs. Wolf Specter! The "Real" Housemates of Boston Common. C.S.I.: Cadavers, Super Interesting
These are the blockbuster titles brainstormed by Being Human star Sam Huntington when we suggested the brilliant Syfy series might need a new name to rival the ratings of its network's Saturday-night schlockfests. (Mega Python vs. Gatoroid was seen by millions.)
Strangely, the best new show of 2011 is not attracting the viewers it deserves. The British cult classic remake has a wickedly smart, original script and captivating characters—a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf sharing the rent in a Boston brownstone—played by a lovable cast who get along so famously they just vacationed together in Hawaii. (We tackled Sam, who plays werewolf Josh, when we spotted him on the return flight last night.)
Last week, we also chatted with Being Human show runner Jeremy Carver (who helms the series with his wife, Anna Fricke), who promised the show is about to get even darker and funnier. Based on his writing for Supernatural (including last season's perverse zombie episode "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"), we believe him.
Here's why you should tune in...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Charlaine Harris writes about the end of the Sookie novels today on her site

.....there will be Sookie novels through 2013. I think that's as much as I can promise. Sookie has literally enriched me, and I love her, too. That's why I don't want to let her down by writing about her when the thrill is gone from it.
Charlaine Harris

The Biggest Fangs In Hollywood ... Interview With A True Blood Vampire

TRUE Blood vampire James Frain is happy to add to the body count on the hit US series.
The British actor plays Bon Temps bloodsucking baddie Franklin Mott and says: "I actually had super long fangs. I didn't realise until I saw everyone else's."
Alongside rapper Jay Sean, actor Linus Roache (son of Coronation Street actor William) and talk show host Craig Ferguson, James is in that strange set of Brits who are better known in the US than they are back home.
He landed his first film role in Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands in 1993, but he's since fared better across the pond, with roles in 24, The Closer and The Tudors.

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Book review: 'A Discovery of Witches' by Deborah Harkness A female-centric tale in a world of witches, vampires and demons.

There's something inspiring — for old-fashioned booklovers — about an early scene in Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches." Magical creatures gather as a woman opens a legendary, lost book.

Never mind that most of these creatures — vampires, daemons, witches — are plotting to get the book out of the hands of Diana, an American professor on a research trip in England. Menace aside, the scene is almost a homage to the printed word: There's far more magic in an old book than in an iPad no matter how good its backlighting is.

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Casting Calls for Season 4, Episodes 5 and 6

Episode 4.5
[VAMPIRE SHERIFF] Legal 18 to play 14-16. Male or Female. A vampire sheriff…CO-STAR/POSSIBLE RECURRING. (Updated 2/18/11)
[YOUNG JESUS] 9 years old, male, seen in flashback to 1985, living in the Chihuahuan desert with his mother and his terrifying shaman grandfather…NO LINES BUT REAL ACTING AND EMOTION IS REQUIRED
Episode 4.5/6:
[CHANTING MEDIEVAL WOMEN] Medieval Spanish women of all ages are chanting in Latin/Spanish…2 lines, 1 scene

Interview: Being Human's Sam Witwer - Part 1

Last week, Sam Witwer of Being Human (Syfy) was kind enough to take time out to talk to the press about his role as the vampire Aidan in the North American adaptation of the popular U.K. series. He also spoke a bit about some of his other roles, which have included Battlestar Galactica, NCIS, Smallville and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

If there’s one thing to be said about Sam Witwer (aside from his excellent collection of scifi/fantasy roles), it’s that he’s got plenty to say about his part in Syfy’s Being Human. Witwer shared some interesting insights about his character Aidan, but rest assured, he teased quite a bit but seemed to go out of his way not to spoil anything major with regards to what’s to come for the remainder of Season 1.

One of the things that really makes the British version of the series work is this great chemistry between the cast, and I was wondering how well do all of you guys get along?

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True Blood Gets a Little Hairier!

Daniel will be playing Raoul, the Shreveport packmaster. Which means he'll be above Alcide (Joe Manganiello) in terms of werewolf rank. His role is described as "tough and intense," and he'll be recurring in at least seven episodes. Raoul's first appearance will be in episode 4.05, titled "I Hate You, I Love You." Guess we'll be getting a werewolf showdown as well as a witch war this season. True Blood is back in June, so prepare fangbangers!

Charlaine Harris Sookie Author : Authors Announced for 2011 Arkansas Literary Festival

The Arkansas Literary Festival, the premier gathering of readers and writers in Arkansas, has expanded to include over 80 authors in many locations on both sides of the river in Little Rock/North Little Rock from April 7 - 13.

The Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library campus and other venues in the River Market and Argenta Arts districts are the sites for a stimulating mix of sessions, panels, special events, performances, workshops, presentations, opportunities to meet authors, book sales, and book signings. Most events are free and open to the public.

Festival authors include David Sedaris, Ree Drummond, Charlaine Harris, Mona Simpson, Isabel Wilkerson, Peter Beagle, and more. Authors attending the Festival have been honored with prizes and awards including the Pulitzer Prize, Newberry Prize, Rona Jaffe Foundation Award of $25,000, PEN Southwest Fiction Award, Rome Prize, Robert I. Freeman Award, Michener-Copernicus Award, Langum Prize for Historical Fiction, Guggenheim grant, NAACP Image Award, Heartland Prize, and Kore Press First Book Award. Three authors' books were featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review.

Special events during the Festival include a cocktail reception with the authors, An Evening with David Sedaris, a book fiesta party for children, and cooking workshops. Panels and workshops will feature topics such local legend Charles Portis, a zombie/Austen mashup, first-time authors, poetry, gardening, songwriting, teacher training on Arkansas history, and a Literature at Lunch series.  Children's special events include a storytime on the lawn on the Governor's Mansion, performances from Shakespearean plays, a puppet show, and a concert by the Kinders.

Through the Writers In The Schools (WITS) initiative, the Festival will provide presentations by 18 authors for elementary, middle, and senior high schools and colleges in Pulaski County.

Click here for more information about the 2011 Arkansas Literary Festival.

True Blood Cast : Saturday, February 26th comic book event!

True Blood cast members Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) are expected to attend the signing for True Blood, Volume 1: All Together Now. Saturday, Feb 26, 1:00 p.m. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, (323) 525-0270.

o Wristbands will be distributed on Saturday, February 26th beginning at 9:00 am with a purchase of True Blood, Volume 1. Wristbands WILL NOT be replaced if lost or stolen.

· A limited number of wristbands will be reserved for Barnes & Noble members and will designate priority placement in line. Lettered, colored wristbands will be for the signing line.

· Line-up will begin at 11:30 am on Saturday, February 26th according to wristband letter. Please be advised, all in attendance for this event must be in line by 12:30 pm.

· Other memorabilia WILL NOT be allowed.

· Personalization WILL NOT be available.

· Posed photography WILL NOT be allowed.Photographs may only be taken from the signing line. All cameras and cell phones must be put away before reaching the signing table.


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True Blood 4.05, “I Hate You, I Love You

[YOUNG JESUS] ACTOR TO MATCH ATTACHED PICTURE. 9 years old, male, seen in flashback to 1985, living in the Chihuahuan desert with his mother and his terrifying shaman grandfather…NO LINES BUT REAL ACTING AND EMOTION IS REQUIRED
[CHANTING MEDIEVAL WOMEN] Medieval Spanish women of all ages are chanting in Latin/Spanish…2 lines, 1 scene

True Blood blog : An Interview with Michael McMillian

by Gianna Sobol
Gianna: Good morning, Michael!
Michael: Good morning, Gianna!
Gianna: Can you talk about your involvement in the newest True Blood comic book?
Michael: You can ask, but I have to warn you that as the co-writer of an official True Blood story, I may have to keep some secrets.
Gianna: Well what goods are you authorized to share?  We'll take what we can get!
Michael: I was just kidding.  Get ready to be "spoilerized."  I'm giving up the goods!
Gianna: Do it.
Michael: I love my fans.  Fire away.
Gianna: How did it come about that you would be writing for the comic series?
Michael: Pluck and constant pestering, really.  I heard they were making a True Blood comic last spring through Alexander Woo, one of True Blood's talented writers.  I immediately started to plot how I would go about scoring myself a story-arc on the book.  I was in the middle of writing LUCID, my series with Archaia and Zachary Quinto's Before the Door Pictures, so I was eager to keep the ball rolling with other comic projects.  Ultimately, I teamed up with my friend Marc Andreyko, a seasoned comics pro, and we pitched ideas to IDW.  I also sent Alan Ball a live panda.  It seems the bribe worked and now Marc and I are writing the comic.

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Helena Bonham Carter And Michelle Pfeiffer Join 'Dark Shadows'

Dark ShadowsAfter spending years in development, "Dark Shadows" is finally taking shape. Not only is longtime Tim Burton collaborator Johnny Depp on board for the lead role of 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, but a slew of other actors – Jackie Earle Haley and Eva Green, to name a few – have also joined the fray.
Now, two more names are hopping aboard Burton's adaptation of the 1960s gothic soap, and they're familiar ones. Helena Bonham Carter, Burton's partner and a regular presence in the director's recent string of films, is confirmed for a role in "Dark Shadows."
That news shouldn't come as much of a surprise. No, it's the other name that's considerably less expected: "Batman Returns" actress Michelle Pfeiffer is reuniting with Burton for the movie as well. 

True Blood Season 4 : Someone's taking a trip to fairyland!

Krisena: True Blood? I miss that show so much!
Someone's taking a trip to fairyland! Insiders tell us the show is now shooting scenes in a stage decorated with twinkle lights and greenery that's being populated with beautiful men and women in gold body paint and robes. We're wondering if the fairy folk get as orgy-tastic as the maenad's followers once did? Meanwhile, if you have questions for True Blood executive producer Alan Ball about season four, email us at; we're hoping to speak with him at an upcoming event!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

True Blood comes to Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo March 18–20

From the Press Release:
Officials at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have announced more notable guests from the world of entertainment who will participate in the show and take part in panels. Eliza Dushku, the star of Joss Whedon’s "Dollhouse" will be at C2E2 on both Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, where she’ll be signing both days and speaking with "Dollhouse" co-star and previously announced guest of C2E2, Tahmoh Penikett, in a Q&A session on Saturday afternoon. In addition, famed chef, award-winning author, and popular television personality Rick Bayless will participate in a panel with C.B. Cebulski, writer and talent scout for Marvel, and moderated by Ron Richards of iFanboy and A Taste of Comics. The unique panel, which itself illustrates the broad reach and expansive role of pop culture in the world today, will center on the connections between food and comics on a creative level. Cooking is creativity. Food is art. And that’s the connection to comics. A chef’s knife is the equivalent of an artist’s pencil or brush!

Other guests who have recently been confirmed to appear at C2E2 include Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer, and Brit Morgan from the cast of the popular HBO series "True Blood". Sam, Kristin, and Brit will be signing as well as participating in a Q&A spotlight panel on Saturday, March 19. As noted, Tahmoh Penikett was recently announced as a guest at C2E2, along with Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden of "The Walking Dead" and Mark Sheppard (Crowley on "Supernatural"), who will all be appearing on panels at the show. Other writers, artists, and creators appearing at C2E2 include Brian Michael Bendis, China Miéville, Garth Ennis, and Joe Quesada, among many others. Over 250 artists will be on hand participating in C2E2’s Artist Alley.

C2E2 will take place March 18–20 in the South Hall of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Autograph tickets are now available at

“Our guests are incredibly talented, and they are outstanding in their own fields of endeavor,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “This is what makes the pop culture world so unique. Eliza Dushku and Rick Bayless can both successfully appear at C2E2 because we can provide them with legions of fans. Our strength is in our diversity, and we are grateful to our guests as well as our fans for supporting C2E2 and making it as rich and varied as it is!”

Tickets for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), which is organized by ReedPOP (who also put on the New York Comic Con), are now available via the C2E2 website. Further information about all ReedPOP shows and activity is available through Lance Fensterman’s blog.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

'Vampire Diaries' Dolls Take A Bite Out Of Toy Fair 2011!

Few "Vampire Diaries" watchers wouldn't love to wake up next to dashing Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) or his equally drool-worthy brother Stefan (Paul Wesley) every morning, and now those fangirl fantasies can come true. Well, sort of...

Damon, Stefan and Elena (Nina Dobrev) got "dolled" up (literally) for Toy Fair 2011, where they made their miniature and very plastic debut.

Monday, February 14, 2011

True Blood: Happy Valentine's Day from Hoyt and Jessica

Parrack was asked how Hoyt celebrate Valentine’s Day with Jessica?

4. If you were writing the episode, how would Hoyt celebrate Valentine’s Day with Jessica?

If I were writing an episode for a Hoyt and Jess V-day, I would have him drive her to New Orleans, catch the Red Eye to NYC, check us into the Waldorf Astoria and sleep all the day side by side with the shades drawn. And then we’d wake up together, take on a Vampire sleep schedule and just be a couple of love birds from the country in the big city. We’d savor the freedom that we crave and relish the fact that no one would know us or our situation. And then we’d have lots of bloody sex…

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The Vampire Diaries - The Dinner Party Extended Preview

Grammy® Nomination for the 'True Blood' Soundtrack

by Gianna Sobol
I was lucky enough to grab a few minutes with Gary Calamar, our music supervisor, about his Grammy® nomination for the great work he did on our soundtrack...

GIANNA: Congrats on your Grammy nomination!
GARY: Thank you!
GIANNA: Any big plans for the awards show?
GARY: I will be attending, I'm really looking forward to it.  It's my fourth nomination, all Alan Ball related - two for Six Feet Under soundtracks, two for True Blood now.  I am indebted to Alan and his wonderful work.
GIANNA: Aren't we all?
GARY: We have some tough competition, so it's really an honor to be nominated.  And I'm excited that Lucinda Williams's song "Kiss Like Your Kiss" is also nominated for best original song.
GIANNA: How did it come about that she would write an original song for the show?
GARY: We met with someone from her publishing company, Warner Chappell, and we were throwing around some ideas and she mentioned that Lucinda was working on some new material.  We already had her on the first soundtrack, we licensed her song "Lake Charles."  So we met with her and her manager/co-musician/husband Tom Overby and told them what we were looking for and she came back with a very rough version, which she recorded in her kitchen, of "Kiss Like Your Kiss."
GIANNA: How did that version turn out?
GARY: It was slow and romantic.  Talking with Alan, he said they were kind of heavy on these adventurous, upbeat songs and would love to have something romantic and nice in the show.  So she finished it for us and I suggested some sort of duet.  We roped in Elvis Costello, who is a friend of hers, and I'm thrilled with the way it came out. 

Life after Tony Soprano

America's HBO cable TV channel prides itself on 'quality' series that are unfettered by commercial constraints. An interview with top execs Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo. 

PASADENA, California - HBO co-president Richard Plepler and programming president Michael Lombardo entered their posts as part of a new team after CEO Chris Albrecht quit in 2007. Albrecht left after Las Vegas police arrested him for beating his girlfriend. Not only did Lombardo and Plepler assume their roles as a storm raged behind the scenes, it was shortly before the network aired the final episode of its flagship series, "The Sopranos."

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Charlaine Harris new short story : Down these strange streets coming this fall

The lineup includes a Lord John novella from Diana Gabaldon, a SPQR story by John Maddox Roberts, a True Blood story by Charlaine Harris, a Garrett tale from Glen Cook, an Edge story from Melinda Snodgrass, a Gordianus yarn from Steven Saylor, an incredible WWII mystery novella by Bradley Denton, a Joe Lansdale story than can only be described as Gonzo Lovecraft, and wonderful contributions from Carrie Vaughn, Conn Iggulden, Simon R. Green, Laurie R. King, Lisa Tuttle, M.L.N. Hanover, Patricia Briggs,and S.M. Stirling.

"Death by Dahlia," by Charlaine Harris 

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Friday, February 11, 2011

VAMPIRE DIARIES Author L. J. Smith Fired

Over the past few days, rumors have been flying that author L. J. Smith has been fired from writing the Vampire Diaries series. Now, Smith has seemingly confirmed those rumors in a blog post that mentions she’s going through “a difficult time.” Later in the post Smith says she “wanted and still want more than anything to be able to continue The Vampire Diaries series myself.”
So how can an author be fired from writing her own books? The way I understand it is that Smith signed a contract with Alloy Entertainment back in 1990 and they, therefore, own the rights to the Vampire Diaries books. Allegedly, Alloy and HarperTeen were not happy with the direction Smith was taking the series (SPOILER ALERT: she wanted to focus on Damon and Elena while the publishers were more interested in a Stefan and Elena pairing) and she was fired from writing future books.
The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight is due out on March 15, 2011. According to Smith, all the writing in Midnight is her own. The next book in the series, Phantom, will be a mix of her writing and that of a ghostwriter.
So, Vampire Diaries fans, are you saddened by this news? Will you continue to read the books even if they aren’t written by L. J. Smith?

True Blood Question for TV Guide

Any chance that Sookie and Alcide will get together this season on True Blood? — Danielle
"Timing is everything and the timing between those two could not have been worse, so we'll see where the time goes in Season 4," Joe Manganiello says. But factor this in: We're hearing that Alcide's loyalties might be split. His work for Eric is done, but Alcide has a new boss, and his interests diverge from those of Sookie. 

Andy Swist's fantastic new Valentine's Day cards

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Thanks Andy !

Charlaine Harris' Dying for Daylight PC Game Available for Download This Week!

Late last year we told you about Dying for Daylight, a PC game created by I-play in collaboration with Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired HBO’s "True Blood". On this Friday, February 11th, you'll be able to download Dying for Daylight and play as Harris' popular vampire character Dahlia.
While Charlaine’s ability to tell gripping, edge-of-your-seat, supernatural stories has transcended several types of media already, Dying for Daylight marks her foray into the world of interactive games.
"Taking a character into the world of games is great fun and allows us to tell stories and bring characters to life in a whole new way," says Harris. "Just like Sookie, Dahlia is a unique and multi-faceted character. Working with I-play to present her in this new way has been an amazing experience, and I can't wait to hear what fans think of the results."
"Charlaine's stories and characters are a huge contributor to the phenomenon surrounding all things supernatural right now," says Tony Leamer, VP Marketing at I-play. "Her writing is so vivid and her characters so interesting that they are a natural fit for a game. Dahlia is already beloved by a legion of fans, and we hope they will love this new story and the way we're telling it."
Check out a trailer for the game below, and be sure to visit the Dying for Daylight website for more. To learn a bit about Dahlia, order a copy of one or more of the short story collections in which she can be found from the Evilshop below.

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Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Retelling 'Dracula' As 'Harker'

Finally, a new Dracula film for vampire fans to sink their teeth into. With sexy, angsty teen vampires infiltrating our pop culture, it seems like it's been a while since there's been some hardcore stake and holy water style vamp films released.
Well, no longer. According to Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way will produce an upcoming adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel called "Harker" for Warner Bros.
Unlike previous incarnations of the book, "Harker" will focus on Scotland Yard detective Jonathan Harker who is tracking Dracula. The script sets him up as a potential new franchise character. And no, before you ask, DiCaprio is not planning to star in the film.

In the 1897 novel, Harker is actually a solicitor who travels to Transylvania to act as a real estate agent for a foreign client named Count Dracula. While there, he finds himself a prisoner of Dracula, who reveals himself as a vampire. After a traumatic experience with Dracula's three vampire brides, Harker manages to escape and finds refuge at a mental hospital, where he suffers a breakdown. His fiancée, Mina Murray, finds him and nurses him back to help, and he successfully joins forces with vampire hunter Van Helsing to kill Dracula once and for all.

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Series Creator Alan Ball Answers 3 Questions for True Blood's New Production Blog

  The Russian film suggestions are interesting!!'

Gianna: What are you most excited about this season?
Alan: I really love the Eric storyline.

Gianna: What's going to shock the fans?
Alan: What happens to Jason...throughout the whole season.

Gianna: Got any advice for fans that are chomping at the bit?
Alan: We're working as fast as we can! In the meantime, I recommend watching the Swedish film Let the Right One In and the Russian films Day Watch and Night Watch.

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HBO Inside True Blood blog

HBO is about to unveil a new way for fans to keep up with True Blood.
The network will announce on Friday a production blog called “Inside True Blood” that will give fans behind-the-scenes details of production on season four. The idea was prompted by the success of the network’s production blog on Game of Thrones.
The blog will have real-time contributions from Gianna Sobol, assistant to series creator Alan Ball, straight from the set.
The first post goes live tomorrow at 9 a.m. at and all I know is it contains this sentence: “Today’s call sheet includes the words ‘hostage,’ ‘bites,’ ‘dinner,’ and ‘Eric.’”

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The 15 Most Groundbreaking Gay Roles on Television:Lafayette Reynolds on 'True Blood'

Thanks to creator Alan Ball's brilliant thinking, Bon Temps' most flashy short-order cook/V dealer is alive and well instead of dead in the back of Andy Bellefleur's car (his character's fate in Book Two of the Sookie Stackhouse novels). Although Lafayette embodies certain gay stereotypes (eyeliner, lipstick, jewelry, he prefers the ladies' room – "I is gorgeous"), he is easily one of the most trustworthy characters in a world filled with devious vampires, werewolves, maenads, shape-shifters and, most recently, a witch – the latter of whom just happens to be Lafayette's new boyfriend. Hookah, please!
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‘True Blood’ too draining? Charlaine Harris says Sookie Stackhouse novels must end [updated]

 “Dead Reckoning,” the 11th installment in author Charlaine Harris‘ Sookie Stackhouse mystery series, is set to arrive this May — not long before the hit TV series inspired by the franchise, HBO’s “True Blood,” returns for a fourth season — but the novelist now is looking ahead to the conclusion of her long-running saga. [FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post misstated the numeric place of  "Dead Reckoning" in the Harris series.]
“Truthfully, the next two books will probably be the last two books in the series,” Harris said last week. “I still love Sookie, but I’m beginning to want to write something else, and Sookie’s kind of taken over my life. I was able to write other things for the first few years I was involved in Sookie, but then after the start of the television show she took over so much of my time because of my increased publicity obligations that it’s been very hard to write other things, and I really need to do that.”
To satisfy her creative urges, Harris has embarked on a new endeavor, an online game called Dying for Daylight, that prominently features her vampire protagonist, Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, a ruthless, fashion-conscious vamp who has appeared in several of Harris’ short stories. “She’s one of my favorite characters,” Harris said. “Since HBO owns all the development rights to anything related to Sookie, Dahlia seemed a natural choice for this. She’s so visual, she’s so proud of the way she looks and she’s so adventuresome that it seemed like a really good match.”

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TRUE BLOOD, Episode 4.05, “I Hate You, I Love You” casting call

TRUE BLOOD, Episode 4.05, “I Hate You, I Love You”
Writer: Mark Hudis
Director: Daniel Minahan
Start Date: Approx. February 18, 2011

[DON BARTOLO] 40s – 60s, a badass Mexican man, seen in flashback in his 40s, as well as in present day (grayer and more weathered), he is Jesus’s (Kevin Alejandro) terrifying, intimidating grandfather, a hardcore brujo (witch or shaman)…GUEST STAR (35) ACTOR MUST SPEAK SPANISH.
[RAOUL] 30s – early 40s, Caucasian, a tough, intense man, shorter than Alcide (Joe Manganiello), he’s the werewolf packmaster of Shreveport….7 EPISODE ARC GUEST STAR (47)
[YOUNG JESUS] 9 male, Hispanic, seen in flashback to 1985, he is Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) as a young boy, living in the Chihuahuan desert with his mother and his terrifying shaman grandfather, Don…2 lines, 1 scene (35) ACTOR MUST SPEAK SPANISH.
[JESUS' MOTHER] In her 30s, Mexican, she is Young Jesus’ mother, seen in flashback to 1985. She is desperate to protect her son from her father’s brujo influence…2 lines, 1 scene (37) ACTRESS MUST SPEAK SPANISH.
[GUARD] Male, 30s, one of Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) guards, he is frustrated by a video game on his cellphone…1 line, 1 scene (9)
[PADRE SANTIAGO] Male, 50s, seen in flashback to 1610 Spain, this sarcastic vampire priest feeds on a woman in a medieval dungeon…(41) GUEST STAR (POSSIBLE 2 EPISODE ARC) MUST SPEAK SPANISH
[SHERIFF 1 AND SHERIFF 2] 30s – 40s, male, these snickering vampire sheriffs, under Bill’s purview, disagree with his decision regarding a witch’s fate…1 line, 1 scene (56)
[FEMALE SHERIFF] 30s – 40s, this female vampire sheriff cheers on Pam…1 line, 1 scene (56)

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'Blood' Will Burn in Eagle Rock

Following up on a tip from an in-the-know reader, Eagle Rock Patch investigated a claim that one of the prime locations for the hit HBO series True Blood will go up in flames within the next few days.
While security and insurance concerns kept us from traipsing onto the set proper, a helpful security officer guarding the perimeter,  whose badge identified him as A. Cole, was forthcoming with information concerning the fiery demolition of the cottages located at 5038 Ellenwood Dr., just south of Colorado Boulevard.
Apparently, the owner of the property—built in 1922—has figured out a lucrative way to clear it while profiting from location fees. No word as to what will be built on the location.

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Remake 'Let Me In' is among the better vampire movies

I loved the Swedish and US version of this movie!

Rob Lowman Los Angeles Daily News

At this point, there are so many vampires populating big and small screens that the multitude of award shows should start adding categories like "the best exsanguination scene" or "most passionate kiss by two dead people."
But if you're susceptible to the toothy creatures, then Let Me In, from American writer-director Matt Reeves, is an admirable, even elegant remake of 2008 Swedish horror film Let the Right One.
Reeves — known as the co-creator of the TV show Felicity and director of the horror film Cloverfield — has made some changes to the story, which was based on a novel by Swedish writer John Ajvide Lindqvist. Reeves moved the setting from a working-class suburb of Stockholm to 1983 Los Alamos, N.M., the home of the atomic bomb.
The story centers on the relationship between a 12-year-old boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee of The Road) and an androgynous girl called Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz of Kick-Ass). Like the book, Reeves' film goes beyond supernatural themes and deals with the topics of faith, bullying and the loneliness of being an adolescent.
Owen and Abby are in their own ways outcasts with issues. He, picked on and missing his father, acts out violent fantasies in his room and spies on the neighbors; Abby, as we come to understand, is trapped in her own nightmare. Yet Reeves manages to create a tenderness between them while supplying the expected jolts and eeriness.
The director also displays a crafty visual style, filled with shadows and light and a touch of humor. Add a couple of veteran actors in Richard Jordan and Elias Koteas, and you have a smart little film.
Let Me In retails for $29.98 or $39.99 Blu-ray.

True Blood: Charlaine Harris speaks

SFX’s True Blood/Vampires special is currently brightening up your local newsagents – and True Blood season three is currently airing on FX. So we don’t need any further excuses to reprint this interview with Sookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris, which originally appeared in our last vampire special, out in May…

SFX: When True Blood first came out, you told us you were “90 per cent happy with it”. Would you stick by that figure now, or are you more or less happy with the show?
Charlaine Harris: Oh, I’m delighted with the programme. I couldn’t be happier with it, really!
SFX: How much input do you have into the storylines of the TV series?
CH: My input consists of having written the original books that the stories are taken from.
SFX: So they don’t run things past you?
CH: No, they know how to run their show and I know how to write my books.

Comcast app allows for streaming True Blood on-demand to iPads!

Comcast on Wednesday updated its iPad app to allow customers to stream on-demand TV shows and movies to the Apple tablet.
Comcast subscribers with an iPad and the Comcast app can now access about 3,000 hours of content from Comcast's on-demand network at no extra charge. That includes movies and TV shows from HBO, Showtime, Starz, Encore, Cinemax and MoviePlex as well as TV shows from TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and BBC America. Selections include "True Blood," "Dexter" and "Boardwalk Empire," as well as movies like "The Hangover," "An Education," and "The Blind Side," Comcast said.
The feature is available over Wi-Fi, with a 3G option coming in a future app update, Comcast said.
"Our focus for this first version of video streaming was to take advantage of the larger screen and mobile capability of the iPad, and deliver an immersive video experience," Matt Strauss, senior vice president and general manager of Comcast Interactive Media, wrote in a blog post. "We have many enhancements and feature updates planned for the coming months, and we'll also continue to evolve the video streaming feature based on customer feedback, including extending it to more handheld devices and platforms."

Lisbeth Scott to appear in True Blood Season 4

Singer/songwriter Lisbeth Scott posted on her Facebook page that she’s shooting some scenes for season 4 of True Blood.
Dont know what that means remember Nathan Barr appeared in last years TB ! ( below)

 Lisbeth’s sings “Take Me Home” in season 1, Sookie's crying pie scene when she's eating Gran’s pie after Gran’s funeral

True Blood's James Frain wants to swap vampire tips with Robert Pattinson

BRITISH actor James Frain, who has arrived in True Blood's Bon Temps as bloodsucking baddie Franklin Mott, says he wants to swap vampire tips with Twilight's Robert Pattinson.
Frain appears alongside Pattinson in the upcoming film adaptation of circus tale Water For Elephants.
But he regrets that they didn't get chance to talk about their more toothy roles.
Frain says: "I did have scenes with Robert in Water for Elephants but I'm sorry to say we didn't swap vampire stories. I wish we had, people can't believe there's going to be a scene in the movie with a Twilight vampire talking to a True Blood vampire and that we didn't spend our time chatting about that.

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Charlaine Harris to speak at Boskone 48, February 18-20, 2011

Do you love science fiction and fantasy?
Join us at Boskone, a regional science fiction convention, which features:

  • exciting exhibits
  • inspiring events
  • an acclaimed program that encourages members to interact with an impressive array of well-known participants in the field
Our innovative no-boundaries layout is designed to stimulate conversation between friends (old and new), and support the warm family-friendly community. Join us as we explore the worlds of the human imagination—all served up with a dash of whimsy!
The pre-registration rate has ended. At-door rates: $58-entire con, $15-Friday only, $43-Saturday only, $15-Sunday only; college student rates: $35 (entire con), K-12 student memberships: $25 (entire con). You can still buy your membership online. Not sure if you're already a member? Check our Boskone Membership Search Page.
Directions to the Westin Waterfront.
Visit the Boskone 47 website to see what the last Boskone was like, read some of the LiveJournal reviews, or view the Flickr slide show of past Boskones. Follow us online—we'll be Tweeting from Boskone.
Boskone is brought to you by the New England Science Fiction Association. NESFA has frequent meetings and maintains a clubhouse and library in Somerville. Stop by our Web site for more information—visitors encouraged!

Vampire Diaries - Crying Wolf Preview

“TRUE BLOOD” comics fix: True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now

This is great bound together in hardback for $14 !

Thanks to HBO and IDW publishing, the newest additions to the ever popular TRUE BLOOD comic series have been announced—a hardcover collection of the first series, as well as an upcoming second series with a special co-writer. See below the jump for details.

Available in stores on February 15 for $24.99, ALL TOGETHER NOW collects the first six-issue TRUE BLOOD comics series arc and will also feature a cover gallery and additional art, spanning 160 pages.
Developed by TRUE BLOOD creator Alan Ball and show writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barrow, ALL TOGETHER NOW was co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. It features illustrations by David Messina, J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney and Andrew Currie. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the amazing success of the comic and are excited that the release of the comic collection will make the series even more accessible to fans,” says Ball.

The True Blood workout: P90x

Ever wonder what it’s like to be surrounded by hot-looking guys wearing next-to-nothing or nothing at all? Alright, calm down ladies. I’m talking about Kevin Alejandro’s revelation to AccessHollywood that appearing on HBO’s True Blood comes with its own form of peer pressure.
Alejandro, who joined True Blood in Season Three as Jesus Velasquez, revealed, “I’m sharing the screen with somebody like Ryan Kwanten. We all look within ourselves for inspiration [to lose weight, get fit] but he’s obviously the poster boy of a physique.”
Fortunately for Alejandro, he’s not the only one who wants to look good so he was able to join a few other cast-members in a P90X workout regime. P90X stands for Power 90 Extreme and consists of a segmented training program that’s supposed to improve physical fitness in 90 days.

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Being Human promo Episode #1.05 The End of the World As We Knew It

Make Yourself Heard – Paleyfest 2011

Great post from Sookieverse

One day…in my fantasy world…I will find myself trapped in an elevator for a half hour with Alan Ball, and he will be at my mercy. In my twisted little daydream, I will pick his brain with every single question that’s bugged me, intrigued me, had me lying awake at 1am or reduced me to a screeching, profanity-spewing mess over the last three years.

And he cannot escape.

All of us have at least one burning question that we’d love to ask Alan Ball, the writing team or the True Blood cast. Here’s your opportunity to get it all off your chest.

Paleyfest 2011 is next month, and the True Blood Panel will be held on Saturday, March 5. The panel is yet to be officially confirmed, but questions for Ball, the writers and the cast are now being taken on the Paley Centre site.

Ball and the cast usually drop some sweet spoilers at this event – it was at Paley in 2009 that Alan Ball first confirmed that Eric would have amnesia in season 4, that we would definitely be seeing Alcide in season 3…and uttered the infamous statement about Bill and Sookie having “a connection that would never die.”

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Charlaine Harris " Dying for Daylight "

Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and inspiration for HBO’s hit series True Blood, invites you to be the Vampire. Play as Dahlia, a vampire with a devastating sense of fashion and a razor-sharp wit, on an epic hunt to find a legendary sun potion. Get the first four episodes in one low-priced download.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Charlaine Harris Book and blog : talks about keeping books and new reads

Charlaine blogs ....

I don’t know know where you stand on keeping books. I find my attitude has changed in the past thirty years. I used to keep every book I bought or was given. For one thing, I very seldom got to buy a brand-new book. My budget didn’t permit such extravagance. I went to the library, mostly. I belonged to book clubs, so I bought smaller and cheaper versions of the books I wanted. I also visited used book stores and went to friend-of-the-library sales. Every now and then I’d get a gift card for a book store for Christmas. This was a fabulous occasion for me, and choosing a book was a momentous decision.

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She reads:

  • The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
  • Shadowfever, Karen Marie Moning
  • His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik 

    She also mentions this list :
    I found Mystery Writers of America’s list of the Hundred Best Mysteries, and out of curiosity I checked the ones I’d read; turned out I’d read a very creditable 75 or 80 of them. I’m tracking down the ones I haven’t, and one of them was The Thin Man. I’d read Hammett’s other work, and how I skipped this landmark I have no idea.

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    ‘Being’ himself Vampire role on Syfy’s ‘Human’ pumps life into young actor’s career

    He is growing on me 

    Sam Witwer almost made the biggest mistake of his career.
    He first passed on the chance to audition for Syfy’s “Being Human” (tonight at 9). “You talk about the show, and you go, ‘A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost,’ and then you almost reflexively follow it up with, ‘walk into the bar,’ ” Witwer told the Herald in a recent telephone interview.
    A friend convinced him to actually read the script.

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    The Vampire Diaries Episode 2.13: Daddy Issues

    About The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 13: Daddy Issues
    Johnathan Gilbert’s (guest star David Anders) return to Mystic Falls comes as an unhappy surprise to Elena (Nina Dobrev), Jenna (Sara Canning) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Caroline (Candice Accola) lets Stefan (Paul Wesley) know about her conversation with Tyler (Michael Trevino), and Stefan does his best to reach out to a confused and conflicted Tyler. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) comforts Bonnie (Katerina Graham) after her disturbing conversation with Jonas (guest star Randy Goodwin). When Jules (guest star Michaela McManus) takes a hostage, the situation quickly escalates into a violent confrontation. Zach Roerig and Matt Davis also star.
    Joshua Butler directed the episode written by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec.

    Being Human not just another vampire show

    When: Mondays at 10 p.m. Where: Space

    A werewolf and a vampire move into an apartment with a ghost sounds like the setup for a cheesy joke or a wacky sitcom.

    But the new drama Being Human (based on a British series of the same name) takes a different tack, treating its premise seriously and grounding its supernatural characters in as much reality as possible.

    There's Josh (Sam Huntington), bitten by a werewolf a few years back and now cut off from most of his family and old friends; Aidan (Sam Witwer), a 200-year-old vampire struggling with his addiction to human blood; and Sally (Meaghan Rath), who died in her home and can no longer touch anything or leave the apartment. Together, the three reluctant roommates struggle to fit in a world that doesn't want them

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    'The Vampire Diaries': Steven R. McQueen talks Jeremy, Bonnie, and more

    I am just crazy about this new young actor ( and grandson of who you think )

    You'd think the kids on "The Vampire Diaries" have enough to worry about with all the vampires and witches and werewolves running around -- but to top it all off, they're completely drowning in relationship issues. With three separate love triangles happening, Mystic Falls is bound to go Jerry Springer any moment.

    Zap2it caught up with star Steven R. McQueen on set in Atlanta to talk about all the drama brewing between Jeremy, Jeremy's sister's best friend Bonnie, and the new witch (ahem, warlock) in town, Luka.

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    Nelsan Ellis talks about Lafayette Reynolds

    Episode 4.06 will be called "I Wish I Was the Moon".

    From spoiler TV

    from EW

    What can I be looking forward to between Eric & Sookie in season 4 of True Blood? — @Leandi_Cameron
    Whatever is in store for the painfully attractive pair, count on a hunky (probably shirtless) werewolf being in the way. Joe Manganiello told us at the Producers Build Awards: “Wherever Sookie goes, Alcide is not going to be that far behind. He is very protective of her in the way that dogs are protective of their owners. Even tiny dogs will bark and stand up to whoever or whatever is threatening their master despite how tiny they are compared to the tormentor. That’s the same theory at the heart of Alcide. Fortunately he is a bit bigger than a purse dog and his bark and bite are pretty ferocious.

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    Exclusive: Sam Trammell talks new season of True Blood, resolutions, and guilty pleasures

    Great interview with Sam ..

    With the fourth season of True Blood being shot right now, are you guys sitting around wondering what is going to happen next? I know I am guilty of this so I was hoping to dig around a bit and see what I could find out.
    We have a very special shape shifter series this week that although will not reveal any MAJOR plot points, will be enough to whet your appetites a bit. Today we are featuring Sam Trammell who of course plays shape shifter/bar owner Sam Merlotte on the HBO supernatural drama. Tomorrow you will read our interview with Janina Gavankar who will play Bon Temps newest shape shifter/school teacher Luna in season four.

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    Charlaine Harris begins work on 12th Sookie book

    She said on Facebook

    Yes, I’m starting the next Sookie. Yes, I write chapters sequentially. The book doesn’t have a name yet. I should have started it in November but I had to take some time off.

    Sookie book 11 will be out in 3 months!!!

    She was also mentioned as " ..they stood out, other important Arkansans in 2010" in Arkansas Times

    CHARLAINE HARRIS. The Magnolia vampire novelist kept churning out hits and material for a hit TV series.