Greetings evil book nerds, I know there are a lot of you out there following this site. While I whole-heartedly enjoy being immersed in a great TV show or movie, I am a true book nerd at heart. And so I was glad that I was given the first couple books in The Southern Vampire Mysteries to enjoy, by author Charlaine Harris, before being corrupted by its remake on True Blood. This series, which I like to call “The Sookie Stackhouse Series”, is a 13 novel series following the life and adventures of Ms. Sookie Stackhouse, telepath and barmaid extraordinaire. The stories follow Sookie as she finds herself enveloped in the supernatural world of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Over the last couple years I have read all the novels. Last week I closed the final book with a heavy-heart, as Sookie is a woman who I have really enjoyed spending an incredible amount of page-turning time with these last few years. Today I am going to bring you some highlights and an overview of the series, hoping that Anna Paquin hasn’t already ruined Sookie’s image for everyone. Disclaimer: minor spoilers to follow.
All right all you blood-sucking villains, now is your time in the spotlight of everyone’s favorite weekly weekend creature column. This creepy Saturday we are going to go all vampish. Get your fangs out to take a bite of delicious vampire-mania. It’s time to get our succubus on. I am a little overwhelmed with the possibilities of what we could discuss, as the vampire is one of the most quintessential Halloween characters in existence. Since the definition of vampire is a creature that feeds off of someone’s life essence, tales of such monsters have been in existence since prehistoric times, though the collaborative title of vampire for said abominations did not arise until the 18th century. Naturally, the highest concentration of vampire legends comes from Eastern Europe, and that is where the name originates as well. While the original stories of vampires described some as undead, the life-status of the essence feeding devil spawn was not part of the classification until John Polidori wrote his novella The Vampyre, which solidified the vampire as we know it today. You know what I am talking about, that handsome, seductive, mysterious, and perfect specimen of a human that lures you in only to drain you dry.