From Emma Bull''s War for the Oaks to Laurell K. Hamilton''s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, from The X-Files to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, creators are mixing old European myths and legends with modern American pop culture. Incorporating influences ranging from blaxploitation movies and erotic novels to tabloid staples like UFOs and Elvis, authors and directors are creating a new mythology for the strip-mall, tract-house, cell-phone America of the new millennium.
One of the best-known and best writers of the new American mythology is Charlaine Harris. Dead to the World is the fourth novel in her Anthony Award-winning Southern Vampire series. It continues the story of psychic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who has fallen out with her undead lover, Bill. Bill has no sooner departed for Peru, than Sookie finds the head vampire, Eric, running naked and terrified through the rural night. She helps Eric, and discovers his memory has been destroyed by a coven of unscrupulous, astonishingly powerful witches, newly arrived in her small Louisiana town, and offering a huge reward for Eric. Sookie tries to hide Eric, but her brother sees him--and immediately disappears. And Sookie finds herself caught in a war among witches, vampires, and werewolves. --Cynthia Ward
When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn''t just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn''t a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It''s Eric the vampire--but now he''s a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.
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When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric the vampire—but now he's a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.
A SPECIAL LETTER FROM
In case you haven’t met me before, my name is Sookie Stackhouse. I’ve been working at Merlotte’s Bar for four years now. For the first three, things were quiet. Then, one night, Bill the Vampire walked in, and my life changed forever. While we’ve followed the familiar pattern (vampire meets girl, vampire gets girl, vampire looses girl) I have a feeling our association has more twists and turns yet to come.
In the first month I knew Bill, there was a serial killer in the area hunting down barmaids with vampire boyfriends—and the main suspect was my brother Jason (DEAD UNTIL DARK).
Then, at the beginning of Fall, the vampires of Dallas asked the vampires of Shreveport if they could borrow me for a little investigation into a missing nestmate of theirs (LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS). At the same time, the short-order cook at Merlotte’s was murdered, and since I counted myself his friend, I felt I should do everything I could to solve the mystery of his death. Bill’s boss, Eric, had a lot to do with my trip to Big D, and he developed an interest in me that hasn’t flagged.
Right before Christmas, I began to think Bill was engaged in some hanky-panky. He left town, and vanished in Mississippi. Eric talked me into going to Jackson to search for him. As my cover, I was escorted by the Werewolf Alcide Herveaux. While searching for Bill, I met some of the state’s less reputable citizens at the supernatural hangout in Jackson, called CLUB DEAD.
That brings me up to the start of DEAD TO THE WORLD.
What’s going to happen next?
The way my life’s been going since Bill Compton came into Merlotte’s, there just no telling.
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