‘True Blood’ Returns to HBO in June

Charlaine Harris’s new title, the ninth in her Southern Vampire series (aka “Sookie Stackhouse” series), Dead and Gone, hit the USA Today list at #2 last week, rising above that other vampire series, Twilight, which moved to the #3, 4, 5 and 7 spots.

Harris was shut out of the top spot by The Last Olympian (it takes a real heavy hitter like Patterson or Grisham to get an adult title to #1 on the USA Today list these days). Harris did capture the #1 spot on the NYT Fiction list, which doesn’t include childrens or YA titles.

This is quite a step up; Harris’s most recent title, From Dead to Worse, debuted much lower, at #24, its peak, on USA Today, staying on for 8 weeks.

Harris’s sudden success is a result of HBO’s True Blood series, based on the Stackhouse books, which put all eight of the paperbacks onto bestseller lists. The second season begins June 14:

The DVD of the first season releases today; it’s #1 on Amazon sales rankings for Movies & TV.

true-dvd

  • Studio: HBO Home Video; $59.99
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Number of discs: 5
  • ASIN: B001FB4W0W

The next Harris book is a collection of Sookie Stackhouse stories:

A Touch of Dead
(Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories)
Charlaine Harris
Price: $23.95
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Ace – (2009-10-06)
ISBN-10: 0441017835
ISBN-13: 9780441017836

Following closely behind is the fourth in Harris’s Harper Connelly mysteries, Grave Secret. The publisher is doing a big push on it, clearly hoping some Sookie magic will rub off on this series.

Grave Secret (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4)
Charlaine Harris
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover – (2009-10-27)
ISBN-10: 0425230155
ISBN-13: 9780425230152

Also in audio from Penguin and in downloadable audio and eBook from OverDrive.

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