Publication Order of Sookie Stackhouse Books
|Dead Until Dark||(2001)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Living Dead in Dallas||(2002)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Club Dead||(2003)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dead to the World||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dead as a Doornail||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Definitely Dead||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|All Together Dead||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|From Dead to Worse||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dead and Gone||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dead in the Family||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dead Reckoning||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Deadlocked||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dead Ever After||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|After Dead||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Sookie Stackhouse Anthologies
The Sookie Stackhouse Series (By Charlaine Harris) is a series of fictional books that was first published in 2001 and it is also known as The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels. The whole story revolves around its main character Sookie Stackhouse and is told in a narrative by its main character in the first person perspective. The author, Charlaine Harris, spins her own a tale of the supernatural with creatures from myth and legend, an old idea with her own fresh new twist. The series grew into popularity, so much that today it has spawned many spin-offs and even a television show.
Sookie Stackhouse is the main protagonist of The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels or the more commonly known Sookie Stackhouse Series (By Charlaine Harris), several spin-offs or short stories of the series, and she is also the main protagonist in the television show adaptation of the novels, True Blood.
She is, first of all, a 25 year old southern woman who works as a waitress in Merlotte’s Bar located in a fictional town in north-western Louisiana called Bon Temps. She has lived a hard life before the stories of the novels took place, having been born with an unusual talent that scared her parents, enough so that she was put through a mental health facility. She was a telepath, someone who has the supernatural ability to read or hear other people’s thoughts. She had also lost her parents at the tender age of seven and was even molested by her great uncle.
It was revealed later on that Sookie was a human and supernatural being hybrid, she was half human and half fairy. This lineage would later on explain the manifestation of several fae, or fairy, powers and abilities including her telepathy.
Other main characters in the Sookie Stackhouse novels included:
Bill Compton – Bill is one of the main characters in the Sookie Stackhouse Series (By Charlaine Harris) and he is the first love interest of main character Sookie Stackhouse. He is also a vampire, and was turned into one against his will by another vampire named Lorena. He had a wife and 5 children and after he was turned began to live in Bon Temps where he had met Sookie Stakhouse.
Eric Northman – Eric Northman is another main character of the story that would later be romantically involved with Sookie. He is also another vampire, and is portrayed as an ancient and powerful one at that. He is known to be over a thousand years old and serves as the Vampire Sheriff of one the vampire districts, Area Five, the largest vampire area in the state of Louisiana.
Sam Merlotte – is another leading man in the Sookie Stackhouse Series (By Charlaine Harris). He is not a vampire though, unlike the other two, but instead he is a shapeshifter, one who can change other forms or creatures of his or her choosing. He is interested in Sookie and has been known to have kissed her in several occasions. He also happens to be the owner of Merlotte’s Bar.
The story is set in a world where the supernatural are not really supernatural at all. They have actually existed since the beginning alongside “normal” humans and were just in hiding. This idea was smoothly introduced when 2 years before the first book’s original timeline vampires had revealed themselves to the general public. From then on the novels have introduced several supernatural species including:
Vampires – the vampires in these novels are more like the traditional vampires of yesteryears where they are compelled by their natures to feed on blood and are stronger and more resilient than the average human. They are near immortal because they do not age but are also vulnerable to fire, silver, sunlight, decapitation or a stake through the heart and are therefore killable. But they are not affected by holy crosses and garlic is only a source of allergies and not really a deterrent.
Weres and shapeshifters – the core power of weres and shapeshifters is the ability to morph into animal forms. They are defined as dual natured because they can assume human and their animal forms. In the series weres are those who can change into one specific animal like wolves and they consider themselves superior than others. While shapeshifters are capable of changing into any animal of their choosing or ones they have a special affinity for.
Fairies – fairies are described in the novels as the most basic supernatural beings as the Fae includes several beings like elves, angels and demons. They possess supernatural strength and toughness, have very lengthy lives but they are not immortal. They have other powers and abilities as well like conjuring object, telepathy and some can even shapeshift.
Witch and Wiccans – in the novels witch and wiccans also made an appearance. The witches of Harris are those who are actively practicing magic through the use of rituals and spells. But wiccans on the other hand are those who follow a pagan religion. They are basically humans who possess magical abilities allowing them to produce various effects through sorcery.
There are also other several creatures included in the series including more familiar ones like Demons, Devils, and other Fae creatures like nymphs, sprites, elves and goblins. And also there are those obscure ones like, Britlingens, mercenaries from other dimensions and Maenads, ancient immortals who are powerful neutrals in the novels.
The Vampire Novels
The Sookie Stackhouse Series (By Charlaine Harris), or The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, or the more correct The Southern Vampire Mysteries is a series of novels written by Charlaine Harris, a bestselling author. The novels are a set of 13 books that tell one complete story that centres on its main protagonist and titular character Sookie Stackhouse. The first novel was first published on May of 2001 followed by the second in April of the next year. The first book in the series also won an award, the Anthony Award for best Paperback Mystery, in 2001.
Harris provides us with an intricate adventure with elements such as mystery, romance, and the supernatural with a side of humour. The story is set in an alternate earth with a very different reality and history especially pertaining to mythical beings that are not at all mythical. The story is enriched with a rich mythos filled with magic powers and has Harris’ own take on supernatural creatures.
The success and popularity of the series has paved the way for a television adaptation by HBO under the title True Blood, a series that as of yet has spawned six seasons. The series premiered in September 7, 2008 and is scheduled to air its 7th and final season on June 22, 2014.Book Series In Order » Characters » Sookie Stackhouse