Charlaine Harris

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BornCharlaine Harris
(1951-11-25) November 25, 1951 (age 70)
Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
Genre Mystery fiction/Southern Gothic
Notable works The Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood
Notable awards Lord Ruthven Award (2003)
Hal Schulz
(m. 1978)
Children3 [1]

Charlaine Harris Schulz (born November 25, 1951) is an American author who specializes in mysteries. [2] She is best known for her book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries , which was adapted as the TV series True Blood . The television show was a critical and financial success for HBO, running seven seasons, from 2008 through 2014. [3] A number of her books have been bestsellers and this series was translated into multiple languages and published across the globe.


Harris was born and raised in a small town in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in Texas with her husband; they have three grown children and grandchildren. [2] She began writing from an early age, and changed from playwriting in college to writing and publishing mysteries, including several long series featuring recurring characters.

Life and career

Harris was born and grew up in Tunica, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta. In her early work she wrote poems about ghosts and teenage angst. She began writing plays while attending Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Her most recent mysteries have been in the urban fantasy genre.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, nominated as a Best Novel 1990 for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote several books in the series before the mid-1990s, when she began branching out into other works. [3] She did not resume the series until 1999, with the exception of one short story in a Murder, She Wrote anthology titled "Murder, They Wrote".

In 1996, Harris published the first in the Shakespeare series, featuring cleaning lady detective Lily Bard, set in rural Arkansas. At the time, a New York Times interview with Harris noted that she "live[d] in small-town Arkansas". [3] The fifth book in the series, Shakespeare's Counselor, was published in fall 2001, followed by the short story "Dead Giveaway", published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in December 2001. Harris has said she is finished with that series.

Next Harris created The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a Northern Louisiana bar. [3] The first book, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. [3] The series has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Portugal, Iceland, Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia, and Israel. Harris wrote thirteen novels in the series; the last, Dead Ever After, was published in May 2013. [4] A supplemental book, After Dead, was published in October 2013. [5]

October 2005 marked the debut of Harris's new series, entitled The Harper Connelly Mysteries, with the release of Grave Sight . The series is told by a young woman named Harper Connelly, who after being struck by lightning, is able to locate dead bodies and to see their last moments through the eyes of the deceased. [6] In October 2010, it was announced Harper Connelly's series had been optioned for a television series named Grave Sight.

2014 marked the debut of the Cemetery Girl series, a graphic novel series co-written with Christopher Golden and illustrated by Don Kramer. [7]

Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. [8] She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance.

Personal life

In her personal life, Harris has long been married. She and her husband have three grown children and two grandchildren. [3] She is a former weightlifter and karate student, [9] she is also an avid reader and cinemaphile. Harris formerly resided in Magnolia, Arkansas, where she was the senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church, [3] [10] and currently lives in Texas. [11]


Aurora Teagarden series (1990–present)

1 Real Murders (1990) ISBN   0-8027-5769-3
2 A Bone to Pick (1992) ISBN   0-8027-1245-2
3 Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (1994) ISBN   0-684-19643-3
4 The Julius House (1995) ISBN   0-684-19640-9
5 Dead Over Heels (1996) ISBN   0-684-80429-8
6 "Deeply Dead" in Murder, They Wrote
7 A Fool and His Honey (1999) ISBN   0-312-20306-3
8 Last Scene Alive (2002) ISBN   0-312-26246-9
9 Poppy Done to Death (2003) ISBN   0-312-27764-4
10 All the Little Liars (2016) ISBN   1250090032
11 Sleep Like a Baby (2017) ISBN   978-1-250-09006-5

Lily Bard (Shakespeare) series (1996–2001)

1 Shakespeare's Landlord (1996) ISBN   0-312-14415-6
2 Shakespeare's Champion (1997) ISBN   0-312-17005-X
3 Shakespeare's Christmas (1998) ISBN   0-312-19330-0
4 Shakespeare's Trollop (2000) ISBN   0-312-26228-0
5 Shakespeare's Counselor (2001) 0-312-27762-8
5.1 "Dead Giveaway" published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (December 2001)

Sookie Stackhouse series (2001–2014)

For more detailed information see The Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood.

#TitleAlso InPublication DateISBNComments
1 Dead Until Dark Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed SetMay 2001 ISBN   0-441-00853-4
2 Living Dead in Dallas Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed SetMar 2002 ISBN   0-441-00923-9
3 Club Dead Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed SetMay 2003 ISBN   0-441-00923-9
4 Dead to the World Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed SetMar 2004 ISBN   0-441-01167-5
4.1Fairy DustPowers of Detection

A Touch of Dead

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

4.2Dracula NightMany Bloody Returns

A Touch of Dead

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

4.3Dancers in the DarkNight's Edgenovella
5 Dead as a Doornail Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed SetMay 2005 ISBN   0-441-01279-5
5.1One Word AnswerBite

A Touch of Dead

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

6 Definitely Dead Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed SetMay 2006 ISBN   0-441-01400-3
6.1TackyMy Big, Fat Supernatural Wedding Dahlia short story [12]
7 All Together Dead Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed SetMay 2007 ISBN   0-441-01494-1
7.1LuckyUnusual Suspects

Between the Dark and Daylight

A Touch of Dead

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

8 From Dead to Worse Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed SetMay 2008 ISBN   0-441-01589-1
8.1Gift WrapWolfsbane and Mistletoe

A Touch of Dead

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

8.2Bacon Strange Brew makes an offhand reference to Jim Butcher's wizard, Harry Dresden;

a Dahlia short story [12]

9 Dead and Gone May 2009 ISBN   0-441-01715-0
9.1The Britlingens Go to HellMust Love Hellhounds [12]
9.2Dahlia UndergroundCrimes by Moonlighttakes place during All Together Dead;

a Dahlia short story [12]

10 Dead in the Family May 2010
10.1Two BlondesDeath's Excellent Vacation

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

10.2Small-Town Wedding The Sookie Stackhouse Companion' [13] '

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

10.3A Very Vampire ChristmasGlamour MagazineDec 2010a Dahlia short story [12] [14]
11 Dead Reckoning May 2011
11.1Death by Dahlia Down These Strange Streets a Dahlia short story [12] [15]
12 Deadlocked May 2012
12.1If I Had a HammerHome Improvement: Undead Edition

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

12.2Playing PossumAn Apple for the Creature

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

13 Dead Ever After May 2013The final Sookie Stackhouse novel [4]
13.1The Blue HereafterGames Creatures Play

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

14After Dead: What Came NextTheWorld of Sookie StackhouseOctober 29, 2013 [5]
15Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from The World of Sookie StackhouseNovember 25, 2014

Harper Connelly series (2005–2009)

  1. Grave Sight (2005) ISBN   0-425-20568-1
  2. Grave Surprise (2006) ISBN   0-425-21203-3
  3. An Ice Cold Grave (2007) ISBN   0-425-21729-9
  4. Grave Secret (2009) ISBN   0-441-01830-0; ISBN   978-0-441-01830-7

Graphic novels

  1. Grave Sight Part 1 (June 2011) ISBN   1-60690-229-6 , 978-1-60690-229-5
  2. Grave Sight Part 2 (November 2011) ISBN   1606902393 , 978-1606902394
  3. Grave Sight Part 3 (March 2012) ISBN   1606902695 , 978-1606902691

Cemetery Girl series (with Christopher Golden)

  1. Book One: The Pretenders (2014) ISBN   978-0-857-38908-4. [16]
  2. Book Two: Inheritance (2015) ISBN   978-0425256671
  3. Book Three: Haunted (2018)

Midnight, Texas Trilogy (2014–2016)

  1. Midnight Crossroad (May 2014)
  2. Day Shift (May 2015)
  3. Night Shift (May 2016)

Gunnie Rose series

  1. An Easy Death (2018)
  2. A Longer Fall (2020)
  3. The Russian Cage (2021)


Anthologies and collections

Anthology or CollectionContentsPublication DateISBNComments
Murder, They WroteDeeply Dead1997 ISBN   1-57297-194-0
Powers of DetectionFairy DustOct 2004
Night's EdgeDancers in the DarkOct 2004 ISBN   0-373-77010-3
BiteOne Word AnswerSep 2005
My Big, Fat Supernatural WeddingTackyOct 2006 ISBN   0-312-34360-4
Many Bloody ReturnsDracula NightSep 2007
Blood LiteAn Evening with Al GoreOct 2008 ISBN   1-4165-6783-6
Wolfsbane and MistletoeGift WrapOct 2008
Unusual SuspectsLuckyDec 2008 ISBN   0-441-01637-5
Strange Brew BaconJul 2009
Must Love HellhoundsThe Britlingens Go to HellSep 2009
Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed Set Dead Until Dark

Living Dead in Dallas

Club Dead

Dead to the World

Dead as a Doornail

Definitely Dead

Definitely Dead

All Together Dead

From Dead to Worse

Sep 2009
Between the Dark and DaylightLuckySep 2009 ISBN   1606480596 , 9781606480595
A Touch of Dead Fairy Dust

Dracula Night

One Word Answer


Gift Wrap

Oct 2009 ISBN   0-441-01197-7
Crimes by MoonlightDahlia UndergroundApr 2010 ISBN   0425235637 , 9780425235638
Death's Excellent VacationTwo BlondesAug 2010
Delta BluesCrossroads Bargain2010 ISBN   1935562061
Home Improvement: Undead EditionIf I Had a HammerAug 2011
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion Small-Town WeddingAug 2011
An Apple for the CreaturePlaying PossumSep 2012
Down These Strange Streets Death by DahliaOct/Nov 2011
TheWorld of Sookie StackhouseAfter Dead: What Came NextOct 2013an anthology with interviews,

FAQ, recipes, and more

Games Creatures PlayThe Blue HereafterApr 2014
Inherit the DeadFive2014 ISBN   1451684754 , 9781451684759
Urban AlliesBlood for Blood2016
MatchupDig Here2017 ISBN   1501141597 , 9781501141591
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories“Fairy Dust” copyright © 2004 by Charlaine Harris

“Dracula Night” copyright © 2007 by Charlaine Harris

“One Word Answer” copyright © 2005 by Charlaine Harris

“Lucky” copyright © 2008 by Charlaine Harris, Inc.

“Gift Wrap” copyright © 2008 by Charlaine Harris, Inc.

“Two Blondes” copyright © 2010 by Charlaine Harris, Inc.

“Small-Town Wedding” copyright © 2011 by Charlaine Harris, Inc.

“If I Had a Hammer” copyright © 2011 by Charlaine Harris, Inc.

“Playing Possum” copyright © 2012 by Charlaine Harris, Inc.

“In the Blue Hereafter” copyright © 2014 by Charlaine Harris, Inc.

Nov 2017 ISBN   9780399587597 (hardcover), 9780399587603 (ebook)ACE

Published by Berkley

An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC

375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014

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Her series of novels The Southern Vampire Mysteries was adapted into the show True Blood . The series lasted seven seasons and totaled 80 episodes. It was nominated for dozens of awards. True Blood aired on HBO. The show was also the most viewed show on HBO since The Sopranos.[ citation needed ]

In 2014, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries began adapting Harris' Aurora Teagarden novels into a series of television films, starring Candace Cameron Bure. [18]

Harris's series Midnight, Texas was developed as a TV series by NBC and began airing on their network in 2017. [19]

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<i>Definitely Dead</i>

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Niall Brigant is a fictional character from The Southern Vampire Mysteries by author Charlaine Harris. He first appears in From Dead to Worse. He is Sookie and Jason Stackhouse's great-grandfather and Claude and Claudine's grandfather. He is tall and slim, extremely handsome with long pale gold hair. Sookie describes Niall as being a lovely creature and having some age to him.

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<i>A Touch of Dead</i>

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<i>Dead in the Family</i>

Dead in the Family is a 2010 New York Times Bestselling Gothic mystery novel by Charlaine Harris and the tenth book in her The Southern Vampire Mysteries series. The novel was released on May 4, 2010 by Ace Books and follows Sookie as she deals with her increasingly more complicated romantic and personal relationships with the supernatural creatures around her.

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<i>Dead Reckoning</i> (novel)

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Dahlia Lynley-Chivers Fictional character created by Charlaine Harris

Dahlia is a fictional character from The Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse Series by author Charlaine Harris. However, she only appears briefly in the novels and the only time she appears on the same page as Sookie Stackhouse is in All Together Dead. Dahlia is the main character in a computer game and in a growing number of non-Sookie-related—though set in the same fictional universe—short stories.
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<i>Dead Ever After</i>

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