GENRE:

Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Detective, Paranormal Erotica, Fetish Porn.

SETTING:

Mostly in St. Louis, Missouri, but with occasional forays out into other supernatural hotspots.

VOICE:

First person, the deeply troubled Anita.

OUR HEROINE:

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Licensed Vampire Executioner, Necromancer, Multi-Lycanthrope and collector of stuffed penguins.

OUR HERO:

Jean-Claude, a centuries-old Master Vampire.

LOVE RIVAL(S):

Richard (werewolf), Nathanial (wereleopard and stripper with such lovely eyes that they are apparently worthy of thousands of words of description apiece), Micah (wereleopard), Asher (vampire, and technically less of a rival than a shared hobby) and many, many more.

SEX:

In the early books, mostly just heavily foreshadowed. Now, explicit, often and varied, frequently featuring multiple partners from many different species, featuring a fair amount of sadomasochism–among other “isms.”

SIDEKICKS:

Human: Veronica “Ronnie” Simms, Dolph, Sergeant Zerbrowski; Vampire: Damian.

VAMPIRE MYTHOLOGY:

One slowly rises through the undead ranks to become a Master Vampire, and then Master of a City, over all of whom a Vampire Council rules with an iron fist.

STATUS:

Out and Proud. In fact, all aspects of the supernatural are pretty much taken for granted.

SOCIETY:

Parallel modern day. Vampires are full citizens, and you can hire an Animator to bring your Granddad back from the dead if you need to ask him where he hid the family silver.

NOTABLE POWERS:

Don’t make eye contact with a Hamilton vampire; they’ll have you at their mercy in a heartbeat. Otherwise, powers vary depending on the abilities of the vampire’s creator: some can fly, can some talk to — and turn into — animals, but almost all of them can seduce a nun. They can also bind humans to them through the mystical properties of blood sharing.

CREATION:

One must be fed from three times by the same vampire over three successive days, and will then rise a vampire three days later. Three is very important in Anita Blake, for some reason — and not only ‘cause of the threeways. Some Master Vampires can turn a corpse into a vampire by touch alone, and male vampires can sometimes conceive children with human women.

WEAKNESSES:

Depends on the age of the vampire. None of them like daylight, silver or crosses, but otherwise, some can be killed with a shot to the head and others can survive complete dismemberment. Stick with burning them up, good for any level of vampire mojo. Killing a Master Vampire also takes out all the lesser vamps bound to his or her service.

FOOD SOURCE:

Mostly willing humans and weres — “servants”, if you please.

OTHER LEGENDS:

Weres, ghouls, animators, fairies, sirens and various other mythological and immortal creatures.

BOOKS:

There are now more than 25 Anita Blake adventures, beginning with Guilty Pleasures (1993). It was around Narcissus in Chains (Book 10) when these novels stopped being about hunting vampires and communing with the dead and more about creative and multi-species sex.

RECENT:

Dead Ice came out in 2015:

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.

It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed…

FORTHCOMING:

Book 27, Crimson Death, is due October 11, 2016.

OTHER MEDIA:

anitablakecomicAnita Blake had a monthly comic in 2006, the graphic novel version of Anita’s adventures, as well as a prequel comic, The First Death, in 2007. There was some of IFC of turning the first Anita book into a TV movie back in 2009, but it came to naught.

MERCHANDISE:

Uh, yeah. Jewelry, mugs, and even a T-Shirt with one of those “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From…” lists. Sample life lesson obtained from Anita: “If you French kiss a vampire, you risk lip and tongue injury.” Ain’t that the truth?

ANALYSIS:

The early Anita Blake books introduced a kick-ass heroine, a petite young warrior feared throughout the supernatural world who fought for goodness and justice, and brooked no nonsense from vampires. This winning formula lasted till about Book 6, The Killing Dance (1997), and was all-but abandoned altogether by Book 12, Incubus Dreams. The series is essentially just porn, now. Eye-opening, gob-smacking, mind-blowing porn.

WEBSITE:

www.laurellkhamilton.org

QUOTE:

“I will bathe in your warmth, ma petite. Roll you around me until my heart beats only for you. My breath will grow warm from your kiss.”
— Jean-Claude, Burnt Offerings (1998)

About the author

RACHEL HYLAND

Rachel Hyland is Editor-in-Chief of Geek Speak Magazine and, she is pretty sure, the one true queen of Fantastica, raised in obscurity to protect her from the dark lord Sinisterium. If you see her magic sword, get in touch via twitter: @rachyland or Instagram: @rachelseesdeadpeople. The fate of the many worlds may just depend upon it.