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Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter is a series of fictional works set into a fantasy world parallel to our own, where vampires, shapeshifters (including lycanthropes such as werewolves), faeries, etc. exist, where humans can have a wide variety of psychic and magical abilities from clairvoyance to re-animating the dead, and where faith causes religious items to glow in the presence of active vampire powers regardless of the religion. This parallel world is complex and ever-changing, as the relationships and power structures evolve and we learn more about the numerous subgroups.
In the middle of all of this is Anita Blake, the heroine of the series, who tries to figure out her own life and relationships while doing her part to keep the people safe from the monsters -- and, when the situation calls for it, the monsters safe from the people and/or each other.
The series consists of a long list of novels, a number of short stories in various formats, and Dabel Brothers/Marvel Comics adaptations of the first novels.
NOTE: The series frequently contains explicit violence, harsh themes, and detailed sexual encounters that do not always fit within the golden rule of 'safe, sane, and consensual'. This reflects to some extent to the articles within this wiki. Be warned.
Lycanthropes are humans who carry a lycanthropic virus that gives them ability to transform into an animal. There are multiple different strains of the virus, each matching to a specific animal, with werewolves, werehyenas, and wererats being possibly the most numerous groups within the United States. Each animal group has its own characteristics and culture that carry over to their human lives, although most try to hide their condition from regular humans. It's illegal to discriminate based on an illness, but there are a lot of prejudices against lycanthropes regardless.
Even in human form lycanthropy gives the carriers enhanced senses, strength, and speed, and they heal faster than human if the wound isn't caused by silver or fire. The virus can be caught through open-wound contact with bodily fluids, as well as through wounds caused by their claws or teeth. Blood of a lycanthrope may be infectious even in human shape, even if e.g. saliva isn't. A paper-cut or a torn cuticle can be enough of a wound for infection, which is why first aid on known lycanthropes is best performed with double gloves. Some strains are easier to catch than others.
All lycanthropes must transform with the full moon, unlike other flavors of shapeshifters, but they are able to transform at other times at will. The first transformations after getting infected are usually uncontrolled affairs that the new lycanthropes might not remember anything about afterwards, but when they grow in power and experience their control increases. They need to eat soon after transformation into an animal, as it consumes a lot of energy, and most lycanthropes collapse into deep unconsciousness for several hours after returning to their human form.
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- The 26th novel, called Serpentine, is now scheduled to be released on Aug 07, 2018. HERE!
- The 26th novel has been postponed by a year to June, 2018.
- The short story A Girl, a Goat, and a Zombie was removed from Laurell K. Hamilton's site on Dec 9, 2016, but it might return some day.
- The 26th novel is rumored to be out in June, 2017.
- A new short story, A Girl, a Goat, and a Zombie, was available for free on Laurell K. Hamilton's site for a short time since Nov 3, 2016. HERE!
- Wounded, an extended epilogue to Dead Ice that was included in the paperback edition, was released as an eBook on Dec 6, 2016. HERE!
- Crimson Death, the 25th novel in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, was released on Oct 11, 2016. HERE!