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Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter is a series of fantasy novels, comics, and short stories in various formats by Laurell K. Hamilton, narrated by the title character, Anita Blake. Anita lives in a fictional Saint Louis much like our own, save that not only are things like vampires and shapeshifters real, but their presence is public knowledge and they are considered legal citizens of United States, much like normal humans. The novels follow Anita's ongoing conflicts with the supernatural as she attempts to solve a variety of supernatural mysteries, come to terms with her own abilities, and navigate an increasingly complex series of romantic and political relationships.

In the early books, Anita considers vampires untrustworthy monsters, and fears and pities lycanthropes. Over time she meets and befriends not only vampires and lycanthropes, but all kinds of preternatural beings. In book #1 she quips, "I don't date vampires. I kill them." By book #4 she is dating one, and that's only the beginning. Anita's increasing trust in the "monsters" parallels her learning more about their respective cultures and becoming more involved in their communities and politics. As the series proceeds Anita also acquires some lycanthrope and vampire abilities herself, and struggles with the concept of perhaps being one of the monsters herself.

As Hamilton has stated, "Anita is my eyes on her world, my camera." Throwing Anita deeper into magic, vampire, and lycanthrope experiences lets the reader explore these cultures vicariously.

Novels and novellas Edit

# Title First released Pages ISBN
1 Guilty Pleasures October 1993 266 0-441-30483-4
2 The Laughing Corpse September 1994 293 0-425-19200-8
3 Circus Of The Damned May 1995 329 0-515-13448-1
4 The Lunatic Cafe 1996 369 0-425-20137-6
5 Bloody Bones 1996 370 0-425-20567-3
6 The Killing Dance 1997 387 0-425-20906-7
7 Burnt Offerings 1998 392 0-515-13447-3
8 Blue Moon 1998 418 0-515-13445-7
9 Obsidian Butterfly 2000 386 0-515-13450-3
10 Narcissus In Chains 2001 424 5-558-61270-3
11 Cerulean Sins 2003 405 0-515-13681-6
12 Incubus Dreams 2004 658 0-425-19824-3
13 Micah February 2006 288 0-515-14087-2
14 Danse Macabre June 2006 496 0-425-20797-8
15 The Harlequin 2007 496 978-0-425-21724-5
16 Blood Noir 2008 340 978-0-425-22219-5
17 Skin Trade 2009 386 978-0-425-22772-5
18 Flirt February 2010 192 978-0425235676
19 Bullet June 2010 368 978-0425234334
20 Hit List June 2011 400 978-0515150896
20.5 "Beauty" (short story) May 2012 33 978-1-101-57930-5
21 Kiss the Dead June 2012 368 978-0425247549
22 Affliction July 2013 576 978-0425255704
22.5 "Dancing" (short story) September 2013 69 978-0-698-15643-2
- "Shutdown" (short story) October 2013 25 -
23 Jason December 2014 304 978-0-515-15607-2
24 Dead Ice June 2015 576 978-0425255711
25 Crimson Death October 2016 720 978-1101987735
- "A Girl, a Goat, and a Zombie" (short story) November 2016 - -
25.5 "Wounded" (short story) December 2016 74 978-0451488695
26 Serpentine August 2018 576 978-0425255681

Short story collections Edit

Book title Author First released ISBN
Out of This World Various August 2001 0-515-13109-1
  • "Magic Like Heat Across My Skin" - Chapters from Narcissus in Chains in the form of a short story.
  • Three other short stories by other authors, unrelated to the Anita Blake series.
Cravings Various June 2004 978-0515138153
  • "Blood Upon My Lips" a.k.a. Beyond the Ardeur - A slightly modified version of the beginning of Incubus Dreams.
  • Three short stories by other authors, unrelated to the Anita Blake series.
Bite Various December 2004 978-0515139709
  • "The Girl who was Infatuated with Death" - An original Anita Blake short story. It occurs in the interval between Blue Moon and Obsidian Butterfly.
  • Four short stories by other authors, unrelated to the Anita Blake series.
Strange Candy Laurell K. Hamilton October 2006 0-425-21201-7
  • "Those Who Seek Forgiveness" is the first Anita Blake story that Hamilton ever wrote, long before the idea of Anita being a legal vampire executioner was born.
  • "Selling Houses" is set in Anitaverse but doesn't contain any recurring characters.
  • "The Girl who was Infatuated with Death" is reprinted from Bite. This time it's said to be set before Narcissus in Chains, "back when Anita is fighting the good fight to try not to give in every time she gets too close to her vampire boyfriend."
  • Eleven other short stories by Laurell K. Hamilton, unrelated to the Anita Blake series.

Comics Edit

A monthly comic-book adaptation of the series began in October 2006. Issues have been written by Laurell K. Hamilton and Stacie M. Ritchie respectively, with illustrations by Brett Booth. The comic is published by Dabel Brothers Productions in a partnership with Marvel Comics.

In October 20, 2006, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #1 was released under Marvel’s collaboration with the Dabel Brothers. The issue sold out on the release date. Marvel and Dabel Brothers released a second printing with a limited edition print on November 15, 2006. A third printing with a new variant cover was released on February 21, 2007.

Until October 2007 (Issue #6), the book was published monthly (along with a Sourcebook, which spoiled the story's ending), until Marvel acquired Dabel's licenses and the two partners split amicably. During the hiatus was published a comic-only prequel to the series, The First Death. When the series returned for the final half of the adaptation in March 2008, Ron Lim replaced Booth as of the seventh issue and Jess Ruffner replaced Ritchie.

The adaptations continued with fifteen-part versions of both The Laughing Corpse and Circus of the Damned, which was the last novel converted into comic book format.

In Chronological order the comics are:

TV Adaption Edit

Main article: TV Movie Adaptation

IFC and Lionsgate planned a feature-length TV movie adaptation of the book series, with plans for a 2010 airdate. Glen Morgan had been hired to write the script. In october 2009 Hamilton announced that the project had been canceled.