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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.
Zombies are humans or animals raised from the dead by an animator, a vaudun practitioner, or a necromancer. Although they usually have some of their memories at first, and may appear human if the person who raised them is powerful enough, after a time even the most perfect zombies will lose their memories and begin to rot. Zombies do not need to eat and cannot process human food, but if fed meat, zombies might rot more slowly or not at all.
Although not supernaturally strong, zombies are able to use their entire strength without concern for exhaustion, pain, or damage, which makes them appear much stronger than humans in practice. They typically obey their creator's orders absolutely. Zombies are able to operate in daylight, but prefer night, and will hide during the day if permitted.
If an animator's corpse is raised as a zombie, it will arise as a flesh-eating zombie -- uncontrollable, much faster than a normal zombie, and with a taste for human flesh. The zombie can only regain its memory and personality by eating human flesh.
In another instance, if the victim of a murder is risen as a zombie, the zombie will rise and then actively seek out its murderer. The zombie will then kill the murderer after attacking anything that has gotten in its way. After the murderer is dead, the zombie may revert back to a regular zombie capable of being questioned and controlled, although laying it back to rest quickly is preferable.
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- 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.
- There's a new short story, A Girl, a Goat, and a Zombie, 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, will be available 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!