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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.
Anita Katerine Blake is a young woman who lives in St. Louis. Her night job, and primary source of income, is the legal profession of re-animating the dead. As an animator, her job entails using magical abilities to bring temporary life to dead bodies as zombies in order to e.g. question them for legal purposes. She isn't just a run-of-the-mill animator, though, as she is powerful enough to become a necromancer. This allows her more and wider control over the dead, including to some extent even vampires and zombies raised by other people.
Unlike most animators, Anita is also held in retainer as a preternatural consultant for the Regional Preternatural Investigation Taskforce, which handles crimes involving magic, vampires, lycanthropes, and other preternatural creatures. She is also a licensed vampire hunter/executioner in her own right, which sometimes gives her a wider range of possibilities than the police have on their disposal. Later Anita gets empowered as a Federal Marshal, which broadens the range of her responsibilities, but also makes her job easier in many ways.
Killing a vampire is a murder, but there are legal exceptions. As a jail couldn't hold a vampire, breaking the law means a warrant of execution for that vampire and any accomplices, human and vampire alike. The warrant doesn't necessarily specify which vampire is the culprit either, making the vampire hunter the sole judge, jury, and executioner for those involved. For some people the vampire hunter license largely means morgue stakings after the rogue vampire has already been caught and restrained, but Anita is one of the good ones who do their own tracking down and killing in the field. This earned her early on a nickname among the vampires: The Executioner.
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- 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!