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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.
Vampires are animated corpses that feed on blood. They are supernaturally strong and fast, and have enhanced senses, as well as ability to ensnare human minds through eye contact. They don't age, they heal fast from most wounds, and can theoretically live forever. Especially powerful individuals can also develop a wide variety of special abilities, among them an ability to cause and feed on a specific emotion, an ability to control a specific type of animal (including lycanthropes of a matching type), or an ability to bind a single human as their servant and companion for all eternity.
All of this sounds like vampires could be very bad news to regular humans, and it's true -- but only up to a point, because vampires also have their weaknesses. For one thing they die at dawn and are completely helpless in their death until darkness falls again. They burst into fire in sunlight, as well as when coming into contact with a religious item held by a true believer. Holy water burns them like acid. Silver and fire interfere with their ability to heal, and enough physical trauma to their head or heart is enough to kill them for good.
These days vampires are legal citizens within United States (as well as some other countries around the world), and are protected by law just the same as any human is. But if they break human law, they don't get a trial and jail time -- they get a court warrant of execution, served by a licensed vampire executioner.
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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.
- 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!