Charlaine Harris

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Charlaine Harris Schulz
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BornCharlaine Harris
(1951-11-25) November 25, 1951 (age 67)
Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Pen nameCharlaine Harris
GenreMystery fiction/Southern Gothic
Notable worksThe Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood
SpouseHal Schulz
ChildrenPatrick, Timothy, and Julia Harris[1]
RelativesRobert Harris (father)
Jean Harris (mother)
Ashley Robert Harris III (brother)[1]

Charlaine Harris Schulz (born November 25, 1951) is an American New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for over thirty years.[2] She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in Texas with her husband and enjoys visits from her three grown children and her grandchildren.[2] Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre. She is best known for The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, which HBO later adapted for its dramatic series entitled True Blood.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi. After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote several books in the series before the mid-1990s when she began branching out into other works.[4] She did not resume the series until 1999, with the exception of one short story in a Murder, She Wrote anthology titled "Murder, They Wrote".

In 1996, she released the first in the Shakespeare series featuring cleaning lady detective Lily Bard, set in rural Arkansas. Harris "lives in small-town Arkansas", according to a New York Times interview.[4] The fifth book in the series, Shakespeare's Counselor, was printed in fall 2001, followed by the short story "Dead Giveaway" published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in December of the same year. Harris has stated on her website that she has finished with the series.

After Shakespeare, Harris created The Southern Vampire Mysteries series about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a Northern Louisiana bar.[4] The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.[4] The series has been released in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Portugal, Iceland, Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia and Israel. Harris wrote thirteen novels in the series. The thirteenth and final novel in the series, Dead Ever After, was published in May 2013,[5] with a supplemental book, After Dead, released in October 2013.[6]

Sookie Stackhouse had proven to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO television series Six Feet Under, undertook the production of a series based upon The Southern Vampire Mysteries.[7] He wrote and directed the pilot episode for the series, True Blood, which premiered on September 7, 2008 on HBO.[8] The television show was a critical and financial success for HBO running 7 seasons through the 2014 year.[4]

October 2005 marked the debut of Harris's new series entitled The Harper Connelly Mysteries, with the release of Grave Sight. The series is told by a young woman named Harper Connelly, who after being struck by lightning, is able to locate dead bodies and to see their last moments through the eyes of the deceased.[9] In October 2010, it was announced Harper Connelly's series had been optioned for a television series named Grave Sight.

2014 marked the debut of the Cemetery Girl series, a graphic novel series co-written with Christopher Golden and illustrated by Don Kramer.[10]

Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League.[11] She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance.

In her personal life, Harris has been married for many years. She has three children and two grandchildren.[4] She is a former weightlifter and karate student,[12] she is also an avid reader and cinemaphile. Harris formerly resided in Magnolia, Arkansas, where she was the senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church,[4][13] and currently lives in Texas.[14]


Aurora Teagarden Series (1990 - Present)[edit]

1 Real Murders (1990) ISBN 0-8027-5769-3.
2 A Bone to Pick (1992) ISBN 0-8027-1245-2
3 Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (1994) ISBN 0-684-19643-3
4 The Julius House (1995) ISBN 0-684-19640-9
5 Dead Over Heels (1996) ISBN 0-684-80429-8
5.1 Deeply Dead in Murder, They Wrote
6 A Fool And His Honey (1999) ISBN 0-312-20306-3
7 Last Scene Alive (2002) ISBN 0-312-26246-9
8 Poppy Done to Death (2003) ISBN 0-312-27764-4
9 All the Little Liars (2016) ISBN 1250090032
10 Sleep Like a Baby (2017) ISBN 978-1-250-09006-5

Lily Bard (Shakespeare) Series (1996 - 2001)[edit]

1 Shakespeare's Landlord (1996) ISBN 0-312-14415-6
2 Shakespeare's Champion (1997) ISBN 0-312-17005-X
3 Shakespeare's Christmas (1998) ISBN 0-312-19330-0
4 Shakespeare's Trollop (2000) ISBN 0-312-26228-0
5 Shakespeare's Counselor (2001) 0-312-27762-8
5.1 Dead Giveaway published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (December 2001)

Video Games[edit]

  • Shakespeare's Landlord - an interactive game (January 2018)
    • Video game adapted from Charlaine Harris' novel of the same name, developed by One More Story Games[15]
    • Based on Book 1: Shakespeare's Landlord

Sookie Stackhouse Series (2001 - 2014)[edit]

For more detailed information see The Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood.

# Title Also In Publication Date ISBN Comments
1 Dead Until Dark May 2001 ISBN 0-441-00853-4
2 Living Dead in Dallas Mar 2002 ISBN 0-441-00923-9
3 Club Dead May 2003 ISBN 0-441-00923-9
4 Dead to the World Mar 2002 ISBN 0-441-01167-5
4.1 Fairy Dust Powers of Detection

A Touch of Dead

4.2 Dracula Night Many Bloody Returns

A Touch of Dead

4.3 Dancers in the Dark Night's Edge novella
5 Dead as a Doornail May 2005 ISBN 0-441-01279-5
5.1 One Word Answer Bite

A Touch of Dead

6 Definitely Dead May 2006 ISBN 0-441-01400-3
6.1 Tacky My Big, Fat Supernatural Wedding Dahlia short story[16]
7 All Together Dead May 2007 ISBN 0-441-01494-1
7.1 Lucky Unusual Suspects

Between the Dark and Daylight

A Touch of Dead

8 From Dead to Worse May 2008 ISBN 0-441-01589-1
8.1 Gift Wrap Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

A Touch of Dead

8.2 Bacon Strange Brew makes an offhand reference to

Jim Butcher's wizard, Harry Dresden;

a Dahlia short story[16]

9 Dead and Gone May 2009 ISBN 0-441-01715-0
9.1 The Britlingens Go to Hell Must Love Hellhounds[16]
9.2 Dahlia Underground Crimes by Moonlight takes place during All Together Dead;

a Dahlia short story[16]

10 Dead in the Family May 2010
10.1 Two Blondes Death's Excellent Vacation
10.2 Small-Town Wedding The Sookie Stackhouse Companion'[17]' novella
10.3 A Very Vampire Christmas Glamour Magazine Dec 2010 a Dahlia short story[16][18]
11 Dead Reckoning May 2011
11.1 Death by Dahlia Down These Strange Streets a Dahlia short story[16][19]
12 Deadlocked May 2012
12.1 If I Had a Hammer Home Improvement: Undead Edition
12.2 Playing Possum An Apple for the Creature
13 Dead Ever After May 2013 The final Sookie Stackhouse novel[5]
13.1 The Blue Hereafter Games Creatures Play
14 After Dead: What Came Next The World of Sookie Stackhouse October 29, 2013[6]
15 Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from The World of Sookie Stackhouse November 25, 2014

Video Games[edit]

  • Dying for Daylight (February 2011)
    • The first all new video game written by Charlaine Harris, released by iPlay Games; starring Dahlia[16][20]
    • Based on Book 10: Dead in the Family

Harper Connelly Series (2005 - 2009)[edit]

  1. Grave Sight (2005) ISBN 0-425-20568-1
  2. Grave Surprise (2006) ISBN 0-425-21203-3
  3. An Ice Cold Grave (2007) ISBN 0-425-21729-9
  4. Grave Secret (2009) ISBN 0-441-01830-0; ISBN 978-0-441-01830-7

Graphic Novels[edit]

  1. Grave Sight Part 1 (June 2011) ISBN 1-60690-229-6, 978-1-60690-229-5
  2. Grave Sight Part 2 (November 2011) ISBN 1606902393, 978-1606902394
  3. Grave Sight Part 3 (March 2012) ISBN 1606902695, 978-1606902691

Cemetery Girl Series (with Christopher Golden)[edit]

  1. Book One: The Pretenders (2014) ISBN 978-0-857-38908-4.[21]
  2. Book Two: Inheritance (2015) ISBN 978-0425256671
  3. Book Three: Haunted (2018)

Midnight, Texas Trilogy (2014 - 2016)[edit]

  1. Midnight Crossroad (May 2014)
  2. Day Shift (May 2015)
  3. Night Shift (May 2016)

Gunnie Rose Series[edit]

  1. An Easy Death (2018)

Stand Alones[edit]

  • Sweet and Deadly (1981) ISBN 0-395-30532-2. republished in UK as Dead Dog
  • A Secret Rage (1984) ISBN 0-395-35323-8
  • Layle Steps Up (2010)
  • A Taste of True Blood (2010)
  • Indigo (2017)

Anthologies and Collections[edit]

Anthology or Collection Contents Publication Date ISBN Comments
Murder, They Wrote Deeply Dead 1997 ISBN 1-57297-194-0
Powers of Detection Fairy Dust Oct 2004
Night's Edge Dancers in the Dark Oct 2004 ISBN 0-373-77010-3
Bite One Word Answer Sep 2005
My Big, Fat Supernatural Wedding Tacky Oct 2006 ISBN 0-312-34360-4
Many Bloody Returns Dracula Night Sep 2007
Blood Lite An Evening with Al Gore Oct 2008 ISBN 1-4165-6783-6
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe Gift Wrap Oct 2008
Unusual Suspects Lucky Dec 2008 ISBN 0-441-01637-5
Strange Brew Bacon Jul 2009
Must Love Hellhounds The Britlingens Go to Hell Sep 2009
Sookie Stackhouse 8 Copy Boxed Set Dead Until Dark

Living Dead in Dallas

Club Dead

Dead to the World

Dead as a Doornail

Definitely Dead

Definitely Dead

All Together Dead

From Dead to Worse

Sep 2009
Between the Dark and Daylight Lucky Sep 2009 ISBN 1606480596, 9781606480595
A Touch of Dead Fairy Dust

Dracula Night

One Word Answer


Gift Wrap

Oct 2009 ISBN 0-441-01197-7
Crimes by Moonlight Dahlia Underground Apr 2010 ISBN 0425235637, 9780425235638
Death's Excellent Vacation Two Blondes Aug 2010
Delta Blues Crossroads Bargain 2010 ISBN 1935562061
Home Improvement: Undead Edition If I Had a Hammer Aug 2011
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion Small-Town Wedding Aug 2011
An Apple for the Creature Playing Possum Sep 2012
Down These Strange Streets Death by Dahlia Oct/Nov 2011
The World of Sookie Stackhouse After Dead: What Came Next Oct 2013 an anthology with interviews,

FAQ, recipes, and more

Games Creatures Play The Blue Hereafter Apr 2014
Inherit the Dead Five 2014 ISBN 1451684754, 9781451684759
Urban Allies Blood for Blood 2016
Matchup Dig Here 2017 ISBN 1501141597, 9781501141591

As Editor[edit]

  • Many Bloody Returns (September 2007) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)
  • Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (October 2008) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)
  • Crimes by Moonlight (April 2010)
  • Death's Excellent Vacation[22] (August 2010) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)
  • Home Improvement: Undead Edition (August 2011) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)
  • An Apple for the Creature (September 2012) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)

TV Adaptations[edit]

The True Blood logo

Her series of novels The Southern Vampire Mysteries was adapted into the show True Blood. The series lasted 7 seasons and totaled 80 episodes. It was nominated for dozens of awards. True Blood aired on HBO. The show was also the most viewed show on HBO since The Sopranos.[citation needed]

In 2014, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries began adapting Harris' Aurora Teagarden novels into a series of television films, starring Candace Cameron Bure.[23]

Harris's series Midnight, Texas was developed as a TV series by NBC and began airing on their network in 2017.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Wright, Thea. "Biography of Charlaine Harris". Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Harris, Charlaine. "Charlaine Harris: Biography". Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  3. ^ Harris, Charlaine. "Charlaine Harris — Bibliography". Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Deborah Solomon, "Questions for Charlene Harris: Once Bitten: The writer talks about her 10th vampire novel and the hit TV series it inspired," New York Times Magazine, May 2, 2010, p. 18.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2014-03-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "TV News, TV Recaps, TV Reviews, TV ratings — From Inside the Box — Zap2it". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  8. ^ Creepy, Uncle (2010-02-28). "True Blood Creator Comic Coming Along With Some Surprises". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  9. ^ "Charlaine Harris, author of Sookie Stackhouse books, is born - Nov 25, 1951 -". Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2014-01-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ American Crime Writers League Archived September 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Charlaine Harris: Putting the Bite on Cozy Mysteries" Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved on 2009-10-27.
  13. ^ Shepard, Martha Hunter (Fall 2007). "Charlaine Harris: Dead-On Author". Rhodes Magazine. Rhodes College. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  14. ^ "Charlaine Harris (1951–)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  15. ^ "OMSG announces deal with Charlaine Harris, #1 NYT bestselling author". Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g a Southern Vampire story without the character of Sookie Stackhouse
  17. ^ "September 11, 2010 Wall Post". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  18. ^ "August 15, 2010, August 21, 2010, and November 16, 2010 Wall Posts". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  19. ^ "Bibliography — Sookie Stackhouse". Charlaine Harris. Archived from the original on 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  20. ^ "Dying for Daylight". Dying for Daylight. 2010-12-22. Archived from the original on 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  21. ^ "Story Behind Cemetery Girl by Charlaine Harris". 2014-01-02. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  22. ^ "February 6, 2009". 2009-02-06. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  23. ^ "'True Blood' Author's 'Aurora Teagarden' Franchise Coming to Hallmark (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 8 July 2014.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 29, 2015). "'Midnight, Texas' Drama Based On 'True Blood' Author Books Set At NBC". Deadline.

External links[edit]

  • The book "Dead and gone", "which vampire he meant", just like the Alien and Alopecia progeria.-H.H.Li March 16, 2017.