Reading Laurell K. Hamilton
by Candace R. Benefiel
July 2011, 163pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37835-5
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The vampire—a mythic human creature that feeds off the life essence of normal people—has been a staple of English-language fiction for almost 200 years since the publication of John Polidori’s The Vampyre in 1819. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake vampire-based series, now consisting of 19 novels, has sold over six million copies.

This exploration of author Laurell K. Hamilton's work examines the many novels of her series and shows how her writing has been a major influence on contemporary visions of the vampire—an ideal reference text for book club leaders.

Long before Twilight achieved epic levels of popularity, Laurell K. Hamilton was reshaping the image of the vampire with her own take on the vampire mythos in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter fantasy novel series. While Hamilton’s work draws on traditional vampire and fairy lore, her interpretation of these subjects brought new dimensions to the genres, influencing the direction of urban fantasy over the past two decades.

Reading Laurell K. Hamilton focuses upon Hamilton’s two bestselling series, the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. The volume is intended as a resource for leaders of book clubs or discussion groups, containing chapters that examine Hamilton’s role in the current vampire literature craze, the themes and characters in her work, and responses to Hamilton on the Internet. The book also provides a brief overview of Hamilton’s life.

Features

  • Presents a chronology of major milestones in vampire literature and film
  • Contains images of Hamilton's book covers
  • Provides a bibliography of Hamilton's works, secondary sources, and websites, as well as a detailed "What Do I Read Next" listing of other writers who may be of interest to Hamilton's fans
  • Includes a glossary of terms and major characters for each of Hamilton's two major series
Candace R. Benefiel is associate professor and humanities librarian in the Texas A&M University Libraries, College Station, TX. She has been writing and publishing on vampire literature for 15 years in such journals as the Wilson Library Bulletin and the Journal of Popular Culture. Her other published works include The Image and Role of the Librarian.
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