Dead Until Dark (#1)

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Sink your teeth into the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series—the books that gave life to the Dead and inspired the HBO® original series True Blood.

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She’s quiet, doesn’t get out much, and tends to mind her own business—except when it comes to her “disability.” Sookie can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. Then along comes Bill Compton. He’s tall, dark, handsome—and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…

But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. And when a string of murders hits Bon Temps—along with a gang of truly nasty bloodsuckers looking for Bill—Sookie starts to wonder if having a vampire for a boyfriend is such a bright idea.


“The goofy charm of Harris’ world, with its humor and occasional terror, is what makes DEAD UNTIL DARK so delightful.”

The Denver Post

“Fang-tastic — one to savour.”

The Sun (UK)

“An absorbing mix of romance, mystery and the supernatural. Harris weaves humor with an edginess that makes for taut reading. Best of all, she’s created an uniquely down-to-earth heroine in Sookie and an otherworldly charmer in Sookie’s beau, Bill. Perhaps you’ll never meet a more unlikely couple, but you won’t forget them either!”

RT Book Reviews

“This book’s intelligent mixture of painful, pleasurable, serious, skeptical and unexpected moments in a relationship where neither hero nor heroine can merge with the local norm, recalls the best kinds of magical realism. And it’s one of the best vampire novels I’ve read in quite a while.”


“Read more than a few pages and you’ll find yourself hooked. This is the best tongue-in-cheek vampire story I have ever read.”

SFX Magazine (UK)

“Rural America finally has a vampire story to call its own […] Charlaine Harris delivers both horror and humor as seen from the unique perspective of rural America. You’ve got to love a book where a vampire addresses a Civil War society called the Descendants of the Glorious Dead.”

Tanya Huff, bestselling author of BLOOD PRICE

“Highly original, extraordinarily riveting, erotic and exotic. In DEAD UNTIL DARK, Charlaine Harris weaves storytelling magic in a tale of vampires and small town Louisiana.”

Lynn Hightower, Shamus Award-winning author of EYESHOT

Awards & Accolades


Winner 2002 Anthony Award


Winner Les Romantique's Award: “Best Heroine”


SF Chronicle: “Best Horror Novel of the Year”


Agatha Award Finalist


Dilys Award Finalist


Compton Crook Award Finalist


#1 Independent Mystery Bookseller's Association Bestseller List for 2002


Barnes & Noble: “Best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Last Decade”