Pretenders (#1)

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Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the Harper Connelly Mysteries, and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden present an original graphic novel illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Don Kramer—first in a brand-new trilogy.

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead.

She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her.

Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own.

Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help…


“A suitably spooky start for the series.”

Sci-Fi Bulletin

“CEMETERY GIRL has a power all of its own […] a horror tale with a nice dose of mystery thrown in [and] reminiscent of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series with its dark imagery and frank depictions of ghosts and spirits. This is sure to be a hit with comic fans in the New Year.”

Fantasy Book Review

“The Pretenders is a first-rate opening to this YA graphic trilogy. In a couple of places I found the language jarring, but I think this is because the writers are trying to let us know it’s set in the south, without giving us a specific town or state. The characters, the set-up and the suspenseful story carried me through.”

Fantasy Literature

“It’s probably one of the best Urban Fantasy graphic novels that I’ve actually read […] Harris and Golden, with Kramer on artistic duties, have weaved a book that should appeal to pretty much every fantasy fan […] This is going to be a hit for sure.”

Founding Fields

“Harris and Golden make this first installment a gripping one […] CEMETERY GIRL is a promising start to what looks like it could be a promising series.”

Graeme's SFF

“For a first volume this was extremely well done. Quite promising, too […] I find myself eager for news of the next volume!”

The Bibliosanctum

“The plot was intriguing, compelling and fast paced, with some brilliant twists and turns that kept me hooked […] This is an enjoyable and eye catching book, which will convert any reader who has yet to understand the fascination with graphic novels. It is definitely a must for any fans of Charlaine Harris.”

Compelling Reads

“Very atmospheric […] Cemetery Girl #1 is a fun intro that promises a lot for the rest of this graphic novel trilogy!”

Nyx Book Reviews

“CEMETERY GIRL: THE PRETENDERS was a quite enjoyable experiment. This is a lovely story, not just suitable for adults but a YA audience too.”

A Fantastical Librarian

“A highly enjoyable and fast paces graphic novel that really raises the bar for future works, many readers of the Sookie Stackhouse series are bound to enjoy THE PRETENDERS […] highly recommended.”

The Book Plank

“Much more than I expected. I was impressed […] entertained but also quickly involved in the storyline.”

Book’d Out

“Vivid, eye-catching […] Readers will be confronted by a number of intriguing questions and mysterious goings-on […] but in the meantime, THE PRETENDERS is a great introduction.”

Civilian Reader

“THE PRETENDERS is a good introduction to a promising story […] it’s intriguing and presented gorgeously. I think that fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels will enjoy this new series of graphic novels, and I urge those who enjoy supernatural stories to check them out!”

Speculating on SpecFic

“This graphic novel debut gets a stamp of approval from me. “

Escape in a Book

Awards & Accolades


#1 New York Times Graphic Novels List Bestseller


British Fantasy Award Finalist: “Best Graphic Novel”