True Blood Author Charlaine Harris Lands Another Creepshow

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Charlaine Harris — known for the series of books about Sookie Stackhouse which spawned the HBO series True Blood — just landed another TV deal. Her Harper Connelly mysteries — beginning with the book Grave Sight — will be a series on Syfy.


Grave Sight (the novel for which there are two different covers and a comic book) features a young woman named Harper Connelly, who was struck by lightning at the age of 15, which gave her the ability to find the dead people, and come to know how they died. According to Entertainment Weekly:

Now in her 20s, she senses the location and last memories of dead people. In the Syfy adaptation, Connelly teams up with her protective stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, to help find a missing teenage girl, only to uncover a network of lies and murders throughout a small town in the Ozarks.


I haven't read the books, so I'm not clear whether or not Harper my kinda tough-chick heroine, but a lady-centric detective show with ghosts(!) sounds like it has potential. Especially since I am thisclose to being over True Blood.

'True Blood' author sells mystery book series to Syfy [EW]
'True Blood' Author Charlaine Harris Secures Syfy TV Deal for 'Harper Connelly Mysteries'

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I guess I'm in the minority that I prefer my vampires monstrous rather than monstrously sexy. I could never get past the part that they were dead, no matter how attractive they may be presented as, so I tend to like stories that treat them as something to be afraid of. (Like Salem's Lot.) I mean, to each their own obviously, I'm just stating personal preference here. The only thing I actively DISlike about vampire romances is when the author goes out of his or her way to rewrite the mythos so that it's barely a vampire anymore. I read part of one once where the vampires could go out in the sun, didn't have fangs, were born and grew up normally (to a point), could eat and go wherever, didn't need blood... at that point, why the hell did you even bother calling it a vampire novel if all you were going to do was strip out anything and everything that made vampires distinctive or at all inhuman?

The vampires in Buffy were actually really creepy when you thought about it, since they were literally just corpses with demons inside them walking around. Right? Doesn't someone at some point in the series explicitly state that when you're a vampire, it's because you died, and some evil creature moves into the corpse. "It looks like you. It talks like you. It even moves like you. But it isn't you." Don't get me wrong; loved Spike and Angel as characters, though they were fantastically flawed but likable (Spike moreso), but could not get past the notion that they weren't really people... just demonic beings imitating what the body and brain remembered.