Created by Laurell K. Hamilton
Some P.I.'s specialize. Some are skiptracers. Some work divorce. Some are bounty hunters. ANITA BLAKE is even more of a specialist. She's a vampire hunter. In an "alternate reality" where the U.S. has declared the undead legal beings, so that vampires, zombies and the like can come out of the closet, so to speak.
But when they get out of hand, Anita steps in. She is the Executioner, taking out the Undead who misbehave.
But that's for pleasure. For profit Blake is employed by Animators Inc in St. Louis, where she raises the dead to settle contested wills and such. This unique position between both camps has Blake constantly at odds with the vampire and werewolf communities. Add to the mix her courtesan/lover, Jean-Claude, who runs a vampire strip club. Jean-Claude has a link to Blake that goes beyond love. As one character says to Blake (as an insult) in the opening of the first novel, "You aren't human!".
Quite true, and it is intriguing to see how Hamilton puts the pieces together over the course of the series. And the high sexual content has raised a few eyebrows over the years but Anita's fans (and they are legion) love it..
Naturally, there's been a comic book spin-off.
If the books have been occasionaly marketed as supernatural romances (and judging from the covers of the current crop of paperback reprints, they most definitely are), there's no doubt about which market the comic books are aimed at. Fans boys will lap up the abundant cleavage and over-sized weaponry prominently featured on the covers of the Marvel version of this enduring character.
-- from Obsidian Butterfly
-- Martha Pennigar on Rara-Avis, August 1999.
-- Jeremy Morgan from San Antonio, Texas
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COLLECTIONS
Collects Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #1-6
Collects Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #7-12
Collects Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death #1-2 and Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures Handbook.
Collects Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse - Book One #1-5.
Contributed by our resident vampire expert, Keith "Bite Me" Logan.
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