Dead But Not Forgotten
Professional Sookie fanfic
Release Date: OUT NOW!
352 pages | Hardback/ ebook Editors: Charlaine Harris and Toni LP Kelner Publisher: Gollancz
It’s extremely unusual
for a professional writer to allow any other authors to write about their characters, let alone a group of authors, making this book of 15 Charlaine Harris- approved short stories set in the world of the Southern Vampire Mysteries pretty much unique.
The roster of contributors includes a couple of well- known names: Rachel Caine and Seanan McGuire are probably the biggest. Each author has taken a character from the Sookieverse and written about them, and in general the more obscure the character, the better the story. Possibly because the reader knows very little about those characters, the writers have had to come up with actual stories for them with complete beginnings, middles and endings.
Leigh Ferry’s “The Real Santa Claus”, about half- demon Diantha, captures the character as she is in Harris’s books and has fun with her ensuring that Sam and Sookie have a happy Christmas. Rachel Caine’s “Nobody’s Business” focuses on the developing relationship between Kevin and Kenya, the two human cops who patrol Bon Temps. However, the stories about the vampires tend to be pretty dreadful, particularly the final one in the volume, a years- later vignette that rivals the last chapter of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows for appalling mawkishness as Eric mopes around Sookie’s descendants. All in all, a mixed bag. Miriam McDonald Other writers featured in the collection include Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Jonathan Maberry and Suzanne MacLeod.