Charlaine Harris has announced that next year’s release, Dead Ever After, will conclude the bestselling Southern Vampire Mysteries (2001-2013), better known as the Sookie Stackhouse Novels. Harris’ books focus on supernatural beings in the small southern town, Bon Temps, and have been made into the hit HBO series, True Blood (2008-present).
Harris implied earlier in the year that she saw the series coming to a close, but she made the final announcement on her Facebook page on May 15. She explained that she simply had nothing left to tell. “After the last book, I’ll have said everything I have to say about Sookie,” Harris said. “Really, I think it would be doing readers a disservice to continue writing a character when my heart wasn’t in it. I’ve loved writing Sookie, but if you see the end of the road, you see the end of the road.”
In an interview with Houston Press, Harris expressed doubts about her concluding novel, worrying that she will leave too many loose ends and ultimately disappoint fans of the series. “I find myself wanting to bring back random people, just so I can say, ‘Here they are. Here’s what happened,'” Harris explained. “And then I think, it’s not going to be a very cohesive book if I have all these guest appearances. I really have to stick to the core of the book; I can’t just throw people in there to give them a wave of the hand. Maybe there’ll be an addendum on my website or as an ebook, something where I say, ‘This is what happened to Harry Bellefleur!‘ or ‘This is what happened to Tanya.‘ I don’t want to leave anybody frustrated.”
After Harris bids farewell to Sookie, she will venture into graphic novels. She will be collaborating with the author Christopher Golden on Cemetery Girl, which follows an amnesiac who suddenly finds herself living in a graveyard.
Season five of True Blood will premiere on HBO on June 10 and will be loosely based on Harris’ Dead as a Doornail (2005).