An Apple for the Creature

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Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story!

What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares?taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter?will pale in comparison to these thirteen original ...

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Overview

Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story!

What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, "Playing Possum," Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of "exceptional," in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews's "Magic Tests."

For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers "VSI," in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation.

And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski's "The Bad Hour," Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school.

You'll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless!

Includes stories by: ILONA ANDREWS, AMBER BENSON, RHYS BOWEN, MIKE CAREY, CHARLAINE HARRIS, DONALD HARSTAD, STEVE HOCKENSMITH, NANCY HOLDER, FAITH HUNTER, TONI L.P. KELNER, MARJORIE LIU, JONATHAN MABERRY, THOMAS SNIEGOSKI

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What People Are Saying

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PRAISE FOR AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE:
"A buffet of frightening fun."—Reader to Reader Review

 "School is back in session with this delightful collection of tales featuring many different types of education." —citybookreview.com
"Fresh, inventive and downright entertaining." —monstersandcritics.com
 
PRAISE FOR THE EDITORS' PREVIOUS COLLECTIONS:
"Entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans." —Library Journal
"Fresh, interesting tales...[that] star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse." —Alternative Worlds

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425256800
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 637,095
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling paranormal fantasy series featuring Sookie Stackhouse (the basis for the HBO series True Blood), the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring lightning-struck corpse locator Harper Connelly, and other acclaimed novels.

Toni L. P. Kelner is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the Laura Fleming mystery series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated for the Anthony and Macavity awards.

Biography

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris grew up in a family of avid readers (her father was a teacher; her mother a librarian). She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English and Communication Arts. Although she penned poetry and plays in school, her first serious foray into fiction was with two standalone novels, Sweet and Deadly and A Secret Rage, published (effortlessly!) in the early 1980s.

After her early success, Harris released the first installment in a series of lighthearted mysteries starring spunky, small-town Georgia librarian, true crime enthusiast, and amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden. When Aurora debuted in Real Murders (1990), Publishers Weekly welcomed "a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." The book went on to receive an Agatha Award nomination.

Anxious for another challenge, Harris began a second series in 1996. Darker and edgier than the Teagarden novels, these mysteries featured taciturn, 30-something housecleaner Lily Bard, a woman with a complicated past who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, to find peace and solitude. The first novel, Shakespeare's Landlord, was well-received. BookList raved: "Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story." [Much to the disappointment of her fans, Harris concluded the Lilly Bard sequence in 2001 with Shakespeare's Counselor.]

Although Harris achieved moderate success with these two series (which she laughingly describes as "cozies with teeth"), she would hit the jackpot in 2001 with Dead Until Dark, a sly, spoofy paranormal mystery starring a telepathic Louisiana cocktail waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill. The novel, a delightful hybrid of mystery, science fiction, and romance, was an instant hit with critics. ("Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake," raved the dark fantasy magazine Cemetery Dance.) Readers, too, adored the Southern Vampire Series and have rewarded the author with bestseller after bestseller. (In 2008, the Sookie saga came to HBO in a top-rated television adaptation, True Blood, starring Anna Paquin.)

With 2006's Grave Sight, Harris added yet another fascinating character to her stable -- a young woman named Harper Connelly whose youthful encounter with a lightning bolt has left her with the ability to find corpses and determine how they died. In addition to juggling characters and plots for her popular series, Harris has also contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies of paranormal fantasy fiction.

Good To Know

In our interview, Harris confesses:

"I'm really a boring person. My family (my husband and three children) is the most important thing in my life. I go to bed early, I get up early. I love to go to the movies with my husband. My favorite things about finally making some money as a writer are (a) I can buy as many books as I want, and (b) I can hire a maid. The first job I had was working in an offset darkroom at a very small newspaper. I stood on a concrete floor all day and made minimum wage -- which then was $1.60 an hour. I hated it, and I learned a lot, though not necessarily about working in a darkroom. So being a writer is much better."

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    1. Hometown:
      Southern Arkansas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tunica, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    I love anthologies! I know that some people don't and prefer to

    I love anthologies! I know that some people don't and prefer to skip them. But for me, the stories found in anthologies add to the particular series or world that they're set in. They may contain more of the series backstory than is contained in the main series novels, perspective from other series characters, or sometimes it's just a slice of life from our main characters that we wouldn't usually get to see. And if you're really lucky...and actually read all of the stories in the anthology...you may stumble across a new series that sparks your interest.

    I so enjoyed An Apple for the Creature! All the stories have a school-theme with a paranormal twist. When I picked it up, I got it because it had "Magic Tests" from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and "Playing Possum", a Sookie Stackhouse story, by Charlaine Harris. I did a happy dance when I realized that Faith Hunter had contributed "Golden Delicious" from her Jane Yellowrock series. Those were the first three that I read (yes I skipped around a bit) and all three were terrific. "Magic Tests" is told from Julie's (Kate and Curran's ward) POV and "Golden Delicious" focuses on Rick LeFleur. Both stories do a wonderful job of expanding our view of the world the series are set in. "Playing Possum" is pure Sookie and it reminded me of why I fell in love with Sookie in the first place.

    Once done with those, I went back to the beginning and read the rest. I enjoyed them all...some a little more than others...but all were well written. But I was intrigued by "The Bad Hour" by Thomas E. Sniegoski. This is a story from the Remy Chandler series, which I hadn't heard of before. Remy is an angel, one of the Seraphim in fact, who has chosen to leave Heaven and live on Earth as a private detective. One of the powers he has chosen not to repress is the ability to speak any language, including that of animals, so he can talk with his faithful Labrador, Marlowe. "The Bad Hour" takes Remy and Marlowe into a mystery surrounding a dog trainer and her school. You all know what a animal lover I am, so I was hooked immediately! As soon as I finishing it, I ordered the first of the series so I can read more of their adventures.

    Pick up An Apple for the Creature, you'll enjoy it!

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