Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 1

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Overview

New York Times Best-Selling author Laurell K. Hamilton offers readers a brand new experience in the world of Anita Blake! Fusing mythology, werewolves and vampires with a story loaded with mystery, action and romance, the Anita Blake novels take place in a world where vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of nightmare have been declared legal citizens of the United States. Anita Blake is an "animator" - a profession that involves raising the dead for a living. Anita Blake is also known as a fearsome hunter of...

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Overview

New York Times Best-Selling author Laurell K. Hamilton offers readers a brand new experience in the world of Anita Blake! Fusing mythology, werewolves and vampires with a story loaded with mystery, action and romance, the Anita Blake novels take place in a world where vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of nightmare have been declared legal citizens of the United States. Anita Blake is an "animator" - a profession that involves raising the dead for a living. Anita Blake is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she moonlights by investigating cases that are far too much for "conventional" police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters in her hometown of St. Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself - the source of her unusual strength and power.

As a special treat, Anita Blake fans will also discover an original side story featuring Anita and Dolph, written specially for the hardcover edition by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Collects Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #1-6.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Suckers for vampires will find Marvel's adaptation a satisfying rendering of the Hamilton novel. Numerous details from the book turn up faithfully: Anita's stuffed penguins, Jean-Claude's blue eyes, and the same feel of overheated rottenness. Someone is killing St. Louis vampires, which is murder since vampires are now legal U.S. citizens, and the vamps want Anita to find the killer. No friend of fangs, Anita raises the dead for a living and kills criminal vampires as a sideline, but loyalty to a friend convinces her to take the case. Now she's in for wererats, ghoul attacks, vampire "freak" (swinger) parties, and too many encounters with nymphet vampire queen Nikolaos, plus a parade of gorgeous men (some human, some vampire), all trying too hard to be friendly. Interwoven for intellectuals are fascinating pseudoanthropological details about what a modern society with "real" vampires, ghouls, zombies, and werebeings might be like. The color artwork blends standard DC Comics/Marvel realism with a shojo manga swirl, especially with the bishonenmen. No nudity or explicitness, but the heavy sexual vibe and later direction of the Anita Blake stories make this best for adult collections.
—Martha Cornog

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Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton
Toss everything you think you know about vampire stories and sword and sorcery novels into an open grave, because Laurell K. Hamilton is reinventing the genres with chills, thrills, and giggles. With her popular Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series, Hamilton is making dark fantasy fantastically entertaining again.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
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  • Posted April 2, 2014

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    Found this one like the first book in the series, to be okay. So

    Found this one like the first book in the series, to be okay. Somewhat good but okay. And the art was weird at times.

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

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    Loved it...

    A friend introduced me to Laurell K. Hamilton, and I'm glad she did. I've read some of the novels, but had never picked up one of the graphic novels...until now. I plan on picking up more.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Loved it!

    If you love vampires, zombies and werewolves, you should read all the Anita Blake books and comics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    I love Anita Blake!!!!

    I'm not much of a comic book kind of person, But I have read all of the Anita Blake books, so I said "why not?" I totally recommend this graphic novel. If you love Anita Blake, you will love this!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

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    Great adaptation of the novel

    I thoroughly enjoyed Volume 1 and 2 but I was a little surprised to find that it took two volumes to get the story in. I shouldn't be, Hamilton packs a lot into her books. Still, I felt like what I saw in my head while I read was playing out on the page. Anita's personality was captured in the graphic novel and the story line was accurate. I am looking forward to future installments. Keep them coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

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    Great

    Brings the book to life. I love Anita Blake. She's my hero. I love all of Laurell K. Hamilton's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    I can't say enough about this series

    I love all the books and all the comics, yes i have the original issues (paperback standard comic issue), and it really put a face to some of the characters that i love. I think i've turned all my friends onto this series and can't wait for the next batch to come out later this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Wonderful

    I love all of the Anita Blake books. The writing is fantastic and inventive, the imagination behind it grand enough to pull me along into the fantasy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    A-Less-Than-Thrilled Fangirl

    Compared to all the rest of these fab reviews, mine is going to seem like the suicudal stepchild. I have been a fan of LKH/Anita since the 7th grade, so I've probably re-read the series a few times over. I've recruited who knows how many of my friends,and written a few fanfics for my local online community. However, I would not say that I am thrilled about this comic book adaption. Granted, this is supposed to be a more Gothic-style interpretation of St. Louis (hence Anita's pasty white, vampire-like appearance) but to me, they've reduced Anita from her gun-toting, foul-mouthed, 'little body with a big attitude' ways into Lara Croft with some scars. That is saying nothing for the plot, which is good, and the characterization, which sticks to the novels well. I guess I just am disappointed that Ms. Hamilton would reduce my literary hero to a size zero heroine with big boobs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    Better than the rest!

    So, to say I started out with a tv series based Vampire killer heroine, is nothing compared to Anita Blake. She is grown up, and everything, I wanted my last heroine to grow up into. Just the right amount of self secured, level headedness, a woman of this generation wants, love life & all. I have given several of my friends & family my copy to start their own journey, and I know just like me... We do not want this journey to stop! Just wish they came in a audio set up, so I could listen when my eyes had to stop reading, but the rest of me wasn't ready to put it down. Thank you for NOT listening to your old & outdated college teacher, the readers you have like me, need you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    I read this book about two years ago. Yet, it stuck with me so well I still can tell someone about it as if I read it yesterday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    Fantastic series, huge fan

    this is an excellent series and I'm glad they found someone to draw it and bring it to life. Its one thing to read it and play it out in your mind but another to have someone put that thought to paper and bring a new life to. I'm anxiously awaiting her new title 'a lick of frost' for the meridith gentry series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    Everyone Needs a Taste of Anita Blake!

    ¿The addiction begins here¿ would have been an accurate sub-title for Laurell K. Hamilton¿s, GUILTY PLEASURES, Volume 1. In Anita Blake's freaky world, humans, vampires, and were-creatures live together freely. This fascinating arrangement is ripe for power struggles, chronic tension, and violence. And the hero, Anita, is in a very special position. The vamps, were-creatures, and humans all need her help! As a zombie raiser, vampire executioner, and federal marshal, she is uniquely qualified to solve murder mysteries by working with the cops who the freaks don¿t trust and working with the freaks who the cops don¿t trust. Anita also questions who she can trust. Anita is likeable, because she¿s funny, tough, loyal, and tends to be attracted to the bad boys. In Volume 1, which includes the first 6 comic book issues and an 8-page bonus story, readers are still getting to know Anita, but the combination of mystery, vampires, were-creatures, and a powerhouse of a main character are going to cause people to need their Anitaverse fix. Buy the graphic novel, no matter what kind of creature you happen to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2007

    First time reader and future forever fan

    I cannot wait to get volumes 2-6 of the newly published graphic novel of Guilty Pleasures. It was truly exciting and sinfully enjoyable. The artists are super amazing, LOVE the graphics and posters in the book! Your stories rock, Ms. Hamiton!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Great Author and Series

    I love the entire series of her books. I think that if you like Anne Rice you will definately like Ms. Hamilton. Both of them have great stories and you really feel as though you can understand the characters and what they are going through. If you like her stuff you should also check out another really great author L. A. Banks. She too has a killer vamp series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    Simply Beyond

    I've been hooked on Ms. Hamilton's Anita Blake series for about 10 years now. I have even gotta my wife and many of our friends hooked as well. Ms. Hamilton has done an incredible job of adding in a little of everything into the series. From rib tickling comedy to shear nightmarish horror. One can not help but enjoy the rollercoaster ride she takes us on, so if you need a truly great read with a bit of everything, the Anita Blake series is where to start. Now with the addition of comic books, all that's missing is a TV series or even a (dare i type it?) a Movie...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Best Thing to happen to Anita Blake

    I instantly became addicted to the Anita Blake serise from book one. The diversity of the characters mixed with horror and romance is amazing. Bringing Anita out into comic form, it can only get better. I always wondered how Hamilton say Anita and Jean-Claude. Now I can see for myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    So convenient!

    I first became addicted to Laurell Hamilton books in the summer of my junior year in high school with Narcissus in Chains. The vibrancy of the characters and scenes immediately pulled me into an intoxicating alternate reality. I've been an avid reader of her books ever since. When I learned of the Anita Blake series having a comic for it I was immediately excited. I had never been a big fan of comic books only having only read assorted, random titles friends had lying around their rooms, but I knew if it was about Anita Blake I would love it. I love both the artwork and story content of the Guilty Pleasures. Brett Booth's rendition of Anita is exactly what I had in mind of what she looked like. My only mild dislike about comic books is the delicacy of the book and paper- I can be a bit rough with my books. I was excited to learn that in July they will be putting all six comic issues put together in one hard back volume! This will be great- and convenient for both reading purposes and for safe keeping. Along the way I have also missed getting a couple of the issues. With all the issues and cover art in one volume I won't have to track those previous issues down. I can't wait for July

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    Posted January 19, 2009

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