A Touch of Dead: The Complete Stories (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series)

A Touch of Dead: The Complete Stories (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series)

by Charlaine Harris

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Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is no typical southern belle. She can read minds. And she’s got a thing for vampires. Which, in a town like Bon Temps, Louisiana, means she’ll have to watch her back -- and neck...

New York Times–bestselling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her “spunky” (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written -- together in one volume.

Stories include “Fairy Dust,” “One Word Answer,” “Dracula Night,” “Lucky,” and “Giftwrap.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410423344
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 03/28/2010
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 313
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Charlaine Harris writes both fantasy and mystery.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

Read an Excerpt


The first time I was asked to write a short story about my heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, I wasn't sure I could do it. Sookie's life and history are so complex that I didn't know if I could create a coherent piece of short fiction that would do her justice.

I'm still not sure, but I've enjoyed trying. Some efforts have been more successful than others. It's been hard to fit the stories into Sookie's larger history without leaving seams. Sometimes I succeeded, sometimes not. In this edition, I've tried to smooth out the edges of the story that was the most fun to write, but wouldn't fit in its chronological hole no matter how I pounded ("Dracula Night").

In the order in which they occur in Sookie's life, the stories are:

"Fairy Dust" originally appeared in Powers of Detection. "Fairy Dust" is about the fairy triplets Claude, Claudine, and Claudette. Following the murder of Claudette, the Claude and Claudine seek Sookie's help in determining the guilty party. Claude acquires a valuable asset in this story. The action in "Fairy Dust" takes place after the events in Dead to the World.

In "Dracula Night," Eric invites Sookie to Fangtasia for the celebration of Dracula's birthday, an annual event that makes Eric almost over the top with anticipation, since Dracula is his hero. Unfortunately, the "Dracula" who unveils himself may or may not be the real thing. Eric celebrates "Dracula Night" before the action of Dead as a Doornail.

After Dead as a Doornail, the news of her Cousin Hadley's death reaches Sookie in "One Word Answer." She's informed of Hadley's demise by the half-demon lawyer Mr. Cataliades, who has a loathsome driver and an unexpected passenger in his limo.

"Lucky" is light-hearted story set in Bon Temps in the time period after All Together Dead. Witch Amelia Broadway and Sookie are on the hunt to find out who's sabotaging the town's insurance agents.

On Christmas Eve, Sookie receives a very unexpected visitor in "Gift Wrap." She's been alone and feeling a little sorry for herself, when a wounded werewolf supplies her with a satisfying gift. I'm pleased she has such an interesting holiday before the grim events of Dead And Gone.

I had a good time writing all these stories. Some are totally light-hearted, and some are more serious, but they all shine a light on a little facet of Sookie's life and times that I haven't recorded in the books. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Let the good times roll,

Charlaine Harris

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Touch of Dead 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 943 reviews.
SookieFanatic More than 1 year ago
Now I know this isn't supposed to be the next installment in the series, but it was seriously a disappointment. The stories are short, there is no climax, and the "issues" are resolved in a matter of lines. If you are a die hard Sookie series fan, you won't love this. It's a really quick read, so if you are looking for something to quench your Sookie thirst until May 2010 when the 10th installment comes out then you should pick this up.
harstan More than 1 year ago
"Fairy Dust". Claudine asks Sookie for a favor to read some people who have agreed to do so; of course this simple request turns deadly. "Dracula Night". Vampires celebrate the Count on his birthday with Eric organizing quite a bash on "Dracula Night", but Sookie as a guest never expected to attend a biting gala. "One Word Answer". Sookie learns that her cousin Hadley died so she must attend the funeral not expecting to meet the vampire Queen of New Orleans. "Luck". Insurance agent Greg Aubert hires roommates Sookie and Amelia the witch to determine who is breaking into his files as "Luck" is running out on residents of Bon Temps. "Gift Wrap". Sookie is lonely for Christmas as she has no family to share the holidays with; depressed, she finds a wounded were outside whom she takes into her home. This is a terrific introduction to the few people in the country who have not visited the urban fantasy world of Sookie Stackhouse. The five entries are reprints from other collections, but not placed in one anthology before. Each tale is fun to read as even when the heroine tries to mind her business, she ends up in the middle of a paranormal fiasco. Harriet Klausner
Terpsichore-3 More than 1 year ago
It is just a collection of the short stories that have already been published in other books. The stories are cute and one is little disturbing about her grandfather and Christmas. But it is realy not worth purchasing, get it from the library or a friend. It is only 192 pages, one sitting and it is done.
Jessica_JM More than 1 year ago
Some of you may have seen my posts about Sookie Stackhouse and the Southern Vampire Novels. This is an addition to the collection. Be aware before you get too excited: this is a collection of short stories already published in various anthologies! Nevertheless, I am a diehard fan of the series (aka I cannot WAIT for more!) and loved getting to stave off my craving for a little longer. The wait between books can sometimes feel like forever so a little extra Sookie was nice. That being said, if you're NOT a diehard fan just looking for every last little bit of Sookie you can get, this will probably not be satisfying for you. The stories are pretty short (even as short stories go) and don't really have much to them. They feel more like deleted scenes from previous books (which I happen to like to watch in movies so that works for me). It fills in some interesting tidbits. You get to see when Sookie first hears about (and then meets) Claude. You also get to see her first encounter with Mr. Cataliades and her first run-in with the Queen of Louisiana. There's also a little bit of Bubba (and who doesn't love that?) and some insight into Eric's personality. There's also a part where you realize that Niall actually is a pretty cool guy to have as a great-grandfather (if a bit unconventional in the way he handles Christmas gifts...). All in all I liked it a whole lot but will tailor my recommendation just for people who feel the same way I do about picking up every little bit possible. Enjoy these deleted scenes and I'll be back in May when the next book comes out! PS - The short story collections are Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, Many Bloody Returns, Bite, Unusual Suspects, and Powers of Detection.
CarolynY More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Sookie fan so I paid the very high price for this ebook. I was very disappointed. It was on 94 pages long with 5 short stories. They were cute, but very little development. Worth it for maybe 5.99 or less, not 18.99.
Spelunker More than 1 year ago
At first, I was sooo excited to find this book. As soon as I opened the box from UPS, I saw how short the book was. I read it in one sitting... what a disappointment. The stories didn't really give me any additional, interesting info on her wonderful characters. I read all nine of the Sookie Stackhouse books in 2 weeks! I coulnd't put them down! I wish I wouldn't have wasted my money on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the short stories were uneven in quality and not her best work. two of the tales were very disappointing. the rest of the stories were uninspired. too bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this offering from Charlene Harris. Having been a True Blood fan, I, of course, want to read more about Sookie and the gang. This is short and sweet and really is very fun to read. It keeps you turning the pages, that's for sure!
Hillmax More than 1 year ago
I love Sookie, and have followed her before she became HBO. However, these short stories are just not enough. It's hard to place them in time and I just couldn't get into some of them. I found the stories lackluster. No one will be missing out on much by skipping this book.
ILgirl82 More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book to come out for forever! I finished reading all 9 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series and didn't know what to do with myself lol. I then found out this book was soon to be released and i've been counting down the days until i can read it! If you have not read this series you'll love it! This book is not a continuance of the story but deals with the characters in short stories!
dfantasy More than 1 year ago
This a great book for fans of Charlotte Harris. It is like a teaser with little stories involving Soakie with many of the regular characters of the series. Although I have read all the series, I found it entertaining and fun. The Soakie Stackhouse series is available in an 8 bookset, plus two more books have followed. If you like the romance of the south, some fang carying vampires, a bit of sex, a little humor and a young woman with a lot of gumption you will enjoy the books. They are an entertaining read and reread.
maria-valentina More than 1 year ago
I adore Sookie Stackhouse! This book was great and left me totally yearning for the next one! We really got to see Eric and Sookie's relationship get taken to the next level, I love him and they just seem so great together. Cannot wait to see what happens in the continuum of the fairy war!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful to read because it helped to explain in more detail some interesting parts from the whole series. Each story was just as interesting and will hold you interest just like the books do.
Tigerbud More than 1 year ago
Great writing, story line, characters and one of the best series out there. A must read. Sookie makes friends with vampires, werewolves, faery... and just about everybody. Sookies is a very stong-willed woman.
Book-Hound More than 1 year ago
When I found out that Ms. Harris was putting out a new book clearing up some loose ends from the Stackhouse series; I was over-joyed. That enjoyment was short lived! When I went to pick up my reserved book at B&N, I looked at it with disbelief. It was very small, and after reading it though in less than an hour, I could't believe that Ms. Harris felt that this book was necessary. I am a recent devotee to the Stackhouse series, having consumed the seires in 10 days, then just to make sure that I didn't miss anything I reread them again. I thoroughly enjoyed each book. That was not the case with this book. If I had to label this book anything it would be "REVENUE", does Ms. Harris have a bill due? The thought previous displayed in Ms. Harris's work was not shown here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Huge disappointment........... Was wanting for the next book in the series and what I received was a recap of the books that I have read....... Please do not buy if you already read the series up to date..... Very Sad... The Author and Publisher are taking the dedicated readers....
vamp_princess More than 1 year ago
omg...this series gets better and better. i loved these short stories and i always ended up sad becuz they didn't continue into one of the long books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HUGE Sooke fan. Couldn't wait for the short stories to come out even though I had read 2/5 before in other books. But was very disappointed in the out come. While it did work in some finer details that I had questions about it lacked what Harris is known for: Sookie's quick whit, romance and vampires. Most of the book was about Sookie using her "skills" to solve the who did it's. Still can't wait for next installment in series but felt like I wasted my money on this one.
jobeefrog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a break from Miss Stackhouse it was a refreshing quick read - a nice addition to the series.
annekiwi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice to have all the stories in one place. Didn't like the last story in the book. Don't like my heroines to be fooled or seduced into doing something without their knowledge.
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Touch Of Dead is a collection of short stories of Sookie Stackhouse. It fills in some of the small gaps that are in the series books. I really should stop getting my hopes up that these will be really good because short stories usually aren't. It was an ok read overall but not a regular reread.
BellaMiaow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure at first, but I had read all of this as they appeared in various anthologies. Nothing new here, move along!
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Fairy Dust"Taking place right after Dead to the World, Sookie is hired to discover who is the kiler of Claudette, the triplet of Claudine and Claude (all fairies). The story is short and to the point, and the only thing it adds to the Sookie storyline is the introduction of Claude, who makes later appearances in the novels. I wouldn't consider it an essential read."Dracula Night"This short story takes place after "Fairy Dust" and before Dead as a Doornail. Eric, who is celebrating the day of Dracula's birth, is hoping that Vlad the Impaler will pay him a visit at Fangtasia. Sookie, the only human invited to the shindig, predictably lands in a spot of trouble. Eric's pretty cute in this one, but this, too, isn't essential to the main storyline."One Word Answer"Sookie's long-lost cousin, Hadley, is dead and has left her everything she owned. But there's more to Hadley than Sookie knows; Hadley, in fact, had become a vampire and a favorite of the Queen of Louisiana before her demise. Sookie has to discover for herself just how Hadley met her end. This story takes place before "Definitely Dead," and I would recommend reading it before starting that book. You can catch what's going on in "Definitely Dead" without this short story, but it makes things much easier to understand if you read this one first."Lucky"This story takes place after All Together Dead. Amelia and Sookie discover that one of the local insurance agents (the one who insured Sookie; this character was introduced a few books ago) is using too many spells to protect his business. The result is that all of the other insurance agents in the area are very unlucky and their businesses are failing. Although a nice little aside story, this doesn't really add anything to the essential storyline."Gift Wrap"After From Dead to Worse, Sookie finds herself alone on Christmas Eve. But she's not alone for long - she finds an injured Were in the woods, and she takes him back to her house, which later involves a one-night stand. Her great-grandfather then comes to spend Christmas with her. Everything looks rather heart-warming until the last few paragraphs, which have a creepy feel to them (at least, in my opinion). Once again, I don't think this story is an essential read.
t1bnotown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm generally not big on short story collections, so I wasn't sure I was going to read this after I got it out from the library by accident. I started reading out of curiosity, and I found the stories light and quick reading. I don't think any of them are must-reads or essential to the series in any way, but they were a good read.
Citizenjoyce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These are great Sookie Stackhouse stories to tide me over until I get my copy of the her new novel, Deadlocked. My favorite characters are here: Bubba, Amelia Broadway, the fairies and Pam. I so wish the True Blood TV series had decided to keep in some of Sookie's humor. Her sarcastic wit is a major attribute that makes the series so enjoyable.