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May 11, 2013

Charlaine Harris threatened by fans over final Sookie Stackhouse novel

Dead Ever AfterAuthor of longrunning vampire saga – inspiration for TV’s True Blood – becomes target of online vitriol for her choice of ending.

By Alison Flood

Death threats, suicide threats and more prosaic threats to cancel book orders have followed the publication of Charlaine Harris’s final novel about the telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse this week, after the American novelist gave her bestselling series a romantic conclusion that not everyone was happy with.

Running for 13 years, the series – on which the television show True Blood is based – is set in a world where vampires and other supernatural creatures live alongside humans. The 13th and final novel, Dead Ever After, concludes Sookie’s romantic adventures and sees her making a choice between three potential suitors: the vampires Bill and Eric, and the shapeshifter Sam.

An early copy was leaked online by a fan in Germany last week, prompting an outpouring of bile on Amazon, Goodreads and Harris’s Facebook page, with thousands of comments posted by fans furious about the choice Sookie made.

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