One of my favorite series of books is the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. The main character, Sookie, is a telepathic barmaid in a universe where the advent of synthetic blood allowed vampires to “come out of the closet” (ie, reveal to the world that they’re real). It’s also a universe in which Elvis was turned into a vampire, but because of all the drugs in his system and because he was already pretty much dead, the process didn’t go well. Elvis is a vampire, but he’s basically mentally challenged. That’s right… the mentally challenged vampire Elvis plays a supporting role in this series. You gotta admire creativity like that. (HBO does – this series has been picked up to be made into a TV show called True Blood on HBO. Three episodes were filmed before the writer’s strike put a damper on things. Anna Paquin is in the starring role. No word on who’ll play the King.)
In addition to the Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris has written several other series, none of which I have read (yet – I intend to start on another one of her series soon). If the Sookie Stackhouse series is any indication, the others are definitely worth a shot.
If you’re ever in the mood for a nice, easy read in the realm of the supernatural, I highly recommend Dead Until Dark, the first in the Sookie series. If you like it, there’s plenty more were that came from! In addition to the rest of the series and the other series Harris has written, she maintains a blog on her website in which she shares the books she’s reading and her impressions of them. I’ve gotten some great book suggestions from her blog. Here’s the address in case you’d like to check it out – http://www.charlaineharris.com. I’ll include the site in the side bar, too.