July 13, 2009

Sookie Stackhouse - Dracula Night

Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris

Nothing Says Happy Birthday Like A Sharp Pointy Stick!

Dracula Night is a short story in the Sookie Stackhouse universe that has been published in the book Many Bloody Returns. A book of short stories about vampires and birthdays from a number of different authors.

Sookie is on her way to work when she is collecting her mail. Bills, bills, bills, and an expensive, fancy looking invitation. It's a birthday invitation from Eric. No, its not Eric's birthday, its Dracula's. To celebrate Eric has planed a lavish party. Every vampire celebrates the birthday of Dracula, and even some hope against hope that Dracula himself may one day appear at their party. Although this is highly unlikely Eric is blindly hopeful that this year Dracula will chose to celebrate at Fangtasia.

At the party there are scarce few humans, Colonel Flood and Calvin Norris are present but neither can be called true human, with one a werewolf and the other a werepanther. There are also a number of vampires present that Sookie has never met before, out of towners passing through who have doped by for the celebration.

At midnight every one present is holding their breath as Dracula appears, or has he? There is some confusion and a lot of disbelief, and Sookie as one of the only humans is placed in a precarious position. While Colonel Flood and Calvin Norris try vainly to assist Sookie, and Eric seems temporarily unable or unwilling to, it is Pam that places Sookie salvation in Sookie's own hands. But is Sookie able to save herself? And what of the consequences of such action?

A fun and enlightening story in the Sookie Stackhouse universe that takes place before Dead As A Doornail.
On sale: 01 September 2007
ISBN: 9780441015221
Recommended age: 18+
In a word: Birthday
Re-read it: probably
Recommend: to those reading the series
Star rating: three out of five

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