Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse "Southern Vampire" mystery novels that inspired the HBO show "True Blood," is about to make her comic book debut this year at Dynamite Entertainment, with a comics adaptation of her newest line of novels, the "Harper Connelly" series. The books, which include "Grave Sight" and "Grave Surprise," center around the titular Harper Connelly, a woman with a special ability to find the dead:

She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living -- but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent -- even if the dead can wait forever.

Harris, who has been nominated for an Agatha Award for her mystery writing, says that she is "excited about seeing a different version of my novels, and I've seen enough of Dynamite Entertainment to know this will be an interesting and entertaining process."

We're pretty big fans of the wonderfully indulgent "True Blood," and if that series is any indication, we're certainly interested in checking out more of her work, despite the fact that sexy Nordic vampires do not appear to be involved, sigh. The creative team for the comic hasn't been announced yet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled.

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