Cover Chat: Laurell K. Hamilton's Upcoming Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Kiss The Dead

Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the grand dames of supernatural stories. Her long-running Anita Blake series has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers since Anita was first introduced in 1993’s Guilty Pleasures. With her series, Hamilton straddles the genre boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy and erotica, and her no-nonsense heroine — and Anita’s friends and partners — have made the heroine’s name one of the most recognizable in fiction today. And now, almost two decades later, she’s still going strong. Kiss the Dead, which releases on June 5th, will be Blake’s twenty-first adventure.

Here's an exclusive first look at the book's back cover blurb:

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…

While I can't speak for anyone else, I would certainly be terrified of Anita. She is seriously powerful. And if Kiss the Dead's story is anything like its cover promises, there will not only be exciting tension in the book, but also a healthy dose of Hamilton’s signature heat. Kiss the Dead's cover definitely more graphic than many of her previous covers. (Does anyone else remember the look of Skin Trade and the books that came out right around that one? Those covers were much less sultry looking, that’s for sure.) But it makes sense that Kiss the Dead would have an edgy, sexy look since Hamilton takes great pains to focus on her characters' sensual natures. (For more on this, I suggest you read this recent post from LKG's blog.)

But back to Kiss the Dead's cover. If you get up close and personal, you can see that it looks like there's text running vertically down the shattered glass. Perhaps it’s an homage to how far Anita’s adventures have taken her — or maybe it’s something much more sinister ... But no matter what it represents, I can't wait for the book's June 5th release date.

So I want to know, what do you think of the latest Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter cover? Tell me in the comments below. And for more genre coverage be sure to check out RT's Everything Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Page!