Living Dead in Dallas
Living Dead in Dallas is the second book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. This second novel follows the adventures of telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, Louisiana, as she is employed by Dallas vampires to use her telepathy to help find their lost companion. Sookie agrees to help investigate the whereabouts of the missing vampire on one condition: any humans found to be involved must be turned over to human law enforcement rather than subjected to vampire justice. In Dallas Sookie Stackhouse has her first encounter with the anti-vampire organization "The Fellowship of the Sun," as well as meeting and learning of the existence of werewolves; this book opens with Sookie Stackhouse finding the dead body of Lafayette in the backseat of Andy Bellefleur's car, left at Merlotte's the night before. Sookie learns that her friend had attended a local sex party, she thinks the members of that group might know something about her friend's murder so she starts "listening" to people's thoughts by using her special mind reading talent while working at the local bar.
In the meantime, Bill Compton, Sookie's vampire boyfriend, informs her that they have been summoned by Eric Northman. As a way to get Eric's attention, a maenad known as Callisto attacks Sookie on their way to Fangtasia, Eric's vampire bar. Sookie's wounds are poisoned, she is healed by a combination of Dr. Ludwig's special treatment, blood drainings by Eric, Pam and Bill. Sookie is given a fresh transfusion of human blood. Eric informs Bill and Sookie that they need to go to Dallas to help the local vampire leader, Stan Davis, to find his missing "brother," Farrell, who has not returned to Davis' nest for five days; the Dallas vampires and Bill learn that The Fellowship of the Sun as well as a "renouncer" vampire named Godfrey might be behind the disappearance. Sookie decides to go to the FotS church with Hugo, Stan's human dish washer and the lover of Stan's "sister," Isabel, in an undercover mission. Sookie discovers that Hugo is a traitor, but her cover is exposed when they meet Steve and Sarah Newlin, she is badly hurt while trying to escape from the church.
She does escape with the help of Luna, a shapeshifter, Godfrey. After a run-in with more Supes, including an undercover doctor at a local hospital and some werewolves, Sookie ends up back at the FotS to be with Godfrey as he "meets the sun." That night at the welcome home party for Farrell, Stan's house is attacked by the FotS and many humans die. Sookie, unable to locate Bill, helps Eric remove a bullet that he took protecting her from the gunfire. In doing so, she ingests a few drops of his blood inadvertently. Bill returns soon after, he reveals to Sookie that Eric's insistence on sucking out the bullets was just a ruse to get her to ingest some of his blood—now he will have a connection with her. Sookie is furious at Eric, she is angry at Bill because he killed someone and did not check on her before beginning his pursuit of the FotS. Sookie leaves the house and flies back to Bon Temps. Back in Bon Temps, Sookie avoids Bill for several weeks during which Bill "dates" Portia Bellefleur, trying to find out more about the sex club in an effort to clear her brother Andy of any connection to the murder.
After seeing Sookie at a football game with Tara, Benedict "Eggs" Talley, JB du Rone, Bill follows Sookie home and they passionately reconcile. The next day, Sookie is invited to a secret sex party organized by Mike Spencer. Afraid to go alone, Sookie asks Eric to accompany her. At the sex party, Sookie is surprised to see her friend Tara and Eggs and learns that Mike and Tom Hardaway murdered Lafayette; the party is interrupted when Bill, Andy Bellefleur and the maenad Callisto gather in front of the house. The maenad enjoys the drunkenness and lust of the party participants and kills Mike and his wife, another local named Jan. Eggs & Andy, under the maenad's spell, recall nothing of the incident - Tara is the only non-supernatural present with any recollection of the events. Bill and Eric burn the house, Eric glamours Tara so that she will not be able to remember what happened at the sex party. Characters of The Southern Vampire Mysteries Characters of True Blood True Blood Living Dead in Dallas has been adapted by HBO into a television series called True Blood.
Its storyline forms the basis of True Blood's second season. Its first episode aired on June 14, 2009. Although the main characters and story lines are the same, there are significant differences between the book and the series, most notably: In the series, Jason joins the Fellowship of the Sun, forming a major story arc, different from his minor role in the novel. In the book, Jason stays in Bon Temps. Lafayette Reynolds is not killed. Instead, Eric takes Lafayette prisoner to question about Eddie's disappearance. Lafayette is held in the basement of Fangtasia. In the series, Eric's maker is Godric, to whom Eric maintains a deep bond of devotion. Godric, while still like Godfrey a self-tortured renouncer who wishes to meet the sun, is not portrayed as an evil child killer but rather as a compassionate, enlightened sheriff of his area. Bill's maker Lorena is reintroduced. Bill tries to teach his new
True Blood is an American dark fantasy horror television series produced and created by Alan Ball and based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. The series revolves around Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress living in the rural town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Two years after the invention of a synthetic blood branded “Tru Blood,” vampires are able to "come out of the coffin" and allow their presence to be known to mankind. Now they are struggling for equal rights and assimilation, while anti-vampire organizations begin to gain power. Sookie's world is turned upside down when she falls in love with 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton and for the first time must navigate the trials and terrors of intimacy and relationships; the show was broadcast on the premium cable network HBO, in the United States, was produced by HBO in association with Ball's production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment. The series premiered on September 7, 2008 and concluded on August 24, 2014, comprising seven seasons and 80 episodes.
The first five seasons received positive reviews, both nominations and wins for several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy. The fictional universe depicted in the series is premised on the notion that vampires exist, unbeknownst to the majority of humans until two years before the series premiere, when the creation of synthetic blood by Japanese scientists, which eliminated vampires' need for human blood to survive, allowed vampires to "come out of the coffin" and reveal their existence to the world. E-1 This so-called "Great Revelation" has split vampires into two camps: those who wish to integrate into human society by campaigning for citizenship and equal rights,E-1 and those who think human-vampire co-existence is impossible, because it conflicts with the inherently predatory and violent nature of vampires, it has caused similar divisions amongst non-vampires. Throughout the series, other supernatural creatures are introduced, among them shapeshifters, faeries, a maenad; the series revolves around a telepathic human-faerie hybrid known as a halfling.
Sookie is a waitress at Merlotte's Bar and Grill, owned by Sam Merlotte in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Sam is a shapeshifter. Other characters include Bill Compton, a 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps to take up residence in his former home following the death of his last remaining relative; the show explores several contemporary issues such as the struggle for equal rights and violence against minorities and homosexuals, the problems of drug addiction, the power of faith and religion, the control/influence of the media, the quest for identity, the importance of family. Series creator Alan Ball had worked with the cable channel HBO on Six Feet Under, which ran for five seasons. In October 2005, after Six Feet Under wrapped, Ball signed a two-year agreement with HBO to develop and produce original programming for the network. True Blood became the first project under the deal after Ball became acquainted with Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mystery books. One day, while early for a dental appointment, Ball was browsing through a Barnes & Noble bookshop and came across Dead Until Dark, the first installment in Harris' series.
He read the entries that followed and became interested in "bringing vision to television". However, Harris had two other adaptation options for the books, she said she chose to work with him, because " really'got' me. That's. I just felt that he understood what I was doing with the books." The project's hour-long pilot was ordered concurrently with the finalization of the aforementioned development deal, was written and produced by Ball. Cast members Paquin and Trammell were announced in February 2007 and Moyer on in April; the pilot was shot in the early summer of 2007 and was ordered to series in August, at which point Ball had written several more episodes. Production on the series began that fall, with Brook Kerr, who portrayed Tara Thornton in the original pilot, replaced by Rutina Wesley. Two more episodes of the series had been filmed before the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike shut down production of the 12-episode first season until February 2008; that September, after only the first two episodes of the series had aired, HBO placed an order for a second season of 12 episodes, with production scheduled to commence in January 2009 for a summer premiere.
True Blood's Emmy-nominated title sequence is composed of portrayals of the show's Deep South setting, runs to "Bad Things" by Jace Everett, although the original featurette was created around the Jennifer Herrema song "RadTimesXpress". Conceptually, the sequence was constructed around the idea of "the whore in the house of prayer" by intermingling contradictory images of sex and religion and displaying them from the point of view of "a supernatural, predatory creature observing human beings from the shadows..." Ideas o
Mississippi is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Mississippi is the 32nd most 34th most populous of the 50 United States, it is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana to the south, Arkansas and Louisiana to the west. The state's western boundary is defined by the Mississippi River. Jackson, with a population of 167,000 people, is both the state's capital and largest city; the state is forested outside the Mississippi Delta area, the area between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Before the American Civil War, most development in the state was along riverfronts, as the waterways were critical for transportation. Large gangs of slaves were used to work on cotton plantations. After the war, freedmen began to clear the bottomlands to the interior, in the process selling off timber and buying property. By the end of the 19th century, African Americans made up two-thirds of the Delta's property owners, but timber and railroad companies acquired much of the land after the financial crisis, which occurred when blacks were facing increasing racial discrimination and disfranchisement in the state.
Clearing of the land for plantations altered the Delta's ecology, increasing the severity of flooding along the Mississippi by taking out trees and bushes that had absorbed excess waters. Much land is now held by agribusinesses. A rural state with agricultural areas dominated by industrial farms, Mississippi is ranked low or last among the states in such measures as health, educational attainment, median household income; the state's catfish aquaculture farms produce the majority of farm-raised catfish consumed in the United States. Since the 1930s and the Great Migration of African Americans to the North and West, the majority of Mississippi's population has been white, although the state still has the highest percentage of black residents of any U. S. state. From the early 19th century to the 1930s, its residents were majority black, before the American Civil War that population was composed of African-American slaves. Democratic Party whites retained political power through disfranchisement and Jim Crow laws.
In the first half of the 20th century, nearly 400,000 rural blacks left the state for work and opportunities in northern and midwestern cities, with another wave of migration around World War II to West Coast cities. In the early 1960s, Mississippi was the poorest state in the nation, with 86% of its non-whites living below the poverty level. In 2010, 37% of Mississippians were African Americans, the highest percentage of African Americans in any U. S. state. Since regaining enforcement of their voting rights in the late 1960s, most African Americans have supported Democratic candidates in local and national elections. Conservative whites have shifted to the Republican Party. African Americans are a majority in many counties of the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta, an area of historic slave settlement during the plantation era; the state's name is derived from the Mississippi River. Settlers named it after the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi. Mississippi is bordered to the north by Tennessee, to the east by Alabama, to the south by Louisiana and a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to its namesake, major rivers in Mississippi include the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Pascagoula River, the Tombigbee River. Major lakes include Ross Barnett Reservoir, Arkabutla Lake, Sardis Lake, Grenada Lake with the largest lake being Sardis Lake. Mississippi is composed of lowlands, the highest point being Woodall Mountain, in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, 807 feet above sea level; the lowest point is sea level at the Gulf Coast. The state's mean elevation is 300 feet above sea level. Most of Mississippi is part of the East Gulf Coastal Plain; the coastal plain is composed of low hills, such as the Pine Hills in the south and the North Central Hills. The Pontotoc Ridge and the Fall Line Hills in the northeast have somewhat higher elevations. Yellow-brown loess soil is found in the western parts of the state; the northeast is a region of fertile black earth. The coastline includes large bays at Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula, it is separated from the Gulf of Mexico proper by the shallow Mississippi Sound, sheltered by Petit Bois Island, Horn Island and West Ship Islands, Deer Island, Round Island, Cat Island.
The northwest remainder of the state consists of the Mississippi Delta, a section of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. The plain widens north of Vicksburg; the region has rich soil made up of silt, deposited by the flood waters of the Mississippi River. Areas under the management of the National Park Service include: Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site near Baldwyn Gulf Islands National Seashore Natchez National Historical Park in Natchez Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail in Tupelo Natchez Trace Parkway Tupelo National Battlefield in Tupelo Vicksburg National Military Park and Cemetery in Vicksburg Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 50,000: Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 20,000 but fewer than 50,000: Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 10,000 but fewer than 20,000: Mississippi has a humid
Stockholm syndrome is a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. These alliances result from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time together, but they are considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims; the FBI's Hostage Barricade Database System and Law Enforcement Bulletin indicate that 8% of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome. This term was first used by the media in 1973 when four hostages were taken during a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden; the hostages defended their captors after being released and would not agree to testify in court against them. Stockholm syndrome is paradoxical because the sympathetic sentiments that captives feel towards their captors are the opposite of the fear and disdain which an onlooker might feel towards the captors. There are four key components that characterize Stockholm syndrome: A hostage's development of positive feelings towards the captor No previous relationship between hostage and captor A refusal by hostages to cooperate with police forces and other government authorities A hostage's belief in the humanity of the captor because they cease to perceive the captor as a threat when the victim holds the same values as the aggressorStockholm syndrome is a "contested illness" due to doubt about the legitimacy of the condition.
It has come to describe the reactions of some abuse victims beyond the context of kidnappings or hostage-taking. Actions and attitudes similar to those suffering from Stockholm syndrome have been found in victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking and political and religious oppression. In 1973, Jan-Erik Olsson, a convict on parole, took four employees of the bank hostage during a failed bank robbery in Kreditbanken, one of the largest banks in Stockholm, Sweden, he negotiated the release from prison of his friend Clark Olofsson to assist him. They held the hostages captive for six days in one of the bank’s vaults; when they were released, none of them would testify against either captor in court. Nils Bejerot, a Swedish criminologist and psychiatrist coined the term after Stockholm police asked him for assistance with analyzing the victims' reactions to the 1973 bank robbery and their status as hostages; as the idea of brainwashing was not a new concept, speaking on "a news cast after the captives' release" instinctively reduced the hostages' reactions to a result of being brainwashed by their captors.
He called it Norrmalmstorgssyndromet, meaning "The Norrmalmstorg Syndrome". It was defined by psychiatrist Frank Ochberg to aid the management of hostage situations. Olsson said in an interview:It was the hostages' fault, they did everything. If they hadn't, I might not be here now. Why didn't any of them attack me? They made it hard to kill, they made us go on living together day after day, in that filth. There get to know each other. Mary McElroy was abducted from her home in 1933 at age 25 by four men who held a gun to her, demanded her compliance, took her to an abandoned farmhouse, chained her to a wall, she defended her kidnappers. She continued to visit her captors while they were in jail, she committed suicide and left the following note: “My four kidnappers are the only people on Earth who don't consider me an utter fool. You have your death penalty now – so, give them a chance." Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped in 1998 at age 10 and kept in an insulated, dark room under the garage of Wolfgang Priklopil.
She would receive a variation of kind and sexually abusive and permissive treatment from her captor. Eight years after her kidnapping, Kampusch left and Priklopil committed suicide. After her kidnapper's death, Kampusch kept a picture of him in her wallet. Kampusch now owns the house in which she was imprisoned, saying, "I know it's grotesque – I must now pay for electricity and taxes on a house I never wanted to live in", it was reported that she claimed the house from Přiklopil's estate because she wanted to protect it from vandals and being torn down. When the third anniversary of her escape approached, it was revealed she had become a regular visitor at the property and was cleaning it out to move in herself. In January 2010, Kampusch said she had retained the house because it was such a big part of her formative years stating that she would fill in the cellar if it is sold, adamant that it will never become a macabre museum to her lost adolescence; the cellar was indeed filled in. Patty Hearst, the granddaughter of publisher William Randolph Hearst, was taken and held hostage by the Symbionese Liberation Army, "an urban guerilla group", in 1974.
She was recorded denouncing her family as well as the police under her new name, "Tania", was seen working with the SLA to rob banks in San Francisco. She publicly asserted her sympathetic feelings towards their pursuits as well. After her 1975 arrest, pleading Stockholm syndrome did not work as a proper defense in court, much to the chagrin of her defense lawyer, F. Lee Bailey, her seven-year prison sentence was commuted, she was presidentially pardoned by Bill Clinton, informed that she was not acting under her own free will. In 1977, Colleen Stan was hitchhiking to visit a friend in southern California when she was kidnapped by Cameron Hooker and hi
Sam Merlotte is a fictional character from The Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse Series by author Charlaine Harris. Sam lives in the fictional town of Bon Temps, is the owner of a bar named Merlotte's. Sam has strawberry blond hair with blue eyes, he is both the employer of mind-reading barmaid Sookie Stackhouse. Sam is a shape shifter, his biological mother was a shifter as well as his brother. He is a shape-shifter. On nights when the moon is full, Sam - like all shapeshifters - feels a strong urge to change. In the eighth book during the were war, instead of turning into a collie as usual, Sam unexpectedly changes to a lion to protect Sookie, it is said that the enemy werewolves were frightened to challenge him due to his now great strength, though he is challenged by the enemy pack leader, who jumps on his back but proves to be no real challenge as he defeats her with little effort and goes on to kill more werewolves brutally, as Sookie watches now under Claudine's protection. Sam has expressed his interest in Sookie and has kissed her on more than one occasion, but the two have never dated.
He remains her good supporter. He is protective of Sookie and is both jealous and concerned when Sookie involves herself first with the vampire Bill Compton and Bill's employer Eric Northman. Under the guise of platonic friendship, he advises Sookie to get away from the vampires while she still can. Despite this, Sam is dragged into the drama that surrounds Sookie and other supernatural creatures on an irregular basis. Sam engages in a sexual relationship with Maryann, a maenad, whose visit to Sookie's hometown causes much chaos; when Sookie unexpectedly discovers that Sam is a shape-shifter, she is hurt that he did not see fit to confide in her because she has always been open with him about her own condition. With time, their friendship recovers. In the book series, it is revealed, his father is dead. Both Sam and his mother have kept their true nature secret from his human stepfather and sister; because only the first-born of a were couple inherits the ability to change, his younger siblings are just regular humans.
Sam drifted from town to town before deciding to buy the bar. Since the Weres and shifters publicly revealed themselves, Sam has mentioned that he is a U. S. Army veteran. Sam has avoided long relationships, but has dated other Werewolves and shifters. Although he was always attracted to Sookie, he did not reveal it to her until after she began dating Bill Compton, they each tend to be more than a little suspicious of the other's choices in romantic partners. In the HBO series True Blood, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Sam is portrayed by actor Sam Trammell, who first appears in the bloodcopy.com video “In focus interviews Merlotte’s patrons”, In the first season, Sam after Sookie chooses to date Bill engages in a brief sexual relationship with Tara Thornton. It's Sam that uncovers the identity of the serial killer in season 1 and manages to distract Drew Marshall just before he kills Sookie, rescuing her. Sam is revealed in the second season to have had a sexual encounter with the maenad Maryann while he was still an adolescent.
Maryann comes to Bon Temps looking for the now adult Sam, convinced that he is the sacrificial victim she needs to bring forth her god. Sam hires Daphne Landry, who reveals herself to him as a fellow shifter; the two bond in their gift and begin a relationship until it's revealed that she's working for Mary-Ann, trying to lure him into a trap. Mary-Ann murders her through Eggs and Sam is the prime suspect, but he escapes prison by shifting into a fly. In the season's conclusion and Bill concoct a scheme to trick Maryann into making herself vulnerable, succeeds in killing her by shifting into a white bull, the symbol for Maryann's god, with her defences down, Sam in bull form uses his horn to impale her and transforms back to his human self to rip out her heart. Sam was adopted as a child by the Merlottes, who abandoned him when his abilities manifested at the age of 15. At the beginning of Season 3 Bill and Sam have a short seductive gay scene, revealed to be a dream sequence, this is a consequence of ingesting vampire blood.
Afterwards, Sam travels to Arkansas to find his biological family, the Mickens'. He discovers that his biological mother and younger brother are shape-shifters, that his father is hiding a secret. Soon after Sam meets his biological parents he learns of his brother Tommy is being forced into dog fighting due to him being a shifter for money. Sam saves Tommy from his corrupt parents and takes him to live with him and the troubles soon start. At the close of Season 3, Tommy reveals, he is fired from his Merlotte's job by a drunk Sam. Tommy tries to run, but is shot and wounded by Sam. Flashbacks of part of Sam's earlier life as a thief are revealed. In Season 4 Sam has joined a group of fellow shifters and started a romance with Luna, one of its members. Tommy is lured back to his parents' and forced to return to dog fighting, but he kills them. Sam helps Tommy dispose of the bodies - they seem to be reconciling until Tommy uses newfound skin-walker powers to imitate Sam to fire Sookie from the bar and sleep with Luna.
Sam kicks Tommy out for good, Tommy skinwalks as Sam and meets Marcus, Luna's jealous werewolf ex-boyfriend, antagonized hi
Bill Compton (The Southern Vampire Mysteries)
William Erasmus "Bill" Compton is a fictional character from The Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse series by author Charlaine Harris. He is a vampire and is introduced in the first novel in the series, Dead Until Dark, has appeared in all of the novels since. In the fifth season of the television adaption, Bill plays the role of the main antagonist. In the book series, Bill was born on April 9, 1840, he lived in Bon Temps and fought for the South during the Civil War. He was a married farmer with three children. In 1865, he was made a vampire with whom he had a long and stormy relationship. In the book series, Bill discovers that he is related to the Bellefleur family in Bon Temps and secretly provides them with funds to aid in the repair of their ancestral home; the Bellefleurs - who do not know he is the source of the income - warm to him before coming to dislike him, but he is still able to assist Portia Bellefleur during her murder investigation in Living Dead in Dallas. In Living Dead in Dallas Bill's middle name is given as Thomas, rather than Erasmus.
At the end of the first novel, Dead Until Dark, Bill is concerned about the power of Area Five sheriff Eric over him and Sookie. He decides to apply for that area's investigator position and he gets it, it was revealed that Bill works for Queen Sophie-Anne and she has sent him to Bon Temps to investigate Sookie Stackhouse's telepathic abilities. Bill is the creator of a valuable database in which all the vampires in North America are listed along with their significant information. Vampires from other areas of the world, such as Peru, have provided information for this database; the database itself has been controversial because of potential security issues and is only available for purchase to other vampires. While most older vampires have good memories, Bill's ability to recall precise details and conversations is reputed to be exceptional among other long-lived supernaturals. Sookie StackhouseIn the first book, Dead Until Dark, Bill has returned to his ancestral home in Bon Temps, separated from the Stackhouse home by the Bon Temps cemetery.
After meeting Sookie at her place of work, Merlotte's bar, Sookie saves Bill from being "drained" by the Rattrays, a husband and wife who sell vampire blood for profit. Bill saves Sookie by giving her his blood when the Rattrays seek revenge, they subsequently embark on Sookie's first serious romantic relationship. Sookie has to endure a fair amount of dislike from the Bon Temps locals. Sookie and Bill's relationship falls apart when Bill is called back to his maker, who entraps him in Mississippi to gain control of a project on which Bill is working for Sophie-Anne, their relationship ends, is dealt a further and final blow in Definitely Dead when Eric discovers and discloses to Sookie that Bill came to Bon Temps on a mission to secure her telepathic abilities for use by Louisiana's vampire Queen. Bill continues to appear in the novels, but his relationship with Sookie is not romantic in nature, by the events of Dead Reckoning he has become a trusted friend. Lorena BallIn the third book, Club Lorena is introduced as Bill's maker and sire.
They were lovers since Bill became a vampire and they had an intense relationship. They broke up eighty years ago. In this novel, Bill tells Sookie that he had gone to Jackson because Lorena had called him and he was obeying her summons. Before leaving, he tells Sookie that if he has not returned or been heard from in eight weeks, she should go to Eric and place herself under his protection. According to Bill, Lorena threatened to kill her. While Bill is with Lorena, it is revealed by Eric and Pam that he had contacted them and told them he was leaving Sookie and he wanted to make financial arrangements for her care. SalomeSalome is mentioned in the book Dead as a Doornail, she owns a casino is the maker of a vampire called Mickey. Selah PumfreyFollowing his broken relationship with Sookie, Bill dated a real estate agent named Selah Pumfrey. Bill makes it obvious that he still carries a torch for Sookie and continues to try to be involved in her life. Judith VardamonBill's "sister," who looks like his former human wife, was turned by Lorena Ball in an attempt to placate Bill after he was caught staring fondly at Judith.
Reunited only by Sookie's interference in Dead In The Family in order to save him from silver-poisoning and Bill's affair only lasted one book, as she has left Bon Temps in "Dead Reckoning." Not knowing Judith was standing within earshot in the treeline behind Sookie's house, Bill tells Sookie that Judith is obsessed with him and although he had hoped to return her love he does not. Judith reacts by leaving town. Caroline ComptonBill's the mother of his two children. In True Blood, an HBO series based on the books, this character is played by Stephen Moyer, first appeared in the BloodCopy.com video “Bon Temps Vampire speaks”, The storyline of Bill differs from that in the novels. In season one, as a punishment for staking a vampire, Bill is forced to turn a teenage girl named Jessica Hamby into a vampire, thus creating his first and only progeny in the series. In season 3, Bill has his maker, staked by Sookie. In desperate need of blood, Sookie slits her arm to feed him. However, he overpowers her and nearly drains her to death before realizing his actions.
After being kicked out into the sunlight by an enraged Tara, he learns that faerie blood temporarily makes vampires immune to the sun. In season 4, Bill is named the vampire king of Louisia
Strange Love (True Blood)
"Strange Love" is the pilot episode of True Blood. The episode was written and directed by Alan Ball and aired in the United States on HBO on September 7, 2008. In the episode, Sookie Stackhouse meets vampire Bill Compton and saves him from vicious vampire drainers, while her best friend Tara becomes the new bartender at Sam Merlotte's bar and Sookie's brother Jason finds himself accused of murder; the episode received positive reviews from critics. It was rated TV-MA for Adult Content, Adult Language, Strong Sexual Content, Violence. Sookie Stackhouse, is a blonde, telepathic waitress working at Merlotte's bar in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana when Bill Compton, a 173-year-old vampire, enters the bar. Sookie is excited, as he is the first vampire the bar has had since vampires "came out of the coffin" two years ago, her boss, Sam Merlotte, best friend Tara Thornton, are apprehensive about Bill's arrival. Meanwhile, Jason Stackhouse learns his sexual partner Maudette Pickens has sex with vampires and allows them to feed on her for money.
He engages in rough sex with Maudette. When her body falls limp he panics and flees the scene, unaware the encounter was caught on camera. Back at the bar, the Rattrays, a couple addicted to vampire blood, conspire to trap Bill and drain his blood to sell on the black market. Sookie overhears their plan and tries to convince Sam and Tara to intervene, but they are reluctant to get involved; when Sookie notices Bill and the Rattrays have left, she follows them to find Bill pinned with silver while the Rattrays draw his blood. Sookie drives the couple away and frees Bill, she finds. The next day Jason visits Gran at home, they all learn that Maudette has been murdered, Jason blames vampires. Jason's suspicious behavior prompts Sookie to try to read his mind, but he angrily rebuffs her and rushes off to work. There, Sheriff Dearborn and Detective Andy Bellefleur take Jason in for questioning. Sookie learns, she forgets about his situation when Bill returns to the bar. Ignoring the scandalized patrons and Sookie arrange to meet after the bar closes at 1:30 am.
Once he leaves and Tara scold Sookie for getting involved with a vampire. Rebuffing their concerns, Sookie waits in the empty parking lot where she is brutally attacked by the Rattrays. "Strange Love" is the name of a song by Slim Harpo, which plays during the scene where Sookie is talking to Tara while she drinks a margarita. The title "Strange Love" refers to the nature of the sex between Jason and Maudette. Bill Maher and P. J. O'Rourke cameo as themselves on a television program discussing the tension between humans and vampires. Jessica Stroup was cast in the pilot playing a sorority girl named Kelly, she did not return into the show as she prior to choose the spin-off of 90210 playing regular cast as Erin Silver. After bringing his critically acclaimed funeral home drama Six Feet Under to a close in 2005, Ball signed a two-year development deal with HBO; as part of the deal, Ball obtained the rights to The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of romantic mystery novels by Charlaine Harris.
Ball said of the books, "Charlaine has created such a rich environment that's funny and at the same time scary. I bought the book on impulse and I just couldn't put it down." Carolyn Strauss, an executive at HBO at the time, said "Alan fell in love with the books. At its heart, the books are a metaphor for outsiders fitting in. That's Alan's bailiwick and what he writes so well about."After completing filming on his feature directorial debut Towelhead, Ball directed the pilot episode in the Summer of 2007 with cast members Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell and Brooke Kerr. On the casting of Paquin as telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, Ball commented, "When I heard Anna wanted to come in and read for Sookie, I was surprised. I thought,'Well, why does she want to do this, she's a movie star?'... and I thought about it and I thought,'It makes perfect sense, it's a great role.' It's the lead of the show, she's sexy and she's the romantic heroine... and she gets to play the gamut of human emotion."
Continuing he said, "Once she came in and she started reading and I started working with her, what she was playing and what I thought made the character interesting was I could see that this was a woman, hearing other people's thoughts her entire life, that she was kind of skittish and nervous and jumpy and a little angry." On casting Stephen Moyer as vampire Bill Compton Ball said, "It was a hard role to cast, we saw a lot of men... and I saw Stephen... and there was something so, for lack of a better word, real about him and this sort world-weary but tragic feeling that he brought to it. Aside from being really handsome, which helps." Brooke Kerr, best known for her role on the NBC soap opera Passions played the character of Tara Thornton. However, she was replaced by Rutina Wesley. On August 9, 2007, HBO took True Blood to series, ordering an additional eleven episodes for a full season order with Ball acting as executive producer and showrunner. At that point, Ball had written the next two episodes.
An early version of the pilot was leaked online in June 2008 and was met with negative reviews from online bloggers. The series premiere received favorable reviews. Robert Bianco from USA Today called it "... a much-ne