ACE BOOKS ACQUIRES #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR CHARLAINE HARRIS'S FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES, A FOLLOW-UP TO THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVELS
Cemetery Girl-a collaboration between Harris, author Christopher Golden, and illustrator Don Kramer-is a planned trilogy set to debut in 2013
New York, NY, October 11, 2011-- Ace Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced today the acquisition of an all-new trilogy of graphic novels entitled Cemetery Girl by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris and dark fantasy writer Christopher Golden. Well-known comics artist Don Kramer will illustrate the trilogy. The first book in the series is scheduled to be released in 2013.
Cemetery Girl will mark the first foray into original graphic novels for Harris, whose bestselling Sookie Stackhouse books are the basis for HBO's hit series True Blood. Harris recently announced that the Sookie Stackhouse series will conclude with the publication of the thirteenth book in May 2013.
Leslie Gelbman, President and Publisher of Berkley/Ace, said, "Berkley/Ace has the pleasure and good fortune to have every one of Charlaine Harris's novels in print, and it's a privilege to join Charlaine and Chris Golden in this new venture of publishing an original graphic novel."
With elements of fantasy and paranormal mystery, Cemetery Girl will tell the story of a teenage girl with amnesia who has grown up living alone in a cemetery. As the series unfolds, the truth of who the girl is and how she came to be there will be gradually revealed both to the reader and to the character herself.
Charlaine Harris's agent Joshua Bilmes said, "I've been reading comics-back then, they weren't graphic novels-since I was a teenager. A medium I've loved for 35 years, an author and publishing house I've worked with for 25 years, getting now to work with Chris and his agent Howard Morhaim, anticipating as a comics fan my first glimpse of Don's pages-we live for things like this."
Howard Morhaim, Christopher Golden's agent, said, "Cemetery Girl is precisely the sort of graphic novel project that mainstream publishers ought to be producing. It's a fantastic paranormal mystery trilogy by two bestselling authors, both known for their wild imaginations and dedication to character, illustrated by the immensely talented artist Don Kramer."
A writer for more than 30 years and facing the end of her most successful and long-running series, Harris was eager to embark on a new creative project. She explains: "I'd had the bones of the plot for Cemetery Girl in my head for a year when Chris suggested I re-imagine it as a graphic novel. Suddenly, the project made a lot more sense. Since Chris has more experience in the graphic novel field than I do, we agreed to team up for my first-ever collaboration. This is an exciting venture for both of us."
Christopher Golden, who is known for his award-winning young adult novels and numerous comics collaborations, is the perfect partner for this new venture. "I was thrilled when Charlaine asked me to collaborate with her. Cemetery Girl is full of suspense and mystery, but more importantly to me, full of character and emotion and a search for identity I believe everyone will relate to. But in order for it all to work, we had to have an artist with the style, talent, and professionalism to pull off both the action and the atmosphere, the creepiness and the intimacy of our story. Don Kramer is the perfect illustrator to help bring this to life," Golden said.
"I am so excited to work on this project-with such notable writers as Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden, who wouldn't be?! Cemetery Girl will give me the opportunity to delve into a new, gothic world of mystery, far away from the superheroes I'm used to, and allow me to spread my wings as an artist," Don Kramer said.
Ace Books will release Deadlocked, the next book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, on May 1st, 2012.