Sookie Stackhouse Reading Order (with the short stories)

Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

The Sookie Stackhouse series, also known as the Southern Vampire Series or True Blood, is a paranormal romance series written by Charlaine Harris. The story focuses on Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana who finds herself caught between humans and supernatural beings, including vampires and werewolves.

Reading Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series 

Sookie Stackhouse is the narrator of her own adventures in a series of books and short stories. Also set in the same universe are several short stories and novellas featuring several characters, all appearing in the novel All Together Dead. For more details, check out our reading guides!

The Sookie Stackhouse Book Series

Following is the list of novels starring Sookie Stackhouse for those who want to focus their attention only on

Dead until Dark (2001)
Living Dead in Dallas (2002)
Club Dead (2003)
Dead to the World (2004)
Dead as a Doornail (2005)
Definitely Dead (2006)
All Together Dead (2007)
From Dead to Worse (2008)
Dead and Gone (2009)
Dead in the Family (2010)
Dead Reckoning (2011)
Deadlocked (2012)
Dead Ever After (2013)

You can also listen to the Southern Vampire Mystery audiobooks.

The Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories

Sookie also appears in several short stories, now collected in one volume, the Sookie Stackhouse Collection. As all stories have been previously published in other anthologies before, you’ll find a little bit more info on that below:

“Fairy Dust”, first published in Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy (2004)
“One Word Answer”, first published in Night’s Edge (2004)
“Dracula Night”, first published in Many Bloody Returns (2004)
“Lucky”, first published in Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy (2008)
“Gift Wrap”, first published in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008)
“Two Blondes”, first published in Death’s Excellent Vacation (2010)
“If I Had a Hammer”, first published in Home Improvement: Undead Edition (2011)
“Small-Town Wedding”, first published in The Sookie Stackhouse Companion (2011)
“Playing Possum”, first published in An Apple for the Creature (2012)
“In the Blue Hereafter”, first published in Games Creatures Play (2014)

The Sookieverse: The Southern Vampire Complete Universe (with short stories)

Not all stories set in The Southern Vampire Mystery series feature Sookie! Charlaine Harris also wrote some short stories and novellas around a few other characters and you’ll find in the following listing a chronological reading order of all the stories set in this universe – with a little note for the stories without Sookie!

Dead until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
“Fairy Dust”
Dancers in the Dark (novella) – Introduction to Sean and Layla who both later appear briefly in All Together Dead.
“Dracula Night”
Dead as a Doornail
“One Word Answer”
Definitely Dead
“Tacky” – A Dahlia Lynley-Chivers story published in My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
“Bacon” – Second Dahlia Lynley-Chivers story published in Strange Brew. Set a year after Tacky, but before All Together Dead in which Dalia briefly appears).
All Together Dead
“Dahlia Underground” – Third Dahlia Lynley-Chivers story published in Crimes by Moonlight and taking place during All Together Dead and after.
From Dead to Worse
“Gift Wrap”
Dead and Gone
Layla Steps Up (novella) – Follow up story to Dancers in the Dark with Sean and Layla set one year or so late.
The Britlingens Go to Hell (novella) – Introduced in All Together Dead, The Britlingens are beings from another dimension.
“Two Blondes”
Dead in the Family
“Small-Town Wedding”
Dead Reckoning
“Death by Dahlia” – Fourth Dahlia Lynley-Chivers story published in Down These Strange Streets published in The Layla Collection (also contains the first story).
 “A Very Vampire Christmas” – Another Dahlia Lynley-Chivers story published in the December 2010 edition of Glamour Magazine. Never reprinted anywhere else.
“If I Had a Hammer”
“Playing Possum”
Dead Ever After (final book)
“The Blue Hereafter”
After Dead: What Came Next – bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs, in alphabetical order.

To stay a little bit longer in Sookie’s world…

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion (2011) – A guide to The Southern Vampire Mysteries universe
Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse (2014) – A collection of 15 stories written by various authors all set in the Sookieverse.

More about The Southern Vampire Mysteries

How it all started for Sookie

Welcome to Bon Temps, Louisiana. This is in this small town that Sookie Stackhouse lives and works as a waitress. She’s discreet, doesn’t get out much, and tends to mind her own business. She doesn’t date too much either because of her “disability”: Sookie can read minds.

Her whole world is transformed when Bill Compton enters her life. Tall, dark, handsome, and impossible to read his mind! He’s the perfect man for Sookie, with only one hiccup. Bill also has his own “disability”: he is a vampire with a bad reputation.

Yes, Sookie lives in a world where Vampires and other supernatural creatures. Since the invention of synthetic blood (called Tru Blood), vampires have come out and now live peacefully with humans. Or so they try.

Because, when a string of murders hits Bon Temps, maybe being close to a vampire is not the best idea!

Does the Sookie Stackhouse Book series need to be read in order?

Technically, you don’t have to read the Sookie Stackhouse books in any specific order. Charlaine Harris explains each character’s current situation and history in every book, and each book tells a complete story.

However, we still encourage reading them in order, as the books follow a timeline of events, and characters undergo significant growth and change throughout the series.

How many books are there in the Sookie Stackhouse Book series? Has the book series ended?

The Sookie Stackhouse saga started in 2001 with the first novel, Dead Until Dark, and consists of a total of 13 books (and several short stories).

The series concluded in 2013 with the publication of Dead Ever After, the last Sookie book. It has to be said, Charlaine Harris made a comeback in Bon Temps the following year with After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse, a book that offered a farewell to all the characters!

True Blood, The TV Series

Sookie had live some crazy times on television! The Southern Vampire Mysteries has served as an inspiration for the HBO television series True Blood, from creator Alan Ball (Six Feet Under).

The fantasy horror drama series aired from September 7, 2008 to August 24, 2014 and consists of seven seasons, and a total of 80 episodes.

The series features a cast including , Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston, Kristin Bauer van Straten and more.

Promotional Poster for True Blood Season 3

More Readings After The Sookie Stackhouse Novels

Other Books written by Charlaine Harris

A writer of mystery and gothic fiction, Charlaine Harris has written several book series, a few stand-alone novels, and a good number of short stories.

Before writing the Sookie Stackhouse Series, Charlaine Harris published the Lily Bard (Shakespeare) series about a housecleaner turned amateur sleuth, and had also started The Aurora Teagarden Series, centered on a librarian and member of the Real Murders Club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who study famous baffling or unsolved crimes.

She has also written the Midnight, Texas Trilogy set in a small Texas town where only outsiders fit in; The Harper Connelly series, about a woman who can sense the location and last memories of dead people; and she has recently released a book in her last series, Gunnie Rose, taking place in a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth “Gunnie” Rose.

More Urban Fantasy Readings

The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison features Rachel Morgan, a bounty hunter and witch, in an alternate Cincinnati where supernatural beings coexist with humans.
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs follows Mercy Thompson, a mechanic in the Tri-Cities of Washington who is also a shape-shifter.
October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire features October “Toby” Daye, a half-human, half-fae private investigator in a magical version of San Francisco.