Today we have some True Blood goodies: the new Charlaine Harris book with short stories, Stephen Moyer interview.

Collected short stories fill gaps in Sookie Stackhouse vampire saga

Sookie, Sookie everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Until now.

At least, that is how author Charlaine Harris explains simply in the dedication to this collection of five previously published short stories that feature Sookie Stackhouse: “For all those readers who want every last sip of Sookie.”

However, the short stories in “A Touch of Dead” can only be fully understood if one already has a knowledge of Harris’ “Southern Vampire” novels — from 2001’s “Dead until Dark” to “Dead and Gone,” which came out earlier this year.

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Stephen Moyer Wants a Sex Scene with Alexander Skarsgård

“Alex is a good friend of mine and a fantastic actor and I love working with Alex and I don’t get to do it as much as I would love to,” says Stephen.

“You never know — whether they’ll stick Eric and Bill in bed together, I don’t know. But here’s hoping.”

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True Blood: Interview with a vampire

Why do you think vampires are so popular at the moment?

I have read a lot of interesting things about the fact that when society is in recession, people want to escape from their world and they don’t want to escape to a world that they know; they want to go somewhere different and therefore supernatural stories take on a stronger meaning because we are looking for a reason of why things are going badly.

Is there a pressure on the show now that you are HBO’s “hit”?

There is a pressure. You can’t forget that the two shows that AMC make are the biggest Emmy winners this year [Mad Men, 30 Rock]. You can’t pretend that that isn’t the case but I think that Alan Ball thrives on that pressure. I think that our show can only get better. I don’t worry at all. It’s the only show I’ve ever worked on where every single member of the crew and the actors, 18 hours into a normal work day, on week 17, when the new episode comes in a brown envelope, everyone tears it open and reads it in-between their breaks. It’s exciting to be part of it.

What do you think it is about British actors that makes them so perfect for the vampire role?

Traditionally American actors don’t like playing baddies, because they are always thinking about how they will be perceived. Also I think that nearly everybody that has played a vampire has been to drama school and has trained and, because most of our characters that we are talking about are based in the 18th and 19th century, it’s about holding yourself in a different way; it’s about manners and a way of acting that is different to how we are today.

Complete interview here.

[email protected] Eric and Bill ending up in bed. No thanks!

I hadn’t thought about British actors playing vampires, what an interesting point. What do you think?