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Circus of the Damned
AuthorLaurell K. Hamilton
CountryUnited States
SeriesAnita Blake, Vampire Hunter
GenreMystery, horror
PublisherAce Books
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages329 (Ace edition)
ISBN0-441-00197-1 (Ace edition)
Preceded byThe Laughing Corpse 
Followed byThe Lunatic Cafe 

Circus of the Damned is a horror/mystery novel by American writer Laurell K. Hamilton, the third book in her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. Within the novel, the "Circus of the Damned" is the name of a supernatural circus that operated by Jean-Claude and serves as one of the main locations within the book. Hamilton employed the practice of titling the novels after a location within each novel for most of the books in the series.

Plot introduction

Circus of the Damned continues the adventures of Anita Blake. Anita simultaneously attempts to solve a series of murders by an unknown vampire pack, fend off the advances of her would be vampire master, Jean-Claude and deal with various people and creatures who wish her to reveal Jean-Claude's identity and location. As with its predecessors, Circus of the Damned blends elements of supernatural, hardboiled detective, and police procedural fiction.


Major characters

Circus of the Damned features the following major characters.

Other characters