Guilty Pleasures
AuthorLaurell K. Hamilton
Cover artistSteve Gardner (Ace edition)
CountryUnited States
SeriesAnita Blake: Vampire Hunter
GenreHorror, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
PublisherAce Books (US)
New English Library (UK)
Publication date
1993 (Ace edition)
Media typePrint
Pages266 (Ace edition)
ISBN0-441-30483-4 (Ace edition)
Followed byThe Laughing Corpse 

Guilty Pleasures is a 1993 horror and mystery novel by American writer Laurell K. Hamilton. It is the first book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. Guilty Pleasures introduces the character of Anita Blake, a vampire hunter and necromancer, who works in an alternate universe where magic, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural elements exist. The novel blends elements of supernatural and hardboiled detective fiction.

Plot summary

In Guilty Pleasures, Anita Blake is blackmailed by Nikolaos, the vampire master of the city, into investigating a series of vampire murders. During the course of this investigation, Anita begins her relationship with Jean-Claude, another master vampire, and receives two of the four marks necessary to make her Jean-Claude's "human servant." Ultimately, Anita identifies the murderer, but by that point has sufficiently antagonized Nikolaos and her underlings that she is forced to confront them. Ultimately, with help from Jean-Claude and Edward, a human associate who specializes in assassinating supernatural targets, Anita kills Nikolaos and many of her followers, making Jean-Claude master of the city.


On October 20, 2006 a twelve issue comic book adaptation of Guilty Pleasures began, published by Marvel Comics and Dabel Brothers Productions.[1][2] The set was collected into two volumes starting in 2007,[3] with a complete edition releasing in 2009.


The Celebrity Cafe gave the book a positive review, calling it "engaging".[4]

Main characters

See also: List of Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter characters


  1. ^ Furey, Emmett. "BUMP IN THE NIGHT: HAMILTON TALKS "ANITA BLAKE"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  2. ^ Weiland, Jonah. "PUBLISHER DAN BUCKLEY TALKS MARVEL/DABEL BROTHERS DEAL". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  3. ^ GUSTINES, GEORGE (5 July 2007). "A 'Vampire Hunter' Fix". New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  4. ^ DeLuca, Stephanie. "Guilty Pleasures". Celebrity Cafe. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2012.