Cub Dead by Charlaine Harris ( Book 3 - Sookie Stackhouse Novel) Published by Ace Paperbacks, 2003. This series is what the HBO Series True Blood was based on. .Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).