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Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell Kaye Hamilton is an American horror writer. She was born in 1963 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, but grew up in Sims, Indiana. Her mother was killed in a car crash in 1969. Today Laurell resides in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Her principal oeuvre is the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. In 2000, she branched out and started the new Merry Gentry series about a fairy princess turned private investigator.

Hamilton's writing is characterized by vivid prose, erotic sensuality, and complex world building. She has gained a certain notoriety for the amount of explicit sex and violence in her novels.

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