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Michael McMillian Takes Us Inside Hilarious New ‘True Blood’ Book

Fri, December 13, 2013 1:00pm EDT by Andy Swift Add first Comment
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Courtesy of HBO, Chronicle Book

The truth about the supernatural residents of Bon Temps is finally being revealed! (Or, at least, Steve Newlin’s version of the truth.)

Steve Newlin: Religious zealot. Gay vampire. Published author? Yes, True Blood‘s late, great reverend has posthumously released “his” first original book, True Blood: A Field Guide To Vampires (And Other Creatures Of Satan), and it’s absolutely incredible.

Michael McMillian, who portrayed the lovable flip-flopper, recently chatted with about the process of putting the hardcover masterpiece together — and why it would make the perfect gift this Christmas!

“The whole book is designed to look like Steve’s journal,” Michael explained. “It looks like he just taped newspaper articles and vampire photos and pamphlets from the Fellowship of the Sun Church — really fun stuff. I also did a bunch of sketches, in Steve’s hand of course. … There’s some Jason Stackhouse fan art by Steve Newlin.”

That’s right, as if you needed one more reason to put this book on your Christmas list, Michael gave you four: Jason. Stackhouse. Fan. Art.

Now, I’m sure you’re all thinking, “Wait, how did Steve Newlin write a book if he’s dead?” Michael had that one covered, too.

“When [author Gianna Sobol and I] started the book, we didn’t know what was going to happen to any of the characters in season six,” he explained. “I’m sad we had to see him go, but I’m glad he’ll live on in book form.”

Along with Steve’s unmistakable stamp, the book also features “contributions” by Pam and Eric, which is probably for the best.

“He’s not exactly a reliable narrator,” Michael joked. “Pam and Eric were definitely instrumental in setting him straight.”

(“Straight,” so to speak.)

True Blood: A Field Guide To Vampires (And Other Creatures Of Satan) is now available at the HBO store, and on Amazon.

— Andy Swift

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