Although the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, passed away in 1977 at the tender age of 42, his musical legacy still lives on. However, it is not only fans of his music that have a hard time letting go. Elvis has also appeared as a character, both major and minor, in numerous novels. Here are seven books where The King is involved in a few adventures that definitely doesn’t have any basis in reality.
In Kill Me Tender by author Daniel Klein, Elvis Presley decides to personally investigate the deaths of his fan-club presidents. The girls are all dying of unknown causes and The King is determined to solve the mystery before more lives are lost. Elvis made for such a likeable detective in this novel that Klein followed it up with three more murder mysteries starring him
Contract With The King, written by Paul Pullen, features an Elvis Presley who is addicted to prescription drugs. With The King’s health failing due to his destructive lifestyle, a group of university students decides to intervene and kidnap him. In the end, Elvis agrees to stay for five months at an old ranch house, where he changes his appearance and goes by the name of Aron while cleaning up his act with the aid of his kidnappers. Contract With The King features a likeable cast and a interesting scenario that all Elvis fans will enjoy.
Odd Thomas might only be a fry cook in a small town, but he also has the ability to see and talk to the spirits of the dead. Few people know about this gift, but Odd uses it to help the local police chief with solving crimes at times. One of the spirits who Odd sometimes encounters is none other than Elvis. In the books, Elvis is still sad about his dearly departed mother, Gladys, but eventually moves on and is replaced by another celebrity ghost to keep Odd company.
British novelist, Robert Rankin, has a knack for writing outlandish books featuring outrageous characters, so it is no surprise that the King of Rock and Roll also crops up in his Armageddon Trilogy. Like the rest of his “far fetched fiction” it is not easy to summarize the Armageddon trilogy, but it deals with the world coming to an end, time travel, reality television, and Elvis Presley being persuaded by aliens to dodge the draft. His inclusion of The King in his books earned Rankin death threats from outraged fans.
The king also crops up in the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris as a bloodsucker named Bubba. It turns out that when Elvis arrived at a morgue there was still enough life left in him for one of the vampires working there to turn him. Unfortunately, Bubba has brain damage and subsides mostly on cat blood. Occasionally Bubba is also spotted by humans when performing tasks for the other vampires, which explains the frequent Elvis sightings reported by the tabloids.