A published report by Forbes Magazine indicates that Alan Ball, the man who turned the Southern Vampire Mysteries book series into the wildly popular HBO series 'True Blood' may be leaving the show.

The series, revolving around life for humans and their undead neighbors in Bon Temps, has perhaps taken too much of a toll on Alan Ball.  The Forbes article states

Sookie and her pals from HBO’s True Blood are losing their creator. Alan Ball, I have confirmed, will step down from being headwriter of the show about sexy vampires mixing it up in Louisiana. Explanations include exhaustion, and maybe that the show seemed like it had tired blood last season. Ball will still be with the show, I’m told, but a new regime will guide the fates of the characters into their new season.