Oh, you Twi-hards have got to be happy about this one.
On her official website today, Stephenie Meyer announced that she's about to publish a new Twilight novel. Or a novella, rather, and it's not a sequel so much as it is a digression following a character who evidently plays a key role in Eclipse, the next of the books to be adapted to film.
In the upcoming film, directed by David Slade, Jodelle Ferland, best known for her work in "Silent Hill" and "Tideland," appears as a character named Bree Tanner, who is a newborn vampire. Having not read the book, I'm not sure how big a role she has, but evidently Meyer couldn't shake the character. As a result, she started working on a piece that was meant to be published as part of an upcoming book called The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, a way to fill out some more information on who she was. The material kept growing, though, and eventually ended up as a 200-page story.
So the decision's been made to publish The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner as a stand-alone novella, which will be available on June 5, 2010.
But even before that, it played a particular role in the upcoming film version of "Eclipse," which I'll let Meyer describe in her own words: