Keith Staskiewicz
May 28, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

EW Exclusive!

Twilight fans who are eagerly awaiting the release of Eclipse on June 30 will get an early treat this month with two new Twilight-themed books, including one from Stephenie Meyer herself. On June 5, Meyer’s novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner hits bookstores, and it will be available for free online at on June 7. The story fills in the experience of the minor Eclipse character Bree Tanner, who becomes one of Victoria’s many newborn vampires, along with fellow bloodsucker Riley. (Actress Jodelle Ferland plays the role of Bree in the movie.) While Meyer’s novella is heavily guarded as usual, Eclipse director David Slade and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg got an early look at the text to use as source material, and they reveal their insights in the second Twilight book of the summer, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (out June 29). ”The short story Stephenie shared has Bree looking at Riley from a distance, trying to understand what is going on,” says Rosenberg. For Slade, understanding Bree was key to filming Eclipse, which features an army of new vampires led by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard). ”The newborns are not zombies, and they’re not monsters,” he says. ”They are essentially people who have no control when they smell blood. Bree was the character who best illustrated it.”

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