RIP Anne Rice
Thank you dear Anne Rice. I wanted to become a writer become of you. You were a mentor to the young writers. Your stories create characters, unforgettable stories. You will be never forgotten. I have the collection of your books I have read many times. RIP dear writer. I hope you found a place where you can write forever.
Best-selling author Anne Rice has died, according to posts on her social media pages. She was 80 years old.
“Dearest People of Page. This is Anne’s son Christopher and it breaks my heart to bring you this sad news. Earlier tonight, Anne passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke. She left us almost nineteen years to the day my father, her husband Stan, died,” the post said. “The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated.”
Rice may be best known for her first novel, “Interview with the Vampire,” that was published in 1976 and went on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time. It later was made into a motion picture in 1994, directed by Neil Jordan starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.
Rice continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles. She also is also the author of other popular novels, including “The Witching Hour,” “Servant of the Bones,” “Merrick,” “Blackwood Farm,” “Blood Canticle,” “Violin” and “Cry to Heaven.”
Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O’Brien; October 4, 1941 – December 11, 2021) was an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotic literature. She was best known for her series of novels The Vampire Chronicles. Books from The Vampire Chronicles were the subject of two film adaptations—Interview with the Vampire (1994) and Queen of the Damned (2002).
Born in New Orleans, Rice spent much of her early life there before moving to Texas, and later to San Francisco. She was raised in an observant Catholic family but became an agnostic as a young adult. She began her professional writing career with the publication of Interview with the Vampire in 1976, while living in California, and began writing sequels to the novel in the 1980s. In the mid-2000s, following a publicized return to Catholicism, Rice published the novels Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, fictionalized accounts of certain incidents in the life of Jesus. Several years later she distanced herself from organized Christianity, citing disagreement with the Catholic Church’s stances on social issues but pledging that faith in God remained “central to [her] life.” However, she later considered herself a secular humanist.
Rice’s books have sold over 150 million copies, making her one of the most popular and best-selling authors of all-time. While reaction to her early works was initially mixed, she became more popular with critics and readers in the 1980s. Her writing style and the literary content of her works have been analyzed by literary commentators. She was married to poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years, from 1961 until his death from brain cancer in 2002 at age 60. She and Stan had two children, Michele, who died of leukemia at age five, and Christopher, who is also an author.
In addition to her vampire novels, Rice authored books such as The Feast of All Saints (adapted for television in 2001) and Servant of the Bones, which formed the basis of a 2011 comic book miniseries. Several books from The Vampire Chronicles have been adapted as comics and manga by various publishers. Rice has also authored erotic fiction under the pen names Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure, including Exit to Eden, which was later adapted into a 1994 film.