Ann Rice Dies

Her gothic tales reinvented the blood-drinking immortal as a tragic antihero

Ann Rice, the writer of gothic tales has died at the age of 80. She was born October 4, 19461 in New Orleans, Louisiana where she would base several of her books. Her dad worked for the postal service but made sculptures and wrote fiction on the side.

Her older sister, Alice Borchardt, also wrote fantasy and horror fiction. Rice’s mother died when Rice was 15. Rice married the poet Stan Rice, who died in 2002, in 1961. They lived amid the bohemian scene of Haight-Ashbury in 1960s San Francisco where Rice described herself as “a square,” typing away and studying writing at San Francisco State University while everyone else partied. Together they had two children: Christopher and Michelle, who died of leukemia at 5 in 1972.

I wrote novels about people who are shut out of life for various reasons. This became a great theme of my novels — how one suffers as an outcast, how one is shut out of various levels of meaning and, ultimately, out of human life itself.

Ann Rice (from her 2008 memoir “Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession”)

Her first novel, 1976, was “Interview with the Vampire”. She said “It established to me what vampires were—these elegant, tragic, sensitive people. I was really just going with that feeling when writing Interview With the Vampire. I didn’t do a lot of research. In 1994, Neil Jordan directed a motion picture adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, based on Rice’s own screenplay. The movie starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as the guilt-ridden Louis, and a young Kirsten Dunst in her breakout role as the deceitful child vampire Claudia.

She would continue by creating a series “The Vampire Chronicles” consisting of :
Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
Memnoch the Devil (1995)
The Vampire Armand (1998)
Merrick (2000)
Blood and Gold (2001)
Blackwood Farm (2002)

Blood Canticle (2003)
Prince Lestat (2014)
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016)
Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (2018)

Other series of books were Ann’s “Sleeping Beauty”, “Mayfair Witches”, “New Tales of the Vampires”, “Christ the Lord”, “Songs of the Seraphim”, and the “Wolf Gift Chronicles”.

Several of her novels have been adapted into comic books and manga like:
* Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat #1–12 by Innovation Comics (1990)
* Anne Rice’s The Mummy or Ramses the Damned #1–12 by Millennium Publications (1990)

  • Anne Rice’s The Queen of the Damned #1–11 (#12 was never published) by Innovation Comics (1991)
    * Anne Rice’s The Master of Rampling Gate (one-shot) by Innovation Comics (1991)
    * Anne Rice’s The Vampire Companion #1–3 by Innovation Comics (1991)
    * Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire #1–12 by Innovation Comics (1992)
    * Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour #1–5 by Millennium Publications (1992)

* Yoake No Vampire (夜明けのヴァンパイア アニメージュコミックススペシャル) by Animage (1995)
* Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief #1–4 by Sicilian Dragon (1999)
* Anne Rice’s Servant of the Bones #1–6 by IDW Publishing (2011)
* Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story by Yen Press (2012)
* -0The Wolf Gift: The Graphic Novel by Yen Press (2014)

AMC has announced, “Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches” 2022, which joins “Interview With the Vampire” as an eight-episode TV series. Interview will also have eight episodes in 2022.

Ann Rice died December 11, 2021, but will be remembered through her writing which will live on forever. Rice will be interred during a private ceremony at a family mausoleum in New Orleans, her family said. A public celebration will also be planned for next year in New Orleans. “Ramses the Damned: The Reign of Osiris,” a novel Rice wrote with her son Christopher, will be published in February 2022.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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