Today I’m going to talk about my favourite book writter, Anne Rice. She is the creator of the second most famous vampire of the world, Lestat de Lioncourt. Talking about vampire books, she IS STILL the second on the list of the biggest vampire writters of the world, by now she decaying to the third place, being slowly overpassed by Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight Series for 100 million of copies against 42 millions…. Anne is now dedicating her life to create religious books.
Anne Rice (Birth name Howard Allen O’Brien) was born on October 4, 1941. She was married to the poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years until his death from cancer in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.
Rice spent most of her early life in Now Orleans, Louisiana which forms the background against which most of her stories take place. She was the second daughter in a Catholic Irish-American family. Rice’s sister, the late Alice Borchardt, also became a noted genre author. About her unusual given name, Rice said: “My birth name is Howard Allen because apparently my mother thought it was a good idea to name me Howard. My father’s name was Howard, she wanted to name me after Howard, and she thought it was a very interesting thing to do.”
Rice became “Anne” on her first day of school, when a nun asked her what her name was. She told the nun “Anne,” considering it a pretty name. Her mother, who was with her, let it go without correcting her, knowing how self-conscious her daughter was of her real name. From that day on, everyone she knew addressed her as “Anne.”
Rice graduated from Richardson High School, in 1959, to attend Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas and later North Texas State College. After a year’s stay in San Francisco, during which she worked as an insurance claims examiner, Anne returned to Denton, Texas to marry Stan Rice, her childhood sweetheart. Stan became an instructor at San Francisco State shortly after receiving his M.A. there, and Anne lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1962 to 1988, experiencing the birth of the Hippie Revolution first hand as they lived in the soon to be fabled Haight-Ashbury district. Both attended and graduated from San Francisco State University.
Anne’s daughter Michele was born on September 21, 1966 and died of leukemia on August 5, 1972. She returned to the Catholic Church in 1998 after several years of describing herself as an atheist. She announced she would now use her life and talent of writing to glorify her belief in God, but has not expressly renounced her earlier works. Her son Christopher Rice was born in Berkeley, California in 1978 and is an author.
On January 30, 2004, having already put the largest of her three homes up for sale, Rice announced her plans to leave New Orleans. She cited living alone since the death of her husband as the reason. “Simplifying my life, not owning so much, that’s the chief goal”, said Rice. “I’ll no longer be a citizen of New Orleans in the true sense.” Rice had left New Orleans prior to the events of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, and none of her former New Orleans properties were flooded. She remains a vocal advocate for the city and related relief projects.
After leaving New Orleans Rice settled in Rancho Mirage, California, allowing her to be closer to her son, who lives in Los Angeles.
In 1958, when Rice was 16, her father moved the family to north Texas, taking up residence in Richardson. Her mother had died three years before of alcoholism. Rice met her future husband while they were both students at Richardson High School. “I’m a totally conservative person,” she later told the New York Times (November 7, 1988). “In the middle of Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s, I was typing away while everybody was dropping acid and smoking grass. I was known as my own square.” She would not return to New Orleans until 1989. She completed her first book, Interview with the Vampire, in 1973 and published it in 1976. This book would be the first in Rice’s popular Vampire Chronicles series, which now includes over a dozen novels, including 1985’s The Vampire Lestat and 1988’s The Queen of the Damned. Along with several non-series works, Rice has written three novels in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches sequence. Additionally, Rice wrote three erotic novels under the pseudonym “A. N. Roquelaure.”
In October 2004, Rice announced in a Newsweek article that she would henceforth “write only for the Lord.” Her subsequent book, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, she calls the beginning of a series chronicling the life of Jesus. The second volume, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, was published in March 2008.
In 1994, Neil Jordan directed a relatively faithful motion picture adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, from Rice’s own screenplay. The movie starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as the guilt-ridden Louis, Antonio Banderas as the beautiful vampire Armand and was a breakout role for young Kirsten Dunst as the deceitful child vampire Claudia.
A second film adaptation, The Queen of the Damned, was released in 2002. Starring Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat and singer Aaliyah as Akasha, Queen of the Vampires, the movie combined incidents from the second and third books in the series: The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. Produced on a budget of $35 million, the film only recouped $30 million at the domestic(US) box office.
A 1994 film titled Exit to Eden, based loosely on the book Rice published as Anne Rampling, starred Rosie O’Donnell and Dan Aykroyd. The work transformed from a love story into a police comedy, possibly due to the explicit S&M themes of the book. The film was a box office flop.
A film version of Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt was planned but, sadly later cancelled.
In 1997 she wrote a television pilot entitled Rag and Bone starring Dean Cain and Robert Patrick, which featured many of the common themes of her work.
The Feast of All Saints was made into a miniseries in 2001 by director Peter Medak.
Plans to adapt Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy into a twelve-hour miniseries to be aired on NBC were dropped after a change of studio head and subsequent loss of interest in the project.
In 1997, there was a ballet adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, which premiered in Prague.
On April 25, 2006, the musical Lestat, based on Rice’s Vampire Chronicles books, opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway after having its world premiere in San Francisco, California in December 2005. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin, it was the inaugural production of the newly established Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures.
Despite Rice’s own overwhelming approval and praise, the show received mostly poor reviews by critics and disappointing attendance. Lestat closed a month later on May 28, 2006, after just 33 previews and 39 regular performances.
There are also a lot of comic books inspired on Rice’s novels, they are listed bellow:
- Anne Rice’s The Mummy or Ramses the Damned #1-12 by Millennium Comics (1990)
- Anne Rice’s Interview with the vampire #1-12 by Innovation Comics (1992)
- Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned #1-6 by Innovation Comics (1991)
- Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief #1-12 by Sicilian Dragon (1999)
- Anne Rice’s The Vampire Companion #1-3 by Innovation Comics (1991)
- Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat #1-14 by Innovation Comics (1990)
- Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour #1-5 by Millennium Publishing (1992)
Rice has an adamant stance against fan fiction based on her work, releasing a statement on April 7, 2000, that prohibited all such efforts. This caused the removal of thousands of “fanfics” from the FanFiction.Net website. But the internet is always big and you still can find some of them. I sugest Live Journal and Dany&Dany.
There are also a lot of songs based on her stories, including Cradle of Filth’s Count Lestat, and others like the metalcore band Atreyu declares in the song “The Crimson,” “I’m an Anne Rice novel come to life.” An Italian band called Theatres des Vampires is named after a location featured in several books of The Vampire Chronicles. Their 1999 album is called The Vampire Chronicles. Malice Mizer, a Japanese rock band based heavily on French culture, uses the phrase “Drink from me and live forever” in their song “Transylvania.” “Drink from me and live forever” is a phrase from the first book Interview With the Vampire. Psytrance project Talamasca was named after the secret society in both the Vampire chronicles and the Mayfair Witches series. This is a solo project by the French musician Cedric Dassulle, which also calls himself DJ Lestat. Japanese visual kei rock band Versailles first album, Noble, is subtitled “Vampires Chronicle.” Furthermore, the sixth song is entitled “After Cloudia“, insinuating a relationship with Claudia from the series. The lead singer, Kamijo has stated he models himself after Rice’s character, Lestat de Lioncourt. The band Disturbed made the song Forsaken, that with Marilyn Manson’s Redeemer were sang by the Vampire Lastat on the movie Queen of Damned.
Her books are listed bellow:
The Vampire Chronicles
- 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)
New Tales of the Vampires
- Pandora (1998)
- Vittorio the Vampire (1999)
The Lives of the Mayfair Witches
- The Witching Hour (1990)
- Lasher (1993)
- Taltos (1994)
In these novels the Mayfair Witches become part of the Vampire Chronicles world.
- Merrick (2000)
- Blackwood Farm (2002)
- Blood Canticle (2003)
The Life of Christ
- Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)
- Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (2008)
- Christ the Lord: The Kingdom of Heaven (date not announced)
Songs of the Seraphim
- Angel Time (October 2009)
- The Feast of All Saints (1979)
- Cry to Heaven (1982)
- The Mummy (1989)
- Servant of the Bones (1996)
- Violin (1997)
- October 4, 1948 (1965)
- Nicholas and Jean (first ch. 1966)
- The Master of Rampling Gate (Vampire Short Story) (1982)
- Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (2008) (autobiographical)
Under the pseudonym Anne Rampling
- Exit to Eden (1985)
- Belinda (1986)
Under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure
- The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
- Beauty’s Punishment (1984)
- Beauty’s Release (1985)
In the US is possible to find a lot of Anne Rice’s fanclubs and book conventions.
The coolest vampire lestat quotes:
“I’m the vampire Lestat. Remember me? The vampire who became a super rock star, the one who wrote the autobiography? The one with the blond hair and the grey, and the insatiable desire for visibility and fame? You remember…”
“…I hated the fact only extreme pain in me could ever wring from her the slightest warmth or interest.”
“…And what constitutes evil, real evil, is the taking of a single human life. Whether a man would die tomorrow or the day after or eventually… it doesn’t matter. Because if God does not exist, then life… every second of it… Is all we have.” – Louis
“And she had been awakened, she had risen That music of yours could wake the dead. I’d done it again.”
“Finally those you love are simply… those you love.”
“I will be the Vampire Lestat for all to see. A symbol, a freak of nature – something loved, something despised, all of those things. I tell you I can’t give it up. I can’t miss. And quite frankly I am not in the least afraid.”
quotes source: lestatsdarkgiftshop