‘Interview with the Vampire’ author Anne Rice dies at age 80

I woke to news this morning that breaks my heart. I write this words in a stunned, numb, state. One of my two favorite authors in the WORLD has died. I can barely believe it. She was so active. Doing so many things. It’s not fair. But then death isn’t, is it? So unlike her beloved Louis and Lestat, she was all too mortal.

I first read Interview With the Vampiric when I was around 18 – 20 and it literally blew me away. She took the vampire genre and changed it forever, turning them from hissing creatures into something far more. She has been copied a thousand thousand times….and I guess that will make her immortal. They say Imation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I went to her home in New Orleans close to 30 years ago, but she was out of town, but her secretary and dear friend came out and spoke with me at least a half hour. Then when Anne was touring with her book Servant of the Bones, I waited in line for an hour or two at least and to keep the line moving you were supposed to get your book signed and MOVE on. But she wasn’t having it and spent time with everyone, including me. If I had felt any irritation at how long I waited, it was banished in an instant with my time with her and loved her all the more for what she did for her beloved fans, And her secretary remembered me! And she had told Anne about me! It was truly delightful.

So I will try, as I am now slowly coming back to reality, remember the good and cherish it and know I will always have her books. And the knowledge that her son Christopher is carefully watching over her legacy….

‘Interview with the Vampire’ author Anne Rice dies at age 80

By Andy Rose, CNN

(CNN)Anne Rice, author of the best-selling Vampire Chronicles novel series, died Saturday, her son announced on social media. She was 80 years old.

She passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke, Christopher Rice said.
Rice’s biggest success was her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, which was published in 1976 and introduced the character of the vampire Lestat, who would be the central character in the 13-book Chronicles series, the most recent of which was published in 2018.

“I had an idea of Lestat as the man of action, the man who could do things that I couldn’t do,” Rice said in a talk at Southern Illinois University in 2010.

Interview with the Vampire was made into a successful feature film in 1994, helping to reignite interest in the vampire genre which continued with the TV series The Vampire Diaries and the Twilight film series.

Although she lived most of her life in California, Rice was a native of New Orleans and set many of her stories there, according to her website biography.

Rice’s son, Christopher Rice, said he was at his mother’s bedside when she died.

Anne Rice will be buried in a private ceremony in New Orleans, with a public memorial planned next year, he said.

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Anne Rice, ‘Interview with the Vampire’ Writer, Dies at 80

By Naman Ramachandran

Anne Rice, influential author of Interview with the Vampire, died on Saturday due to complications resulting from a stroke. She was 80.

The author’s son Christopher revealed the news on Facebook and said that she would be interred in the family mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony.

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 immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated. As my mother, her support for me was unconditional — she taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity and challenge the dark voices of fear and self-doubt. As a writer, she taught me to defy genre boundaries and surrender to my obsessive passions. In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage, awash in memories of a life that took us from the fog laced hills of the San Francisco Bay Area to the magical streets of New Orleans to the twinkling vistas of Southern California. As she kissed Anne goodbye, her younger sister Karen said, “What a ride you took us on, kid.” I think we can all agree. Let us take comfort in the shared hope that Anne is now experiencing firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the quest for which defined her life and career. Throughout much of her final years, your contributions to this page brought her much joy, along with a profound sense of friendship and community. Anne will be interred in our family’s mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony. Next year, a celebration of her life will take place in New Orleans. This event will be open to the public and will invite the participation of her friends, readers and fans who brought her such joy and inspiration throughout her life.

Born in New Orleans in 1941, Rice became renowned the world over as a writer of gothic fiction, with her books selling more than 150 million copies globally. In the early 1970s, while grieving the death of her daughter Michelle, she began converting one of her stories into what became her first novel, the gothic horror Interview with the Vampire, which was published by Knopf in 1976. The novel turns on vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac, who tells the story of his life to a reporter. Michelle served as an inspiration for the child vampire Claudia.

The book was the first of ten in what is collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles. It was adapted by Neil Jordan as a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater, with Kirsten Dunst playing Claudia. Rice adapted the screenplay from her novel and the film gathered two Oscar nominations and a brace of BAFTA wins.

Queen of the Damned, based on one of the bestselling sequels to Interview with the Vampire, was adapted as a film in 2002. Other adaptations of Rice’s novels include Garry Marshall’s “Exit to Eden” (1994), starring Dana Delany, Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O’Donnell and Emmy-winning Showtime original The Feast of All Saints (2001).

Earlier this month, AMC ordered a series based on Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches. As revealed by Variety, AMC had acquired rights to Lives of the Mayfair Witches and The Vampire Chronicles last year, and casting was recently finalized on the latter.

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